Winter Vacation Reading Selections

Winter vacation is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Here are some new arrivals in the Three Rivers Library Teen area. Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood (Book Two of the Cahill Witch Chronicles) In Book One, Cate was just learning of her powers and the need for them in a world where […]

What’s wrong with this sentence? – Part 3

To wrap up the grammar series, I’m going to focus on constructing beautiful sentences. To do this, you need three things: a good concept of sentence structure, a mental picture of the image you are trying to communicate, and a willingness to follow a few rules in the painting of that picture. As language becomes […]

Breaking the Grammar Code

What’s wrong with this sentence?  – Part 1 I know this is probably going to sound weird, but I love grammar. It’s a lot like a riddle in which codes are employed to determine the best way to proceed. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of rules but, because grammar rules allow us to communicate […]

The Mythology of Writing

Your beliefs about writing may actually be sabotaging the process. Here are some myths about writing and some different ways of thinking about them. Myth: Characters will take on their own personalities and will, at some point, move the narration along as if they were the ones speaking. Reality: Don’t count on it. It might […]

A Lesson for Being Sure You’re Right When You Say, “I can’t be a writer.”

If you want to keep believing that writers are born and not made, be sure to follow the instructions below.   Lots of people have the idea that writing ability (or maybe any ability) is something you’re born with. But the truth is that the difference between people who write well and people who don’t is […]

Stop by the Library for some Great New Teen Reads!

Asylum by Madeleine Roux Dan Crawford and his new friends at New Hampshire College Prep discover that their dorm housing is located in a former mental institution with a personality – and horrific secrets – all its own. Clariel by Garth Nix This fourth book of the Old Kingdom series is actually a prequel and […]

New Teen Reads

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer Luc gets an opportunity to escape the terrible foster home where he has lived since his mother died when ‘the Prof’ comes to town and hires Luc to help him research the chimpanzees who live in the Gabonese forest, discovering that their survival and his may well be linked. So Yesterday […]