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 […]

New Classic Graphics and More in YA

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: a graphic novel adapted by Peter Kuper Called a perfect melding of graphic art with the German surrealism of Kafka’s original story, this classic graphic both preserves and illustrates the original text. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: a graphic novel adapted by Tim Hamilton Authorized by Bradbury himself, this classic […]

And Even More New YA Books for your Reading Pleasure….

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Lia is the key to an alliance with a neighboring kingdom and, just as her preordained path is to result in marriage, she escapes and believes she has found the peace she seeks in a small village that doesn’t expect her to be a princess or to […]

Curl Up With a Good Book – lots of new ones to choose from!

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Survival seemed easy in Africa when all Wilhelmina Silver had to worry about were wild animals. Now, at a boarding school in England, Wil discovers that the easy friendships she had with a horse and a monkey translate poorly to her new environment and she will have to learn […]

Get a Jump on Summer Reading with These New YA Titles

Sunrise by Mike Mullin The final book in the Ashfall Trilogy, Sunrise takes place a year after the super-volcano that threw everything into chaos and violence. The adults are clueless so it’s up to the kids to rebuild a world that is livable for everyone. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy A bucket list […]

But, Is It Cool?

Cool: a fairly low temperature, neither warm nor very cold. If this is the dictionary definition of ‘cool’ (and it is,) how in the world did the word ‘cool’ come to mean – as defined by the Urban Dictionary –- laid back, relaxed, not freaked out, knows what’s going on, anything good, stylish, popular, or […]