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If I Could Save a Book

Posted by nchcplteens on October 30, 2008

Congratulations to Lauren Lowhorn, a 10th grader at Tri Jr. Sr. High School, for winning the “Save a Book” Blog Contest!” WARNING:  Her essay has spoilers for the book Speak, so if you want to remain surprised, read the book first, then this essay.

Thanks to the judges for your help, and thanks to everyone who entered and wrote some wonderful and memorable essays about the stories you would save.  They were all very powerful indeed!

If I Could Save a Book

“Books-they open worlds to the imaginations and wonder.  Some books however are more important to us than others.  If I could save one book from vanishing into oblivion, it would be Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I would save this book for multiple reasons;  however, I have three very important ones.

First of all, it is very well written.  It has the correct realistic twist that some books don’t have.  For instance, Melinda Sordino, the main character, deals with a very possible incident that could happen to anyone.  While at a party, Melinda drinks too much and is led off into the woods and is faced with a problem that would change her life.  She ends up calling the police on the party but never tells anyone the rest of the story.  It will always remind us of the little secrets we keep.  When Melinda was led off into the woods, she was raped.  It’s almost strange how little secrets can make a big difference.

Secondly, this book takes you back to your freshman year of high school, and puts you in the shoes of Melinda Sordino.  It can take you back to when you remember a certain kid in your grade, who was either hated or made fun of constantly-that kid is Melinda Sordino.  It creates a state of mind that you are her, you are that certain kid.  It would most definitely make you feel her emotions and what she faces and goes up against through out the story.  This book basically will make you feel tha tyou need to apologize to that kid for making him or her feel that way, or it will comfort you and help you realize you weren’t the only one made fun of.  Over all it makes a great image and can trigger your imagination.

Most of all, this entire story shows the courage of one girl, and how she transforms her fear and anger into confidence and fearlessness.  Eventually, during the school year she finds serenity in art class.  She is extremely nervous and rude about the whole idea of the class.  But her teacher Mr. Freeman changes her perspective on life and art.  Mr. Freeman is a calm, rational person who has his mind set that art will teach you to find your soul.  Even though her entire class hated her, there was one new girl who had somewhat befriended Melinda.  Her name was Heather.  She was spunky and talkative.  Melinda, having no friends, was desperate.  They did not stay friends for long after Heather found out what Melinda had done.  Finally in the book she faced the guy who had raped her.  Once the fight begins Melinda doesn’t have a chance, but with her quick thinking skills, she grabs a piece of glass from the floor and puts him in a head lock threatening to cut him if he moved.  This book shows you real life villains and real life heroes.

This book was a great asset to me and will be to people to come.  I would save this book because its well written, it makes you think, and most of all it shows you how to be stronger, not physically but emotionally.  it can take you back into the past, throw you into the future, or even sit you down in the present.


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Teens’ Top Ten Spotlight: Daemon Hall

Posted by nchcplteens on October 15, 2008

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance

One night, five contestants:  scariest night ever!

Five writers think they’re getting the chance to publish their stories.  What they don’t know is that this seemingly friendly competition could lead to their worst nightmares coming true and haunting them forever.

Read this nominee for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Vote for your favorite book at during Teen Read Week, this week ending Saturday, October 18th.

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominee Spotlight: Before I Die

Posted by nchcplteens on October 13, 2008

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

“It’s really going to happen…I really won’t ever go back to school…I’ll never go to college or have a job…I won’t travel, never earn money, never drive, never fall in love or leave home or get my own house. It’s really, really true.”

Tessa is diagnosed with an incurable form of leukemia.  After four years of treatment, she decides to forego it to experience more of life, and makes a list of things to do before she dies.

Not an easy novel to read, you’ll root for Tessa one moment, and dislike her the next.  But she is not the usual “sickie” from a Lurlene McDaniel novel.  Tessa’s experiences, fears and doubts are ones we all have.  And she finds a great love that she cannot leave the earth for quite yet…

Read this nominee for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Vote for your favorite book at during Teen Read Week, this week ending Saturday, October 18th.

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Get Ready…

Posted by nchcplteens on October 10, 2008

Teen Read Week starts this Sunday, October 12th.  Are you ready to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten, otherwise known as the TTT?  All the books nominated are on display in the AV/Teen area, and some books will be on spotlight right here.  Online voting starts Sunday and ends October 18th!

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18 Wild Trips to the Library Stacks

Posted by nchcplteens on October 7, 2008

Do you have a thing for libraries?  Well…you know we do.  But check out Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the best libraries in movies.  One of my favorites–Ghostbusters.  Many of these videos can be borrowed at your library.

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“Save a Book” Blog Contest

Posted by nchcplteens on October 6, 2008

If you could save one book before it vanishes from this sweet earth, what would it be and why?

As you read Fahrenheit 451 for The Big Read, get ready to enter our blog contest and rave about your favorite book you would save.  Write a 1-page, single-spaced typed essay and enter to win a $50 Books-a-Million gift certificate.

As for me, what book would I save?  I think it would have to be A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving.   Geez, I don’t think I even have that book as a fave on Facebook.  Must run and do that.

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Banned Books Week Events for THE BIG READ

Posted by nchcplteens on October 2, 2008

Are you celebrating your freedom to read during Banned Books Week? Here are videos to get you in the mood:

Thanks to the American Library Association and the Bookshelves of Doom blog for vids or posts.

Don’t forget to guess the Banned Books in our display contest (winner gets a Books-a-Million gift card), and stop in for a discussion on censorship at the Banned Books and Pizza night right here in the Teenscape from 6-7:30 pm.

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