Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teen Summer Reading Club

Entering grades 6-12

First day to sign-up online begins on:
Monday, June 6

Click HERE to sign-up

Record  your books online Starting June 27th. Read 3 books to complete the club!  Receive one ticket for each title (up to 25)  to win raffle baskets.  Also receive:

“Get in the Game” gift, Panera Coupon, Applebee’s Coupon
McDonald's Coupon , Chipotle Coupon.

Complete the club and get invited to our end of the summer TEEN CHALLENGE PARTY on Thursday, August 11 @ 7PM.

Visit us in the HHHCL Teen Corner to pick up
your raffle tickets.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Red's Untold Tale by, Wendy Toliver

A book called Red’s Untold Tale, by Wendy Toliver is a story based on the popular TV series Once Upon a Time. This is a fantasy novel by Wendy Toliver. It details the experiences of a 16 year old girl, who got the nickname of Red because of the red cloak that she wears, as she deals with her crush on a boy named Peter, her grandmother’s failing bakery, and wolf attacks on her town. Every month, during the full moon, giant, ferocious wolves roam the town and surrounding forest, killing animals, and sometimes people. 

Tensions in the town are rising, because while Red’s grandmother knows the true nature of the vicious beasts, having witnessed her brothers’ death by the creatures, the other villagers think she’s crazy and go out to fight the wolves themselves. On top of the danger of these wolf attacks, Red is trying to sort out her feelings for Peter, deal with three bullies named Violet, Florence, and Beatrice, and save her grandmother’s business. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend this to a friend, especially someone who is familiar with the television series Once Upon a Time. 

The writing style utilized in this novel makes the reader feel like they are in Red’s position. The suspense is constantly building as a result of the almost constant wolf threat. There is a somewhat subtle romance in this book between Red and Peter, and you can see their relationship develop throughout the novel. Red’s responses to the conflicts in her life, while not always the best solution, show that she has good intentions (most of the time). If you choose to read this novel, you can find out how Red and the town deal with the wolf problem, how Red reacts to the bullies, and how Red and Peter end up. If you like fantasy, fairy tale type stories, this book is for you, especially if you watch Once Upon a Time, as this book ties in nicely with the series. You should read this book.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson

American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson, tells a story narrated by a teenage boy named Connor, who notices that his father is not himself after Connor's grandmother has died. Connor thinks there is something more to his dad's sadness and discovers that there is. His dad has just learned a family secret that has to do with his biological father. With the clue of a gold ring and pilot wings, Connor works to unravel the mystery about a grandfather he never knew. 

Throughout the story we learn about Connor and his dad's relationship as Connor is learning to drive with his dad's help. The book is about family relationships and self discovery. The story also deals with racism, and we get to learn a lot about the history of Historically Black Colleges and how and when they came about. We learn about the history of the Tuskagee black airmen who were the first African American military in the U.S. armed forces, and how they stood up to racism in the U.S. airforce during World War II. 

 The story is full of true facts. For example, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt had requested that she be flown by a black pilot to visit the Tuskagee Army Air School in order to make progress for racial equality. Another fact was that in 1948 President Truman integrated the U.S. armed service. I liked how the story was told in a poem format- each chapter was a page long and the story moved along quickly and was interesting. If you like stories about family, racial identity, and historical United States military events, you would enjoy this book.