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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

April 21, 2010

Lucy has a dark family secret. She has been burned before when a friend discovered what goes on in Lucy’s house, so now she knows she has to guard the secret with her life. When the awesome guy she has a crush on asks her out, and she finally has a best friend it seems like life is going great. She only has two years left until she’s 18 and can leave the house and her unbalanced mom behind. All she has to do is make sure no one ever sees the inside of her house. What could go wrong?

This book is a realistic look into the world of hoarding and its effect on families. The story is told in a fast and interesting way. The description of the house and Lucy’s struggles against the filth leave the reader gagging on the stench. I felt like I was right there in the clutter with her.

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Happyface by Stephen Emond

April 21, 2010

This book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets high school. The story is told in journal form by a teen guy who is a geek. Reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid it has drawings in the margins of the page as well as emails, comics, and notes on napkins. Happyface gets the chance to change schools and reinvent himself. He changes his whole image from nerd to cool guy, but can he keep up the ruse?

This is a book for older teen guys. It deals with fitting in at school, girls, and late night computer use. It’s not for everyone but guys who enjoy a funny story might enjoy it.

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My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest Judging

April 19, 2010

The voting has ended and the judges are deliberating. Soon we will have a winner in the Writing Contest. All of the entries are excellent so I know it will be difficult to pick a winner. The winners will be announced on Monday April 26th. Good luck to all the entrants, and congratulations on your excellent work!

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Operation Teen Book Drop

April 16, 2010

The Teen Book Club, Readergirlz, and YALSA have conspired to bring Operation Teen Book Drop to Castle Rock.  The Teen Book Club held a book drive at the library and 100 books were donated.  We then put those books all over town in places where teens go.  If you find a book you get to keep it!  Let us know if you find a book.  Some places you might find a book are:

The D.Q. by the library.

The van you take on a field trip.

Bogey’s West record store.  Maybe even…

The locker room at the Rec Center.

Look all over town because you never know where we’ve been.  Enjoy the books Castle Rock.

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Teen Short Film Contest

April 14, 2010

Now is the time to start getting your Teen Short Film ready. You can register on May 3, 2010. The rules are listed below. You can register and turn in your film starting 5/3/10. All films must be turned in by 6/16/10. The top 8 films will be screened for the public during our Red Carpet event on 6/30/10. Everyone in the crowd will get to vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The first place winner will win a Flip Video Camera courtesy of the Best Buy Grant. Start getting you film ready now because I can’t wait to see you on the Red Carpet.

Teen Short Film Contest
Official Rules

1. Registration Required. (Ages 12-18)
2. Deadline for turning in a short film is 6/14/10 at 9:00pm. (The library closes at 9:00pm that day. All work must be submitted at that time.)
3. All short films must be in digital format on CDRom or DVD, and all films must be no longer than 10 minutes. (Films must be playable on QuickTime Player.)
4. Short films will be voted on by staff and the Teen Interest Council. The top 8 films will be screened for the public on 6/30/09 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The public will vote for the top 3 films.
5. Awards will be given to the top 3 films on 6/30/09.
6. You may choose any topic for your short film. It may be a documentary, or a work of fiction. Short Films may not depict any of the following:
a. Lewd language (cursing or
disparaging remarks about any group
or person)
b. Nudity
c. Drugs
Questions can be emailed to mdellapenna@dclibraries.org

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Game On! Announcing the First-Ever Shmoop High School Essay Contest

April 13, 2010

Grand Prize = iPad 3G
(Yep, the kind that’s not even in stores yet)

In celebration of National Poetry Month, your topic is a Robert Frost classic.

Get the contest details here

  • Open to high school students (or younger)
  • Deadline for entry: May 28
  • 500 words maximum

Finalists Judged by Jim Burke. Mr. Burke is…

  • Special Advisor to Shmoop
  • AP English Literature and 9th Grade College Prep English teacher
  • Author of 20 books for English teachers
  • Founder of The English Companion Ning, an online community of more than 15,000 English teachers

More Info: http://www.shmoop.com/news/2010/04/12/poetry-essay-contest-ipad/+

This is not a library contest.

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Out of Sight Out of Mind

April 12, 2010


Tracy is the most unpopular girl in school, and since no one sees her, she has become invisible. Amanda is the coolest and meanest girl in school. Everyone wants to be her, but she has secret…If she feels sorry for anyone she changes places with them. She can’t afford to be nice to anyone, or she might end up being them. Amanda makes the mistake of feeling for Tracy and now she is stuck as Tracy. What she didn’t know is that Tracy and 8 others go to a “special” class. Eight people in her regular school have “gifts”, powers that let them do extraordinary things. Now that Amanda is in on the secret, how will she deal? How will she get her body back and deal with the threat in the school? This is the first book in the Gifted series. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will enjoy the action and the way that special teens are living in the regular world.