Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Minecraft Night Success!!!

Thank you to all of the wonderful Coventry Teens who showed up last Thursday night to play Minecraft on our new server.  Myself (Barbi), Stephanie, and Cody thank you for making the night a success!  We look forward to many more Minecraft night adventures. 

Our hope is to start a monthly Minecraft club!!

What do you think??

Book Review ~ Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets by Craig Thompson

About the book: At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.  

Revisiting the themes of deep friendship and separation Thompson surveyed in Goodbye Chunky Rice, his acclaimed and touching debut, this sensitive memoir recreates the confusion, emotional pain and isolation of the author's rigidly fundamentalist Christian upbringing, along with the trepidation of growing into maturity. Skinny, naive and spiritually vulnerable, Thompson and his younger brother manage to survive their parents' overbearing discipline (the brothers are sometimes forced to sleep in "the cubby-hole," a forbidding and claustrophobic storage chamber) through flights of childhood fancy and a mutual love of drawing. But escapist reveries can't protect them from the cruel schoolmates who make their lives miserable. Thompson's grimly pious parents and religious community dismiss his budding talent for drawing; they view his creative efforts as sinful and relentlessly hector the boys about scripture. By high school, Thompson's a lost, socially battered and confused soul-until he meets Raina and her clique of amiable misfits at a religious camp. Beautiful, open, flexibly spiritual and even popular (something incomprehensible to young Thompson), Raina introduces him to her own less-than-perfect family; to a new teen community and to a broader sense of himself and his future. The two eventually fall in love and the experience ushers Thompson into the beginnings of an adult, independent life. Thompson manages to explore adolescent social yearnings, the power of young love and the complexities of sexual attraction with a rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptional b&w drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

My thoughts: I really liked this book a lot and found it a very quick read despite its whopping 592 pages!!!   I read it in a couple of hours.  The illustrations were absolutely amazing and beautiful.  I could not put this down.  If you have not been able to get into graphic novels  in the past, then this might be able to change your mind.
AwardsGarden State Teen Book Award, 2006, NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD
AwardsLibrary Journal Best Books of the Year, 2003, WON AWARD

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hip Hip Horray ~ We've had over 10,000 blog views!!!!!

Thank you to all of our wonderful Coventry Teen Underground followers!!!!

Now I can do my Happy Dance!!!!
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our followers!!! Your participation means everything.

Here's a Little Poem for National Poetry Month!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review ~ The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

by Maggie Stiefvater

About the Book:  Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

About the Author: Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and Raven Cycle Series: The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves). She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia. (Bowker Author Biography)

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood
there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever
dared to dream before . . .
— Edgar Allan Poe

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by
moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the
dawn before the rest of the world.
— Oscar Wilde

Meet The Boys

Gansey — he refuses to go by the family name “Dick” — has spent years searching for Glendower, a long-dead Welsh king. His quest brings him to Henrietta, Virginia, and to the prestigious Aglionby Academy, where he becomes a student there — a Raven Boy.

Adam Parrish

Adam, born and bred in Henrietta, attends Aglionby Academy only by virtue of scholarship money and hard work. Complicated and studious, he resents the hedonistic culture of Aglionby, even as he is Gansey’s best friend.

Ronan Lynch

Dangerous as a shark and about as friendly, Ronan is one of three Lynch brothers at Aglionby Academy — but is the only one who runs with Gansey and Adam. He’s honest and fearless, even if he’s not kind, and like the rest of the Raven Boys, he keeps his own secrets close.

Book Trailer:

AwardsPublishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsBram Stoker Awards, 2012, NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD
AwardsLocus Awards, 2013, NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD
AwardsSchool Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2012, WON AWARD


Monday, April 21, 2014

How does the movie Divergent compare with the book by Veronica Roth????

I liked the book a lot, in fact I did a blog post about the book a while back.  I always suggest reading the book first, because once you see the movie it ruins the reading experience, at least for me.  I find that I prefer my own imagination over anything put onto the big screen.  Usually when I watch a movie based on a book I've read I come away thinking that I enjoyed the scenes in my own head better than anything Hollywood came up with.  What did you think of the movie?  Was the book better?

 *Find it in the OSL catalog

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I love Dr. Who...don't you?

The Coventry Public Library will soon be adding a bunch of Dr. Who graphic novels to our collection for your reading enjoyment!!!!  I hope you are as excited as I am about this.  Here's some of what you can look forward to...

Monday, April 14, 2014

How great is the character Emperor Kai???

I recently blogged about the Lunar Chronicles, a series by Marissa Meyer, with the books Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and coming next year (sad-face, this is too far off) Winter.  I can't express to you how great these books were.  I highly recommend them!!!!  
His Royal Hotness!
Emperor Kai, my book boyfriend! O.K., so I'm too old for him, but in my younger days....

Friday, April 11, 2014

'Read the Book First Friday' ~ Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

An inspirational bestseller hits screens in April

Have you read the book Heaven is for Real??  If not, you should grab it and read it before the movie version starring Greg Kinnear, hits theaters on April 16.

For those who don't know, Heaven Is for Real is a 2010 memoir by Todd Burpo, whose son, Colton, had a vision of heaven while undergoing lifesaving surgery. The book has spent more than 150 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and with a movie about to be released it will no doubt stay there for at least a few dozen more.
With its themes of family and faith, I'm not surprised that they slotted this one for a holiday release (right at Easter time).

Do you plan to see Heaven Is for Real?  Check out the tear-jerker of a trailer below.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In April 2014

(Most anticipated = most YA books added on Goodreads as of March 20th, 2014 when the data was collected.

1. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

On sale from Little, Brown & Co on April 8th

2. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

On sale April 29th

3. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

On sale from Disney-Hyperion on April 15th

4. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

On sale from Putnam Juvenile on April 8th

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

On sale from Simon & Schuster on April 15th

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

On sale from Dial on April 15th

7. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

On sale from Harlequin Teen on April 15th

8. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

On sale from Farra, Straus, Giroux on April 1st

9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

On sale April 1st

10. Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon

On sale from St. Martin’s Griffin on April 1st

11. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

On sale April 1st

12. The Taking by Kimberly Derting

On sale April 29th

13. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

On sale from Little, Brown on April 15th

14. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

On sale from Penguin on April 10th

15. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

On sale April 8th

*check the OSL catalog frequently to see the libraries that are adding these titles.  Put one on hold today to be one of the first to get it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

David Tennant Reads ‘Sonnet 126′ by William Shakespeare ~ Happy Nat'l Poetry Month!!!

What could be better than combining National Poetry Month with Dr. Who?  Not much that I can think of.

Happy National Poetry Month! To fully embrace this month-long celebration, we are posting a video featuring Dr. Who actor David Tennant reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 126.”
Tennant delivered this performance for Touch Press’ 2012 iPad app, “The Sonnets.” Additionally, Tennant recorded recitations of sonnets #12, #18, and #71 for this app. Do you have a favorite Shakespearean sonnet