Archive for December 21, 2007

Teen Sports Movie Day

Teen Sports Movie Day
Wednesday, December 26
(10 AM – 4:30 PM)

Spend the day watching sports movies. The day’s timetable:
10 AM The Replacements with Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves (PG-13)
Noon – 12:30 PM Lunch – bring your own lunch – drinks will be provided
12:30 PM Bring It On with Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dishku (PG-13)
2:15 – 2:30 PM Snack time – Snacks and drinks will be provided
2:30 PM Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington (PG)
Free, limited seating • Tickets not required • Refreshments

I hope to see you at Teen Sports Movie Day
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

NineteenMinutes review by Trisha Sanghavi
“What’s the difference between spending your life trying to be invisible, or pretending to be the person you think everyone wants you to be? Either way, you’re faking.” Jodi Picoult thoroughly examines the issues of fitting in and defining oneself in her novel, Nineteen Minutes. March 6th, 2007 begins like any other day for the residents of a small suburban New Hampshire town. However, on this day, the quaint, sleepy town of Sterling is abruptly awoken when a high school misfit embarks on a killing rampage. The shock and grief the small community is forced to cope with is one of the many focuses of the novel, which is told from the eyes of various characters, including a survivor of the attack, her mother who also happens to be the judge sitting on the case, the parents of the shooter, and the killer himself…
Nineteen Minutes may seem slow at times with regards to the book as a whole, but this is partly because all the fast-paced action occurs within the first twenty-four pages. The remainder of the novel fills in the gaps with anecdotes from characters’ pasts and builds up to the climax, the emotionally charged court trial.
Picoult’s books are widely read for their depth and emotionally gripping stories. Tales about insightful topics and debatable subjects, including Nineteen Minutes, leave readers thinking with their minds racing, a feat that not many current novelists can claim to have accomplished. It is no wonder that Jodi Picoult has amassed a large fan base that looks forward to her future releases.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Paul Volponi–Great Sports Author

I heard Paul Volponi speak the other day. He’s an interesting speaker and a great sports writer. He was a teacher in Riker’s Island Correctional Facility. His books typically involve inner city teens and are issue driven. For instance in Black and White, two teens, a white and a Black, rob and shoot someone and are now up against the criminal justice system. In Rucker Park Setup a teenager is killed and only his friend knows who did it. But there’s more…
As someone in the audience said, his descriptions of sports is real. You can imagine what it is like to play; the intensity, the concentration, the movement. Regardless of whether or not you are a sports fan (I’m not necessarily a big fan), you’ll enjoy Volponi’s books.
Black and White
Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other’s backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night–and one wrong decision–will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future?
Cousins Clay and Addison were like brothers, growing up together in the projects, until they were ripped apart by a family argument. When they are reunited in a drug-treatment program, they try to work out their issues like a family. But one night, one wrong decision, leaves Clay shaken and Addison dead. And in the rash of events that follow, the truth of what actually happened on the rooftop of the apartment building is caught up in a clash of politics and racial issues. Will Clay be able to rise above the lies and face the truth?
Rucker Park Setup
Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament at Rucker Park, where their favorite pro ballers squared off against street legends. But the day of their big game, J.R. is fatally stabbed—and it’s Mackey’s fault, even though he didn’t wield the knife. Now Mackey has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

HarperTeen Writing Challenge

Share your story for a chance to win a $5000 cash prize!
Submit your original writing (a short story, poem, or song) between now and January 7, 2008 and you will be entered for a chance to win. A panel of HarperTeen judges will select the 10 most original and creative pieces, but it will be up to the MySpace community to decide who wins!
As always, keep it clean, short, and your own.
Need help? Check out HarperTeen’s MySpace blog and forums for writing tips and advice from authors and editors.
The Official Rules can be obtained at the HarperTeen MySpace website: Scroll down a bit and you’ll see the yellow blurb with a link to the rules. Some rule highlights are:
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 14 years of age but no older than 18 years of age at time of entry and who are registered members of the community.
HOW TO ENTER: Entrants must visit the Contest web site during the Contest Period by logging in to their MySpace profile and then going to the HarperTeen MySpace page Follow the on-screen instructions to “befriend” the HarperTeen profile. Complete the entry form by providing all of the requested information and required materials for entry into the Contest.
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions must be no more than 2,500 characters including spaces and can be related to any topic. Submissions may only be presented in the form of written text; no photos or illustrations will be accepted.
JUDGING CRITERIA: All Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges to be selected by the Sponsors. Submissions will be scored in four (4) categories. Each category is worth a maximum of 25% of the total score. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions, the Judges will conduct a tie-breaking round according to the established Judging Criteria. All decisions of the Judging Panel are final on all aspects of the Contest. Submissions will be scored based on the following criteria:
Creativity: 25%
Originality: 25%
Writing Style: 25%
Entertainment Value: 25%
You should read the Official Rules in its entirety.
Good luck to all who enter.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Teen Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Teen Movie Night: The Princess Bride
Lowly stable boy, Westley, pledges his love to beautiful Buttercup, only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity…starring Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin.
Friday, December 7, 2007 • 7 PM • 98 minutes • rated PG
Free, limited seating • Tickets not required • Refreshments
I hope to see you there.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian