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Ellen Hopkin's Poetry

I do not usually read poetry, but you can't get much better then Ellen Hopkins.  Her books describe a plethora of topics which are important today.  In Crank, she discusses the dark dive of a teen who becomes addicted to Crystal Meth.  Impulse is from the point of view of three teenagers in a pschiatric institution.  She covers all the teen horrors from drug addiction, cutting, incest, abuse, and prostitution.  Her books are written in free verse poetry and are poignant in the realism of her characters.  If you like poetry or books about the darkest parts of real life, Ellen Hopkins' books are for you.

How much of historical fiction and classical literature is really fiction?

photo by Flickr user, Auntie P
             When learning about American folk heroes such as Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, and John Henry we are told that while these legends are mostly fiction, they contain small kernels of truth. The same can be said for historical and classical novels. Sometimes even complete fiction can give you insight into the past or what inspired that particular author. 
              In Victor Hugo’s

The Fantasy Explosion

Have you noticed the explosion of fantasy books? You can’t go five books on a shelf in the Teen section without at least 1 fantasy book. And while I love fantasy, there are many fantastic (pun fully intended) non-fantasy titles. They range from historical fiction, to mystery, or even the dreaded school story (just kidding!).

KT@BC Cafe

KT@BC Café
The Summer has gotten off to a great start with some great programs. This Friday at 4pm we are having an Open Mic Night. 

The Prinny Cart is Born!

  The Bear Creek TAB has been working hard on our project for the Art Cart Parade this Saturday at the Sam Houston Park.  The TAB (teen advisory board)  decided they wanted to make a Prinny, which is a video game character.  They designed and sewed together our Prinny from scratch and with no pattern.  While we didn't use any of our books to help us (though thinking back, we probably should have) here are some books that you can use to help create just about anything.

 

Greater Houston Teen Book Conference

This Saturday, April 10th, at Alief High School everyone will get a chance to hear Sharon Draper, author of Tears of a Tiger and more, and many other authors speak. There will be books sold directly from the publishers, entertainment, and autographing sessions.  Doors open at 10:30 am and the conference ends at 3:45pm.  Admission is free but bring money for food and books!  Go to this website for more information: http://www.teenbookcon.org/.

SAT time

 It's that time where highschoolers around the country take the test that could make or break there hopes for the future.  Not to be melodramatic about it, but it is a very important test.  I, of course, highly reccomend study breaks.  Read these three books and you can honestly tell your parents that you are reading about the SAT test.

The Taker by J.M. Steele

Daily Quillers

 Here's to all you writers out there!  The Daily Quillers meet next Friday to work their creative juices.  Expect crazy topics and new types of writing.  We might even try a little cartooning...

We meet Friday, April 9th at 4pm.  This program is recommended for teens in 7th through 12th grade.

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