Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review of "The Porcupine of Truth" by Bill Konigsberg

Patron Book Review of The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

 

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In a nutshell (from Goodreads): "Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives."


Review by: Abbey Trask, Pembroke Public Library patron (Grade 7)

Level: Young Adult fictions (grades 7+)

Review:

"I loved this book.  I loved the moral of it.  I love the message the author's trying to send, that is doesn't matter about gender, race, or preferred gender."

Recommended:

Yes.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Book Review of "Lying Out Loud" by Kody Keplinger

Patron Book Review of Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

 

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In a nutshell: Lying has become a way of life for Sonny after her Dad went to prison and her Mom kicked her out.  Now the only one privy to her secrets is her best friend, Amy.  The two scheme to prank Sonny's arch nemesis, Ryder, after learning he has a crush on Amy, but things start to get mixed up when Sonny realizes she's falling for him through their online conversations.  The only problem?  Ryder thinks he's been talking to Amy! 

How can Sonny start to unravel her lies and get the guy of her dreams?

Review by: Abbey Trask, Pembroke Public Library patron (Grade 7)

Level: Young Adult fictions (grades 7+)

Review:

"I thought that the book was good.  I liked the moral behind the story, but it was a little confusing at the beginning, how the story was told in the past tense point of view.  Overall though it was a very good book.  And I also wouldn't recommend this for younger children because it does swear frequently."

Recommended:

For older readers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: "Backlash" by Sarah Darer Littman

Patron Book Review of Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman


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In a nutshell: Real life spins out of control for Lara and the people around her after they realize that cyber-bullying has consequences that are all too real and that the backlash is not what anyone expected.  An intensely dramatic story that could happen in any high school.

Review by: Abbey Trask, Pembroke Public Library patron

Level: Young Adult fictions (grades 7+)

Review:

"I just finished reading Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman.  I got the book from the ARCs* of the Library.  I really liked the book and I love the message that it's trying to send to the readers.  It just shows that you have oi think before you do something because if you don't think [then] some little joke could turn into something way bigger and more serious and it also shows not to trust everything that's online."

Recommended:

Yes.



*If you would like to review ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books or submit a review for an old or a new favorite item in the collection, contact the library.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Space Storytime: At-Home Activity

Our theme for this week's storytime was Space!  We explored the planets, stars, and even had count downs to launch rockets, but there is more you can do at home to encourage young scientists, astronauts, and explorers.

This snack is also a great way to practice some creativity and fine motor skills for your child as well as staying healthy and energized for the day:

Image courtesy of Miss Melissa's Pinterest board.

Ingredients:

  • Crackers
    • Club
    • Triscuit
  • Cheese (pre-cut into triangles)
  • Various gummies for flames, buttons, windows, are anything else your toddler can think up!

Steps:
  1. Allow your child to assemble the rocket, offering minimal assistance (remember, its the process, not the outcome, that is important in these activities!).
  2. Blast off!  The snack will come in for a landing to your toddler's tummy one piece at a time.

We hope to see you again for our next storytime for songs, rhymes, movements, and books.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Collection Reflections - "Double Dog Dare"

Patron* Book Review of Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff

Book cover provided by Goodreads.

Review by: Clariee Daly, Age 9, Pembroke Library patron

Level: Junior Fiction.  Grades 3-6.

Series: No.

Review:

"I liked everything about this book!  It was funny, but sad at the same time.  You felt like you were there when all of this happened! ... I want to read this book over and over!"

Recommended:

"That is a no-thought answer!  YES!"


*If you would like to review ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books or submit a review for an old or a new favorite item in the collection, contact the library.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Collection Reflections - "Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan!"

Patron* Book Review of Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan! by Jeffrey Brown


http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Academy-Return-Padawan/dp/0545621259/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407508751&sr=1-1&keywords=return+of+the+padawan
Book Cover from Amazon


Review by: Liam Higgans, Pembroke Library patron

Library Location: TBD (this was an Advanced Reader Copy, or ARC, so we have not gotten this book for circulation yet)

Level: Junior Fiction.  Grades 3-7.

Series: Yes.  This is the second book in the Star Wars Jedi Academy series.  Check out book one first for the whole story

Review:

"I would recommended this book if you like Star Wars and enjoy funny books.  Jeffrey Brown added a lot of humor in this book."

Recommended: Yes!


*If you would like to review ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books or submit a review for an old or a new favorite item in the collection, contact the library.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Making our Comeback!

The staff at Pembroke Public Library is proud to note that this blog will be making a big comeback soon.  Book reviews, cool things at the library, and more that sparks our interest and yours will soon be flooding this page.

Really, we just wanted to take a moment to say...


If you have anything you would like to share with your Pembroke Library community (such as a review for a book, movie, or even an event!).  Contact us and you can join in on our creativity!

Thank you,
PPL Staff
Alas, the poor blog has been badly neglected! We will change that soon.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Movie Monday

Can you guess this action packed library scene?  Have you noticed all the best movie scenes are in the library.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Movie Monday

                                   Can you guess where this library scene came from?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Movie Monday

              Can you guess this library scene?  See if you are right under the comments tab.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Movie Monday

      Can you guess what movie this is from?  The answer is under the comments tab.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

A great new book, I had the pleasure of reading.  It was not something I would normally read, but the description got my interest.  The story of Evelyn Roe finding what she believes to be a badly burned soldier returning from war evolves into a lifetime journey with this stranger.  Well worth you time to pick this up.