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Oct 14

Teens Review: Lord of the Flies

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 4:35 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Reviewer: Blain H.
Rating: 5 Stars

Lord of the Flies coverLord of the Flies is a novel about a group of young boys who get stranded on a remote, deserted island. After realizing that there are “no grownups!”, a boy named Ralph appoints himself as leader. He finds a conch shell and blows into it, and it makes a loud, powerful sound that draws the rest of the boys to him. When they all get to Ralph, he announces that he is leader. Up on the “stage” with him is his friend Piggy, who he met shortly after arriving on the island. As more and more boys gather around Ralph, we also meet a boy named Jack who is in charge of a group of choir boys also stranded on the island. Another boy on the island’s name is Simon, and he may seem insignificant when he is first introduced, but he will play a big role in the book later.
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Aug 05

Teens Review: Carve the Mark

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Reviewer: Mackenzie J.
Rating: 5 Stars

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth book coverCarve the Mark, written by Veronica Roth, is about two young people who must put aside their differences to help save their planet.

Cyra Noavek is part of the Shotet people, and her brother, Ryzek Noavek, is an evil ruler who uses Cyra’s current gift to get what he wants. Akos Kereseth is Thuvesit, and because of his fate, is kidnapped by Ryzek. Both of them work together to get what they both want. For Akos to go back home and Cyra to reduce her pain, courtesy of her current gift of inflicting pain on others and herself. To read more of the review and get a list of readalikes hand-picked by YCPL librarians, click on "Continue Reading...".

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Jul 29

TBR Recap: Books adapted for the screen

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:50 PM by Elizabeth Land

The Princess Bride book cover The Tabb Book Readers (TBR) met on Saturday, July 20, to discuss the books they read for July's theme: Books adapted for the big or small screens (or have adaptations in the works). Whether made into movies or shows for television or streaming services, the group had fun discussing these titles and some of the adaptations.

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