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Teen review: Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel & Acting by Sherri Winston

These reviews were written as part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Fine Alternative Program. If you have fines and would rather volunteer than give us cash, just ask your local teen librarian for more details!

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Garth – The main character, everything revolves around him. He’s sweet, but gets into trouble.
    Garth’s Mom – The 1st main character and (obviously) Garth’s Mother. She is worried about her son.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    The main situation in this story is that Garth gets trapped in The Underworld and he has to find a way out, while fighting the dark forces who are trying to enslave the people there.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I enjoyed reading this book because, for one, it was a comic book and they are always interesting to me.

Acting by Sherri Winston

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Eve – the sister who no one appreciates–they think she’s nothing.
    Al – the sister everyone cherishes and thinks is the best.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    Well…Eve feels very unappreciated by her family because they believe she broke the family up and Al makes a mistake by getting pregnant and everything gets turned around.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I loved the conflict in this book. I say this because in this book it makes you wanna keep reading it more and more.

review by Germirah – CLP, Homewood

Teen blogger: Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.

Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

This novel is told through alternating points of view between two sisters– Shana and Chloe. Shana is fifteen while Chloe is fourteen. The two girls live above a mortuary with their dad and their adopted little brother. Their mother does not live at home.

While the two girls were growing up, their mother always made up stories about everything, how humans got here, why sea glass is on the beach, what to cook them for dinner. For every scenario, their mother had a story made up about it in her head. For that and other reasons, Chloe and Shana’s mother was sent away. She was declared mentally ill.

Ever since their mom has left, everyone seemed more screwed up than before. Their dad barely pays attention to them at all and is slowly losing his business. Shana dresses up in a costume almost every night and leaves the house to go hang out with her friends. And Chloe is left confused and alone to take care of clueless Micah.

The whole family just wants to be normal again. This novel shows the inside world of this family with all of their secrets and lies. As the story goes on, delve into the characters’ lives and emotions, and learn how they ultimately figure out that everything is going to be alright.

If you feel that your life is anything but normal and you feel alone, you may find this book to be very inspiring.


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