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Feeling Adventurous? Read “Bloody Jack”!

If you like Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, or Tanith Lee, then you will love the Bloody Jack Adventures series by L. A. Meyer.

The sixth installment of the series, My Bonny Light Horseman, will be released on September 1, 2008. Here is a brief overview of the series to whet your adventure appetite!

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy

Mary Faber, who has been living on the streets since her entire family was killed by disease, puts on boy’s clothing and takes the name “Jack” so she can join the English Navy and get three square meals a day. But how long can she keep up “The Deception”?

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady

Jacky Faber, her true identity revealed, is shipped off to Lawson Peabody’s School for Young Girls in Boston, and she is about to find out that young ladies can be even more dangerous than a life on the high seas. Not only does she have to contend with bullying and plotting by her classmates, but her high spirits get her in trouble with the law.

Under the Jolly Roger:  Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber

Jacky has left the Lawson Peabody School for Young Ladies to search for her true love and former shipmate Jaimy Fletcher. In an odd turn of events, she becomes the captain of a ship and engages in privateering (aka piracy!) and gets in trouble with the law (again!).

In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber

Reunited with her friends (and enemies) at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, Jacky tries to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble. But adventure finds her once again when she and her classmates are kidnapped and carried across the sea to be sold into slavery. Even Jacky has to wonder if she will be able to get out of this one.

Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West

Jacky is once more on the run from the British authorities, and makes a plan to hide out in the untamed American west. She acquires a boat and makes a voyage along the Allegheny River (stopping in Pittsburgh for a bit!), down the  Mississippi to New Orleans, and on to Jamaica, where she finally finds her true love Jaimy Fletcher. Unfortunately, he is just leaving on a year-long voyage to China. How much trouble can Jacky get into in a year? Probably a lot!

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, In Love and War

From Amazon.com:

The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.

Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets—all to save her dear friends. Then, in intrepid Jacky Faber style, she dons male clothing and worms her way into a post as galloper with the French army, ultimately leading a team of men to fight alongside the great Napoleon.


Click here to reserve your copy of My Bonny Light Horseman.


Congrats to the 412 Brawl Team for an Impressive Showing

On Friday, August 22nd the 412 Brawl Team faced off against teens from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. We kept up with them match for match, going down 0-1, evening the score 1-1, going down 1-2, then evening the score again 2-2. In an impressive come from behind victory, the 412 Brawl Team rallied behind Jelani and Aaron to go up 3-2.

While we eventually lost 5-3, I’d like to thank all the members of the 412 Brawl Team for putting up a respectable showing. We had a number of exciting moments, from Shing narrowly missing his own single-handed come from behind victory to the Webbs just utterly dominating the competition. We’ll definitely be taking the 412 Brawl Team’s first squad on the road with more tournament matches against other libraries, so keep your eyes open. Until then, scope out a replay of all the action below.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main

Who’s Ready to Brawl? CLP Is Ready to Brawl!

CLP Teen is still gathering players from the Pittsburgh area to take on the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. The tournament takes place at the Main library Teen section before moving to the basement for the Teen End of Summer Party. If you can’t make it, we will be broadcasting the tournament LIVE at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Media Page (if you can make it, still be sure to tell all your friends).

Here are the rules:

  • The tournament will consist of eight matches of two-person teams, one from each library.
  • Whichever team notches the most wins at the end of the eight matches will be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by a match up against librarians.
  • Matches will be stock five matches to take place on the Final Destination board.
  • Items and friendly fire will both be OFF.

Meanwhile, check out the video for “Brawl Beat,” featuring members Shing and Spig C of the 412 Brawl Team:

or download the MP3.

Until then, I remain…

proud member of the 412 Brawl Team
Carnegie Libray of Pittsburgh, Main

Vampire Plagues (book 3) Mexico, 1850

The following is a review from Igor, who read this title and wrote the review for us in order to reduce his fines at the library. In some instances we allow teens to work off their fines at a rate of $5.00 per hour. Please contact the Teen staff at the Carnegie Library in Oakland if you are interested!

I haven’t read the first book or the second book, but after reading this book I wanted to read all 3 books, the book is about three children who have this “mission” to stop this vampire lord (camazots) and he wants to rule the world with his vampire demons, as I had discovered he is a Mayan god and eventually was sealed for one thousand years, that was a thousand years ego, and now he has a small army of minions to do his bidding, he wants a amulet that will grant him power beyond all others so he must collect the 4 parts to it: the bat, the eye, the crown, and the moon, the bat is the form he takes, the crown is his rule over earth, the eye is to make him all seeing and the moon is to turn the world into full darkness, so after getting that understood the book is not bad but I got to admit I did not like the ending for there was not a battle but a trick, the vampire lord was tricked into assembling the amulet the wrong way and so he and his followers died by lightning…

good or bad? The book was good for it had me interested, but the plot was not good and the ending was a turnoff so I would say the book has a 4 star review from me

-Igor (teen reviewer)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

CLP Quick Flix Special Screening

Saturday, August 30, 2008

3:00 – 5:00 PM * CLP – Main, Teens

I know, I’ve been talking about this video contest all summer long.  But it’s exciting!  Teens made videos! About how cool the library is! And they can win prizes for it!  And we’re going to show them off to EVERYONE!

The videos will be up on our website soon (and I’ll probably post again when that happens) but I didn’t want to forget to invite you all to the SPECIAL SCREENING of the entries.  We’ll show off the videos, and then there will be an award ceremony!  And snacks!  And maybe even fizzy punch!

Can you tell that I’m excited? I hope to see you all there!


Teen Services Coordinator

Knoxville Branch Brings the Movies!

On the fourth Wednesday of every month, you can enjoy a free movie screening at the Knoxville Branch! These movies are for those in grades 6-12 ONLY. If you are under the age of 13, you will need to bring a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian with you to the movie.


The next movie screening is on:


Wednesday, August 27th

5:00pm – 7:00pm


 BYOS – Bring your own snacks


So what movie will we be watching, anyway?

 I’ll give you a hint—it’s about a monster attacking New York!


Hope to see you thenJ


(Future movie screenings are on September 24, October 22, November 19, and December 17)


Calling all Super Smash Brothers BRAWLERS!

What happens when you take the winners of the CLP Teen Super Smash Bros. Tournament and pit them against the winners of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County?

Intensity. Chaos. Pain. Punishment. Brawl.

We’re kicking off the Main library’s Teen End of Summer Party in style, by battling for respect in two person teams. The party will take place on August 22nd, and the tournament will be starting at 3:00 PM–broadcast LIVE on the internet on the Teen Media Page.

This is where we need YOUR help!

While we’ve got a few great players, we’re short of recruiting the 16 we need to make a tournament. We need AMAZING Super Smash Bros Brawl players to help us in the final showdown.

Do you know anybody who fits this description? Please have them get in touch with Joseph about repping CLP! Joseph can be reached by calling 412-622-3121.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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