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The Daemon Chair of Carrick

In the cursed early evening of December 7th, just as a gibbous moon was dawning overhead and unwitting Carrick Library staff were busily going about their closing duties for the day, ancient star patterns were aligning in the bruised sky forming eldritch constellations hinting that the laws of time and physics were about to momentarily part ways with logic – ushering in an unholy visitor to this world.  Through their disbelief and mild shock, those staff members present recounted how, upon locking the glass doors of the Library, the sidewalk in front of the building had been clear.  Then, seemingly, in an instant, a darkened figure lay; its sprawling, hideous shadow branching towards the entrance in the transitional moonlight like scary fingers reaching…

Possessing subtle yet exceptionally powerful abilities in persuasion and hypnotic suggestion, this four-legged interstellar traveler was able to easily gain shelter in the Library.  It has since, likewise, exhibited a preternatural ability in avoiding removal from the premises, having survived being left for the taking on the curb (despite being solid and structurally sound) and the Library’s weekly trash removal.  Despite these menacing mutant abilities, it is the Daemon Chair’s eerie silence and somewhat intrusive presence (both of which boldly underline the almost certain sinister nature of its mysterious materialization) that have proven most unnerving.  Where did it come from?  What sort of convoluted evil is it hatching?

Using its aforementioned subliminally persuasive abilities, the Daemon Chair has influenced Teen Think (Carrick’s Teen Advisory Group) to begin writing and producing a horror film about and starring the wooden abomination.  Does its plan for global domination commence with an A-list, red carpet career???  Does anyone want/need a chair????

TEEN + Mystery =


Jon : Carrick

Teen Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

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.

Tempest by Julie Cross

Jackson seems like a normal guy on the outside. He is a college student, volunteers, and has a wonderful girlfriend. But in reality, he is holding a very interesting secret. He can time travel, or rather, perform time jumps. He can go back and forth to different years, without any consequences except sickness.

The present year, otherwise known as the home base year, is 2009. The only person that knows about Jackson’s time traveling is his best friend, Adam. Adam and Jackson perform experiments to try and fully grasp how powerful this time traveling is.

When visiting his girlfriend, Holly, at her college dorm room, strange men bombarded the two and Holly was fatally shot. On instinct, Jackson time jumped. This time, he couldn’t get back to 2009.

Jackson ended up in 2007, two years before meeting Holly, and now he doesn’t know how to get back to 2009 or what is going to happen to Holly.

With nothing else to do, Jackson starts to search for answers. He finds out a whole different side of his father that he never knew, and he decides that he wants to meet the 2007 Holly and Adam. Jackson opens up a whole new level of dark secrets about his abilities, and once he learns about them, he can’t go back.

This novel was interesting and the main character Jackson was extremely lovable and readers will admire him for all of his brave decisions. The time travel talk could get confusing at times, but the time travel that Julie Cross invented is very interesting and unique. This novel is a page-turner… a very suspenseful and gripping story.

Teen Review: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June

Tawnya – Hi, I’m sixteen and currently attending cyber school as a sophomore for the first time. I like to try new things and express myself in creative ways. Writing is something I’ve always loved to do in school, and i adore reading, so this volunteer opportunity was a calling for me. It’s great to meet new people, and I’m glad to share a little bit about myself. I’ll be giving you the most honest reviews I can, and i hope you can trust my opinion. My friends tend to call me a bookworm, but you can call me Tawnya :)

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June is a great book. If you like to read books with a teen voice, complete with slang and down to earth personalities, you’ll love the writing style. It’s about three sisters named April, May and June who discover that they have amazing abilities. Throughout the story, you get to experience the perspective of each sister, which is something unusual about the book, but it keeps the reader entertained. This was written for the female teen crowd; so naturally, there’s drama, boys and lessons learned through each sister.

The book also has an element of humor. If you like sarcasm, May is definitely your girl. If you’re smart and responsible, you’ll love April. If you just like shopping and having a bunch of friends, June will feel like a best friend. If you can relate to all three, that’s even better!

I suggest you pick this book up when you have an open afternoon, because I finished it in one sitting.

Teen review: Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

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.

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Bobby Phillips is just an ordinary 15 year old boy. He is socially awkward and barely surviving high school. He’s an average teenager when one day he suddenly disappears. As in, he becomes invisible, and his whole life is different.

Now Bobby has to deal with his bewildered parents, who are completely engrossed in solving this mystery. Bobby almost goes insane with his invisibility but he has one thing that calms him down; Alicia. Alicia is a blind girl he met at the library and his right hand (wo)man in helping him get back to normal.

This novel is an inspiring coming of age story in which Bobby truly experiences a different perspective on life.

Favorite books of 2011 – a reflection

Now that 2012 has just begun, I find myself looking back on the past year: the meals I’ve cooked, the films that touched me, the time I spent with loved ones, and the great books I read. Therefore, I’m embracing this opportunity as a chance to share those titles with you.  So bundle up and stop into your local library to pick up one of these greats!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Scholar, Diana Bishop, unknowingly finds a much sought after tome, while in Oxford’s Bodleian library.  Who is in search for this tome, you ask?  Oh, no one but the world’s most powerful witches, daemons, and vampires – that’s all!  This one is a delightful mix of supernatural, science fiction, romance that will surely make you crave the second volume in this trilogy.

The Kid by Sapphire – This extraordinary story chronicles the journey of Precious’ son, Abdul, after his mother’s death.  Beware – this one is just as gritty as Precious and will send you on an emotional roller coaster.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin –  Contrary to the implication of the use of the word “autobiography” in the title of this one, it is a fictional tale, though it does read like an autobiography.  Pick this one up if you’re intrigued by the circus – it gives a great account of the beginnings of the famous Mr. P.T. Barnum and all from the perspective a very teeny tiny woman, Ms. Lavinia Bump.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman – This follow up to The Magicians is simply fantastic. Pick up book one if you craving an adventure tale with a taste of the traditional English boarding school story with a more adult Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia flavor mixed in. You’ll surely be clamoring for book two shortly after.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – I couldn’t have chosen a better book to read over Halloween weekend this year. Johnson eloquently unravels a mystery in this one, where Rory moves to London from Louisiana to attend boarding school, only to promptly witness a modern day Jack the Ripper murder, and must decide what to do, while avoiding getting her own throat cut.

I can hardly wait to see what 2012 will bring, in terms of some good reading!

~LeeAnn Anna

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 review: Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Check out Jenna’s review of Nancy Werlin‘s latest – Extraordinary. And remember, you can click on the picture of the book and order it for yourself from our catalog.

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Phoebe Rothschild was just another middle school student when she met Mallory Fayne. Mallory dressed differently and was basically an outcast. Phoebe chose to ditch her judgemental friend and befriend the girl who had no friends, Mallory. Fast forward a couple of years, and the two are best friends. Their ages are 17 and 18. Little does Phoebe know that Mallory is part of a completely different world–the faerie world. Mallory was put on a specific mission from the faerie world, and the subject/target is Phoebe.

Phoebe is also part of a very famous family that is known to be extraordinary. Find out why Phoebe and her family are so important to the faerie world by reading this novel!

This novel is very interesting, it’s kinda long, but it has a good story line! This novel will keep you on your toes, too!

Reviewed by Jenna Mihalcin

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