Archive for May, 2009

Any thoughts on the new movie?

May 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

Life As We Knew It (moon book, #1) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

* Find it in our YA Fiction section!

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Seriously, one of the scariest books you’ll ever read. This book is written in diary form from the viewpoint of a teenager. Pfeffer maintains a sense of realism in an extreme situation – a comet hitting the moon alters Earth’s climate and environment drastically, and modern civilization collapses, leaving our narrator and her family, suburbanintes, to face the unpredictable wild all on their own. I had to race through this book because the whole time I was reading it (and loving it), I was certain this was something that was about to happen, and I was terrified! I can’t read to read it’s companion, The Dead and The Gone. Same event, different story.

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May 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

* Currently on the NEW spinner!

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can only add my accolades like everyone else. I didn’t want to like this book for the perverse reason that everyone else did, but hey, there’s a reason it’s a crowd pleaser!

The story is grim, and there’s no mercy for the squeamish, which is why it one my heart. Collins set about to tell a rough story of a world where kids are forced to battle with other kids to the death for their own survival, and she had me on the edge my of seat the whole way through.

As a book with an inevitable sequel, I approve of Collins ending. I HATE books that leave you on the edge of a cliff, sometimes waiting a year for the continuation! It makes me feel manipulated, which I hate more than anything. I believe a responsible and talented storyteller should be able to write a real ending well enough that I will choose to come back for more when the sequel is published, not be forced to just to see if my character makes it out alive or some nonsense like that. This story is definitely not over, but I can wait in pleasant anticipation of the sequel (September 2009), not in torment. It’s so much nicer that way, isn’t it?

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May 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

NEW graphic novels

Plain JanesTake a look at the NEW graphic novels! 

We’ve just acquired several of the MINX graphic novels, targeted to girls, but enjoyable for everyone! 

If you thought graphic novels was only superheroes and manga, look again.  We’ve got something for everyone!

May 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

Marked (House of Night, #1) Marked by P.C. Cast

* Currently to be found in the RED HOT READS display by Miss Catherine’s desk.

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Here’s the thing – fantasy writers writing anything within 10 years of Harry Potter really need to go out of their way to make different choices. I can totally believe that this book is not particularly Potter inspired (Rowling, after all, borrowed heavily from her predecessors too), but here are a great many similarities:

1) heroine leaves her ordinary life to attend a boarding school for the “special” (in this case vampires),

2) heroine is marked by an extraordinary mark on her forehead that means she has no chance of blending in,

3) on the first day our heroine meets both her instant enemy & roomate/best friend,

4) heroine has a teacher/mentor that she trusts and admires, yet does not confide in. You see what I mean?

That gripe aside, I did enjoy this story and will continue to read the series. A good series to recommend to Twilight admirers; it may even prove to be better written (but don’t tell Twilight fans I said that).

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May 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Happy Cinco De Mayo!


Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.  The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.   The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.

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May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Give your input and make a difference!

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Youth Forum


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

East High School

1801 East Main Street

Call on Mayor Duffy and government officials, youth agencies, schools, neighborhood groups, businesses, juvenile justice entities, foundations, and faith groups, to make youth a priority in Rochester. The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is hosting this event to present its “Youth Priorities in Action,” which shares the ideas of Rochester youth as to what they need to develop themselves and contribute to the community. The report is based on information gathered from over 200 youth and adults at last year’s Voice of the Youth Forum (held 6/4/08) at City Council Chambers.

This will be the first time the report is released to the public. The event will feature speeches and interactive messages created and presented by youth and an open-mic “speak out” that allows attendees to join in the call to action.

May 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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