Calling all Medway Nerdfighters!

We are starting a new book club for Nerdfighters who love John Green’s books!

Students in 9th-12th grade are invited to the library on Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 AM for some light brunch foods, a discussion of Looking for Alaska by John Green, and the opportunity to share your own John Green fanfics. Please register in advance (so I know how much food to get) but feel free to bring non-registered friends!

DFTBA and see you there!

Teens Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

This book is about a dyslexic boy named Percy who struggles to stay in school. He has been through 6 different schools in the past six years, and was kicked out of all of them. With his mother burning through saving when her jobs hardly pay, matters worsen when she gets married for the second time to a man named Gabe who plays poker, stinks, and hates Percy. Percy’s only friend is Grover, a boy nobody likes at school. One day, Percy and his class visit a museum. After Percy gets in trouble for pushing a classmate, his teacher who he hates takes him aside. Her eyes go cold and yells something about killing Percy. His other teacher tosses him a pen. After uncapping it, it turns into a sword. Slicing the teacher, she disappears. When he rejoins his class, nobody even knows who the teacher he sliced is. Who was the woman? Why didn’t anyone know about her? Where had she come from?
I really enjoyed this book. There was nothing bad about it and it was one of a kind. I definitely recommend it!

Teens Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by Hannah, age 13

Mia had everything: a loving family, an affectionate boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and happiness. Then, in a split second it is all ripped from her. Mia is caught between life and death, with the only decision she has left, the most important she’ll ever have to make.

If I Stay messes with your emotions, in a good way. It has you rooting for a life that is on the line, it has you biting your nails as you turn the pages. This book will leave you in tears, not full on sobbing like The Fault In Our Stars, but enough to make rethink what you take for granted.

If I Stay is an emotional and inspiring book that will leave you begging for more. Beautifully written, Gayle Forman captures your heart as you read a young woman’s fight for something worth living for.

Watch for the If I Stay movie Coming soon!

Teens Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Reviewed by Alish, high schooler

“Okay, I thought, here goes. I said, ‘ May did you ever know a Deborah? Deborah Fontannel? A white woman from Virginia? It would have been a long time ago.’ . . . ‘Oh, yes, Deborah Fontannel. She stayed out there in the honey house. She was the sweetest thing,’

And there it was. There it all was.”

The Secret Life of Bees is about a young girl named Lily Owens. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father T. Ray and her black “stand-in-mother” Rosaleen, her best and only friend. When Rosaleen gets in trouble with some local racists, Lily won’t take anymore and runs away with Rosaleen. They go to the town Tiburon, which hides the secrets of her mother’s gloomy past. They’re taken in by a kind group of black women that have a mysterious connection to her mother. Lily learn the values of truth, friendship, and true love.

The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful read. The book has great transitions and meshes Lily Owens life and America’s unfair pastimes quite well. The book flows in and unpredictable series of events and it will grab your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read and also people who like historical fiction and America’s great pastimes.

Teens Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

I read Hatchet in 5th Grade, and I really enjoyed it. It is short, but appealing. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this book, but some believe it is unrealistic.It is actually very realistic, and could really happen. It doesn’t take long to read, so if you don’t have much time, Hatchet is a great choice because it’s a real page-turner. To stop reading it is very hard, because you just want to read and read and read. Hope you enjoy it! ;)

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian. His parents are divorced, so after the school year, Brian is to fly to Canada to be with his father for the summer. The plane holds just Brian and the pilot, and it very small. Brian’s mother gives him a hatchet as a gift when he leaves. During the plane ride, the pilot has a heart-attack. Unfortunately, it kills him. So Brian is alone on a plane with the pilot dead and him extremely vulnerable for death. He soon realizes he must take charge and fly the plane. Big uh-oh. So Brian flies solo, without any sense of where to go. Suddenly the engine cuts out. The plane begins falling. Fast. It ran out of gas.

Teens Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

Melody can’t talk. Or move. She can’t do anything herself, and she can’t change that- she was born that way. But if Melody could send one message to the world, it would be that she wasn’t dumb. Melody had photographic memory, so she remembered everything. Everything. The phone numbers for businesses on TV, every lyric of every song she listened to, every artist of every painting she saw. But Melody’s problem was that everyone thinks she didn’t know anything. She drools, she screeches. Nobody knew that Melody was extremely smart. Soon, Melody starts going to school, but she longs to be in a regular classroom with regular kids. Unfortunately, she’s stuck in the H-5 classroom, with all the other disabled kids. A program starts when the H-5 students visit the regular classrooms. Will Melody be able to show her smarts?

I really enjoyed this for many reasons- it showed a story about a girl who had to show the world who she was, when everyone doubted her, including herself. It shows life from a very different perspective, and makes you feel so thankful and lucky if you don’t have any disabilities.

Makey Makey

Our Makey Makey event was a ton of fun. I was so impressed with what everyone came up with and how they worked together!

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They created an obstacle course that required them to keep contact with each other and the aluminum foil or else the computer let out a hideous noise.

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Using playdough controllers connected to a Makey Makey to play tetrus.

Attempting to use the Makey Makey with computer keys and playdough.

Attempting to use the Makey Makey with computer keys and playdough.

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Using ballons, wire, and tinfoil with the Makey Makey to control a simulated piano.

 

Successful Dance Dance Revolution!

Successful Dance Dance Revolution!

Creating foot pads to control a Dance Dance Revolution computer game with the Makey Makey and aluminum foil.

Creating foot pads to control a Dance Dance Revolution computer game with the Makey Makey and aluminum foil.