Teen

Forgotten Ellis Island: the Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

Monday, May 19, 2008
Lorie Conway

Most of us know something of Ellis Island and the amazing number of immigrants who entered the United States in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.We study the hows and whys that so many left their native countries and traveled here.We know of the terrible conditions that many traveled in on the long journeys.But, did you ever stop to think of the number of immigrants who arrived on the shore of Ellis Island ill or carrying a contagious disease?What happened to those people?

Enter America’s Immigrant Hospital.“The hospital was massive and modern- 22 state-of-the-art buildings crammed onto two small islands, which were man-made from rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway system.” (page 5).Read about the controversy surrounding ill immigrants, the building of the hospital, the staff that provided amazing care, and the patients.This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary institution, filled with photos of both then and now.Lorie Conway produced a documentary about the hospital, and this is the companion book.I haven’t been able to find a copy of the documentary available for purchase, but I’ll keep looking.

Holly, Youth Services

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Black Duck (Book on CD)

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Janet Taylor Lisle

It's the Spring of 1929 on the New England shore... Prohibition... Smuggling Liquor... and a dead body found on the beach.

So begins Black Duck the story of Ruben and Jeddy and their, along with most of those in the small community, involvement in rum-running. Black Duck is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that will have you on the edge of your seats at times. The author’s note at the end of the audio tells of the actual events that inspired the story.

Holly, Youth Services

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100 Cupboards (Book on CD)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
N. D. Wilson

One of those books on CD where I found myself wanting to drive for the sole purpose of listening! You know, where you sit in the garage for as long as you can get away with. Plus, I found myself telling everyone – adults and kids- how much I was enjoying the story. The back of the book on CD summed it up nicely…

“Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It’s an unfamiliar house- Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle and three cousins- so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowing turning….

Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors- ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room- with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

And the best part…100 Cupboards in the first of a new fantasy adventure! A great listen for ALL AGES.

Holly, Youth Services

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Author Russell Freedman...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I discovered Russell Freedman when I stumbled acrossEleanor Roosevelt: a life of Discovery.I enjoyed the book so much; I ended up naming our cats Franklin and Eleanor.Russell Freedman draws you into his current subject and doesn’t let you go.I eagerly await his new titles.The latest is Who Was First? Discovering the Americas. Freedman writes for the teen audience, but he pays them the same respect as one would an adult audience and thoroughly researches his subjects.After reading The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Livingston Reads! 2008 selection) I picked up Freedman’sChildren of the Great Depression.Give Freedman a try, regardless if you are no longer in the “teen audience”, you will be surprised by what you find.

Holly, Youth Services

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Skuldduggery Pleasant

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Derek Landy

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an involved story, him turning into a skeleton... but he was once a person - a magical person. Stephanie is immediately thrust into a world of magic that exists within hers and she's in up to her neck - luckily Skulduggery is a detective & ready to help out. Because they need to figure out what's going on, how to save the world, why Stephanie is in danger, and if an ancient relic exists and how it relates to all of this. Get ready for quite a ride!

Janice, Youth Services

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Downloadable Videos

Sunday, February 24, 2008

First you'll need to download the software - don't worry it's easy! Then you can make your selections from all the titles available for you to download - you'll need to enter in the numbers from the back of your library card before you can download them.

I used this a few weeks ago when I was ill and I was bored of being at home. I found it very easy to use and enjoyed the titles I dowloaded - mainly "library world" titles.

Some of the titles available include: shows like Fitness On Demand, Antiques Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen; movies like McClintock, My Best Friend's Wedding, Black Hawk Down, The Fifth Element, Desperado, Men In Black; Children's Shows like Boohbah, Caillou, and more!

Some of the things I'm looking forward to downloading for myself are some of the "Hollywood Favorites" movies like My Best Friend's Wedding; and shows of "Fitness on Demand"! I think this is a great service! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk at the library: 517-546-0720 x106.

Janice, Youth Services

 

Dream Factory

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

"When the character actors at Disney World go on strike, the teens hired as replacements learn that it isn't exactly the Happiest Place on Earth. Ella gets to be Cinderella, simply because the shoe fits. It should be a dream come true, but Ella no longer believes in dreams. Luke is a fur character, Dale the chipmunk. Chip is played by his girlfriend, Cassie, who is perfect in every way. Why, then, does Luke find himself more drawn to imperfect things like the theme park's Phantom? A team-building scavenger hunt brings Luke and Ella together. As they uncover the Magic Kingdom's treasures, they discover an undeniable magic between them."

A fun, comedic, coming of age story for teen 'romantics at heart' or Disney fanatics.

Janice, Youth Services

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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Gail Giles

Sunny describes her mom as “too depressed to take antidepressants” and it is Sunny’s job to take care of pretty much everything. And Sunny is managing. Until the day the letter arrives – the letter from Sunny’s sister Jazz. The sister who died in a fire. Dead girls don’t write letters. Then the girl arrives claiming to be Jazz… Just what is happening?

Holly, Youth Services

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A Northern Light (Book & Book on CD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jennifer Donnelly

Think about what it means to make a promise...

It’s 1906 in up state New York.Mattie made a promise to her dying mother – to stay on the farm, helping her father raising her younger siblings.But Mattie wants to go to college.She has a way with words and a scholarship waiting.To help make ends meet, Mattie takes a job at one of the summer resorts.Here she makes another promise- to burn some letters for a guest.But before she does, the guest ends up dead.Does one have to keep a promise to a dead person?Even when it means giving up one’s dreams of college?Or when the letters could help solve the mystery surrounding a death?

Holly, Youth Services

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Peak

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Roland Smith

The story of a fourteen year old boy who attempts to not only make the journey up Mount Everest, but be the youngest person to reach the top. As he makes this journey, he also learns more about his father, who he has never really gotten the chance to know. One of my favorite teen books of 2007.

A great adventure book - especially for teen boys!

Janice, Youth Services

 

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