Saturday, June 27, 2009

1st raffle winners!

Congratulations to Andrew Tong & Caitlyn Kane! They're the winners of our first raffle drawing of the summer - 2 tickets to a Dodgers baseball game.

Be sure to check out our raffle calendar to the right to find out what else we'll be giving away this summer!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Edward Cullen visits HBPL

We've got a few photos up on Facebook from our Twilight Party!

You can see them here...if you were at the party, feel free to post your own and tag the library!

Chasing the Bear

Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

BookPage Notable Title
For almost 40 years, Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, fans can see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West.

A detective grows up
Review by James Neal Webb

Robert B. Parker's literary protagonist and alter ego, the Boston private investigator Spenser, is a man many readers would like to emulate. He's brave, witty, strong and smart, with a streak of impregnable integrity and a stubborn determination to do the Right Thing. He's also a wise-cracking detective who always seems to be up to his neck in trouble. Through almost 40 novels, Parker has given us glimpses of Spenser's past, but in his newest novel, written for teens, the details of his boyhood are fleshed out. Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel, takes us back to an incident that molds the boy Spenser into the man he would become.

Spenser (as in the adult novels, no first name is mentioned) is a teenager growing up in Laramie, Wyoming, being raised by his father Sam, and his two uncles, Patrick and Cash. As you might imagine, an all-male household means a lot of testosterone-influenced activities, including boxing and hunting, so Spenser is a tough kid who knows how to defend himself. What you might not expect is that the three men try to teach their young kin as best they can by exposing him to the classics (like Shakespeare and Milton) and by teaching him to always try to do what's right. These lessons come into play when Jeannie Haden, a friend from school, is taken upriver against her will by her abusive, alcoholic father, and Spenser has no choice but to follow them in a small, rickety skiff. The choices he makes in trying to rescue Jeannie will have repercussions both in the short term and for the rest of his life. As a result of his adventure, he learns a valuable lesson in dealing with both sides of the law; he is reluctantly drawn into a school racial dispute; and Jeannie (and her mother) give him an unexpected lesson in interacting with the opposite sex. In the process we watch as the adult Spenser takes shape.

Chasing the Bear will appeal to teen readers in much the same way the Spenser mysteries appeal to adults. Spenser's wit, strength, and moral rectitude serve as a stand-in for the way we want ourselves to be. He's the quintessential hero, and we all need a hero, no matter what our age.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Adam by Ted Dekker

reviewed by: Anonymous

title: Adam

author: Ted Dekker

number of stars (5 being the best):

what did you think was the most interesting thing about this book?
Suspense and the twisted ending.

what would you change about the story:
Nothing, it was too good.

who else could you recommend this book to?
Anyone and everyone.

interested in reading this book? check it out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sign up for the teen reading club NOW!

Visit our website to sign up for the reading club and print out your reading log!

Write your six word memoir!

Tell us about your favorite books!

And don't forget about our Twilight party @ 6pm on Thursday, June 25!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

get creative with a six word memoir

If you had to write the story of your life in six words what would they be?
Join a project that has swept the nation and submit your anonymous six word memoir at a box in the Teen Space or online at the teen blog. Our HB memoirs will be sent to our sister library to be posted, and we’ll post others here in the library and on the teen blog

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Night World by L.J. Smith

title: Night World

author: L.J.Smith

number of stars (5 being best):
***** 5 stars

what did you think was the most interesting thing about this book?
The vampires and witches

was there a character like you?

what would you change about the story:

Who else could you recommend this book to?
All of my friends and anyone who likes mythical stuff

interested in reading this book? check it out!