From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Rod Serling
Obsolete Man [fromThe twilight zone. Season 2] [videorecording]
Obsolete Man, an episode of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, is about a librarian who is summoned to court to defend his profession. The librarian is designated as “obsolete” because there are no more libraries and therefore, there is no knowledge to organize. The “obsolete” librarian (or person) may choose his or her method of execution. He is,in addition, permitted to meet with his executioner and discuss with him, in private, his desired method of termination. Shortly before his execution is to commence, the librarian summons the Grand Chancellor to his room and locks the door. The librarian displays admirable cool as the clock ticks down while the Grand Chancellor shows a total lack of it. The Grand Chancellor is permitted out of the room before the termination is committed but beware of your judgment upon others because your judgment may be reflected back at you. The Grand Chancellor is the next to be determined “obsolete” but the viewer is led to the conclusion that this sentence was determined by the cowardice demonstrated and caught on tape while he with the condemned.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Alice Ozma
The reading promise : my father and the books we shared
The Reading Promise: my father and the books we shared by Alice Ozma with foreword by her father,Jim Brozina, was an inspirational read. It reinforced in me the love of books and the connection that reading can forge between people. As a librarian, I believe a shared love of the words contained within books and recently within a handheld computer device can bridge cultures and open new vistas. The Reading Promise is a promise which is too often pushed aside in today’s society for encroaching technologies. A shared love of books fosters communication, a verbal exchange of ideas and facilitates understanding of ourselves and others. The father is a school media librarian and his love of books and performance has transmitted itself to his daughter and strengthened the bond between them, helping them weather the emotional storms inherent in daily life.
From Justin Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Tom Sniegoski
The book Legacy by Thomas Sniegoski is an action packed, mysterious adventure about an 18 year old boy named Lucas Moore who finds out that his dad is a superhero. Legacy takes you inside the lives of two superheroes who have to fight crime, keep a low profile, and overcome sadness. Personally, I loved this book. I think the author tied up all the loose ends. I also think he wrote the book so descriptively that you would think it could be a famous motion picture. Another great thing about this book is that it is a quick and very detailed read. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves action and adventure. I believe any person who loves those types of genres would enjoy this book. So read this awesome book!
From Megan Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Brian Falkner
Brian Falkner’s newest creation brings the reader inside the inner workings of a teenage technological mastermind. Brain Jack is a fast paced thriller that keeps the reader enticed throughout. This book, however, could leave the reader confused with the technical terms and tech savvy jargon. This mysterious Sci-Fi thriller explores a world with vastly advanced technology. In our present world that is constantly fixed upon the newest and fastest technology, Brain Jack amps up our fixation and explores the possibility of taking technology too far. Falkner brings the level of technology to a whole new medium. He brings the reader into a world where not only computers can be hacked into… so can the mind. New mind video games dominate society and produce over obsessive game addicts. These new video games surpass the present day creations like the Wii or Xbox that require controllers and screens. In this alternate world, the brain functions as both the controller and the screen. Your very own neuro connection will allow you to put away your keyboard mouse and even your computer screen and let you operate solely using your own brain. The brain is described as acting like a piece of technology, which leads the reader to ponder the possibility of a brain hack. Brain Jack resembles the very popular mind warping Inception, yet leaves the reader similarly confused. Far from being a must read, Brain Jack is enticing as it dramatizes the growing technological aspects of society.
From Divya Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Melvin Burgess
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess is a book about fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane, who seems like your typical popular boy (good looks, leader,etc.), getting everything whisked away from him when his mother dies after a heroin overdose. Nicholas goes to live with Jenny, his mother’s best friend but he is eventually relocated to Meadow Hill Assessment Center after he gets into a fight at school. This isn’t just any boarding school, it’s one for boys with violence issues and he soon realizes that after a couple of fights. There he befriends a boy named Oliver and both of them have to face the inhumane wrath of the home’s deputy head, Tony Creal. Read this book to find out if the boys get out alive and sane! I would give this book eight out of ten stars (ten being the highest) because it is very interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, this story takes place in Britain, so there are many English terms that you may not be familiar with!
From Eileen Effrat
Author: Lars Kepler
A family has been brutally murdered in a Stockholm suburb. The lone survivor is the teenage son who has sustained multiple stab wounds and is in a state of shock. With no clues to follow, Detective Joona Linna enlists the help of a retired hypnotist, Erik Bark. The hypnotism works, but unleashes an unforeseen chain of events. Written by a Swedish husband and wife team, this is an intense and very disturbing novel that explores psychological and physical abuse, revenge and gang violence.
From Elaine Pasquali
Still Mr.and Mrs.
Author: Mary McBride
A delightful mystery that incorporates an attempt on the life of the mother of the President of the United States and an estranged couple of married Secret Service agents. Fast moving and funny, it’s difficult to put down and leaves you wanting more.
From Ellen Druda
author: Obreht, Téa
The tiger’s wife
Natalia, a young doctor on her way to help with inoculations at a children’s orphanage, tells us about her grandfather. Like her, he was a doctor, and they were very close as she grew up. She finds out about his mysterious death during her trip and goes off to start an investigation. The author interweaves this story with old folk tales, the encroaching war, and the strange characters Natalia meets, and creates a surreal experience for the reader with a mesmerizing, cinematic flair worthy of Fellini or Bergman.
From Jackie Cantwell
author: Steen, Celine
The complete guide to vegan food substitutions : veganize it! : foolproof methods for transforming any dish into a delicious new vegan favorite
I’ve read dozens of vegan cookbooks over the years, but this one knocks them out of the ballpark. There is an “Ingredients” section at the start to explain how certain foods or spices are used and where they can be purchased. At the start of each chapter is a guidelines chart. They’ve organized the book into chapters highlighting a certain ingredient that can be made vegan, for example, “How to Substitute for Dairy”. They have a list of vegan dairy substitutes that you can make at home. I never even thought I could make my own nondairy buttermilk or sweetened condensed soy milk. There are color photos that accompany some, but not all, of the recipes. You must try the recipe for Nutty Pepperjack which stands in for Monterey Jack cheese. The fondue recipe is absolute genius. And there are two out-of-this world red or green spicy macaroni salad recipes. To show off, try the Sesame Orange Tempeh with Caramelized Onions Pizza or the Fish-y Sticks with Tartar Sauce. I tried the gluten-free version of Pizza Pepperoni Topping (I doubled the recipe), and it was to-die-for.
You’ll eat it by the spoonful. The recipes are easy to follow. I think this book could convert the most dedicated carnivores to vegans in no time. This is a completely original cookbook which is inventive, delightful, and should be referred to for years to come.
From Elaine Pasquali
The Big Dirt Nap
Author: Rosalie Harris
Aside from learning that a “dirt nap” refers to being dead and buried, I was disappointed in this book because of its poor character development and shallow plot.