Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scholarships

Some scholarships you might have missed


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New YA Releases for May

A School for Unusual Girls
A Sense of the Infinite
Conviction
Eternity’s Wheel
Dangerous Deception
Hold Me Like A Breath
Illusionarium
Killer Within
Lion Heart
Made You Up
Maximum Ride Forever
Off the Page
Scarlett Undercover
Sparks in Scotland
The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak
The Last Good Day of the Year
Three Day Summer


Courtesy of http://daxvarley.com/2015/05/new-ya-releases-for-may-19th/

Trash by Mulligan

Book Summary

In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three "dumpsite boys" make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.


Andy Mulligan has written a powerful story about unthinkable poverty - and the kind of hope and determination that can transcend it. With twists and turns, unrelenting action, and deep, raw emotion, Trash is a heart-pounding, breath-holding novel.

Review
Trash is a very controversial book, including when Blue Peter axed it from their shortlist for being too inappropriate. I don't really agree, but I still don't like this book.

It tells the tale of 3 dumpsite boys, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, who live on the trash heaps of Behala and sort through it, hoping to find anything they can sell or recycle. Their lives are rugged, poverty stricken, unadventurous. This changes when the boys find something in the trash: a bag, with a key and a wallet. When the police show up to question them, even offer them money, the boys decide to evade the authorities to figure things out for themselves.

I found how the chapters constantly changed narrators very confusing and sometimes really annoying. One time in particular, there were two very different situations and suddenly the narrator and therefore the stories completely changed, which made me put the book down in frustration. I found some scenes very distressing and inappropriate and upsetting. The actual storyline is obviously very well thought-out and created but personally, I found it really confusing and didn't really understand it, because of the way it was written. I thought it was a bit rushed and too fast-paced. I can fully understand why some people would love this book, but I just didn't like it the way I know some people did. You need to read every single letter, you need to understand every single word, in order to fully like this book to the maximum.(http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2011/sep/29/trash-andy-mulligan-review)

My Opinion
I listened to the CD and found the book a bit confusing. It is an interesting concept, however, for a large part
of the book, I kept wondering where the story was going and what was the point.


Rating 3 out of 5

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015


Check out this article on what are the most popular technology used by teens.



Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015


What is your reaction? I was surprised teens use FB--

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard



Mare Barrow lives in a world divided between the wealthy (the Silvers) and the poor (The Reds). Her days consist of pick-pocketing to help her family survive. Mare, her family, Kilorn (her best friend) are Reds. They have nothing special about them except to ensure Silvers' lives of leisure. Silvers, on the other hand, not only have money and power, but are also gifted with extraordinary abilities.



When her sister can no longer work, Mare goes into full mode pick-pocketing. Her best friend Kilorn is in danger of being conscripted. His leaving is tearing at Mare, and she'll do anything to stop this from happening.



One fateful night will forever change the destiny of not only Mare, but her family's and Kilorn's as well.



Aveyard has created a sweeping fantasy that enchants and intrigues the reader to keep trying to figure out the twists, plots, schemes and relationships it presents.



Full review on YABAM: http://naomibates.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-red-queen-by-victoria-aveyard.html