Teen Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice may be an old story, but it is still on our shelves for a reason! The story has all the excitement that comes when love and family matters collide with the charm of England from long ago. The story focuses on the five Bennet sisters as they navigate the customs of English society in the early1800s. Elizabeth Bennet, who is the main protagonist, is prejudiced against the arrogant Mr. Darcy for his pride. Their complicated relationship lies at the heart of the story.

The language can be difficult to read at times, but the adorable, if somewhat frustrating, story is worth the read. Austen’s subtle commentary on society’s pride and prejudice is clever and adds another layer to the story. Pride and Prejudice is a great book to read if you’re looking for a classic and a love story.

Submitted by,

Abby, 12th grade

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about two boys who end up making a film for their friend Rachel, who is dying of cancer. Written by Greg, the main character, the book follows his interactions with Rachel and his friends and family, his life at school, and his films. After many visits with Rachel, who is now a fan of his once secret films, he loses his low profile at school.

This book is full of funny moments and charm. Even though the book is sad at times, Greg, Rachel, and Earl (Greg’s friend), always give you something to laugh at. The book is full of ups and downs for these kids, but will have you smiling.

 

LIBRARY’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016

On January 17, Woodland Public Library Director, Greta Galindo, presented the Library’s Annual Report at the City Council Meeting with the help of some of our Teen Advisory Board Members and a diverse group of library volunteers and community members.

Every year, Greta reports on how the library is doing, the programs, events, and usage statistics to the City Council. This year, she decided it would be better to hear from the actual people that use the library as part of the wpl-annual-report-2016. It was a lot of work to round up families, children, teens and adults from library programs such as;

  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Rose Club
  • Brown Bag Book Lunch
  • Friends of the Library
  • Sticks in the Stacks
  • Storytimes
  • Coding Classes
  • Minecraft Club
  • Chess Club
  • And many many more!

We had a great turnout of people of all ages to come speak about why they use the library and what kind of impact the library has on their lives. As one community member said, “What a great presentation. Heard from a beautifully diverse crowd of how important the Woodland Public Library is to so many.”

It’s very encouraging to see how much the community values their library. And we are truly grateful to all our volunteers and strive to be a library for all!

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is a BEAUTIFUL & DEEP poetry book, which will be like nothing you have read before. It is unique and leaves you thinking, it touches the heart, and gives a new perspective on many things in life.

Written by Rupi Kaur, she recounts moments of her life, good and bad, through short poems as well as doodles. This book talks about mature elements, so is best for older readers and teens.

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Before I Fall

 

Before I Fall is a gripping tale of Samantha, a high schooler. After a fatal car crash, Samantha wakes up the next day and relives her death date 7 times. For a whole week, she tries to figure out a way to save herself and stop the crazy cycle. However, it turns out Samantha is not just trying to save herself….

This was a well-written story with lots of intense scenes. It was a page-turner for any reader and had a beautiful ending. Be sure to check it out and also look for it in theaters in March 2017 starring Zoey Deutch!

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Teen Book Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Teen Book Review:

The book Mice and Men is about two guys that are friends and are always together. Their names were Lennie and George. Lennie was kind of special he was a slow learner, which made him appear dumb. Lennie was sometimes a bother to George and he always got them into trouble. Lennie is a big guy and he sometimes is careless.  He got in some big trouble when a lady accused him of raping her. But, all was not true because Lennie just touched the lady’s red dress because he wanted to feel it. That caused them to run away and find a new job. They found a job, but what was to come there way was going to change their lives forever.

The book Mice and Men was a good book. It was an entertaining book, even though sometimes you found yourself confused throughout the story. Each character in the book was important even if that character just came out rarely throughout the story. Each character had a dream, which was fun to see in the end if the characters achieve their dream in the end. The end of the story was sad and can change your perspective from some of the characters. But overall the book was interesting to me.

 

Submitted by,

Diana- 10th grade