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Book Review by Jacqueline

my brother sam book coverThis book takes place during the American Revolution. Many people wanted their freedom. In this book there is a young boy who has to choose between his brother or his father. His brother chose to be a rebel. His father chose to be a loyalist. They would get very angry at each other. The father was ashamed and embarrassed of his son. Sam decided to leave home. He left because he thought it was the right thing to do. He wanted to fight for what he believed in. He fought in many battles against the British. The father left too. The boy in the story (the brother of Sam) is Tim. Not having Sam or the father around made things hard for Tim. It meant that there was more work at home for Tim to do. He had a lot more chores and he had to do them in not a lot of time. In the end the father was sent to prison. The place was very unclean and nasty. He ( the father) died of infections and disease. The family received a letter explaining what had happened and the letter told Sam to forgive his father. That is what happened in this book.

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Do You Dinosaur?

So, as many of you already know, jurassic-parksmallerJurassic Park, the 1993 movie has just come out in 3-D in movie theaters and will soon be available for the small screen. I love this movie, but I love the book that it’s based on even more. Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park came out in 1990. If you read it now, you’ll be surprised at how much the world has changed. The book talks about cray supercomputers and there are no cell phones. It’s still a scary book and it’s a lot darker than the movie. Interesting how books and movies take a different direction, isn’t it? What’s your favorite book that’s been made into a movie?

We Have a Winner!

The “Very Short Writing Contest” has announced a winner. Congratulations go to Sophia Ramirez , a 6th grader from Hauser Junior High for her winning poem, The Bean. You can read her poem at When you do, you might just get the feeling you are there as you read her dream-like images of what it’s like to stand under the bean.cloudgate mysterious

Very Short Writing Contest

chicagobeansculptureThere’s a new writing contest in town! It’s called the Very Short Writing Contest. The challenge: can you express your thoughts and feelings about Chicago in 100 words or less? Your piece could be fiction, true story or poetry. The contest is for writers in 5th grade and up. Winning pieces will be displayed in the library and published on the On the Same Page website. What’s “On the Same Page” you ask? It’s the new collaborative reading program between Riverside Public Library and Brookfield Public library. We’re getting together this year to read, Never a City So Real by Alex Kotlowitz, a book all about Chicago. The writing contest is a part of all the fun programming that’s a part of the On the Same Page collaboration. Visit the website “On the Same Page” on our blogroll to the right to learn more about it. So, are you ready to write? Click on the picture at the top of this post to get to the entry form. You can print it out, or send us your entry in an email to: Writing contest deadline is March 1st.

Books on CD bring characters to life… or death

Hold-me-Closer-NecromancerThere’s an amazing difference between reading a book and hearing it read to you as an audio book. Sometimes you start to hate the characters just because you don’t like the way the voice actors make them sound. That’s too bad because it can really ruin what would otherwise be an an enjoyable read. And sometimes… the voice actors get it so right that it’s amazing. That’s the case with Hold Me Closer Necromancer, read by Jonathan Todd Ross and Chris Sorensen. It’s the story of Sam LaCroix, a young fast food worker and college drop out whose life is turned inside out when he discovers he’s a necromancer–he can raise the dead, control zombies–cool stuff but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be since his life is also threatened by another necromancer. There’s plenty of goulish laughs, romance, and a lot of creepy and grizzly events in this one. Listen to it on a dark and stormy night.

Alex Rider

Alex is a teenager that lives with his uncle, Ian and “babby sitter”, Jack (They are like best friends). Then his uncle dies. When he goes to find out how, he gets sucked into a world of secrets. The Special opperations wanted to recrute him as a spi! It is more than just fun and games, as Alex soon finds out. One of these days he may not be lucky enough to stay alive…