Can teens make a difference? Anyone who says “no” hasn’t heard of Malala Yousafzai. The sixteen year survived a bullet to her head a little over a year ago. Why? She spoke out about the importance of girls being educated, something that the Taliban did not allow. Now that she is out of the hospital and living in England, she continues vocally attesting to girls’ right to attend school.
It's finally here! After months of work from our teen editorial board, Unheard Voices is finally finished!
From the Editors-
In a big city it becomes harder and harder to get discovered or even published at all and this gives a great opportunity for some people who will ever get that chance to be discovered and published in something people are going to see and enjoy. Central library gives something that most places don't: a chance for things to be different and to give teens a voice so they can tell their own words and their own opinions.
1. Brainfuse? What is that? It is a free resource for people with active Kansas City Public Library cards. It offers skill-building, one-on-one chats with tutors, and feedback for papers that you write. You pick the topics, and someone will work with you in English or Spanish.
2. Who will be chat with me? Brainfuse tutors all hold bachelors degrees, have taught or tutored before, and have passed background checks. These folks have jumped through some major hoops, so they want to help.
Check out the Central Teens' entry in the Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program Video Challenge. The Summer Reading Program is just around the corner!
Earlier this year, teens at Hogan Preparatory Middle School may have averted tragedy. They told their parents when someone threatened to bring a gun to school. The student rumored to be armed arrived at school on January 25, 2013. That morning, “Kansas City police said they found a Glock 19 semi-automatic weapon along with ammunition in the student's backpack.” 1 Instead of the boy shooting anybody, everyone went home unharmed.
Reviewed by Tamara, age 16, of the Waldo Branch Library.
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Tessa Brody lives with her father above their bookstore. When her father decides he need more books for their bookstore they go to an auction where they buy four boxes of books and one extra. Inside that box were a tapestry and a book with the words TEXO VITA on it. Tessa convinced her father to let her keep the tapestry and the book so she hung the tapestry in her bedroom wall.
This year, the Central Library at 14 W 10th St will be participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program and will be handing out free flash drives for each teen who joins us every Sunday in November from 2:00-4:30 for our weekly write-ins! There will be snacks and prizes for everyone who meets their word count goal!
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
This week we are featuring three teen book reviews by Tamara, age 16, from the Waldo Branch Library.
Review for Danger Overseas by Carolyn Keene
Danger Overseas is a Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery. Frank, Joe, and Nancy reunite in Rome to solve a case involving a theft from an archeological dig and a girl with a missing memory. They soon find themselves involved in a web of terrorism, kidnapping, and deception.
Every week here on the Teen Blog, we’ll be posting a roundup of the previous week’s Summer Reading book reviews submitted by our KCPL teens. To find out how you can get your reviews posted, check out the Teen Summer Reading page. And stay up with what’s going on this summer on our KC Library Teens Facebook page.
And without further ado, the latest batch of book reviews…