Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Reviewed by FleurBetween-the-Lines-400

Picture enchanting characters, interesting settings, and a plotline that will leave you smiling; if that sounds like a good book, then Between The Lines is for you.

To begin, we meet the two charming main characters. One, a prince, considered privileged in his lifestyle, wants to break free. The other, a teenage girl, loves a special book that she found at the school library–a one-of-a-kind children’s fairytale. Then, one day, she notices that something in the book has changed. Mystified, she investigates further…and discovers a surprise no one will soon forget! Some more characters include a sweet friend/dog, a silly girl sadly in love with the prince, a mother who worries about her child not growing up, and an understanding BFF.

This delightful story about finding home and love is perfect for a mellow evening that needs brightening up.  So dive in and uncover the magical secrets of this tale! DISCLAIMER AND WARNING: If you like this book too much, you may find yourself reading fairytales again. But then again, is that really a bad thing?

Dec 26, 2013 - Teen News, Upcoming Events    No Comments

PS4 @ the Library!

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday! This week, stop by the library for some quality time with the PS4 we have on loan. I’ve reserved the Board Room for the dates and times below, so stop in and play a few games. We have Need for Speed: Rivals, Madden 25, FIFA 14, and Just Dance 2014. (OK, Just Dance will be tricky in the Board Room. Let me know if you want to play Just Dance, and I’ll check into getting a bigger room with less furniture.)

No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

PS4 Schedule:

  • Thursday, Dec. 26th, 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday, Dec. 27th, 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 28th, 2pm to 4pmPlayStation4-FeaturedImage
  • Monday, Dec. 30th, 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 4th, 2pm to 4pm


Happy gaming!



Book Hipsters Review:

Title: Cirque du Freak series

Author: Darren Shan

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Reviewed by: Noel  S., 10th Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural

What grade would you give this series? A+

Synopsis: Darren Shan, a normal kid, becomes trapped in a web of crazy, destructive, and evil web of events after stealing a vampire’s spider in a freak show. When he becomes a vampire, he has to make certain “adjustments” in order to adapt to his vampire life as a vampire’s assistant. His course of horror is only decided by his destiny, and that course is going to change many, many things…

What do you think of the covers? The covers were amazing. They grabbed my attention immediately.

Do the covers accurately reflect the contents? Yes.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? There were many sad moments that the main character went through, but everything else was just awesome.

Dec 12, 2013 - Books books books    No Comments

For All of You Cinder Fans…

She’s a cyborg. She’s a mechanic. She’s…Cinderella? Meet Cinder, the star of the first installment in Marissa Meyer’s fantastic Lunar Chronicles series. If you’re a fan, look at this recipe for a tasty beverage based on Cinder. I haven’t made this yet, but it looks like it might be pretty good. (I’m a little suspicious ofcinder the Oreo cookie, though. Maybe a gingersnap instead?) For those of you too lazy to click on a link, here’s the recipe:

The Cinder


1 cup water

1 bag of your favorite green tea

1/4 cup of low fat milk, chilled (almond milk would be great, too)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Optional Add-ins:

1 crumbled Oreo cookie (chunky and black like cinders)

tiny pinch of black cardamom (smoky flavor of cinders)


  1. Pour water into a microwave-safe mug and heat for 2.5 minutes. Then place tea bag in this hot water and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
  2. If you like, froth milk with a milk frother.
  3. Remove tea bag from tea.  Add brown sugar and milk to tea and stir.
  4. Sprinkle with crumbled Oreo and a tiny bit of black cardamom to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Book Hipsters Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Hello everyone,

Looking for some great books to read on your snowdays? Book Hipsters Club has been hard at work reviewing! Read on for Lauranne’s review of Charles de Lint’s The Blue Girl.

  • Title: The Blue Girl
  • Author: Charles de Lintblue girl
  • Reviewed by Lauranne W., 10th Grade
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  •  What grade would you give this book? A+

Synopsis: The main character, Imogene, moves to a town. Unfortunately, while she’s made a best friend and gotten out of the gang side of school, her childhood imaginary friend has come to life. Weird creatures and the school ghost are following her around and she’s attracted the attention of some malevolent creatures.

What do you think of the cover? I like it. It fits the main character well, even if it is another girl on the cover.

Does the cover accurately reflect the contents? I guess, because she’s blue (literally).

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? The ending was a little quick.

Volunteers Needed for the Spy Camp Lock-In

Looking for some community service hours? The Spy Camp Lock-In on Saturday, December 7th, needs your help! We have an ambitious line up of games and activities, and a few good volunteers would really make a difference.

We are going to make something like this. Want to help?

We are going to make something like this. Want to help?

Some of the things you’ll be doing:

  • blowing up balloons for the minefield
  • stringing red crepe paper for the laser beam obstacle course
  • gathering marshmallows from the mini catapults
  • popping all of those balloons at the end of the program

If you’re interested, contact me (Dianne) at the Help Desk at (845) 986-1047 ext. 3 or via email at

Volunteers interested in setting up should arrive by 4pm. Volunteers who would like to help clean up should be prepared to stay until 9:30pm. Bring along any paperwork you need signed to prove your volunteer hours, and I’ll sign it that evening.

Thanks, everyone!

Oct 31, 2013 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Hi everybody! Ruth, our intern, wrote you all a review of Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel, Steelheart. Copies are available in the new YA section, but you can go here and place it on hold. And now for Ruth’s review (thanks)! Enjoy!

“Calamity came over a decade ago.  In its aftermath some were given great powers and became known as Epics, but there are no superheroes.  The Epics are cruel tyrants ruling with fear and battling among themselves.  Steelheart rules what was once Chicago with no one daring to stand against him.  Until the Reckoners come.  This small underground group of rebels dares to fight the Epics and bring them down.

Ten years ago David saw his father killed at the hands of Steelheart and has vowed revenge.  He has studied everything he can about the Epics, their powers and weaknesses, to be able to plan how to defeat the seemingly invincible Steelheart.  He also studied the Reckoners and manages to get caught up in one of their missions in the hopes of joining them. David’s knowledge impresses the group enough to give him a shot and develop his plan to take Steelheart out.  David saw Steelheart bleed once. Will he see him bleed again?

Brandon Sanderson’s newest YA novel is a fast-paced, riveting adventure in a dystopian future of superpowers with no heroes in sight to save the day.  Intricate world-building, strong characters and an exciting plot make this a must read.”

Oct 12, 2013 - Teen News    No Comments

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Mixtape?

Hi all!

Thanks so much for coming to the Perks of Being a Wallflower Lock-In last night! I really loved all of your comments and insights. I hope you all had fun playing High School Confessions Bingo with M&Ms and making hypothetical mixtapes. As promised, I’ve listed all the songs you wanted to share below.  If you still want to submit yours and didn’t get it to me last night, let me know and I’ll update it. Also, if I mangled the name of your favorite band or attributed a song to someone other than the artist you intended, let me know and I can fix it.

In the spirit of last night’s discussion on mental illness, suicide, and the like, I’ve put together a list of resources for you all, including ways to help out friends. Most of these resources are geared toward teens living here in Orange County, but a few are National Programs that I think everyone should be aware of, like the National Suicide Hotline and the Trevor Project. Have suggestions for the list? Let me know, and I’ll add them!

Oh! And for those of you interested in following our Tumblr, check it out here!

So without further ado, here are your (infinite) playlists:

Naomi’s List:

  • “Love Shack” The B-52s
  • The Nutcracker Suite
  • “What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger” Kelly Clarkson
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  • “Keep it Gay” from The Producers
  • “We Can Do It” from The Producers
  • “Hold On Loosely” .38 Special
  • Rhapsody in Blue (yes, Gershwin)
  • “Fat Bottom Girls” Queen
  • “Walk This Way” Aerosmith
  • “Hell to the No” Glee original song

Ian’s Playlist

  • “Clarity” by Zedd
  • “My Blood” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Fix You” by Coldplay
  • “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
  • “Almost is Never Enough” Ariana Grande
  • “The Fight” Kelsey Byrne
  • “Disaster” Jojo
  • “Get it Right” Lea Michelle
  • “Dead in the Water

Kathleen’s Mix

  • “Fallen Angels” bvb
  • “Some Love” Macklemore
  • “White Walls” Macklemore
  • “I’m Not a Vampire” Falling in Reverse
  • “The Parting Glass” Ed Sheeran
  • “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons
  • “Red and Black” from Les Mis

Faith’s Mix

  • “Soldier’s Eyes” Salvador
  • “Falling” Civil Wars
  • “Young and Beautiful” Lana del Ray
  • “Best Kept Secret” Bare: The Musical
  • “Revolution” Diplo
  • “Bravado” Lorde
  • “Somewhere Only We Know” Keane
  • “This Place is a Prison” Postal Service

Sydney’s Playlist

  • “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • “Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus
  • “Butterflies” Alana Lee
  • “Think of Me” Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Simple Minds
  • “Corner of the Sky” Stephen Schwartz (Pippin)
  • “The Way” Ariana Grande
  • “Popular Song” MIKA, Ariana Grande
  • “Forever” The Beach Boys
  • “Seasons of Love” Jonathan Larson (Rent)

Bailey’s Playlist

  • “Pink Tie,” “Take it Back,” and “Puppy Love” by This Wild Life
  • “Quiet” from Matilda the Musical
  • “My Favorite Girl” The Icarus Account
  • “Superhero” Landon Austin
  • “No Faith in Brooklyn,” “Fame is for A**holes,” “No Interruption,” and “Chase is On” by Hoodie Allen
  • “Life Happens” by Brandon and Leah
  • Yours Truly (the whole album) by Ariana Grande
  • “I’m on a Boat” by The Lonely Island
  • “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry

Karina’s Mix is too big to post in its entirety, but here’s most of it!

  • Basically everything ever by The Shins
  • “Flaws” and “Weight of the Living Parts I and II” Bastille
  • “Thousand Mile Race” and “Rustle of the Stars” Silent Film
  • “Interlude: Moving On” and “One of Those Crazy Girls” Paramore
  • “The Ghost Inside” and “Sailing to Nowhere” Broken Bells
  • “Asleep” The Smiths
  • “Sail” Awolnation
  • “History Speaks” Deep Sea Diver
  • “Sellout” and “I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know” Never Shout Never
  • “Roundabout” Yes
  • “Wake Up” Two Door Cinema Club
  • “Head On” Man Man
  • “Constant Conversation” Passion Pit
  • “Float” The Neighborhood

Did you have fun? Want to do this again sometime? Suggest a film or book! Email your suggestions to me ( or stop by in person. Or come to Book Hipsters! We meet every Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Board Room.

See you at the Halloween Lock-In!












Oct 11, 2013 - Contests    No Comments

Win a Thing!

In honor of National Coming Out Day, I have one brand new copy to give away of David Levithan’s newest book, Two Boys Kissing.

I loved this book! It’s loosely based on the true story about two teens who broke the Guinness World Record for longest kiss. Over 32 hours!! RTWO BOYS KISSING cover.JPGead more about it here.

To win it, be the first teen to answer the following triva question correctly:

Which young adult novel by David Levithan features a character named “A” who wakes up in a different body every day?

Answer in person at the Help Desk and win a thing!