Thursday, October 19, 2017

Couri Vine by Vanessa Shealy and Leah Lovise

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Young People for the Leader (Book 1)

This is a fine introductory outing for Couri, combining tropes of children’s literature with good old-fashioned pulpy sci-fi. An outsider ripped from her everyday school & community life by revelations about her family and her world that she alone can resolve, Couri follows in the footsteps of Monica Huges’ Olwen in Keeper of the Isis Light with many of the lunar trappings of Paula Danziger’s This Place Has no Atmosphere. Lovise’s character designs are distinct and her linework approachable without being overly cute; rendering of sci-fi stables like robots and spacecraft bear recognizably classic influences, often with a whimsical twist. Panel structure is regular and easy to follow, generating some of its own vernacular for communicating speed and flow.

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Journey to the Planet Earth (Book 2)

Couri’s adventure takes her far from home in pursuit of her history and a way to rescue her grandfather as the tale takes on both the timeline of ecological disaster and the family drama which has created the world she inhabits. This issue incorporates more action and intrigue, expanding the mystery by explaining part of it. The map endpapers, which will hopefully continue throughout the series as a world-building supplement to the text, incorporate more than what the plot touches on and bring contemporary elements of ecological concern into the sci-fi setting.

You would like this series if you like…Space Dumplins, Keeper of the Isis Light, or This Place Has No Atmosphere.

- RET3, Guest Reviewer

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies (with apologies to J. K. Rowling)

Student Review: Red Queen (Red Queen) by Victoris Aveyard

Mare Barrow is a Red, a normal girl in the servant class of humanity, but she is different. Silvers are all powerful, god-like, humans with abilities and silver blood. They are in power over each other and the Reds. Mare makes a desperate attempt to save her friend from the war, and in the process, discovers that she is different. She can do things she shouldn't be able to do because she's just a Red. Now Mare has to live with the Silvers and pretend to be one, because if she's discovered, she will die. This book is well written and has you nervous and anxious for what is going to happen next. It has great comedic and relate able moments as well as an air of romance without being too fluffy. It's action packed and mysterious; almost all genres in one! The author writes the story in a way that gets you connected to the characters faster than you'd even think was possible. You would like this book if you like ... The Percy Jackson series, or The Hunger Games series, dystopian novels, and high amounts of sarcasm.

-Zoe, RRHS Student

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Star Wars Reads Day 2017

Happy Star Wars Reads Day 2017! Drop by Dragon Library as we promote literacy and celebrate all things Star Wars.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Student Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Libby Strout, once America's Fattest Teen, goes to high school for the first time after being bedridden for six years. There she meets Jack Masselin, a "cool kid" who is hiding a severe case of prosopagnosia; "face blindness." Enemies at first, the two learn to look past the other's inhibitions and see the other for who they truly are. I'd only recommend this book to specific people. Although this type of book doesn't appeal to me personally, I do know some people who would love this type of emotional-romance-teen novel. You would like this book if you like… Twilight, Wonder, or books about teens learning to go through life.

- Erin, RRHS Student