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UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winners!

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Youth Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

The winner of the Youth Poetry Contest for the grade division 5-8 is Avi S. and the winner of the grade division 9-12 is Laken L. Our Teen Advisory Board would like to congratulate both winners and thank all our entrants this year. Both poems are reprinted here for your enjoyment.

The Rescue of Drew

by Avi S. (Grade 5-8 Division)

There once was a fighter pilot who loved to fly

He loved to fly high in the sky

His name is Drew

His plane call sign for this mission is Basher three-two.

 

Over Bosnia, Captain Drew is flying in his F-16.

He sees a SAMring on his screen

As a missle hits,

His plane is blown to bits

 

He ejects and goes down

Eventually he hits the ground

He is hunted by the Bosnian Serbs

With the lack of food, he has to eat herbs

 

He uses his snare

But fails to catch even a single hare

He sits in his hiding spot where he is not in sight

He only does it when it's bright

 

At night he finds a place to use his radio from his position

He tries to get people on a rescue mission

Eventually, he sees Boeing CH-46 Sea Knights

They were on a rescue mission and to Drew, were a joyful sight.

 

He shot up a flare as he was told to

In came the rescue crew

After traveling across the Atlantic, he reached America thankfully

He is welcomed home by his overjoyed family

 

First Date
( A color poem)

by Laken L. (Grade 9-12 Division)

 

Remember that day?

Outside.

Frigid air nipped at exposed skin. Coated our lungs with a mid winter chill. Seeped

through sweaters and jackets. Bare branches stiffly swayed to the howl of the wind, dark

and brittle against the January sky.

Me. 

Mud splattered converse kept time to a beat. My hand tightly gripped yours; afraid to let

go, and happy to have something to hold. Street lights threw amber light

across the trees

across my features

across the ground before me.

You.

Walking beside me; leather leash in hand. Eyes like chocolate; hair to match. A dusting 

of dormant summer freckles across your nose. The dog trotted blithely beside us; a fluff

of caramel curls. Remember that?

Music notes buzzed in my ears. Stars poked through the fabric of night, and we stared

at them from the driveway.

You pulled me into a hug, pressing me against your brown sweater. The music swelled,

matching the thump of two heartbeats. Crescendoing into a symphony that only we

could hear. Lacing the air with vibrating warmth.

You left a smile stuck on my face.

And I left a song stuck in your head.

 

Battle of the Books

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This year's Battle of the Books has begun!  Sixteen books for middle school and high school students (listed below) have been chosen by School Library Journal to go head-to-head in a tournament until one book is crowned the winner.  Last year's winner was The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin.

Each head-to-head match-up is judged by a different author.  This year's judges include CeceBell (author of El Deafo), Michael Buckley (author of the Sisters Grimm series), Tim Federle (author of Better Nate Than Ever), Ann M. Martin (author of the Baby-Sitters Club series), and 11 others.

Head on over to the School Library Journal blog to follow the competition, learn more about the books and judges, request a bracket, and more!

  1. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
  2. Challenger Deep
  3. Drowned City
  4. Echo
  5. Gone Crazy in Alabama
  6. Goodbye Stranger
  7. The Hired Girl
  8. I Crawl Through It
  9. The Marvels
  10. Most Dangerous
  11. My Seneca Village
  12. The Nest
  13. Nimona
  14. Rhythm Ride
  15. Symphony for the City of the Dead
  16. X: A Novel

Do you like a little bit of magic in your fiction?

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The power of fictional writing is that there are no set parameters on settings, characters or themes. A story can be about a completely unknown place, known only in some author's mind. I like a good, realistic setting (contemporary or in the past) with just a little something that is unexplainable or has a slightly magical feel. These books deliver with compelling mysterious magic.

bone gap book coverBone Gap by Laura Ruby is the winner of the 2016 Printz award! The town of Bone Gap is full of gaps where people can hide and disappear. A town favorite disappears and the only witness is a boy named Finn who cannot distinguish faces.  

 

weight of feather book coverThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. Two competing show families in one California town. One family dominates the trees, the other the water. The show and the family are everything, there is no escaping. Romeo and Juliet meets The Night Circus.

 

strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a haunting generational tale full of family secrets and stories.  

 

 

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Skellig by David Almond. Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

 

the apothecary book coverThe Apothecary by Malie Meloy. It is 1952 and Janie has just moved to London from Los Angeles. Her life becomes more transformed after meeting a mysterious apothecary whose son and gets swept up in a race to prevent nuclear war.

 

cure for dreaming book coverThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters.  In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie. Henri is paid by Olivia's father to use the hypnosis to make her more docile and womanly, but instead it gives her the ability to see people's true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

Book Sculpture

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snowman sculpture made from stacked books

It's fun to create sculpture from a stack of books. Here's the Youth Services Department snowman. What sculptures could you make with your own collection? We'd love to see pictures!

Book Quotes

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“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” - Jane Austen

Some of the best books leave us with words that can help or guide us throughout our lives; or, at the very least, with passages that ring true to how we live or what we believe. The quote above seems fitting for this time of year when we think of gratitude.  

Do you keep bookquotes or have any special ones to share?  

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. We hope your holiday brings you your particular happiness.