This month's "What's Your Fandom?" is featuring Harry Potter... aka "The Boy Who Lived." Many teens know by now that this muggle is a huge Potter fan, so I am delighted to share with you that I am JUST about finished with going back through the series via audio book (Dobby just died, btw, and I'm devastated...again!). We will be watching the film while making our very own wands with white printer paper, hot glue guns, and paint. Come and join other teens in the TeenScape tomorrow (2/26/15 @ 4pm)… Read More

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Staff Pick

Brown Girl Dreaming 
by Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
"Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become." (Goodreads synopsis)

"I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital

Columbus, Ohio,


a country caught

between Black and White." (Brown Girl Dreaming, Pg 1, Sentence 1).

I want to be honest, I did not want to read this book at first because of a slight prejudice against verse. I love poetry, but reading an entire book's worth of it as a novel is typically difficult for me. I'm glad I got over myself, though. This book flowed beautifully and I hardly noticed at all that it was verse I was reading. Race, family, and defining what "home" is are all intricately woven together in this book about Jacqueline Woodson's childhood. ~Krystal

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