Oh, By the Way

Slide by Jill Hathaway

I thought that this book was extremely good. The book had a lot of mystery, romance, and drama. You can relate to her guy drama between her guy bestie Rollin and her love Zane. You felt like you could be in the book at many points of the story. Throughout the book, you tried to guess who was doing what and hoped that it wasn't the person that you thought it was.

If there was a sequel, I would definitely read it because I want to know what else happens.

I thought that her sliding into other people’s bodies was a good and a bad thing. The characters connect with the reader and the other characters well. You get to know who they are and how they connect at the end well. I’m glad I read the book. If you like mysteries, I would definitely recommend it.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Synopsis: Chelsea is one of the most popular girls in school; she has everything a girl could want. This is all thanks to her best friend Kristen. But Chelsea has one fatal flaw: She can’t keep a secret. So when she sets a spark off that almost kills a fellow student, she takes a vow of silence. During that vow her “friends” begin to turn on her and she is suddenly the odd girl out. With no friends and no voice, Chelsea begins to see things in a different light.

24 Essential Back to School Items

School is horrible, but if you have to go, here are 24 essential items to make you life easier and maybe even more fun.

Scissors - Anything for coloring - Highlighters - Binders - Unlimited supplies of funky pencils - Duct tape in cool colors = Backpack, no single strap bags allowed - Reusable water bottle so you don't kill the environment - Colorful pens - Post-it notes and tabs - Note cards = Locker shelf - A good book to look like you're reading something important - Funky outfits to intimidate your enemies -A hobby like knitting or making friendship bracelets - A Google translate app just in case - Cellphone & iPod - A cute purse or wallet - A good lanyard for your student ID - Flash drives - An awesome planner to stay organized A creative lunch box, bento, tin, or funky - A really good pencil sharpener

When Boredom Beckons...

So often, we complain about having nothing to do. Conversations with our friends usually go like this: “What do you wanna do?”, “I don’t know, what do you wanna do?” Well, here’s a bunch of answers to that question! We composed a list of the coolest places we know in and near Chicago. They’re all fun, safe, and totally available to you!

Cascade Drive In (Summer) 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185
Sit under the stars and watch 2 newly released movies for the price of one! Admission for ages 11 and up is $8.50, and the movies start as soon as it gets dark. Bring a blanket!

Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder (Year Round) 2121 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Test your appetite by trying one of the unique ½ or 1-lb Pizza Pot Pies; these mushroom look-alikes appear in a bowl and resemble upside-down pizzas. Right by Lincoln Park Zoo!

Chicago Lakeview Shopping (Year Round) 3200 block of Clark, near Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
Eclectic boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and wild thrift stores line the streets for a truly off-the-beaten-path shopping. Ragstock (812 W. Belmont) caries ‘50s style clothing all the way to modern attire. The Alley (3228 N. Clark St) is full of punk and goth clothes as well as funky boots, snazzy jewelry, dresses, incense, and all sorts of knick-knacks. Don’t let the Belmont Army Surplus (855 W. Belmont) fool you: they carry very little actual army gear. Instead, the store is full of cool designs for the most adventurous trendsetter; here, you’ll find nothing you need but everything you want.

Chinatown (Year Round) Near intersection of Cermack Rd and Wentworth Ave
Stroll around the nation’s 2nd largest ethnic-Chinese neighborhood, stop at a restaurant to eat some authentic food, and admire the exquisite architecture. It’s a really cool place to take some pictures and get a little feel for the Far East. Parking is relatively easy on weekdays, but on weekends, consider taking the Red Line and getting off at Cermack/Chinatown, directly in front of the main gate.

How to write an Exquisite Corpse! (The Writers favorite writing game)

Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? It’s not what you might think. An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.

The Anonymous Writers!

Meet us in the Conference Room every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. for our Anonymous Writers writing group! Please bring a piece of writing (poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, or anything else, really) to share with the group and be ready to talk about everyone’s work! Grades 7 and up.

Note: If you can’t find us talk to the lovely ladies and gentlemen at the circulation desk and they will gladly direct you to our location!

(Check out this picture of the current Anonymous Writers and their Leader. Come join them next Thursday in all the literary fun!)

The Princess Bride (PG, 1987)

True love is never easy, but you get the feeling it’s never faced quite as many obstacles as in The Princess Bride. Directed by Rob Reiner, based on William Goldman’s book of the same name, and adapted for the screen more or less faithfully by the author himself, the movie features Cary Elwes (Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Ella Enchanted) as Westley, a young man who must do battle with Rodents of Unusual Size, scale the Cliffs of Insanity, take on a giant (Andre the Giant, that is) in a wrestling match, and more to save Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn), his one true love, from being forced to marry the evil reigning prince. Add in the swashbuckling efforts of Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya and appearances by Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Christopher Guest, Mel Smith, and Billy Crystal, and you have an action/adventure/comedy/romance/fantasy to please all audiences.

Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (PG, 2001)

Mostly martha poster - man and women in chef's attire, looking intently at each other as man holds up small pan and spoon laden with food, leaning in to offer to womanMostly Martha was the inspiration for 2007’s No Reservations, but don’t hold that against it. The German original is set in contemporary Köln, and features The Lives of Others’ Martina Gedek as Martha, the neurotic, workaholic head chef of a high-end restaurant. When her boss forces her into therapy, Martha just cooks for her shrink. When her new downstairs neighbor flirts with her, she’s awkward and terse. As lonely as she is a loner, Martha must readjust everything when she becomes the guardian of her niece, Lina (Maxime Foerste), and her boss hires a playful Italian sous-chef (Sergio Castellitto, most recently of Paris, je t’aime and Prince Caspian) to split her duties in the kitchen. By turns tragic, comic, and romantic, Mostly Martha is not only a great story, but a foodie’s dream to watch.

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