Monthly Archives: May 2013

NY Times contest- great for summer readers!

If you are interested in current events, or like to read as much as you can, this is a great contest for you. The Fourth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest rewards teens who read the New York Times and write in their responses to the articles. You are welcome to pick anything out of the newspaper to respond to, and you don’t have to keep it positive- if you liked or didn’t like something, the newspaper wants to know how you feel and why! Also, don’t worry about having to write long essays because these responses are required to be shorter than 350 words. Every week a winner is picked and celebrated in the New York Times itself!

It is very important that you read the entire list of rules and requirements so that you can enter the contest properly. The official rules can be found here. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell us if you win!


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Friday Crafternoon- Sock Cell Phone Cases

This craft is fun and you can get really creative with it. Here is a visual tutorial (the directions are not in English but the photos explain it well) but there are so many ways you can decorate the case once you’ve made the basic shape! All you need to get started are a sock and a needle and thread. Cute each end of the sock so you have a tube about the length of your cell phone. Turn it inside out, and use the needle and thread to sew one end shut. Turn it right side out again and decorate it any way you want! You can use felt pieces to make faces and designs, or color on it with sharpie. Try gluing on some rhinestones or plastic tiles. These make great gifts, too!


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YA Book Review- Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin Book Two)

Lady Sybella is now a trained assassin of the convent of St. Mortain, and is undercover as the girl she would have grown up to be in her noble father’s household. While she pretends to be the aloof, cruel offspring of one of the most disturbed nobles alive, Count D’albret, she is secretly passing every minute waiting for the chance to slay this evil man who raised her. When she gets an assignment from the convent of St. Mortain to free D’albret’s prisoner, an ally of the Duchess who is being held for torture and agonizing death, she is accidentally whisked away with him and must learn how to navigate a countryside riddled with her father’s men and their other enemies, the French. Can they survive until they reach the young Duchess of Brittany and carry out a plan to overthrow D’albret? And why is this strong, fiercely loyal prisoner getting under her skin the way no man ever has?

If you loved Grave Mercy, you will love Dark Triumph. This book is a whirlwind of adventure, intrigue, romance, and historical fiction with a twist. Sybella’s character is very different from that of Ismae, who is the subject of Grave Mercy, so those who may have thought Ismae’s story was not quite exciting enough will probably still want to pick this up. A great read!

Dark Triumph

Friday Crafternoon- Fun and Silly Bookmarks

Are you a big reader? Do you know someone who is? Bookmarks are very important to anyone who loves to read (bending the corner of the page ruins the book!). If you are tired of using old receipts you find lying around, or need a cute and easy gift idea, consider making a bunch of bookmarks! This website has a collection of great ideas- there’s something here for everyone!


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