Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tara's Book Review: Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The first book in the Benny Imura series was brilliant, so when I was able to get my hands on a galley copy of Dust & Decay, the second novel, I couldn’t wait to start it. I wasn’t disappointed, either. The book picks up shortly after the story left off in Rot & Ruin, and Tom Imura is training his little brother Benny (along with Benny’s friends) how to fight zombies and survive in the Rot & Ruin so they could begin a journey east. Lilah (formerly known as “The Lost Girl”) lives with the friends while still keeping her distance, and Benny & Nix have grown even closer. As the friends prepare to begin their trip, disaster once again strikes in the town of Morningside, and they must leave ahead of schedule. However, anything goes in the Ruin, so the group quickly finds that things aren’t what they expected. A mysterious, creepy man named Preacher Jack is walking around the woods spouting some serious crazy talk, and Tom discovers that there’s suddenly a price on his head and every outlaw is looking for him. When the group gets split up, it’s every man (or boy, or girl) for himself (or herself), and they struggle to find their loved ones while escaping bounty hunters who want to take them to the newly-reconstructed Gameland, where children are forced to fight zombies in death pits. I was so happy to see that this book was as good as (or possibly better than) its predecessor. While it’s a fun, thrilling zombie romp, it also makes you think about the important things in life like love, loyalty, friendship, and honor. There are some really fantastic fight scenes, some gorgeous language, and devastating deaths, so it’s definitely worth checking out after you’ve read Rot & Ruin!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Celebrate Teen Read Week in October!

Celebrate Teen Read Week in October!

Teen Read Week encourages teens to read for the fun of it, so we celebrate it for the entire month of October! Here’s how:

  • Candy Counting Contest: Check out the candy jar at your local library branch and guess how many pieces of candy are in it. The teen with the closest guess will win ALL THE CANDY!
  • Design a Bookmark Contest: The winning entry in our seventh annual Design a Bookmark contest will be professionally printed and distributed at all SCPL locations as well as the winner’s school library. Your design may be full color but must be 1.5” x 7” and include the text of the 2011 Teen Read Week theme “Picture It.” Digital entries must be 300 dpi and saved as a .jpg, .pdf, .tiff, or .eps.! Entries must be accompanied by the artist’s name, address, phone #, age and grade in school and turned in to any Spartanburg County Public Library location or emailed as an attachment to will be judged by library staff based on originality, use of theme and design. The teen who submits the winning design will win a video camera! The winner will be announced in November.
  • Picture It!: Post on our Facebook wall and tell us who you’d cast in a movie of your favorite teen book for a chance to win a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card!

 All contests are open to teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12 and will end on October 31st, so enter today!