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Summer Stories Poetry Contest — Week 1 Winner

Congratulations to Isaiah T., grade 7, at Libbie Mill Library! Isaiah’s Limerick was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Poetry Writing Contest winner. Isaiah will receive a copy of The Daily Poet by Kelli Agodon & Martha Silano.

Week 1 Poem Type:

Isaiah’s Winning Poem:

Once there was a girl named Ming
She saw a boy leave a little girl crying
The boy was laughing evilly.
So Ming slapped him silly.
And the two girls went home singing.

Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review — Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

In the kingdom of Fennbirn, a set of triplets are sired. Each girl is sheltered away to the palaces of Rolanth, Wolf Spring, and Indrid Down. Each infant has a specific gift; war, naturalistic abilities, or the immunity to the most deadly poison. Our story centers on the most recent triplets. Katharine, the poisoner, is awaiting her moment of triumph over her sisters with a stomach churning full of tainted foods in her towers of Greavesdrake Manor. Mirabella, the sister with the war gift, wishes to fulfill the role that her people seek. Arsinoe, the naturalist, struggles with the so-called gift which is not making its face known. On the night of their sixteen birthday, the three must fight to rule over Fennbirn in the majority of their people; the poisoners, naturalists, or people of violence. Two shall be devoured, with one rising towards the throne as Queen.
Madame Blake, your writing style is exceptional. At first I disliked the almost cliche description of these future queens. Katharine, the labeled poisoner, was weak and timid. Mirabella, the queen with the gift of war, was stone cold and rude. Arsinoe, the naturalist, was flaky and distracted. But as the book progressed, Blake’s ability for character development really shined. The stone cold melted into a warm heart of gold, the prevailed over their own conscience and the flighty became strong. The surprises really went past my expectations and pleased me.
Katharine’s character development has jostled me to the core. I pitied her in the beginning of the book, yet by the end I was furious with her. Her true colors were revealed and it made me sad yet excited to where Blake would take her character in the sequel.

Reviewed by Veda, Grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library

Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review — No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero

No Summit Out of Sight is about a small boy, named Jordan Romero, being inspired by a painting on his elementary school wall. It was an image of the seven summits, which are the highest mountains of each continent. He and his parents go and practice every day. They soon start climbing each summit. Along the way, they make lots of friends and gain many supporters. They help Jordan get all the way to the top of each mountain. When Jordan feels like he can’t go on any longer, his parents and friends encourage him to never give up.
I personally love No Summit Out of Sight because the flow of the book is very clear. Each mountain has a very vivid description, and I feel like I am there, climbing each summit. He describes everything he is going through, whether it is mental or physical. Even though each page flip could mean life or death for the characters, there is still plenty of humor.
I will always remember this book because it teaches me a very important lesson. Everything needs lots of practice, and you must push yourself to be the best of the best. When you want to give up, remember everything you did to get there.

Reviewed by Carson, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library