Teen Book Review-The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

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It’s senior year and Keeley Hewitt has her heart set on kissing Jessie Ford, a boy she’s had a crush on since the 6th grade. The only problem is that their hometown of Aberdeen has been constantly flooded by a swelling river and an apocalyptic downpour of constant rain showers.

Things start to go her way after Keeley and her friends are called in volunteer to stack sandbags in hopes of stopping the river. Keeley and Jessie end up next to each other in the assembly line and the flirting begins although Keeley has no idea what to make of it, after all Jessie Ford is the cutest boy in the senior class and she’s pretty much invisible.

Without giving too much away this is a story about young romance and a story about self-discovery. I found this story very exciting an it tugged at my heart-strings. With so much of the summer still left why not add this one to your summer reading list.

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Young Arts Competition- Spoken Word

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Just in case you are interested in writing a spoken word poem for the competition I have included the guidelines because there is a video required for the submission.

Guidelines

  • Two (2) to three (3) written poems. Total written materials not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Separate video performance for each poetry submission.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included in the written portion.

NOTE: If selected as a Finalist, you will be required to perform your submitted materials live for the panel during YoungArts Week.

Guidelines for Recording your Video Audition

  • Props are limited to one stool, two chairs, and one table.
  • Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera.
  • Record your audition in a clearly defined interior space.
  • The back drop should be a neutral color that is free of creases, breaks and distractions.
  • Background music or sound tracks of any kind are not permitted.

Before recording your pieces, film a test. Perform the first few lines of your piece, then watch and listen to it on playback. Check the following important things:

  • Sound: Make sure the acoustics in the room are strong. Practice your piece in the space.  If you hear an echo in playback, adjust the recording volume or choose someplace else to record.  Utilize only the microphone on the video camera. Do not use a hand held microphone.
  • Lighting: Make sure the space is well-lit, but not too bright. Judges should be able to see your face clearly.
  • Framing: The camera should be set at a distance to frame your face and body clearly.
  • Clothing: Wear clothing that is simple, comfortable and tasteful. And remember, your clothing should never be more interesting than your audition.

Written content:

  • Do not submit research papers, book reports or specific class assignments.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your work for your files.
  • Type, formatting may reflect the intention of the author.
  • Please include page numbers.
  • Proofread your entire submission.

Uploading submission:

  • Uploaded documents must be Word or PDF files.
  • Each piece should be saved as a separate file and uploaded individually.
  • List the title of the work in the space provided.
  • When uploading, verify that the image is upright (not sideways) and plays smoothly.
  • Save and name your files with their titles and upload each selection separately.
  • Do not put your name or any identifying information in or on your submission.
  • Please do not do any of the following to your video as it may disqualify you:
    • Do not edit within a piece.
    • Do not use special effects, dissolves, fades or wipes.
    • Do not submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals, concerts, or competitions.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Requirements

  • All submitted work must be wholly original and may not infringe upon the copyright or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any other person or entity.

Deadline October 13, 2017

https://app.getacceptd.com/youngarts

Teen Writing Competition -Young Arts

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This is a reminder that the Young Arts deadline is approaching. If you are between the ages of 15 to 18 years old this is a great competition for you to enter. It’s for teens in all areas of the arts: writing, fine arts, music, acting, dance, cinematic arts, and design.

The Prize:

There are cash prizes but one of the great things about this competition is that you will be paired with a mentor who will help guide you on your path to pursue your art. A friend of mine won in photography and Darren was flown to Miami he put up in a hotel for a week and all his expenses were taken care of. Darren was paired with two mentors who took him around Miami as they gave him advice while took photographs. Lots of famous people went through this program and the mentors are Academy and Grammy award winner!

Why Apply

  • Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships that can be spent any way you see fit.
  • Take master classes with accomplished artists in your field.
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers.
  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities.

Click on the link for more information.

Deadline: October 13, 2017

http://www.youngarts.org/

Teen Picture Prompt 776

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Write a story about what happens when you walk through this doorway.

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(You can continue this story or create one of your own.) Be creative and have fun.

I opened the doorway. As I opened it the door moaned like an old woman. The first thing I was greeted by was the smell. It smelled like the ocean mixed with earth. I heard stories about this place. It was once a place where monks would house the children from the nearby town. The townspeople were afraid of them because they were born different.

Teen Book Review-Generation One by Pittacus Lore

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Generation One by Pittacus Lore is a new series that was based on the I am Number Four series. This series continues the story of the Human Guard, humans who were given Loriac powers after the Monadorians invaded Earth. The only person from the original series is Nine, although there was a brief appearance of Four and I have a feeling that he will show up again.

This series feels a lot like X-Men. Children now have special powers and the children are outcasts who people want to contain or use. The main characters of this series are Taylor, a girl from the Mid-West who is a healer, Kopane, a Nigerian teenager who has superhuman strength and telekinesis, Isabella, a Brazilian shape-shifter, Ran, a young Japanese girl who can create explosives, and Caleb, a military brat who can duplicate himself.

Although I liked the series I was a bit concerned with these characters being stereotypes. Kopane came from a family where his father was using his powers to help others commit crimes, and Ran is portrayed as a quiet, passive girl. Isabella is a sexy flirt who shows interest in several boys.

The series does have lots of excitement and in the end, I couldn’t put it down because I really cared about the characters and gratefully soon saw the stereotypes dissolve as the characters became more developed. I can’t wait for the next book.

Teen Writing Competition

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The 8th Annual Henderson Libraries Teen Writing Contest is accepting submissions. The Contest submission period ends in February so if you are in the 6th to 12th grades it’d be a good idea to start now.

Below are the details.

  • Contest is open to teens in grades 6-12
  • No fan fiction or school assignments.
  • Submit 2,000 words in one of the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, or Essay/Memoir ( Only one submission permitted)
  • The work must be original and unpublished

 

Deadline: Entries must be submitted online between December 1, 2016 and February 25, 2017

The Prize: Selected entries will be collected and published in the digital literary magazine, Unlocked Voices, which will become part of Henderson Libraries Digital Collections

For more information go to http://www.hendersonlibraries.com/website/teen-writing-contest or Contact Christina Terriquez  at cterriquez@hendersonlibraries.com.

 

Teen Writing Prompt 773

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We had to pack up all of our belongs but could only take one personal item. For me it was a locket that had a picture of me and my best friend, Sam, short for Samantha. Our world was dying and if we stayed it was certain that we would all die….

What happens next? What if you had to leave Earth? If you could only take one personal item what would it be? Tell me about the new world that will be your new home? What is the voyage like getting there?