AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

In the Break...

Okay, I confess I am a huge fan of surfing stories - movies, books, TV shows - I love them all! Fans of surfing will enjoy In the Break by Jack Lopez, but a love of surfing is not required. In the Break follows the story of 15 year old best friends, Juan and Jamie. They live and breath surfing and love the freedom that comes with being in the water. Unfortunately, life outside the water isn't so ideal. After an argument between Jamie and his abusive step-father comes to blows Jamie needs to get out of town - fast. Together (along with Jamie's sister, Amber) they head for Mexico - with surfboards stowed in the back. Unfortunately for Juan, Jamie and Amber things will never be the same again..

Hey Gamers

I ran across this interesting news bite on the Tekuteku Angel Pocket Pedometer, a Tamagotchi-like device that interfaces with the Nintendo DS system. The game has small animals and humans that can only stay alive if you physically walk around. So if you sit on the couch too long, your animal gets a big belly! This game was created in Japan to address the country’s growing obesity problem. Do you think the game will motivate kids and parents to get off their rear and exercise? Would you play?

Be ready to be active for our next gaming events in May:
Mario Kart Tournament--May 25, DT/MPR, 6-8:30 PM
Nintendo Wii Sports--May 26, DT/MPR, 1-4 PM

Buried wins 2007 Edgar Young Adult Award

Buried spins a tantalizingly creepy web of a high-school senior’s disintegration, told through letters to her absent mother, dream sequences, and flashbacks. Claudine looks after her alcoholic mother in their decrepit trailer on the coast of Maine. She cleans up her vomit, washes her clothes, and takes on the role of parent in their family of two. When her mother disappears, as she frequently does on binges or with a new boyfriend, Claudine worries. Although she attends a support group and has a caring best friend, teachers, and school counselors to turn to, she is clearly coming apart.

Excerpted from Booklist review by Debbie Carton

Season 4 Ideas: Player Ratings

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OK, the off-season plods on. While we eagerly await the All Ages Mario Kart tournament coming up Friday Night, May 25th, let's talk about another new GT feature we discussed back at the planning meeting that EJK and I have been talking about: Player Ratings. The idea is to provide a quick, uniform way to tell both overall and game-specific skill and achievements. Read on to check it out.

Alabama Moon - for Gary Paulsen Fans!

Moon's father trusts no one - particularly the government. Moon and his father live in the forest in an extreme form of off the grid living. Moon has only known a life where they hunt, grow and forage for all of their food, make clothes out of animal hides and have contact with only the owner of a local general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies - and begins to wonder if his father's way of life is the one he wants to lead... An excellent debut by Watt Key.

Don’t miss the latest installment!

Volume 16 of Fruits Basket has hit #15 on USA Today Best-Seller List—the best showing ever by a volume of manga. In this volume, we learn more about Tohru’s parents, Kyoko and Katsuya. If you’re following the story of Tohru and the Sohma family, be sure to add yourself to the hold list today!

Amazon.com Teen Top Sellers

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Even if it wasn't Jazz Appreciation Month, I would recommend the collaboration between Paul Rogers and Wynton Marsalis, called Jazz A B Z The poems work best when read aloud, and then you'll want to try samples of all the jazz greats presented. All Music Guide to Jazz may help guide you along.

Challenges of growing up

Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall offers insight into growing up through her advice-filled personal narrative of Being a Girl. Candid discussion is offered on topics such as developing self-esteem and a positive body image; discovering one's own sense of style; the importance of good nutrition, exercise and sleep; plus coping strategies such as understanding dynamics among family members and friends, dealing with "toxic cliques" and the "queen-bee mentality," and dating and sexuality.

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki's always been able to see ghosts, but now that he's met soul reaper Rukia Kuchiki, his life's become really complicated. Find out why in the Bleach anime, which is currently showing on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The library has the volumes 1 and 2 on dvd, and volume 3 is on order. Can't wait to find out what happens next? Follow the story via the popular manga series by Tite Kubo that the anime is based on.

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