ages 11-18

It's All Write! Short Story Writing Contest

It's All Write!
Short Story Writing Contest
First Place $250
Second Place $150
Third Place $100
First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12

Submissions accepted Monday, January 22, 2007 through Monday, March 19, 2007

So, now's the time to finish up that story you've been working on. If you need some inspiration, I'd start with any short story collection edited by Don Gallo. Destination Unexpected includes a story by Ron Koertge who is the speaker at this year's Awards Program.
Click here for the complete guidelines.
Good Luck!

Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

Hey, Listen to this! Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life is available on BOCD. Simone is somebody worth getting to know. She's witty. She's adopted. She's in love with a boy who spends most of his time with another girl. Her birth mother, Rivka, steps into her life at age sixteen, and everything she's taken for granted about family, love, and faith needs to be re-examined.

Pas de duck

Fairy tales meet ballet in the anime series Princess Tutu. The mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer offers Duck—a sweet but clumsy ballet student—the chance to help one of her classmates. When she accepts, he gives her a pendant that transforms her into the magical Princess Tutu, whose beautiful dancing has the power to heal people’s hearts. There’s just one problem: whenever Duck acts like a duck, she turns into one. Quack! Is she a girl dreaming of being a duck, or a duck dreaming of being a girl?

The library also has lots of books about ballet and sound recordings of the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, both of which are referenced in the series.

Full Grand Championship Details!

The AADL-GT 2006 Grand Championships are just under two weeks away, and if you're thirsty for details about the event, you're in the right place. The Grand Championships will happen Saturday, December 16th at the Downtown Library and will consist of three events: The Clan Cup Finals at 12:00 sharp, The Wildcard Tournament starting around 12:45, and then the Grand Championship Tournament itself beginning around 2:00-3:00 depending on wildcard turnout.

The Grand Championship Prize pool WILL contain a BRAND-NEW, HARD-TO-GET Nintendo Wii! Plus, a 2gb iPod nano, and a onyx black Nintendo DS. The champion, second and third place winners get to pick from the prizes in order. The Clan Members that emerge victorious from the Clan Cup will win the first-ever limited edition Clan Cup trophies, plus a small giftcard.

The Grand Championships will be broadcast live on CTN channel 18, so be sure to bring a signed Release Form if you haven't already. We don't yet know when the broadcast will begin, but it will likely begin during the wildcard event. Hope to see you there, and read on for full details about the tournament's new structure.

Just In Case... Justin Case

Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain doom... David takes on the identity of "Justin Case" and then meets an older and unusual female photographer who takes photos of Justin after he revamps his identity. Justin's new look catches the eye of many - that and the fact that he has an imaginary greyhound dog that goes with him everywhere. Just in Case by Meg Rosoff is an interesting, if not entirely believable, tale of fate, identity and death. With a mildly telepathic toddler thrown in the mix this is an unusual read.

Rilke remembered

Today is the birthday of poet, Rainer Maria Rilke who was born on December 4, 1875 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Known as one of the greatest lyrical poets, Rilke spent most of his life traveling and supported himself by getting rich noblewomen to fall in love with him. In one of his most famous works,Letters to a Young Poet,he says:" Search for the reason that bids you to write; find out whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write." Rilke followed his own advice, producing many works, both poetry and prose, including more than 400 poems in French. Rilke was admired by many modern poets including W.H. Auden and James Merrill.

Before J.K. Rowling . . .

Meet Ursula LeGuin, Terry Pratchett, Madleleine L’Engle, Garth Nix, and many other fantasy writers in The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy. Read about their childhoods, who influenced them, how they found their niche in the world of fantasy, and what advise they have for people who want to write.

One interesting aspect of the interviews is to learn the influence of certain life experiences on these people’s writing. When asked if growing up in England during World War II affected her as a writer, Diana Wynne Jones responds: “ . . . the entirety of the world as far as I was concerned was stark-staring crazy in a most menacing way . . . Later, I came to think that if only people then had read a little more fantasy, they would have know Hitler for a dark lord.”

Fullmetal Alchemist Meet-Up

Veg out with friends on Friday night at the next Animanga Club on December 8th at the Malletts Creek Branch from 7-8:30 PM. We’ll be watching Fullmetal Alchemist, eating lots of Pocky, and testing our knowledge of the show/manga.

We may even try a little alchemy of our own. No, not turn lead into gold but possible put Mentos into diet coke and make a fountain flame of our own. There will also be a mystery craft that will definitely spice up your Fullmetal Alchemist costume.

Feminism Redux- A Novel Idea

Was Tolstoy right? Tracy Farber, 33 year old English professor disputes Tolstoy's claim that "happy families are all alike." Thus the title, Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish. Farber begins to investigate the possibility of happy endings, both in literature and life in this funny and intelligent foray into academic witch hunting and the search for a perfect man. Tracy meets George at a cocktail party where he, in an act of creative empathy, lets his hors d'oevres slide off his soggy plate as he watches Tracie's do the same. From then on, their whirlwind romance hits some rough spots as Tracy realizes that while a feminist, she can also accept some of George's traditional values. A few steps up from the "chick lit" genre, Tolstoy Lied is an engaging read.

All good things must come to an end

One of the most popular manga in the U.S. is Fruits Basket, the story of Tohru Honda and her friendship with the rich and mysterious Sohma family.

After 7 years and 136 chapters, the manga has finally concluded its serialization in Japan; the final chapter was published in the magazine Hana to Yume on November 20th. While you’re waiting for volumes 16-23 to reach the states via Tokyopop’s translations, why not watch the excellent anime adaptation? It’s twenty-six episodes long, spread over four DVDs, and covers events (with a few differences) from the first six volumes of the manga.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 (Episodes 1-6)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 2 (Episodes 7-12)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 3 (Episodes 13-19)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 (Episodes 20-26)

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