Archives for: 2009


Hacking Timbuktu -- yikes!

Long ago in the ancient city of Timbuktu, a student pulled off the most daring heiet in African history -- the theft of 100 million pounds of gold. The stolen treasure has remained hidden until now, when teenage hacker Danny Temple discovers a cryptic Arabic manuscript.

And then...

To find out, place this fast-paced thriller by Stephen Davies on hold here:


Taken/Edward Bloor

In 2036 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when 13 yr. old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.

Is there hope for charity? To find out, place Taken on hold here:

Read it? Why not tell us about it?


Parties & Potions: a Magic in Manhattan series

High school sophomore Rachel and her younger sister Miri, both witches, are introduced to a wider community of witches while grappling with the problem of weather of not to reveal their power to their school friends, father, and step-mother. Part of a series by Sarah Mlynowski.

Place Parties & Potions on hold here:


Blood Promise: a Vampire Academy novel/Richelle Mead

Just days before graduating from St Vladimir's Academy, guardian-in-training Rose travels to Siberia to drive a stake into the heart of the boy she loves, the monstrous vampire Dimitri.

Place Blood Promise on hold here;


Tragic/Dark Romances

The Regina Public Library is looking at doing a Broken Hearts contest in February, which would see participants make up sad or angry valentine greeting cards -- the more angst the better. I've been asked to prepare a reading list of the saddest, most tragic romance novels of all time and I'd like you input. Send me your title for most lugubrious love story and, if it makes my list, you'll be entered to win an appropriately downbeat prize. So send em, the sadder, the more star-crossed, the better -- wsj@RPL.


Dreamrider -- dreams or nightmares?

Harangued by his father about his weight and bullied in all the many schools he has attended, teenaged Michael finds some comfort in his ability to experience "lucid" dreaming but then starts to notice that the things that happen in his dreams are starting to occur in the real world as well.

Intriguing? Put a hold on Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg, here:


Revelations: a Blue Bloods novel by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question: is the young woman a Blue Blood or does the sinister Silver Blood run through her veins? But when one of the gates of Hell is breached by the Silver Bloods, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side.

To place a hold on this new volume in Melissa de la Cruz's exciting vampire series, click here:


Review: Kissing the Rain

Kevin Brooks' "Kissing the Rain is a book that can't be judged by its cover. "Rain," as referred to by Moo Nelson, is the non-stop bullying about his physical appearance he has to deal with daily. It is what he tries to keep dry from when he is at the bridge; his only escape from the truth of his unbearable reality. Then one evening, Moo's life is changed when he witnesses a murder. This puts him in the middle of deciding whether to reveal the truth in court and risk his family's safety or simple lie to keep from danger. Moo's sense of right and wrong put to the test, he tries to find another way out...This novel is written in a very informal manner and therefore can be hard to read for adults, but is great for pre-teens and youth -- submitted by Roya.

Check out Kissing the Rain for yourself here:


Review: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

There are hundreds of thousands of child soldiers globally, all with the same traumatizing pain. Ishmael Beah was one of them. Now a 26-year-old college graduate, Beah attempts to share his unforgettable past in his memoir, A Long Way Gone, an exquisite piece of literature. Beah tells a gripping story. At only twelve years old, he escapes the violent rebels who attack his hometown and kill his family. Sandwiched between Liberia and Guinea, Sierra Leone (formerly a British colony in West Africa) faced brutal unrest in 1993. Despite his escape, Beah is caught by the government army and is forced to become a killer himself. Beah copes with becoming a soldier, loaded with drugs and AK-47s. Finally, he is released to the UNICEF rehab where he returns to a world of peace. However, Beah is not at peace with himself as he fights to recover and, more importantly, becomes human again. An extremely heartbreaking tale of survival, growth and recuperation. I do recommend it to all teens and adults -- submitted by Roya.

Place the book on hold here:


Comixs mini-quiz: question #2

Trevor is our first winner for identifying Regina's Chad Boudreau as the author of the graphic novel Psychosis.

Next question: What is the nationality of Jason, the author of "I killed Adolf Hitler"?

First correct answer will win a ComicReaders gift card!


Mid-summer Comixs mini-quiz

I have a few ComicReaders gift certificates to give away, so I thought I'd do a comics-graphic novel-manga mini-contest in honour of the arrival of warmer (good reading) weather. So here's the first question:

Name the Regina native who wrote the graphic novel Psychosis.

First correct answer wins; send answer to (type it in; I don't trust this link!)

Posted by Warren the librarian.


The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Story

Native legends tell of demons and unspeakable evil in the woods around Otter Lake -- not vampires! Tiffany Hunter has lived there all of her sixteen years and has yet to encounter anything sinister. But what's with the mysterious lodger her father has taken in? Sleeping by day and prowling by night -- until a chilling encounter in the midnight woods changes everything...

The Night Wanderer is an attempt by Ojibwa author Drew Hayden Taylor to write a "native gothic novel." But what impressed me most about the book was the author's superb use of language and his very realistic portrait of Tiffany.

Check it out here:


The Return of the Teen Summer Reading Contest

The 2009 Teen Reads Contest kicks off on Monday, June 29th. This year we will be awarding bi-weekly prizes at all locations and for online entries too. To enter the contest, all you have to do is enter the name of a book that you've read and enjoyed (and it doesn't even have to be a library book!). Grand prizes: 4 $100 Best Buy gift certificates. Contest runs until August 31st. For more information, contact 777-6097

So read...


Pride Week

It is Pride Week in Regina, and we thought we would feature some of our favourite books with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters.

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Although they have been friends and neighbours all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University. By the same authors as Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

The humorous story of high school sophomore Paul, his love for Noah, and his life with his unique friends in a town where being gay and straight no longer matter.

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
Alex and Cleo are unlikely friends, but need to rely on each other when facing the turmoil of their personal lives. The thoughtfulness and calm voice of this book makes it a welcome addition to teen fiction about exploring one’s sexual identity.

For more information on events happening during Pride Week, go to the GBLUR website.

- JC


The Mortal Insturments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

City of Ashes
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

City of Glass
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.

This is a really excellent young adult fantasy series…..dare I say far better then the Twilight series (waiting for the lightening bolts). This contemporary series has some really interesting and likable characters, from vampires to magicians and everything in between. What’s really nice to see are female characters that are really strong and self reliant, without a whole lot of unnecessary angst going on. The villain in the story is quite horrendous and is capable of really really nasty things….isn’t that what you want in a bad guy? The story is fast pace and has lots of plot twist and turns. Once you pick up the first book you’ll just want to keep on reading right through the whole series.

-The Library Dragon


Librarian loose in London, pt. 3

I decided to visit the nearby St. Pancras Public Library to see what they had to offer in the way of young adult services. They had one bay each of YA books (naturally, mainly British titles) and graphic novels. The collection was broken down and shelved in large subject areas, such as crime, sports, gardening, which might make it easier to find non-fiction titles. DVD were available, but for a price: a little over 2 pounds each for a 3 day loan.

We then went down to the Charing Cross section of Soho, which has many big bookstores. Borders had a big manga section (with several readers sitting on the floor in front of the display looking at some of the new releases), with Foyles also featuring large young adult and graphic novel areas.

The YA book grabbing the most display space? Twilight (surprise, surprise). Warren the Librarian.


Kill or be killed!

Let the games begin!

Are you a fan of dystopian books, where the future is bleak and dangerous and if you're gonna survive, you better check your morals at the door? With reality TV everywhere we look these days, and the UFC a mainstream pastime, it's easy to imagine a Survivor where tribe members voted out don't go home, but are executed instead. I figure society's perpetual bloodlust is never as deeply buried as we think (or hope!) If this sounds like your thing, then you definitely do not want to miss out on the following "deadly games" scenarios.

Brought to you by The Cryptkeeper -- keeper of RPL's horror blog -- mwah! ha! ha!

How do you hold on to your humanity, in an inhuman world?

Battle Royale

by Koushun Takami

Stephen King says: "Battle Royale is an insanely entertaining pulp riff that combines Survivor with World Wrestling Entertainment. Or maybe Royale is just insane."

Katherine on says: "Lord of the Flies meets The Most Dangerous Game meets the gruesome, bloody stylings of Quentin Tarantino... on acid who killed Stephen King and tossed his body into BTK's backyard."

***Now a cult classic that's built up a loyal following of fans, Battle Royale has since spawned a movie and a graphic novel series

Plot Summary:
Battle Royale one of Japan's best-selling -- and most controversial -- novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.

The Cryptkeeper says: BR really is a crazy, page-turning reading experience that's driven by raw emotion and a rollicking series of action sequences. There's tons of blood and gore, so if that's not your thing, stay away. I was pleasantly surprised to care about the six major characters; I thought the author did an excellent job considering the main point of the story is to shock and jolt, not to inspire warm, fuzzy feelings. I was on the island too, and freaked out the whole time. Battle Royale is a pulse-pounding, adrenaline ride! A great big greasy cheeseburger with fries :-D

Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Plot Summary:
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. Book 1 in a projected trilogy. Look out for Book 2 coming in September -- Catching Fire.

The Cryptkeeper says:
This book does not disappoint! It's page-turning, nail-biting energy from start to finish.

Behind the Noise, there is hope

The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008)
Chaos Walking Book One

by Patrick Ness

Plot Summary:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy among men in a world that has been infected by the Noise germ, which killed all the women and left the men able to hear each other's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. There is no quiet, no privacy, no room for secrets. A month away from a birthday that will make him a man, Todd suddenly discovers the town he thought he knew everything about is hiding a horrible, violent secret, something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the Noise germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. Recommended Grade 9 and up.

The Cryptkeeper says:
Todd Hewitt is a hero you will cheer for (and his trusty side-kick Manchee -- the talking dog -- will break your heart). Clever, original, and fast-paced, once you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down! Warning: dark subject matter with frightening scenes so not for the sensitive reader. The first in a series, I can't wait to see what happens next!

Coming Soon! The Ask and the Answer, Chaos Walking Book Two

Librarian loose in London, pt. 2

Last Friday night, I went on a ghost tour in the City of London during a dismal, pouring rain. Fortunately. we spent most of the tour under cover in Leadenhall Market, which has a roof over it. The market is haunted by the ghost of Dirty Dick! Dick was a dandy who went crazy after his fiancee died on the eve of their wedding -- and he never washed again during the remainder of his long life (hence the nickname).

Dick locked up the room when the wedding was to take place and it wasn't opened until after his death, revealing a moldering wedding cake, etc. A pub bought the contents of his house and put them on display -- and renamed themselves as the Dirty Dick pub. I noticed it on Liverpool Street on my way back from the Jack the Ripper tour.

It seems some of the mummified rats and cats that were found in Dick's house can still be seen in the pub. I suggested to my wife that we pay it a visit, but she refused.

There's no accounting for taste! Warren the Librarian.


Librarian loose in London, pt.. 1

I'm currently hanging out in London. Last week, I went on a Jack the Ripper walking tour in the east end. We visited only one murder site, that of the fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes, in Mitre Square, which is in the City of London. Where the body was found, there are now benches and a flower bed with tulips in it.

I told my wife to sit down on a bench and I'd take her picture but she refused -- I wonder why? Warren the Librarian.


Visiting the British Library

I'm currently in England doing research and I've obtained a card for one of the most famous libraries in the world: the British Library. It's cool hanging out in a library which once boasted Karl Marx as a member. A card entitles you to use the many resources of the various reading rooms -- you can't borrow anything (legally) from this library. Warren the librarian.

P.S. To the members of the system-wide Teen group: I'll try to find John Polidori's old digs while here in London. Warren.


Sage Hill writing workshop returns: Sherwood Village, July 20-24

The Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience returns to RPL this year and will be taking place at the Sherwood Village branch from July 20th to 24th; to register, email Sage Hill at


Free Movie: Akira, April 22nd

The free comic-related films continue this Wednesday night at the RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, but this week with an anime twist with AKIRA. All films are being shown in conjunction with the Queen City Comic Conference and Festival and begin at 7 pm. Admission, of course, is FREE! See you there!


What Technology Couldn't U Live Without: Who Won What!

In March we ran a "What Technology Couldn't You Live Without" contest in honour of Teen Tech Week, which runs March 8-14. Entrants identified the following items as things they couldn't exist without:

Cell phone
iPod/MP3 player
Refrigerator (good one!)
Xbox 360/Wii/Nintendo DS
Portable DVD player

One participant named as the technology they couldn't survive without one that has lasted nearly 500 years: Books (bless them!)

Winning entries, selected at random (there being no right answers) were submitted by Elizabeth, Tara, Tiffany and Tynan. Congratulations to all.

But hey, no one mentioned my favorite piece of technology (shown here) -- Warren the librarian.


10th Anniversary of Speak

In honour of the 10th anniversary of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a poem using phrases from letters she has received over the years. To see Anderson read the poem, click here.

- JC


Twilight Jeopardy: who won?

The Twilight Jeopardy contest, which ran online during February, attracted 111 entries by 47 individuals ranging in age from 11 to 44 years old. Thirty hard questions, developed by the staff of Winnipeg Public Library, who generously shared them with us (only 2 of the 111 entries got all the answers right!). The winners and there prizes were:

Chloe: $25 Cornwall Centre gift certificate
Patrice: book The Summoning/Kelley Armstrong
Leanne: The Vampire Diaries/L.J. Smith
Anya: The Twilght Companion/Lois H. Gersh
Taylor: Untamed/P.C. & Kristin Cast

Thanks everyone who entered. Warren@RPL.


Queen City Comics Quiz: no foolin!

The "What Technology couldn't you live without" contest is winding down, but the Queen City Comics Quiz, in honor of the upcoming conference at UofR will be starting April 1st -- no kidding. Questions will relate to North American and European comics, plus manga. Entries with the most correct answers will win Cornwall Centre gift certificates. So step right up -- and may the best fans win!


X-Men movies: Free Wednesdays in April

In honor of the Queen City Comic Conference & Festival, the RPL Film Theatre will be showing FREE films based on comics during Wednesday nights in April, including three X-Men movies:

X-Men: April 1st (no fooling!)
X2: X-Men United: April 8th
X-Men: The Last Stand: April 15th

All films are rated PG and will be shown in the Film Theatre at the Central Library, starting at 7 pm -- and admission is FREE!

We hope to see you there and at the Queen City Comic Conference & Festival, May 2nd at the College Buidling, College and Scarth.


My Swordhand is singing: the folkloric vampire

I've just finished a novel with the above title by English author Marcus Sedgwick. I particularly enjoyed the book as it featured the traditional vampire from Eastern European folklore, a creature vastly different than the more familiar (and attractive) vampire of modern novels and cinema. To see what I'm talking about, place My Swordhand is Singing on hold here:


Gaming 101: Ticket to Ride: Europa

On Sunday, I attended the latest session of Gaming 101, which is currently being held at the Regent Place Library, Albert St. and 5th Ave. N. (behind the Tim Horton's). I learned to play two very interesting German-style board games: Ticket to Ride Europa and Acquire. If you'd like to learn to play them and other exciting games, why not join us on Sunday March 22nd and March 29th, 1:30 to 5 pm. For more information and to register for the program, call Regent Place at 777-6086.


Twilight review: A bad idea!

Here's a review of the novel Twilight, submitted by Mehrieh, who liked the book about as much as I did:

"This book is five hundred pages of snooze. Not only my friends but absolutely every teen girl (and boy) loves Twilight. So I decided to give it a chance.

Bad idea.

The enchanting idea of this novel is its forbidden love. Bella is a new girl in a crummy town and she meets a lovely boy and obviously falls in love. Who wouldn't right? He incidentally also loves her! And because of what? Her really good smell (Why didn't I guess?). But unfortunately it isn't happy endings for these two star-crossed lovers because he is a vampy. And there is your climax

In the above paragraph I have just written what took the book 300 pages..."

Any comments/arguments? Warren the librarian


Gaming 101 at Regent Place!

Gaming 101 returns, this time at the Regent Place branch of the Regina Public Library, 107 Albert St (Albert and 5th Ave. N.). The Flatland Regional Association of Gamers (FRAG)will teach participants how to play such German-style board games as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. Everyone welcome. For more information or to register for the program, call the Regent Place branch at 777-6086.


Night Road: Vampires on a road trip!

If you were a vampire, would you know what to do? (And don't tell me it comes unnaturally!) Night Road by A.M. Jenkins tells the story of veteran vampires Cole and Sandor who take newbie Gordo on a road trip to teach him how to survive. But this book is not a comedy. For starters, Gordo rejects his undead fate -- and the trio is being followed by a hostile stranger!

To find out what happens, place the book on hold here:


What the Teen Advisory Committee is reading: Night Runner

Zack's life as an orphaned multiple allery sufferer confined to a mental ward where he watches tv and drinks strawberry smoothies is dramtically disrupted the night a stranger crashes through the front doors and tells him to run. A different take on the vampire genre; submitted by Ericka. Run it down here:


What the Teen Advisory Committee is reading -- two for one

So you want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane, submitted by Nicole


Can't get there from here by Todd Strasser, submitted by Jennifer


What the Teen Advisory Committee is reading: The Marvel Encyclopedia

Suggested by Jordan. To check it out, click here:


Twilight Jeopardy is here!

Twilight Jeopardy is now underway (early because we have the power to start it early). So test your knowledge of the fantastic four books of the series and enter early and often.

The last pre-contest question was answered by Carmela who noted the Cullens lived with the Denali Coven in Alaska before moving to Forks. Carmela wins 4 Darren Shan novels.

Top four entries in the Twilight Jeopardy contest will win blood-curdling prizes (really!) So sink your teeth into our quiz now!


Review: The General (Cherub) by Robert Muchamore

This book is a great addition to the Cherub series. It is fast paced, with lots of action. I recommend this book because it's funny and serious at the same time. It's very hard to put down, definitely a book I read cover to cover. With a surprize twist near the end, it kept me on the edge so much I couldn't sit still. Totally a must read! -- Submitted by Alanah

Cherub, which is about kids working for British Intelligence, is one of my favorite series. I can hardly wait to read The General -- Warren the librarian.

Check out The General here:


Twilight pre-contest: next question

Ashton was the winner of a $10 Chapters gift card for correctly answering the question: What is the make of Bella's red truck -- a 1953 Chevy. Next question:

Before living in Forks, where did the Cullens live?

The first Regina-area resident aged 12 to 18 to answer the above will win a small prize. Send answers to (don't use the link, type in the address). Good luck!


Truancy: ballad of a street fighting man!

Tack is a high school student in a futuristic Metropolis, were schools are run like military boot camps and the students treated like prison inmates. But some kids were rebellious...and Tack soon learns about the Truancy, a terrorist army at war with the Educators who run the City.

At first I thought this was just another high school is Hell novel, but then it morphed into a meditation on fascism, terrorism and murder. The action is non-stop, so I couldn't put it down. But be warned: this is an incredibly violent book, not for the squeamish!

So, if you dare, place Truancy on hold here:

Warren the librarian.


Twilight Jeopardy is coming!

Twilight Jeopardy, an exciting online contest, will be running between Feb. 1-28. But, in order to whet the vampirish appetites of all you Bella and Edward fans out there, we are going to be running a Twilight pre-contest. We will ask a question and will award a small prize to the first person to answer it correctly. This contest has two rules:

1) You can only win once
2) You have to be a Regina-area resident between the ages of 12-18.

So here's the first question: What is the make and model of Bella's red truck?

Send answers to (p.s., don't use the link -- its temperamental-- send a fresh email to the address). First correct answer wins. So good evening and good luck!


Queen City Comics Conference and Festival

The Regina Public Library is proud to be one of the many community partners involved in the upcoming Queen City Comics Conference and Festival, May 2nd at the old UofR College Building, College and Scarth. The conference will feature academic papers on comics and graphic novels, displays and other fun events. Part of this event is a comics creation contest open to all ages. Have an idea for a comic -- why not enter. For more information, click here:

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns/Khaled Hosseini

Whereas Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a novel mostly based on the relationships between males, A Thousand Splendid Suns is based on the cry of Afghan women and their hardships. After reading The Kite Runner, a friend of mine recommended this novel, set in Afghanistan. I have come to love Khaled Hosseini's books completely and have not read any other books with such intrigue. I have come to the conclusion that Khaled Hosseini was simply born to write. One would have to read one of his novels to really understand and share my feelings. There will soon be a movie version of this novel and I can hardly wait to see it! -- Submitted by Roya.


Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I chose to read this book because it was set in Afghanistran and I wanted to learn more about my background and its history. Since I am originally from Afghanistan, I was curious as to what the book would be about and how accurately the historic events would be portrayed. After reading the first few pages, I noticed how Hosseini had sewed Farsi words throughout the paragraphs which comforted me even more since my first language is Farsi. It is also a requirement for grade 12 1B English to read and analyze The Kite Runner so I thought this was a great opportunity for me to introduce myself to the novel. I had not read for months but after reading Khaled Hosseini's first novel, I realized how much I was missing out and how much I love to read. The book is also a best seller, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. The Kite Runner (movie) was also nomintated fro an Oscar, had 3 wins and 13 other nominations. This fictitious novel represents the various lives of Afghans due to the political conditions. The movie does not include all of the events that are included in the novel, such as Sohrab's attempted suicide, but it was also very enjoyable. -- Submitted by Roya.


Breakfast Club starts at Regent Place!

Need a comfortable, quiet space to do homework? On Saturday mornings, Regent Place Branch, Albert&5th Ave. N., will be opening up its program room to teens who want to do homework. Regent Place will have large tables, no television or noisy siblings and library resources close to hand. Just like the classic movie The Breakfast Club but attendance is optional and there is no Principal to trick.

So come on down to Regent Place Saturday mornings (they open at 10 am) and be sure to bring a friend!

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