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2014 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

April 17, 2014

It turns out that our predictions for the 2014 Gateway and Truman award winners were spot-on. Veronica Roth is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for her book, “Divergent.” In a future Chicago, Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group. Runners-up for the Gateway Award were “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake and “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin.

Congratulations also goes to Marie Lu who is this year’s Truman Readers Award recipient for her book, “Legend.” In the dark future where North America has split into two warring nations, teenagers Day, a famous criminal, and June, a brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Richard Paul Evans was the second place award winner for “Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25,” while Wendelin Van Draanen received the third place honor for “The Running Dream.”

Originally published at 2014 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced.

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April Art Extravaganza

April 14, 2014

Paper FlowerEarth Day: Trash to Treasures
Tuesday, April 22 › 3:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Give a second life to unneeded items by turning them into useful objects or creative works of art. We’ll provide all materials and lots of suggestions on how to use them. Grades 6-8.

Recycled Craft Extravaganza
Wednesday, April 23 › 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Celebrate Earth Day by creating crafts from recyclable materials. All you need to bring is yourself and your crafting talents. All ages. Kids, please bring a parent.

The Art of Decoupage
Tuesday, April 29 › 3:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Come learn the art of decoupage. Using Mod Podge to paste down a collage of images, you can challenge your inner artist and take home a creation of your own making. Supplies provided. Ages 9-14. Registration begins Tuesday, April 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7375.

Photo credit: Paper Craft by Fuchsia Foot via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at April Art Extravaganza.

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Books for Dudes – “Blackout”

April 4, 2014

Robison Wells, author of popular YA books “Variant” and “Feedback,” begins a new YA series with “Blackout.” This thriller starts with super-powered teens attacking Hoover Dam, and the action only gets bigger from there. These teen terrorist attacks are happening all over the U.S., and the devastation is pretty epic. (Hint: You don’t want to be a fictional character living in Chicago in this book.)

indexThe terrorists, however, are not the only teens with powers. Teens all over the country randomly start exhibiting powers. Jack, a former student turned janitor at his old high school, is shocked to see his entire school rounded up by the government, just as his old friend Aubrey turns invisible and escapes. Jack and Aubrey go on the run to avoid the government and try to find out why Aubrey has powers, while another perspective follows the terrorists trying to pick more damaging targets. The government blames a virus–but if so, how was it transmitted, why is it only affecting teens, and why are so many of the teens terrorists? Wells provides an interesting take on powers, and he has a flair for unexpected betrayals and bad situations becoming much worse.

If you’re a fan of X-Men or any other superhero fiction, chances are you’ll enjoy this book. Wells sets himself apart from other superhero fiction with his unusual take on traditional powers. For instance, instead of invisibility, Aubrey actually has the power to just be unnoticed by people around her. A terrorist doesn’t have complete mind control, but he can add or change memories to get what he wants. The power descriptions were as entertaining as finding out what happens next…speaking of, read this book and then join me in waiting for its sequel!

Originally published at Books for Dudes – “Blackout”.

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2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

April 2, 2014

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion. We began with a list of 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver, “Legend” by Marie Lu, and many Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, the 2014 Champion is….

The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading challenge, Spark a Reaction. Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews, and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

March 25, 2014

VOTE NOW through March 31 for the tournament champion!

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014Three months of reading and preparation have led to this moment: the announcement of our teen book tournament finalists! Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 225 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a free Barnes & Noble gift card or an autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu! Prize winners will be announced next Wednesday, April 2 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Monday, March 31 at 5 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced.

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April 4 Registration Deadline for May SAT Exam

March 20, 2014

Standardized TestThe registration deadline for the May 3 SAT exam is Friday, April 4. Sign-up online.

If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

Originally published at April 4 Registration Deadline for May SAT Exam.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced

March 18, 2014

VOTE NOW through March 24 for the final two contending titles!

March Madness 2014During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary rounds of voting. If you are just joining us, here’s a recap of how you can participate for a chance to win a free Barnes and Noble gift card, or an autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu.

How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:

Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. Prize winners will be announced on April 2 when we announce our book tournament champion.

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Voting complete for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: VOTE NOW through March 24 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: Vote March 25-31 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 2: The champion is announced!

All votes must be in by Monday, March 24 at 5 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations. Limit one ballot per person, per round.  Winning titles from this round of competition will be announced next Tuesday, March 25.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Final 4
  1. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  3. The Maze Runner” by James Dashne
  4. Legend” by Marie Lu

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced.

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2014 Gateway and Truman Award Predictions

March 16, 2014

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult book as selected by high school students, while the Truman Readers Award is chosen by junior high students. Even though these awards are administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner.  Based on circulation figures throughout our library system, DBRLTeen predicts that the following books will be recognized as this year’s top titles:

Predicted Gateway Readers Award winners2014 Truman Award Predictions

  • First Place: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
  • Second Place: “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver
  • Third Place: “Bitter End” by Jennifer Brown

Predicted Truman Readers Award winners:

The actual award winners will be announced at the MASL Spring Conference in mid-April.  Subscribe to our email updates to have the results delivered directly to your inbox!

Originally published at 2014 Gateway and Truman Award Predictions.

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Upcoming Teen Contests

March 13, 2014
Painting StudentDesign a Bookmark Contest

Help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the teen theme, “Spark a Reaction.” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer. Please design two-dimensional artwork using crayons, markers or any other medium or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! You can download an entry form, or pick one up at one of our three branch locations or bookmobile stops. Entry deadline is Monday, March 31. 

Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

As part of National Poetry Month in April, we invite Callaway County youth to submit original poems with a chance to win an award and have your work displayed at the Callaway County Public Library, Central Bank and at teens.dbrl.org. Awards will be given in three age categories: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-18. You can download an entry form, or pick one up at the library or bookmobile. Entries are due April 14. An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on May 1 at the Callaway County Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program.

Doodle 4 Google Competition

Irish Google Doodle WinnerBefore there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist (grades K-12) will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Closing date for entries is next Thursday, March 20th. Visit google.com/doodle4google to learn more.

Photo credits:
Painting Student by Southwest School of Art via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.
Ireland’s 2012 Doodle 4 Google winner, Patrick Horan. Courtesy of The Sociable.

Originally published at Upcoming Teen Contests.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8 Announced

March 11, 2014

We’ve officially moved into the third round of our single elimination teen book tournament. So far, 24 books have been struck from the list to determine the Elite 8. Did April Henry make the cut with her book, “Girl, Stolen,” or did James Dashner book, “The Maze Runner,” win? Who survived the last round: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak or “The Eleventh Plague” by Jeff Hirsch?

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8
  1. Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  4. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  5. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  6. The Maze Runner” by James Dashne
  7. The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  8. Legend” by Marie Lu
How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:

Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble! Prize winners will be announced on April 2 when we announce our book tournament champion.

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through 17 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 18-24 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: Vote March 25-31 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 2: The champion is announced!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite four titles by Monday, March 17 at 5 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations. Limit one ballot per person, per round.  The Final Four will be announced next Tuesday, March 18.

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8 Announced.

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Books for Dudes – “Spirit Animals”

March 7, 2014

“Spirit Animals” is book series in which one author guides the overall story, but each novel features a different popular children’s and/or YA author (much like “39 Clues”). Brandon Mull, author of “Fablehaven” and other popular fantasy books, oversees the whole series and wrote the first book, “Wild Born.”

spirit animals 1In “Wild Born,” we follow four kids who go through a bonding with spirit animals. While many people have spirit animals, these four particular characters are bonded specific reincarnated spirit animals of legend. However, as typical with many fantasy series, dark forces of old are gathering, threatening the entire world of Erdas.

spirit animals 2The second book, “Hunted,” was recently released and is written by popular YA author, Maggie Stiefvater. The story picks off almost right where the first novel lets off, and we get some excellent character study by Stiefvater as the world of Erdas is more deeply explored.

I found the diverse cast of characters appealing in these novels. A Chinese noble girl, a street rat, a shepherd, and a girl from an African tribe make up the four kids bonded to the great beasts of legend. I also enjoyed that every spirit animal bond is different. The authors get really inventive on how each bond is different. I won’t list any spoilers, but you don’t find out how every bond works in book 1.

If you like instant gratification (or as much as you can get in the world of publishing), you’ll enjoy that book 3 (“Blood Ties”) is coming out in March and book 4 (“Fire and Ice”) will be published in June. With each book being written by a separate author, the momentum of “Spirit Animals” won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Scholastic is also promoting this series with bonus material and a fun game online where you can create your own spirit animal and play in the world of Erdas yourself.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – “Spirit Animals”.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced

March 4, 2014

After an exciting two months of voting, DBRLTeen is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble!

How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:
  • Round 1: Voting complete.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW through March 10 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 11-17 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 18-24 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: Vote March 25-31 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 2: The champion is announced!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite eight titles by Monday, March 10 at 5 p.m. The winners from this round of competition will be announced next Tuesday, March 11.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16
  1. Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  4. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  5. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  6. The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
  7. Gone” by Michael Grant
  8. Legend” by Marie Lu
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
  10. The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  11. Girl, Stolen” by April Henry
  12. Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Eleventh Plague” by Jeff Hirsch
  14. Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
  15. Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  16. Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced.

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Mar 7 Deadline for April ACT Exam

February 23, 2014

Standardized TestThe registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT exams. Registration for the April 14 ACT exam is due Friday, March 7. Sign-up online.

If you would like to know more about testing locations, costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

Originally published at Mar 7 Deadline for April ACT Exam.

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What We’re Reading: February 2014

February 21, 2014

Library staff have spent the winter reading from a wide assortment of genres: historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. However, mystery and intrigue seems to be a prevailing theme among many of titles.  Have you already read one of these books? Submit your own book review or share your thoughts as a blog comment below!

What We’re Reading:Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secrets” by Jennifer McGowan
A story of intrigue surrounding Queen Elizabeth I.

This is not a Drill” by Rebecca McDowell
Tense hostage situation.

Battle Magic” by Tamora Pierce
The continuing tale of Briar, a plant magician.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke
Lovely, atmospheric Gothic horror.I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell
Heartbreaking, inspiring, and highly quotable.

I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga
Dark and gruesome, but fun.

Everybody Sees the Ants” by A.S. King”
Raw and honest with a bit of magical realism thrown in.

Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
A young man’s quest for love in the world of Faerie.Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
Human lab rat.

Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
Beautifully retold Cinderella cyborg science fiction mash up.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne Valente
Charming and delightfully strange in an Alice-in-Wonderland sort of way.

Originally published at What We’re Reading: February 2014.

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Program Preview: “Divergent” Celebration

February 19, 2014

“Divergent” CelebrationDivergent Movie Poster
Monday, March 3, 2014 › 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Pick your faction and choose your fate! Join us for the celebration of the release of “Divergent,” the film based on Veronica Roth’s popular novel. We’ll discuss the book and do a variety of faction-related crafts. Ages 11 and older. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

While you are waiting for the March 21 release date, here are some fun online activities to check-out:

Originally published at Program Preview: “Divergent” Celebration.

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Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 23

February 17, 2014

Book-Tourney-graphic-2013VOTE NOW through February 23 for the Sweet 16

Daniel Boone Regional Library has received nearly 50 ballots in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament! Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. Voting for the Sweet 16 will end on Sunday, February 23. We’ll take a few days to tabulate the results and then announce those titles that will advance in our single elimination bracket on Tuesday, March 4.

Which titles will be among the Sweet 16?  “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak? “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans? “Reached” by Allie Condie? Voice your opinion by voting today! Don’t forget that by supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Who can participate?

March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

How It Works:
  • Round 1: VOTE NOW through February 23 for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Vote March 4-10 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 11-17 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 18-24 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: Vote March 25-31 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 2: The champion is announced!

Originally published at Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 23.

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Books for Dudes – Jeff Smith’s “Bone”

February 14, 2014

While I enjoy checking out new series, there’s something to be said about enjoying an existing series from start to finish. Jeff Smith’s “Bone” series  has a complete story in the form of nine graphic novels. While these graphic novels can be quick reads, fun dialogue and bright characters pop on every page and will likely stay with you long after the story concludes.

Out_from_BonevilleIn the first graphic novel, “Out from Boneville,” we meet our main protagonist, Fone Bone. A small white creature, Fone Bone finds himself lost in a valley separated from his two cousins. Showing a talent for getting into trouble, Fone Bone immediately gets on the menu of hungry rat creatures, falls in love with a teenage girl who lives with her cow-racing grandmother, and even catches the attention of the mysterious Red Dragon. Fone Bone’s troubles have only just started.

“Bone” has something for everyone. Do you want a good fantasy story? Check. Do you want your characters to entertain you with humor? Check. Do you want an epic story with sword fights, a little romance, a lot of danger, and even some death? Check. Do you want a story featuring a sweet old lady who is just as likely to beat up monsters as to race cows? OK, maybe that last one is a little unique…

This story has lots of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. I enjoy how versatile this story is. While initially starting out like a Mickey Mouse adventure, readers are soon thrust into an adventure that actually more closely resembles “The Hobbit” and  “The Lord of the Rings.” Be sure to read the story in order, as most books spoil surprises in preceding volumes.

Jeff Smith is an excellent storyteller in not only his writing, but also his art. Characters’ humorous expressions really tickle the funny bone (pun very much intended). These stories were originally done in black and white and updated later with  coloring. From the greens of the Valley to the dark colors of the Dragons’ caves and the Rat Creature battles, each page pops with color and action. I highly recommend this series for travelers, quest seekers, troublemakers, adventurers, and fantasy lovers.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Jeff Smith’s “Bone”.

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Program Preview: Crafts and Job Help for Ashland Teens

February 12, 2014

Duct Tape RosesOn a Roll With Duct Tape
Tuesday, February 25 › 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Duct tape is amazing stuff. People make wallets, purses, clothing and even shoes out of it. What can you make out of duct tape? We’ll provide the tape and some ideas to get you started. Students in grades 6-8.

Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Tuesday, February 25 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers and help you identify jobs you may be interested in and employers who may be interested in you. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks served. Ages 15-18.

Photo credit: Duct Tape by hcplebranch via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at Program Preview: Crafts and Job Help for Ashland Teens.

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Staff Review of Winger by Andrew Smith

February 10, 2014

Winger by Andrew SmithWhy I Checked It Out: I read “Winger” by Andrew Smith because my book club was reading it and it has a pretty great cover.

What It’s About: Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

Why I Liked It: This book is funny. I don’t mean mildly amusing. I mean, from start to almost the end, it is laugh-out-loud entertainment. Ryan Dean is a smart, quirky, talented guy trying to navigate a world where all his friends and teammates are years older than him. His voice is painfully fourteen and realistic, at times immature, whiny and obsessed with girls. I loved reading and learning about rugby, because it is a sport that is tough to follow if you don’t know the rules. I even ended up watching some videos online!

What I Didn’t Like: This book has a controversial ending that is an avalanche of awful that completely does not match the rest of the book. In discussing this book with other people, many liked the abrupt ending and felt it was true to real life: loss can come unexpectedly. Which is true. But if you’re going to deal with it in a book, you need to do better than wrap it up neatly in the last 20 pages. I feel like the author created a situation for cheap, emotional manipulation.

Who Will Like It: All being said and done, I would still recommend this book to people. I feel like 99.5% of the book is fun and enjoyable. And some readers may disagree with my assessment of the last little bit, so if you like sports and the inner workings of teenage boy brains, give Winger a try.

Originally published at Staff Review of Winger by Andrew Smith.

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Financial Aid Fridays: A Resource Cheat Sheet

February 7, 2014

MU ColumnsAs young adult looking for help applying to college, the best place for you to start is with your high school guidance counselor. Planning for college begins in earnest during your junior year and your guidance counselor can help you set goals and meet the many required deadlines. Below is a list of links to area high school guidance departments. You’ll find a plethora of contacts and web resources to help you fund your education.

FAFSA Frenzy
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and its goal is to assist students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the mandatory application used by all colleges and universities in determining your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Review the dates and times for this free event which will be hosted at Fulton High School, Hickman High School, and the Columbia Career Center. And don’t forget to bring:

  • Your parents’ and your 2013 W-2 forms
  • Copies of your parents’ and your 2013 tax forms, if they are ready. If you or your parents have not yet filed your 2013 returns before you attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2013, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes.
  • Student PIN and parent PIN. You may apply for your PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending the FAFSA Frenzy.

Hickman High School Guidance Department
Learn about the A+ program, local scholarships, and helpful testing info.

Rockbridge High School Guidance Department
This site lists information related to the A+ Program, college visit opportunities, post-secondary information, and scholarships.

Battle High School Guidance Department
Get scholarship reminders, AP course information, A+ program requirements, and check out the calendar of upcoming college visits.

Southern Boone County High School
Learn about area scholarships and upcoming college visits and enrichment opportunities. Hover over “Guidance” in the menu bar to see the full selection of resources available.

Fulton High School Guidance Department
This site provides senior scholarship information, financial aid and college links, as well as a list of educational opportunities and other events.

Hallsville High School Guidance Center
Learn more about available scholarships, financial aid, and career options.

Photo credit: University of Missouri by ensign_beedrill via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at Financial Aid Fridays: A Resource Cheat Sheet.

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