Teen top ten

I’ll be  putting  up  book  trailers  for  all of  the teen  top  ten on  this  page.   voted  for by  teen  readers

teen top ten 2014!

Out this week

I  hope  they  do  it  well…


plague, war, natural disasters….

Books  where everything  changes….


Post  apocalyptic  books aren’t  new, so  check  out  some older  ones:

The Postman David Brin

There was a terrible war and everything has fallen apart. People are living in samll secluded villages
Book , ebook and movie

Clay’s  ark   Octavia  Butler

In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland–and endanger the world.


Alas, Babylon  Pat  Frank

Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.


Califia’s  daughter Leigh Richards

Set in the near future and inspired by the myth of the Amazon warrior queen Califia, this novel tells the story of a peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad. Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be, when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had grown. When the ratio of male to female was nearly the same. Now, civilization’s few surviving males are guarded by women warriors like Dian. When an unexpected convoy of strangers rides into her village, it is Dian who meets them, ready to do battle. To her surprise, the visitors come in peace and bear a priceless gift, whose arrival is greeted with as much suspicion as delight. And indeed, the strangers want something in return, a request that could change the future of the Valley into one of hope — or utter desolation. It is up to Dian to discover their motive, in a journey that will cost her far more than she ever imagined, a journey from which she may never return

books, ebooks


Eternity  Road  Jack  McDevitt

The Roadmakers left only ruins behind — but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too — a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found.

Summer movies

What  have  you  gone  to see?   Have  you  seen  Dawn  of  the Planet  of  the Apes?

how 2 train your Dragon 2?:
or are your waiting for
Guardians of the Galaxy:

Your college search

This summer  I  hope  you  are  having fun,  hanging at  the skateboard  park, going to  the movies or reading your  favorite  books.  Some of  you  are working, some are traveling , and  others  are volunteering.   some of  you  are thinking about  college.  It  is a rather intimidating process and not  everyone finds  it  easy.


Today  I  have  a place for  you to  look  that  is  a little  different:Colleges that change lives. If you look at the list of colleges . You will find a list of very good colleges. There are a number of different colleges her , but according to the website these are the things they have in common:

To find a college that changes lives, look for these distinguishing attributes:

Low student-to-faculty ratios that foster collaboration, engaged learning, and personal attention. Classes are taught by professors, not TAs.

Faculty are dedicated and passionate about teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students.

A commitment to undergraduate education that focuses on the liberal arts and sciences. Opportunities for undergraduate research are prevalent.
A living and learning environment that is primarily residential and emphasizes the benefits of community, personal growth, participation, and involvement.

Smaller student enrollments that allow students to be known and recognized as individuals.
Out-of-classroom learning opportunities that provide students with an added perspective about themselves, their interests, and the global community. Participation in internships, study abroad, service to others, and special interest activities is common and expected.

Holistic admission policies including “test-optional” applications for admission. These schools take into consideration everything about an applicant—not just their numbers on an application.

Alumni networks that help graduates with professional and career development opportunities as well as foster lifelong friendships based on an involved and engaged undergraduate student experience.

An ideal living and learning environment where students can meet and exceed their own expectations for personal intellectual growth.

even if you don’t end up at one of theses colleges, this is a great place to start and help you focus on what yo want from a college.

music and poetry

Words  by  a  poet  – put  into  a  song




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