Teen Book Review

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~Review by Ardent Book Lover

Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin, is a book that all bookworms can identify with. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this story about a girl who seeks to find a purpose for her previously boring life is full of great surprises. When I read Wonderland Creek, it astonished me because it was so like my life. I absolutely couldn’t put the book down! I was so glad to discover this author, and thankfully she wrote several books, all directed at my age level–mid to late teens, because I simply can’t believe how great her books are! So, for all teenagers looking for a story they can immerse themselves in, I definitely recommend Lynn Austin’s repertoire.


Teen Book Review

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The Betsy-Tacy Series

The Betsy-Tacy books, by Maud Hart Lovelace, are unique in that the reader can actually grow up with them. For instance, the first three books, about Betsy from age five to ten, are directed towards a younger audience, while the last couple books are meant for an older, teen audience. There are about ten books in total in the Betsy-Tacy series, and I am fortunate to own almost all of them.

Are you still reading this? Then seriously, stop reading and go check out these books! They are definitely worth your while!


It has been a fun filled summer. So fun, in fact, that I haven’t had time to update the blog. Here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to in the Salmon Arm branch these days.

Before you look at the pictures, though, I first want to acknowledge our Salmon Arm Friends of the Library group. without our Friends, summer programs wouldn’t be nearly as fun. Thank you Friends!!! (If anyone is interested in joining our Friends group, contact the library for more information. They are always eager to have more people join.)

Outrageous Origami:

We always have a great time doing origami with Eiko. Thanks for sharing your amazing skills with us, Eiko!

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CSISS: What’s Invading Your Neighbourhood?

Thanks CSISS for coming and teaching us about invasive species and how to prevent them from spreading. That bullfrog and tadpole where incredible to see!

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STEAM Adventures:

We had 2 STEAM programs this summer, and both were a tremendous success. A lot of imaginative thinking, building and creating occurred. Who knew Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math could be so much fun?!

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Book Smack & STEAM:

Book Smack & Marshmallow Toss is a ton of fun, but when you add STEAM Adventures it’s an even bigger hit. I tip my hat to all the kids who got up, at the risk of being hit by marshmallows, and talked about a book. You all did a wonderful job!!

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SPCA: Bite Free & Talk Dog:

Thanks Evelyn and Ginger for teaching us how to be bite free and talk dog. We always enjoy learning from and visiting with our SPCA friends.

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Some very creative and fun puppets were made at our Mixed-Uppet program. Well done everyone!

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SRC Celebration: Pirates vs. Sea Creatures

It looks like Pirates won!

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Thanks for all the fun everyone. Keep reading and don’t forget to bring in your completed Reading Record so you can get your Summer Reading Club medal. You have until September 4 to earn your medal and September 12 is when we do the draw for the Challenge Tracker prizes.

SRC: Book Smack & Marshmallow Toss

For some of us, 30 seconds isn’t enough time to say all we want to say about a good book. However, it is long enough to get the audience curious enough to want to read it…while throwing marshmallows to get the speaker to stop talking.

This summer’s Books Smack & Marshmallow Toss has been filled with fast paced book reviews, fast pitched marshmallows, and hilarious Minute to Win It games.

DSCN0032Here are some Book Smackers playing the Minute to Win It game ‘Cookie Face’.

Teen Book Review

This review is written by a teen, but it is geared toward the tween audience. Enjoy!

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~by Ardent Book Lover

The Secret Island, by Enid Blyton, has the distinction of being the first book that was so exciting that I read it over again half an hour after I had finished it. This story about four orphans who decide to take matters into their own hands, following their unfair treatment at the hands of grownups, shows that children can accomplish anything, if they work together.


SRC: Out of This World!


Colleen O’Hare, a volunteer from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Okanagan Centre, enthralled her audience with a wild trip through Space. We learned everything from Black Holes that don’t suck to gamma rays that rudely knock into each other. Now, we are all looking forward to the total eclipse of the sun (not the heart) on August 21! (Yes, the technical term is Total Solar Eclipse, but I couldn’t resist the offhand nod to Bonnie Tyler.)