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Teen Zainab Reviews Mystery Themed Yay! YA Book Box and Loves It!

February 11, 2021 - 5:25pm

Summary
Books should be eye catching, captivating, and action packed all at once, right? Well, the book ​Ten ​by Gretchen McNeil​ ​meets all of those expectations. ​Ten ​is a mystery novel in which each word you read will leave you desperate to read on. The book starts off as Meg and Minnie are invited to a party on an island. They are a bit skeptical about going at first, but they get over it when they learn that the party is hosted by a popular girl. Eight other people are also invited. When the two girls arrive at the party, Minne makes new friends. Meg, however, seems to be the odd duckling. Minnie forgets about her.

The party gets stranger and stranger. One of the members is found dead. Then another is found, and another. Some fingers start pointing to the party’s host since she arranged it. Others are just terrified, and they want to run away out of fear. But they cannot until the party ends. The party lasts for three days. Eventually, they do end up finding out who the murderer was. But the killer had an unfortunate history of why they were killing people. So who could it have been? You will have to read to find out!

Who Should Read This Book?
I recommend this book to teens who like horror stories, mystery, and people the ages of 12 and up. Since this book has some violence involved, I do not think anybody who gets anxious about horror related things should be reading this book. For me personally, I thought it was pretty gruesome.

Yay YA! Book Box Contents Review
Not only were the books in the box enjoyable, but the extra goodies were great as well! I especially loved playing the games. I played the Mad Libs with my whole family. We all got a good laugh out of it. Also, I really liked the stickers that said “CONFIDENTIAL” on them. I put one of those stickers on my diary. Overall, I had a blast with the contents in the book box. Thank you!

By: Zainab N.

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2021 Youth Media Award Winners

January 25, 2021 - 9:09pm

The anticipation is over and we’re so excited to announce the winners of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards 2021! Every year, the ALA honors authors and creators of various media outlets for children and teens. These awards are not only given as a way to celebrate the creativity and originality of the creators, they’re also a way for librarians, educators, and parents to know what quality media is available for their patrons, students, and children.

To check the availability of these titles or to place a hold on a title, please click on the links below.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: When You Trap a Tiger written by Tae Keller.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) written by Daniel Nayeri

For a full and complete list of all award winners, visit the American Libraries Website here

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How To Manage Stress: Tips From a Teen

January 22, 2021 - 1:01pm

Stress. Amidst this whole pandemic, this word has been all over our minds. Chronic stress can lead to many mental and physical health problems such as depression and heart disease. This stress can be what is keeping you up at night, and affecting your well being. You are not alone. If you are a teenager, stress is the number one health concern among high schoolers. 73% of people have stress that is impactful on their mental health. Some signs of stress are irritability, hopelessness, self-neglect, and personality change. Stress is healthy and everyone experiences it at some point in their life, if not every day. You just need to learn how to cope with it. Here are some tips on alleviating that stress you’ve got hanging over your head.

1. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to manage stress. Just a couple of minutes of intentional breathing can have a great impact on your day, whether that’s at home, school, or work. Meditation helps you prioritize, and eliminate stress. There are many online programs, videos, and apps to choose from. Meditation is a great way to start and end your day.

 

 

2. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. When you exercise, endorphins are released. Endorphins are those “feel good” chemicals in your body. They give you a happiness booster. You should try to get in 30 minutes of exercise per day. That does not have to be lifting 100 lbs weights or doing HITT programs. It could be walking your dog in the park or going for a jog around the neighborhood. These little things can help you reduce stress.

 

3. Journaling

Journaling is an amazing way to diminish stress. Just writing down how you feel can be very helpful. Journaling can help you set and achieve goals that may be causing you stress. It gives you an opportunity to self-reflect on things in life. Journaling is great for all people, and is an amazing way to deal with stress.

 

4. Music

Listening to music can be a great solution for managing your stress. When you listen to music you release the hormone dopamine, which is another one of those “feel-good” hormones. When you listen to music with someone else, another hormone called prolactin is released. Prolactin is the hormone that bonds people together. Listening to music can do great things to your body, which can allow you to just relax. Music is an exceptional form of diminishing stress and anxiety.

 

5. Talking to friends, family, or a therapist

Talking to another person can be great to alleviate stress. It does not have to be a therapist; it could be your friends or family members. Even your dog. Talking to someone about your problems can help you forget about your stress, and the person you are talking to can help you fix it. Therapy is a great way to alleviate chronic stress. A therapist can help you find ways to manage all that stress. Talking to someone is a great way to alleviate stress.

Resources:

NAMI: Teens & Young Adults

The Recovery Village: Stress Facts and Statistics 

WebMD: Stress Symptoms

-Rayhan K

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