June 2011

All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends’ obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What’s a 21st-century girl to do when she’s stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read


This summer I took a Cosmetology class at a place called KCC (King Career Center).  At first I was really looking forward to going to class, but once I got there I was disappointed.  All we did was sit there in the lab and do our hair. The first day she did show us a demo on how to shampoo hair, but that was it.

I hoped it would get better as the class kept on, but it didn’t. We were basically allowed to do whatever we wanted. We were allowed to take naps as long as it was on the facial beds so that way if somebody walks in and asks why that girl is sleeping, we can say she’s getting a facial. We could curl, straighten, and style our hair, but after a few days of doing that it got boring. Not to mention all the heat damage done to it in those 2 and a half weeks.

We could do manicured also, but if yours were already done, you didn’t want to take off all the work and redo it. The lights in the lab were off most of the time, so it was made even harder for all of us to stay awake. If we did fall asleep at out chair we got in  trouble. You are also not allowed to read anything in class unless it has to do with Cosmetology. Which is just a bunch of pointless magazines…. and not even the kind I like to read!

I must have read at least four books at that class.  If the teacher caught you reading a regular book, which she did with me….. a lot, she would tell you to put it away. When that happened to me, I would either read it underneath the table, or go out into that lab in the dark corner and read. If she came by, I just closed the book and pretended to do my hair.

Here is something i wrote on a piece of paper in the middle of class

By the last two days of school, i was so bored out of my mind that i didn’t feel well enough to last through the full  day of school, and stayed home  the last day because i still wasn’t feeling well.

(Photo from Anchorage School District website. The front of King Career Center, Anchorage, Alaska behind Wendler Middle School.)

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead is an outsider in her own family. She feels accepted and important only when she is entrusted to write letters for her blind stepmother. Then Nat Turner, a slave preacher, arrives on her family’s plantation and Harriet befriends him, entranced by his gentle manner and eloquent sermons about an all-forgiving God. When Nat asks Harriet for a map of the county to help him spread the word, she draws it for him—wanting to be part of something important. But the map turns out to be the missing piece that sets Nat’s secret plan in motion and makes Harriet an unwitting accomplice to the bloodiest slave uprising in U.S. history.Award-winning historical novelist Ann Rinaldi has created a bold portrait of an ordinary young girl thrust in to a situation beyond her control,


Review by Goodreads.com

(Mom bird with food for babies)

          A while ago my little brother built a bird house. Not to long ago a family moved in! At first it was just one, as time went on we kept checking on her. One day we saw something else in the house, EGGS! That’s when my little brother got excited. We would go to the bird house and look at the eggs, but not to often or else the mom might abandon the eggs. Last week my little brother was looking in the house when he made a discovery, the eggs had hatched. So off course I went outside to look at them. At first i didn’t see them, but i heard them. If you stood in front of the house long enough they would start chirping because they thought you were the mom. After i got the step latter is when i got to see them. When you look in they open up their mouths for food. It’s really cute.

          Now, less than before, you can see BOTH bird parents going in and out with food.

When Alice heads off to camp for a counselor gig, she expects to “get the little girls in my cabin feeling like one big happy family.” Sorry, Alice. Aside from campers terrified of the outdoors and older girls who won’t shower with the younger ones, Alice has to contend with Latisha and Estelle’s racially charged arguments. Fortunately, six guy counselors provide eye-candy (and skinny-dipping companionship) for the girl counselors, and Alice heads home with some juicy stories under her belt. But what a home to come back to! Her dad’s wedding is postponed, her brother’s moving out of the house, and Pamela’s long-gone mom is trying to make nice-nice by barging into the house. Thank goodness some things turn out all right in the end.

A girl whom teen readers can identify with, Alice is one character who doesn’t lose her charm! Naylor’s heroine is as fabulous as ever, with problems familiar to girls and a personality that keeps on shining. Alice makes summer camp a whole lot sunnier! Shana Taylor

Review by Goodreads

Alice is starting high school, and everything is new. But it’s the new girl, Penny, who’s making ninth grade a real challenge for Alice. Penny is tiny and perky and a real flirt, and she seems to be focusing her attention Patrick. Even worse, Patrick seems to be enjoying it.

Alice and Patrick have been a couple so long Alice can’t imagine life without him. Suddenly she feels lost and unattractive and scared — not quite whole. How can Alice get back her confidence in herself, when she’s not even sure who she is


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