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Authors to follow on Instagram


Who here has an Instagram account? I bet you ALL do, right? Are you following your favorite author yet? (For the record, mine is Kiera Cass!) Below I have collected a few authors of interest to you that you might want to follow if you aren’t already.

  • Felicia Day– this chick is really cool and you haven’t heard of her yet, where have you been? She has a new book out called You’re Never Weird on the Internet which we have in Print, CD Audiobook, Downloadable Audiobook, and eBook. I’m really glad she authored a book so she could be included in this list.
  • Kiera Cass– my favorite (and yours, right?) Kiera’s IG is not being used as an advertising tool. She shares personal family pictures, day to day life pictures, bookish pics, food pics, animal pics, bible journaling pics, you name it. Kiera writes The Selection series, as well as some other standalone novels.
  • John Green– this list would not be complete without native Hoosier John Green. Author of SEVERAL novels, John Green’s books have also hit the big screen. John’s IG account is a mixture of publicity shots, travel, food, etc. No discernable theme, just lots of random. #DFTBA
  • T. Michael Martin– another Indiana author, Martin’s IG account is a random mix of all kinds of things. You might know Martin through his “How to Adult” vlogs.
  • Saundra Mitchell– Who knew that Indiana had so many great authors?! Saundra’s IG account is also a mix of dog pics, personal pics, food pics, bookish pics and more. Did you know Saundra is also a gamer?

Who do you follow on IG? Leave us a comment and let us know who your favorite IG accounts are!

Summer Programs for High School Students

2015 Summer Programs for High School Students

Indiana College and University Campuses

Compiled by: Jane Stormer, Associate Director of Admission, Hanover College

 Health/Biomedical Science

  • Ivy Tech Community College. Explore The World of Nursing. July 7-11th. $50 fee. Commuters.


  • Purdue University. Junior & Senior Vet Camp. June 16-22. Residential.($950-$1,500)


  • Hanover College. Health Science Institute. June 14-19. Residential. ($600-$700)


  • Indiana University. Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program. Students must have completed grade 11. 9 week paid program. Residential. Application deadline, March 1st. 3.0 minimum GPA. Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


Natural Sciences

  • Hanover College. Environmental Science Institute – $600 June 14-19th, 2015 Residential.


  • Indiana University. Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology. July 19-24th, 2015. Residential. $50 fee. For Indiana underrepresented students.


  • University of Southern Indiana. Girls Only (GO) STEM! Camp. June 7-11, 2015. $130 fee. Residential.


  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Operation Catapult. June 14-July 1st or July 7-July 24. $2500 fee. Residential.



  • Purdue South Bend, College of Technology. Electric Go Cart Summer Camp. 3, 3 day sessions in July. $50 fee. Commuter only.


  • Butler University. iD Tech Camps. 5 week options throughout June and July. Ages 13-17. Commuter only. $879-$909


English and Writing

  • University of Indianapolis. Young Writers Workshop. $175 for commuters, additional $135 residential. June 22-26th.


  • Hanover College. From Script to Screen – $600 June, 14-19. Residential.


  • Butler University. Creative Writing Camp. $260 one week, $460 two weeks. June 15th-19th and 22nd-26th. Commuter only.


Visual and Performing Arts

  • Hanover College. Theatre Institute: Shakespeare in Action – $600, Graphic Art Institute – $600 June, 14-19, 2015. Residential.


  • Butler University. Community Arts School. 13 various arts topics through the summer. Costs vary, commuter/residential options available.


  • DePauw University. Vocal Arts. Residential. June 14-20th. $720


  • Anderson University. Six camps in the arts. (note dance is included) Throughout June and July. Costs vary from $250-$800+. Residential.


  • IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. Creativity Camps. $300 per week. June through July. Commuter only.


Social Science

  • Hanover College. Pre-Law Institute – $600 June 14-19, 2015. Residential.


  • Indiana University. MEET Kelley. Women’s Session June 14-19th. Men’s Session June 21-26th. No cost to student other than transportation to the program. Residential. For underrepresented students.


  • Ivy Tech Community College. Justice Academy. $50 fee. June 23-27th. Commuters only.


Language Opportunities

  • Indiana University. Honors Program in Foreign Languages. Each program 5-7weeks in one of 6 countries. Fees range from $3,650-$4,650.


  • IUPUI. Chinese Bridge Summer Program in China. July 13-26th. Cost of plane ticket and visa.


Journalism and Media

  • Hanover College. Psychology of Media Institute – $600 June 14-19th, 2015. Residential.


  • Indiana University. High School Journalism Institute. 10 week long workshops available in July of 2015. $399 residential, $265 commuter.


  • Ball State University. Summer Media Academy. Two, four day workshops in July. $300 per workshop or $560 for both. Residential.


Earn College Credit

  • Summer Honors Program at Indiana State University. July 19-25th. 15 sessions to choose from. Info on fees and registration to come in Spring 2015.


  • Bethel College. Summer Science Institute. $50 fee. Residential or Commuter. May 31-June 5th, 2015. One hour of college credit.



brightAll the Bright Places

By: Jennifer Niven

Publication: January 6th, 2015

Genre(s): Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Available in Print, E-book, and Downloadable Audiobook.

My rating: 5 stars


The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning! 

Thedore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.   Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself–a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

If you read any book this month, this year, in your life, make sure you read All the Bright Places.

It is beautiful. Heart-wrenching. Nitty gritty. Masterful. A pure must-read.

The topics All the Bright Places explores are heavy, hard, and thought-provoking. Teens and adults alike reading this novel will face the issues of mental illness, suicide, and grief inside the pages with the two main characters, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey.

I’m cutting to the chase, folks: I stayed up past midnight, crying myself to sleep while flipping through the last few pages of this book. It’s inevitable that you’ll cry. I can only count on one hand the books that have made my cry: In third grade, Marley and Me had the tears coming. If I StaySecond Chance Summer, and The Book Thief brought on the crying. All the Bright Places has the fifth spot on the list; the last book matched with my pinky when I count the small number of books that have made me cry.

I even saw a letter smudged with ink, and thought it was a stray tear (I held the book far away from my face that night so that no salty tears reached the bottom of the pages), but, after a few wipes and scratches, I realized that the book had come like that. From the tears that came from me, I think it’s fair of me to assume that was probably an editor or publisher crying over the book as they bound my version of the book. Sure, it’s probably most likely that the printer splotched some ink, but I’m going with the fun version of the story here.

To get to the point: I am so proud of Jennifer Niven for writing what she wrote. My first instinct after finishing ATBP was to send her an email that would only be able to convey a slice of my emotions, of how proud I was of her, about how grateful I am that she wrote the story she did. You go, Jennifer!

All the Bright Places tackles suicide and depression through the battles of both of our protagonists, Theodore and Violet. Theodore has always had a rough life, from abusive parents to his bipolar disorder. He has a habit of memorizing suicide facts and constantly thinking about death.

Check out the first line of All the Bright Places in Theodore Finch’s perspective:

“Is today a good day to die?

This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I’m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I’m passing the green beans. At night when I’m lying awake because my brain won’t shut off due to all there is to think about.

Is today the day?

If not today—when?”

Violet Markey is drowning in her own grief over her sister’s tragic death, refusing to pick herself up and even attempt to be the girl she once was, feeling bad for being the only survivor in the car crash that left Eleanor, her sister dead.

“I wasn’t acting out. That wasn’t what it was. It’s just—I don’t cheer anymore. I quit student council. I suck at orchestra. I don’t have any friends or a boyfriend, because it’s not like the rest of the world stops, you know?” My voice is getting louder, and I can’t seem to do anything about it.

“Everyone goes on with their lives, and maybe I can’t keep up. Maybe I don’t want to.”

Pretty bleak quotes/feelings from those two, huh?

Well, the darkness inside both of these hurt people collides and burns into something bright and beautiful: a relationship.

Finch and Violet are paired up for a project where they have to “wander” Indiana. Besides being an educational experiences, during these “wanderings,” Violet and Finch find each other in the process, first becoming friends and then falling in love.

What I loved so much about this novel was that the characters: they were so flawed, funny, and endearing. Teenagers alike will fall in love with Finch, Violet and their story. Our society needs more books like this, books that highlight real problems of today and present them in a true light to readers. There’s not much else I can say, because All the Bright Places has so many beautiful moments, thoughts, and ideas expressed in every sentence, that I can’t even pinpoint anything, whether it’s a quote or moment that stands out in particular; everything made me cry, laugh, smile, and deeply examine my life. And, as a side note, being from the Midwest, I actually am only a few hours or even sometimes minutes away from some of the places explored in this book, and it taught me many things about my state. I might have to do some of my own wandering!

To sum up, All the Bright Places has earned a bright place in my heart. And it will earn one in yours.

Review by Mary Claire, Indy PL Teen

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American Teen Movie Coming out on DVD!

American Teen MovieWho are you in High School? 

The Prom Queen Princess like Megan Krizmanich, who is popular and used to having things go her way?

The freethinking loner Rebel like Hannah Bailey, who knows her thoughts and dreams are too big for her small hometown?

 The basketball star Jock like Colin Clemens, who sees being recognized as a real athlete his only way to get to college?

The nerdy gamer Geek like Jake Tusing, who spends most of his time marching in the band and playing video games while wishing for a steady girlfriend? 

The drop-dead gorgeous Heartthrob like Mitch Reinholt, whose good looks seem to make everything so easy for him?

Follow five real-life students from Warsaw, Indiana as they go through their senior year of high school in the must-see DVD, American Teen, which should be available in stores on December 21st. (The library has already ordered it, and we don’t know exactly when it will arrive.)

You can watch a preview, and click on the Facebook links for the students, at http://www.americanteenthemovie.com/. And there’s more info on Wikipedia.