“Divergent” by Veronica Roth (And the Library’s Teen Films June 24-30)

DivergentDivergent is a sharply-written first novel by a recent Northwestern Un. Grad. This teen SF novel will be popular with the same readers who liked The Hunger Games series, especially young women looking for a strong heroine breaking away from a limited existence and facing difficult and deadly odds.

In the generations after a war which has destroyed much of Chicago, the residents have divided into 5 “factions”, each based on a philosophical principle. Beatrice, just turned 16, has grown up in the Abnegation faction, which believes that selfishness was the cause of the disasters of the past and that denial of self and focus on others is the key to avoiding future conflicts. The other factions are Dauntless (pro-bravery), Erudite (pro-education and research), Candor (pro-honesty), and Amity (pro-peace). The different factions tend to do different jobs within the community of factions. E.g., Abnegation provides government leaders, Erudite provide teachers and scientists, Dauntless provides security and defense, etc.

Once a year all of the 16 year-olds go through aptitude tests to inform them about which faction matches their personality. They can choose to remain with their families, or choose the faction that matches their aptitude results, or go against both and choose something else. They then become initiates in the faction they choose. If they do not choose or if they fail to fit into their choice, they become “factionless” and have to live outside the norms of this society, driving trucks, doing manual labor, even perhaps being homeless and impoverished (although we see little evidence that the members of the factions have any true understanding of what life outside the factions is like).

Beatrice is told secretly during her aptitude tests that she is “Divergent” and to never tell anyone. It appears to mean someone who doesn’t clearly fit any one faction but who has characteristics of more than one. The real meaning turns out to be much more significant than that. Beatrice chooses “Dauntless” and then discovers that all of the new initiates have to pass a severe series of trials of their physical and mental toughness. Not all will pass. The losers will become factionless.

Beatrice finds her toughness but also finds hints that this society of factions has the potential to come apart violently.

Very exciting, page-turning story with good main characters, although the “villains” are stereotyped. Still, not many flaws for a first novel and the energy of the story and writing style carry the reader over any beginner bumps. There is a level of violence similar to that of The Hunger Games. The second book, Insurgent, was just released. We’ll be eager to read that, too. It will be reviewed next week.

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Here are next week’s teen movies. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Real Steel

Pike

Tue., June 26, 5:45 pm pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Southport

Wed., Jun 27, 6:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Decatur

Fri., Jun 29, 3:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Spades Park

Fri., June 29, 3:00 pm

Footloose

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

War Horse

Eagle

Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

Real Steel

Brightwood

Sat., June 30, 2:00 pm

What’s Steampunk? (With Steampunk Movie Suggestions and Next Week’s Teen Film Schedule)

Definition:  1. a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
2. a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.

Now that you know- what do you do with it? You could stop a library branch and make your very own steam punk journal to take home. Click here or on the picture below for times and locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or check out these Steampunky films:
Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

 

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

 

 

 

 

Treasure Planet

 

Treasure Planet

 

 

 

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

 

 

 

 

Howl's Moving Castle

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

 

 

 

 

Van Helsing

 

Van Helsing

 

 

  

 

The Prestige

 

The Prestige

 

 

 

 

The Golden Compass

 

The Golden Compass

 

 

 

 

Sherlock Holmes

 

Sherlock Holmes

 

 

 

 

The Three Musketeers

 

The Three Musketeers

 

 

 

 

Sucker Punch

 

Sucker Punch

 

 

 

 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is on order, it isn’t in the library’s collection yet, but it’s one of our teen summer films. Click here to find out where and when it’s playing

 

Hugo

 

Hugo

 

 

Are you into Steampunk? Let us know in the comments!

And speaking of movies, here are the Summer Films for Teens that will be shown next week, June 17 – 23. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Stomp the Yard

Pike

Tue., Jun 19, 5:45 pm

War Horse

Southport

Wed., Jun 20, 5:30 pm

Stomp the Yard

Warren

Fri., Jun 22, 1:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Spades Park

Fri., Jun 22, 3:00 pm

Real Steel

Decatur

Fri., June 22, 3:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 23, 2:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 23, 2:00 pm

Footloose

Eagle

Sat., Jun 23, 2:00 pm

Summer Reading Goes Steampunk

Summer is almost here and with that comes the Summer Reading Program. This year`s theme is Gear Up for Good. We will be getting Steampunked out at all the branches and Central Library. We also have a new component this summer that allows you to read away your library fines. It is called an Earn to Learn card. We want to give everyone under eighteen a fresh start.

 

 There is more to do too. There is a series of films being offered at branches across the county just for you. Also you can`t miss the Steampunk Inventors Journal Workshop. The journals are definitely one of a kind. You need to register for the journal workshop, but not the films.

 

Here are the films that will be shown next week, beginning Tuesday, June 5th. You can click any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Real Steel

Glendale

Tue., Jun 5, 2012  5:30 pm

Joyful Noise

Southport

Wed., Jun 6, 2012  6:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Warren

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  1:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Decatur

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  3:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Teen Grab & Go Bags

bagthingTeens! Come One, Come All!  Beginning June 6, 2011, visit Fountain Square or Pike Library branches to check out a Teen Grab & Go Bag.  Each bag will be packed with 3 books that teens can read, return, and earn 75 points for the Summer Reading Program.

This pilot program runs throughout the 2011 Summer Reading Program and its success is in your hands.  The more bags you check out, the more points you’ll get!  Plus, we will be tracking the bags’ popularity.

Don’t have a library card, can’t get a library card, or your library card has too many fines?  Don’t worry, you can still check out a Teen Grab & Go Bag and each bag is fine free.    Just talk with the friendly Circulation Staff at Fountain Square and Pike.

Bonus:  Fifteen additional points are available if you post a book review, on Teen Scene, of any of the books you read!  Just print out a copy of your review and the email acknowledging receipt of the review, and bring it to the library.

Teen Volunteers Needed!

Looking for something to do this summer that will give you work experience, volunteer credit, and let you interact with lots of people?  Your local library needs teen volunteers this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have openings for Summer Reading Teen Volunteers!  You can help decorate for the program and hand out prizes to the little shoppers at the Summer Reading Table. You must be at least 13 years old, entering 7th grade and able to put in at least 10 hours total during the Summer Reading Program. Please ask at your local library branch for more information and an application.  Applications must be in by the last week of May. 

We also have some openings for regular Teen volunteers.  You must be entering 7th grade and be at least 13 years old for this position also.  This is a more flexible position working whenever you can throughout the year.

Helping the library is a way to help your community and yourself.  All hours are documented, and can be referenced for school requirements as well as being used on job applications and resumes.