Spark a Reaction
The program starts as soon as school is out.
Area teens (ages 12-18) are invited to “Spark a Reaction” this year and join Jackson County Library Services’ Teen Summer Reading Program. Create a felted wool project, make a “fobot,” a lava lamp, or just come and hang out. The library offers free movies, art activities, and gaming days all summer long.
Visit your local library to sign up and learn what’s happening in your community or download the Reading Log to get started!
Teens who write a review of a book, graphic novel, audio or eBook, or library program can earn the chance to win one of fifteen $100 Barnes & Noble gift certificates as well as other prizes. Selected reviews will be featured below.
Featured Teen Reviews
I have never read anything like it. This does something that many of the great works of English literature don’t do; it is able to capture the essence of being young and being human. This is one of the most real and earthly books I have ever read. I like everything about it, especially how genuine it is. I gave it four stars instead of five for technical reasons only. Talent Library
I loved this book so much! It had great characters and lots of twists. Even though it left me disliking the author for making some things happen to the characters, it made me want to read the next book. I liked how even though it’s fantasy, it still has realistic reactions from the characters. Talent Library
Clay is having a normal life until he gets these tapes of a girl’s voice named Hannah, who he happens to have a crush on. There are thirteen reasons why she committed suicide. It was really, really sad, but it makes me more aware of people around me. Gold Hill Library
Bombings? Fires? Murders? Ecoterrorists? How does it all connect? When Gabby St. Claire’s best friend Sierra goes missing, all the evidence points to her. But Gabby is sure Sierra did not commit those crimes and she will do everything she can to prove her friend’s innocence. This is the third book in the Squeaky Clean Mysteries. I love the characters, and how the author combines a little bit of everything; humor, suspense, romance, and mystery to create a great story. Rogue River
Lewis and Clark tells the exciting story of the lives of these explorers using the journals they kept on their journey west. It was too short. Wished it had more detail. Eagle Point Library
I liked this book. Bisky and his friends from Redwall Abby go searching for the fabled treasure of the Doomwyte eyes. I liked the story line. Eagle Point Library
It is good, suspenseful, and scientific, a lot like his other books. All of his books are good. It is very scientific. Eagle Point Library
I really liked this book. It’s about Devin and his sister who get taken by Vikings. Devin escapes and vows to rescue his sister Bree. And Bree is taken to the Vikings home in Iceland. Eagle Point Library
Why do Marines fight? And why do they fight so well? These are questions author James Brady attempts to answer. Drawing from personal stories of over forty Marines, all the way back in WWII through Afghanistan, this book takes a personal look at today’s heroes: the United States Marine Corps. I liked how he incorporated all the stories together into one overall picture. Rogue River Library
Bud Caldwell, from Flint Michigan in the time of the Great Depression, is an orphan living in the tough children’s homes, and worse, the foster homes, or in the library; wherever he can really, until he decides “enough is enough” and he goes off to meet his father for the first time. I liked every part of this story- its beautiful unfolding and its amazing humor. Gold Hill Library
Graphic Novel Reviews
Yuri soon finds herself transported into a whole other world, that of which she found herself slipping through a puddle of water. In this new world she is to bea human sacrifice. I like the drawings. Although they are very different compared to Akimine Kamijyos Samurai Deeper. Medford Library
Young farm boy Link was born with the mark of the triforce on his left hand. This is interpreted by his grandfather as a sign for him to become a knight, but Link has other ideas and sets off on an adventure. Later he meets the Oracle of Seasons and must rescue her from the evil General Onox. The plot was very exciting and surprising. Eagle Point Library
Link sets off on a quest to defeat the traitorous Agahnim and rescue Princess Zelda. But on the way he discovers that this adventure might lead him to his parents. Very accurate to the game and just as exciting. Eagle Point Library
In this story a young 17-year-old boy Ranma is about to be wed to 16-year-old Akane Tendo (who hates boys). But there is one thing complicating Ranma’s life. Thanks to a cursed spring, now whenever he is doused with cold water he becomes a she. The uniqueness of the story is undeniably wonderful. Eagle Point Library
Ameya is an artist in a little town called Cattail Grove. He found a cat named Loki when he was running, because of an agent. Loki is a big ball of mischief, so much that something terrible happens to Ameya. I liked that Ameya looks at all cats like people with ears and a tail. Rogue River Library
On July 23, I took my cousin to a “Riot of Colors.” They told the kids about the 2014 Summer Reading Program, where the kids did arts and crafts, learned about wool, and made friends. So I thought this class was good for the kids. I liked how the kids enjoyed having fun and learning about wool.
We talked about different books and then learned about wool and how to make bracelets and balls with wool. Then we started. I made a ball. I liked putting a ribbon and bead on my ball.
Rogue River Library
An amazingly clever movie that I thoroughly enjoyed! A great choice for one of the first movies shown at the library. I liked that it was really clever and funny. Medford Library
We learned some beats, then a story, then some more beats. After that we did another story and then a story with beats. I like the sound of the drums. Rogue River Library
Kids and adults made their own book bags using cups, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. AWESOME!!! It was really easy and the finished product was pretty, no matter how many mistakes I made. Medford Library
This was a really fun program. You get a cup and a rubber band and a book bag. Then you create your own cool design. All the people there were really nice and helpful. I liked that you are able to do at home also. Medford Library