Friday, June 26, 2015

Getting to Know: Lego Mindstorms

by Therese Shea

This is part of the "Code Power: A Teen Programmer's Guide" series.

From the basic background and evolution of the Lego Mindstorm's products, to the everyday problems and usage, this slim book gives Mindstorm fans a basic "get started" guide. Each block is explained and located, and options are discussed on how to use the software that comes with Mindstorms.

If you're interested, but have not used this program before, this is a perfect start. It's not super dense or intense, but should be a good basic overview for teens (and anyone else) looking to use the Mindstorms software to build kits.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dare You To

by Katie McGarry

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Beth from Pushing the Limits is back in her own story.

When Beth's uncle comes to whisk her away from her mother's drama, she is not happy to leave her friends and start at a new school. Baseball player Ryan is from a prominent family and normally doesn't hang out with troubled girls like Beth. When their worlds collide, what starts as a dare turns into so much more.

This edgy story will be keep readers engaged. Told in the alternating voices of Beth and Ryan, readers will enjoy hearing about their relationship from both perspectives. While Beth can be frustrating at times, she is a character readers can't help but root for. Readers who enjoy seeing old characters and meeting new ones as well.

This book is the second in McGarry's Pushing the Limits series. While best read in order if one chooses to read them all, readers can read this novel on its own and still enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vanishing Girls

by Lauren Oliver

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Nick and Dara are sisters, best friends, and opposites. After they get into an accident, their lives and relationship have both changed. Nick hopes to regain the relationship she and Dara once had, but Dara is keeping her distance from Nick. After Dara disappears on her birthday, shortly after a nine year old girl has also disappeared, Nick thinks this may be more than Dara just playing around.

This story is told in alternating chapters that take place before and after the accident from both sister's points of view. Readers will be engrossed to find out what lead to the accident and what happens with the sister's relationship after.