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The third installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy came out in theaters this past weekend. Following the HollyAllegiantBookwood trend that was started by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Allegiant has been split into two movies. Divergent was first published as a book in 2011, released as a film in 2014, and Part Two: Ascendant comes out in 2017. Many have wondered if this is really necessary, since Allegiant does not have a clear cut halfway point. Without going into extreme detail, Part One finishes with Tris and Four informing the city of the truth. There are several rumors that Ascendant will not follow the book’s true ending either. Combined with poor reviews, this makes me wonder if the two part finale trend will continue for much longer.

The seventh Harry Potter book does have a lot going on in it, so few were upset about it being split into two pieces.  For the first time in the movie franchise, J.K. Rowling even joined the production team and was more directly involved with those two final films than ever before. This decision was made in order to preserve book’s details and tell the story correctly. Considering how many book-to-movie translations go horribly wrong, that was an idea that people could get behind.

But it did not stop there. Twilight: Breaking Dawn was split into two films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was dragged across two years, only to have the release of Part 2 overshadowed by the excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Perhaps one of the most drawn out was The Hobbit, a slim children’s novel that was turned it into a trilogy series. The problem is that film success is measured by ticket sales rather than artistic quality. Declining ticket sales for Mockingjay and Allegiant could be an indicator that Hollywood might stop splitting final installments into multiple movies. The Death Cure, the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy, is scheduled to be contained in just one movie too, so maybe we really can begin to put the Part One/Part Two phase in the past.

Make it / Eat it: Candy Sushi

Who says you shouldn’t play with your food? You can make your own candy sushi: it’s fun, easy and tasty too! Check out this list of ingredients and simple instructions:

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 20 Jet-puffed marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 10 chewy fruit snack sheets (like Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Roll-Ups)
  • 40 bite-sized fish-shaped chewy fruit snacks
  • Any other decorative candy you’d like to use, like licorice (pull and peel works well) or additional gummies, or strawberry, caramel or chocolate syrup (for sauces).
  • Sharp knife

How to Make it:

  1. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1 min. 30 sec. or until marshmallows puff, stirring every 45 sec. until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in cereal.
  2. Unroll fruit snack sheets. Press 3 Tbsp. cereal mixture onto each sheet to within 1/2 inch of edge. Place 4 fish or a few licorice strips down center of each sheet; roll up tightly.
  3. Cut each roll-up into 4 pieces. Use a sharp knife (carefully!). It helps if you run it under hot water to keep it from getting too sticky (you will get sticky).

Tips:

  • For some real fun, serve with chopsticks and eat it the traditional way!
  • Use some strawberry, caramel, or chocolate syrup like soy sauce.
  • You can also use stuck-together licorice in place of the fruit roll-up.
  • If you don’t want to make Rice Krispies Treats, you can use marshmallow or mini-doughnuts instead.

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Want to find out more about how to make your own candy sushi? Click the links below for instructions and/or a YouTube video. Have fun!

http://candy.about.com/od/candybasics/ss/candysushi_sbs.htm#showall

https://youtu.be/O2FBKbo9R9Y

Celebrate Teen Tech Week!

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Teen Tech Week is one whole week dedicated to the library’s digital resources and services available to teens. Here at Algonquin, we have several programs just for you! The first meeting of our High School Tech Club will be this Tuesday, so be sure to check that out. Our technology librarian, Kenny, will be there to let you play with some of the library’s cool toys.

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Going along with this year’s theme of “Create it at Your Library,” we will have a high school craft program on Wednesday, March 8th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. The craft will be making bracelets out of pop top tabs so if you are interested in coming, make sure to register beforehand. There is plenty of space!

The high school anime club will also be having a Teen Tech Week special meeting where they will learn to use the library’s new vinyl cutter. This will be on Thursday, March 10th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and does not require any sort of registration.

 

Judging a Book By Its Cover

WhenIWasTheGreatestWhen I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds is a book about a fifteen-year-old boy named Ali who uses boxing to avoid the dangerous street culture of his Bed-Stuy neighborhood in Brooklyn. Ali lives with his mother and little sister, Jazz. Ali’s life is complicated by his friends, Noodles, who always seems to be looking for trouble and Needles, who has Tourette’s syndrome. They generally stay away from trouble until one night they all go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back. Published in 2014, it won the 2015 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent and not much has been heard about it since then. Until now.

This book was put on the New York City Department of Education’s suggested reading list and a group of parents in Brooklyn have challenged it for the cover art. The cover features a gun covered in a rainbow knit pattern, which was inspired by a type of street art called yarn bombTreesing. Unlike simple graffiti, yarn bombing requires the artist to knit or crochet a design first. Commonly yarn bombed items include bicycle racks, tree trunks, or park benches. This is a backstory that may not be understood by those who object to this book. Many Brooklyn parents feel that the book promotes gun violence. Reynolds feels that this could not be further from the truth. The book takes a strong stance against violence and is more about love, family, and community rather than hate.

JasonReynoldsAuthor, Jason Reynolds, has written two other books which were both 2016 Coretta Scott King author honor books.  All American Boys is about sixteen-year-old Rashad, who is mistakenly accused of stealing. His classmate, Quinn, witnesses Rashad’s brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who just happens to be the older brother of his best friend. In The Boy in the Black Suit, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept his mother’s recent death and his responsibilities as a man. Reynolds also has published some of his poetry on his website, iamjasonreynolds.com.