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Teen Book Talk features book, movie, and local event reviews written by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

Teen reviewers select which books and movies they’d like to review, and also which local events to attend and review. All opinions are those of the reviewers. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Lipi B., teen reviewer

Book: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. MacManus
Book Format: Book, Audiobook
Year of Publication: 2017
This book will appeal to those who enjoy murder mysteries and crime fiction with teen protagonists. You may enjoy this book if you liked the books Pretty Little Liars and Bone Gap.
Age Range: 14 and up
Rating: 4.5 stars

It’s Monday afternoon, and five students walk into detention. Among them are: Bronwyn, the Yale-bound and academically motivated rule follower, Addy, a ready made homecoming princess, Nate, a criminal on probation for drug dealing, Cooper, a star baseball pitcher, and Simon, the collectively disliked creator of the high school’s popular gossip app. However, Simon dies before the end of detention. After further examination, an accidental death is ruled out, leaving the four students that were in the room with him as suspects for his murder. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that the day before he died, Simon had secrets about each of the four students in the room queued up to post for everyone to see. So, which one of them was willing to kill to protect their secret? Or were they the perfect scapegoats for someone else? One of Us Is Lying is a story about deception, finding hidden truths, and above all, how far one can go to preserve their secret.

One of Us Is Lying is likely one of the most exciting books I’ve read in awhile. The book does not hesitate to jump straight into the action, with the story starting off with the murder that is the central focus for the rest of the story. Though this story is a murder mystery, Karen M. MacManus truly gives the characters their own voices and unique perspectives, providing the reader a real connection and attachment to each student. The character development in One of Us Is Lying is something of a marvel, as the case progresses, the characters become their own independent figures with different interests, romances, and lives. Even though each perspective change is labeled at the start of the chapters, I found the characters easily identifiable and distinctive. The pacing of this story is just right, fast enough to prevent boredom but not so fast that the events become confusing.

One of Us Is Lying succeeds where many other books tend to fail-providing an equal amount of personal information and case information. Many other stories tend to get carried away with the character’s personal lives and sideline the case until the very end. However, One of Us Is Lying manages to equally distribute both parts throughout the story. This book does have some thematic elements in it, but nothing too serious; I would urge only ages 14 and up to read it. I devoured this book in one sitting, and thought about it for days afterwards. It is my belief that no book can be
perfect, but this book was near perfect. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys murder and/or mysteries, and it is my hope that you will find it as exciting and intriguing as I did.

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Upcoming teen releases in 2019 that I’m looking forward to reading!

(listed in no particular order. All links go to http://www.goodreads.com as it is too early for them to be listed in the library’s catalog.)

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Sleepless v.2 by Sarah Vaughn

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Internment by Samira Ahmed

 

The library has many free programs each week for people to enjoy. Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Saturday, October 13th:

eBook Help, 11 am -12 pm Teen volunteers are available to assist with questions about the library’s eBook collections, downloading eBooks to a phone or tablet, etc.  eBook Help is available most Tuesdays from 6-7 pm, and most Saturdays, from 11 am -12 pm.

Cyber Ed Presents: Phishing Scams and Cybersecurity, 2-3:30 pm A free workshop for adults interested in learning about phishing, how to prevent being a victim of online scams, and tips for creating strong passwords.

Thursday, October 25th:

Escape the Brig! An Escape Room adventure for adults, 6-8 pm Registration is required for this free event. Join with a group of friends and race against the clock to see if you can solve the puzzles, and escape the brig!

Saturday, October 27th:

Family Board Games, 1-2:30 pm Join us for our monthly afternoon of board game play. The library has a selection of games available for play, including Uno, Checkers, Connect 4, Sorry!, Candyland, and more.

Monday, November 5th:

Author Visit with Meg Fleming, 4-5 pm Local author Meg Fleming will be at the library to talk about her writing and her newest picture book, Sometimes Rain. She will also be signing books (copies will be available for purchase at the event). Program sponsored by Towne Center Books.

We’ve all heard the term “phishing” but not everyone knows what it is, or how to avoid online scams. If you are interested in learning more about phishing, what it means, how to detect a phony email, and tips for creating strong passwords and security measures, this class is for you!

Saturday, October 13th, 2-3:30 pm in the Virginia Bennett Room at the Dublin Library.

https://events.aclibrary.org/event/4567165

This is a free workshop, and open to teens and adults. No registration required – just drop in!

This workshop is presented by Cyber-Ed, a student group at Dublin High School whose members are interested in promoting computer literacy and cyber safety for everyone.

 

Dublin Library is recruiting high school volunteers for the fall/winter session. We are looking for teens to help with our T.A.G. (teen advisory group), eBook Help program, and Virtual Volunteers. More information on each program can be found on the volunteer application.

Volunteer applications will be available at the Dublin Library from Monday, Aug. 27th – Monday, Sept. 10th. Completed applications are due by Sept. 10th at 8 pm. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a volunteer position. Please note that filling out an application does not guarantee you a volunteer position. Positions are extremely limited. When you return a completed application, you will need to sign up for an interview time slot (interviews will be held on Thursday, September 20th).

You may print a copy from the link below, or pick up a form at the Dublin Library any time we are open.

Application Autumn 2018

Questions can be sent to Mary Ayers-Hughes at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

This Saturday, the Dublin Library and the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, are co-sponsoring our first local author showcase! The public is invited to this free event, which will be held in the Dublin Library’s Community Room on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3 pm. 15 local authors will be here to mingle and talk about their book(s) with our community members. This event is appropriate for all age levels, as the authors write on a variety of topics, cover many different genres and audience ranges (from children – adults).

Many of the authors will be selling copies of their book(s) during the showcase, should anyone wish to purchase a copy of a particular title. Payment will be made directly to the individual authors (not the library). The California Writers Club will also have a table for anyone interested in learning more about the group. We hope that you will join us and come meet some of our local authors!

 

The following authors will be at the showcase this Saturday:

Christine Volker

John Bluck

Eloise Hamann

Steve Minniear

Mary Anderson Parks

Moyra Rasheed

B. Lynn Goodwin

Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Ophelia Sexton

Yvonne Carder

Shannon Brown

Jordan Bernal

Constance Handstedt

Maya Poghosyan

Judy Lussie

 

Boys Jumping (2)

Natalie with Cat

 

Explore the principals of photographing people in a free two-hour workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Learn how to create pictures that capture the essence of your subject.  Learn how to use natural light, creative backgrounds, and interesting locations.  Family, children, group and candid photos will be discussed.  This program is for adult students.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for over 25 years.

Attendance is limited to 36 students.  Please sign up for this class at the Adult Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 or contact Eugene at EMarangoni@ACLibrary.org .

 

 

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