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ESL Teen Talk

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Here in Calgary summertime is precious -- but without school to go to every day, and if you don't have a job, there aren't always opportunites to socialize so come on down to the Central Library and be part of our ESL Teen Talk program. The cool thing is, this program is especially for newcomer youth who need practice using English. It's super a relaxed event--nothing like school. Basically, we play games, talk about slang and other stuff meant to demystify the English language -- all while hanging out and having fun. Here's what you need to know:

When: Monday August 22 -Friday August 26 from 2-3:30pm daily

Where: 2nd floor Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

Register: by calling 260-2600 OR online

Tired of vamps, but lovin' the paranormal?

by Jilliane Yawney - 2 Comment(s)

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of reading about vampires and fairies and pixies and werewolves and robot-humans.

It's just getting a little old and repetitive. Like your favourite jeans that were great when they were stiff and new, but are now worn, shredding and full of holes.

The trouble is, I do enjoy the mystery and fantasy of a new species. I love delving into a world that takes me out of this world. And most of all, I crave getting just a little bit freaked out and a little bit scared by a suspenseful, frightening plotline (but not too frightening!).

So, if you are like me, I have two books to recommend to you. These are books with a paranormal twist but they do not have vampires and they are interesting, exciting and based on a fresh, new idea.

book coverThe first book I recommend for the non-vamp, pro-paranormal folks out there is Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.

The Graveyard Book transports you to the world of ghosts and life(?) after death. It opens on the scene of a crime, wherein a two-year-old boy manages to escape the bloody hands of a murderer who kills his family. Mercifully, miraculously, the boy ends up in a graveyard, where the ghostly residents adopt him and raise him as their own. Unfortunately, the boy is being relentessly pursued by the murderer and the safest place for him is in the confines of the graveyard.

Three words I would use to describe this novel: dark, witty, mysterious. Check out the book trailer.

You'll love it. It will keep you reading.

book coverMy second non-vamp, pro-paranormal pick is Miss Perengrin's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

As a child, Jacob's grandfather told him stories about growing up on a small island in a home with friends who...had special "abilities," like the levitating girl on the cover of the book. Jacob believes his grandfather, until he gets to old for "fairy stories." The trouble is, Jacob wants to believe the stories are true--or does he?

A levitating girl, an invisible boy, a young woman who can hold fire, and a bird who is actually a old woman are just a few of the people Jacob encounters in his search for the truth about his grandfather's stories.

The eerie characters in this book gave me chills and the mystery kept me glued to the pages. Riggs uses old victorian photos to illustrate the book and they lend a spooky mood. You will love it.

Watch the trailer here.