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  • elementia issue xiv

    elementia issue xiv

    We are pleased to announce the release of elementia issue 14 today! Stop by any Johnson County Library location to pick up your free copy of our award-winning teen literary magazine.

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Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/230541036_enders_game
Orson Scott Card
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Apr 24, 2017

In this futuristic novel, young Andrew Wiggin is singled out from a young age as different. He is a child of great ability; those in charge, as well as jealous peers, notice. Because of this, he is ostracized and targeted -- this hardens young Ender and prepares him for battle in Battle School. Here, he is forced to prove himself against all odds.

Overall, the book was a fast-paced, interesting read. It kept me engaged and was fun and easy to follow, but also had plenty of plot twists.

I believe that lovers of sci-fi, of all ages, would enjoy this book, though perhaps it...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1471686036_unbound
Ann E. Burg
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.

But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightness voice clamors in her head-asking how come white folks can own slaves, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim's words true. Suddenly,...

Staff Review
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Blythe Woolston
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

This is a book of ideas. A slight character story overlaid on a world of big ideas. Amusingly sad; sadly amusing. Consider, for instance, its beginning:

Sexual Responsibility is boring.

It isn't Ms. Brody's fault. She's a good teacher. She switches channels at appropriate moments, tases students who need tasing--zizzz-ZAAPPP!--and she only once got stuck in the garbage can beside her teaching station. She was a teeny bit weepy that day, but no drunker than normal . . .

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1363518036_the_glass_arrow
Kristen Simmons
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Apr 17, 2017

This is the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes...

elementia News

elementia Publishes a Song

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Natalie Prauser performs her song Isolated Symmetry

elementia is proud to have published our first song in issue xiv! On page 35, you will find the lyrics to local musician Natalie Prauser's song Isolated Symmetry. To make the song come alive from the pages of the magazine follow these easy steps:

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476602036_projekt_1065
Alan Gratz
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage. World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth...

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