There is no end
To the soul within my being
To the ideas, dreams, epiphanies
That encompass my mind.
Is not a cageable force;
It runs free with the wind,
Dances with the leaves,
Refuses to be bound
Tries to make it right
Attempts to tell others
Of my values
Of my wonder
Of compassion, wisdom, and hope.
It dives off cliffs,
Swims against the tide.
If you enjoy poetry, you might try checking out Tell The World: Teen Poems from WritersCorps. This book shares the voices of teens who show the world how poetry can reflect who we are, where we are from, how we love, and why we hope.
I just finished reading The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson and I was blown away (not literally thank goodness). Laila's father, a dictator in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, has been killed and now she, her mom and brother have been relocated to the United States. Coming from a life of privilege and also from a country with strict laws about how women may act, Laila has a hard time adjusting to her new life. Luckily, Emmy steps in to show her the ropes of American culture. However, a US government agent begins to complicate things by manipulating her family to try and gain more influence in her home country.
Carleson is a former CIA operative who worked in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule. She has an inside perspective on politics in the Middle East and how the US interacts with these countries. Usually, I would skip the author's note and essay found in the back of the book but, in this case, I highly recommend reading them as they are well worth it!
If you like this book you may also enjoy Shabanu by Suzanne Staples.
Just in time for Teen Tech week, Sharon, a patron experience librarian from the Lakewood Library shared information about the Digital Comic Museum. Graphic Novel fans can explore hundreds of pre-1959 comics that influenced the style of many graphic novels today (sorry no Batman, Superman or X-Men here). These comics give interesting and sometimes eyebrow raising glimpse into 1950s pop culture. So, explore the site and see how things have changed - or in some cases haven't changed much at all!