By Todd Hasak-Lowy
Call # FIC HAS
A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!
Darren hasn’t had an easy year.
There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.
Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.
Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.
-Follett Titlewave Review
Monitor review, Aidah T.: The protagonist is someone who seems to be struggling with themselves and keeping their life in balance when everything seems to be going wrong. The book expresses and portrays a lot of emotion and feelings through the characters and feels realistic. It also seems like it would be relatable to the modern teen. It is more general fiction and maybe a little humor and adventure. This book also has good reviews and I would totally recommend it!
Ms. Rendsberg's English class welcomed author Deji Olukotu, author of Nigerians in Space and After the Flare who spoke with students at the Brooklyn Tech Library on Monday.
In addition (!) Ms. Liu's class was thrilled to welcome Peter Cameron, author of many books including Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You, to the Brooklyn Tech Library on Friday.
Thanks so much to the Brooklyn Public Library and LGBTQ Writers in Schools for being supportive, generous, and awesome!
Thank you so much to all of our generous donors! Our project is fully funded and will certainly infuse even more FUN into our library programming! If you wanted to donate, you can still donate toward future projects--which at least one parent has done so far. Thank you!!!
One of the supplies we requested was to support a visit from Misako Rocks! a Manga artist who will be giving two workshops in the library on April 17, during periods 10 and 11. We are excited to have some art supplies available during (or after) the workshop for students who are inspired.
At the workshop, we'll also hear about an awesome Brooklyn Public Library WRITING CONTEST!
Teen Writing Contest & Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize
BPL's Teen Writing Contest is a chance for local teens to showcase their work in a supportive environment and to win the new Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize, an award to honor Ned and his literary legacy.
If you're a teen writer from New York City, grades 6-12, you're invited to submit your poetry and prose to be judged by a panel of BPL's expert young adult librarians for creativity, style and voice.
Participants and their families are invited to a celebration at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center at Central Library, featuring student readings and a panel conversation between published young adult authors who share their experiences and advice with the aspiring writers. Top winners in poetry and prose will receive the new Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize with a cash award, and have their pieces published in the Teen Writing Journal distributed by the Library.
Learn more here!
UPDATE: When donors type SPRING in the box marked promo code (and are sure to click ‘apply”!) it doubles their donation up to $500 per donor!! Please help us fund these library supplies!
Our students need a cart to display/transport our Makerspace supplies, a green screen to take great library photos, bullet journals to keep students organized, and supplies for our Makerspace and for learning to draw Manga.
We'd love your support of our Donorschoose project! Visit the site to donate:
There are so many exciting projects happening in the library this year, and these supplies support hundreds of students.
In March, a Manga artist is visiting our library and giving a workshop on the anime style of drawing and our students want to practice this style of drawing too!Since our Visual Arts department has a digital focus, it's crucial that student have a chance to learn new drawing techniques and we want to have materials available then (and afterwards) to support their interest. For this reason, I have added specialized markers and paper to our requests.
We can really use another cart to keep our Makerspace supplies organized and easier to transport. We also hope to host a workshop on Bullet Journals, an easy way for students to stay organized. These notebooks will allow students to try out this technique! We can use some patterned duct tape for our Makerspace in the spring, as well as additional supplies for our crocheting unit and embroidery unit (both of which were surprisingly popular!) Finally, we also think the addition of a green screen will enhance the ways our library can engage students with media.
Ms. Drusin is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!