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Pizza Party for Teens
Tuesday, August 12  |  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  |  WFPL’s Raytheon Room
Join us for a celebration of all of the great books you read this summer.  Come by for delicious Bertucci’s pizza, and talk about your favorite summer book.  Did this year’s theme, SPARK a Reaction, open you up to a new type of book?
We’ll have raffles too.  Make sure you drop by!
And please sign up here so we can order enough pizza.  See you there.

Pizza Party for Teens

Tuesday, August 12  |  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  |  WFPL’s Raytheon Room

Join us for a celebration of all of the great books you read this summer.  Come by for delicious Bertucci’s pizza, and talk about your favorite summer book.  Did this year’s theme, SPARK a Reaction, open you up to a new type of book?

We’ll have raffles too.  Make sure you drop by!

And please sign up here so we can order enough pizza.  See you there.


Some great reads for the last days of summer!  Before you head back to school and spend all of your nights on homework, make sure you check out these books.  I recommend them all!

— recommendations from a Wayland Teen


On September 19, 2014, The Maze Runner hits the screens, but before you go watch the movie, read the book!  The premise of the book is that there is a community of boys in an unknown location that they call the Glade.  They have been sent there by people they call “the Creators,” and all they know is that they want out.  Enter Thomas, the most recent Glader - the Newbie, they call him.  His memories have been removed, and he is placed in a box that delivers him to the Glade, a confusing place full of many boys whose memories have also been wiped.  James Dashner’s writing transports readers into the Glade, where the boys have a culture of their own creation and they try to find their way out of a maze that has been built by the Creators.  Soon after Thomas arrives, something happens that has never happened before in the Glade - a girl.  The first girl ever is sent to the Glade by the Creators, and she brings a message that is terrifying.  Join Thomas, Chuck, Alby, Minho, and more in their adventures discovering the way out of the dangerous maze.
—- Wayland Teen

On September 19, 2014, The Maze Runner hits the screens, but before you go watch the movie, read the book!  The premise of the book is that there is a community of boys in an unknown location that they call the Glade.  They have been sent there by people they call “the Creators,” and all they know is that they want out.  Enter Thomas, the most recent Glader - the Newbie, they call him.  His memories have been removed, and he is placed in a box that delivers him to the Glade, a confusing place full of many boys whose memories have also been wiped.  James Dashner’s writing transports readers into the Glade, where the boys have a culture of their own creation and they try to find their way out of a maze that has been built by the Creators.  Soon after Thomas arrives, something happens that has never happened before in the Glade - a girl.  The first girl ever is sent to the Glade by the Creators, and she brings a message that is terrifying.  Join Thomas, Chuck, Alby, Minho, and more in their adventures discovering the way out of the dangerous maze.

—- Wayland Teen


Review of Looking for Alaska, by John Green

I recently picked up my well-loved copy of Looking for Alaska by John Green. It had been almost a year since I’d read it last. When I began rereading, I was once again transported into the (at first) un-extraordinary life of Miles Halter. His voice is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield - another of my favorite characters. He tells his parents that he wants to go to a new school in search of a Great Perhaps. At Culver Creek, a private school in the south, Miles, nicknamed Pudge by his roommate Chip (aka The Colonel), meets many new friends, and none are more intriguing than Alaska. The book is split into two sections, “Before” and “After,” and both are equally important in one of the book’s major mystery themes. This summer, join Pudge and friends through their unforgettable misadventures at Culver Creek Prep School.


If you liked Looking for Alaska, also try:

- Review by a Wayland Teen


High school art teacher Janet Armentano led a workshop on oil painting for teens at the Wayland Free Public library on July 16.  Because of heavy rains, she held the workshop inside, and the teens painted from photographs.  They amazed themselves with their talent, painting fabulous oils in under two hours! Ms. Armentano will lead another workshop at the library on July 23, which, weather permitting, will be held outside. 


I just finished Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.  They’re sort of a twist on Alice in Wonderland.  A dark twist!  Alyssa is part of two worlds — the regular world that we’re in, and Wonderland.  She thinks her family is cursed, so a childhood friend guides her through the undoing of some of Alice in Wonderland’s mistakes.  Remember the River of Tears, anyone?  This book has a little for everyone.  It has suspense, adventure, a love triangle, and I liked the creative retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  

In Unhinged, Morpheus, the childhood friend, returns to win Alyssa’s love and defeat her enemy.  This book introduces more paranormal creatures, which I liked.  Some are twisted!  This book kept me wondering about Morpheus’s intentions until the end.  He reminded me of Jack Sparrow, with his mysterious trickster ways.  Alyssa also realizes she needs to be more cunning in order to beat her enemy.  Their clash at the end is great!  But she accidentally sends people she loves into the dark world …

Overall, I recommend reading both.  Unhinged picks up where Splintered leaves off.  I normally stay away from any books with love triangles, but these books were different and had a lot of dark elements.

If you like paranormal, adventure, romance, drama, suspense, or mystery try these!

I can’t wait for the third book to come out… I want to read more about her twisted adventures.  

- review by a Wayland Teen


If you liked Every Day, by David Levithan, we have a feeling you’ll like these too:

Flight, by Sherman Alexie

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan

Something Like Fate, by Susane Colasanti

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

- suggestions from a Wayland Teen!


Review of Allegiant by Wayland Teen
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The first two books in the trilogy felt strikingly similar to Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, but the trilogy’s finale added some color to the otherwise drab teen dystopia template. In Allegiant, it is discovered that the factions, presented as the norm in the world of Tris, are in fact controlled by the outside world. Long before Tris’s time, people decided to genetically modify humans in an attempt to reduce crime and general disagreements. However, the experiment of genetically modified people was deemed a failure when they showed unintended side effects varying between genetic modifications. For example, those modified to be hyper-intelligent were less empathetic, and those modified to be selfless lost the desire for self-preservation. Allegiant confronts issues of discrimination towards differences and “defects.” What I took from Allegiant was that we should celebrate our differences, and that no one is “damaged” – we are all human, and genes that determine someone’s intelligence, gender, or appearance, have nothing to do with that fact.

Review of Allegiant by Wayland Teen

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Imagine waking up into a different body every day. Since the day A was born, life has been anything but constant. A wakes up in a new body every single day - has a new life every single day. Girl, boy, gay, straight, ugly, and beautiful – A has been it all. One morning, A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. It’s rather difficult to maintain relationships with anyone when one’s body is not constant, and as a matter of fact, A has never kept in contact with anyone for longer than a day, but A knows that Rhiannon is the one. This book is thought provoking, funny, and a great summer read. Be prepared for your ideas of gender to become negligible as A lives life day in and day out undefined by societal norms, and instead by an individual identity of simply A.
 by Wayland Teen

Imagine waking up into a different body every day. Since the day A was born, life has been anything but constant. A wakes up in a new body every single day - has a new life every single day. Girl, boy, gay, straight, ugly, and beautiful – A has been it all. One morning, A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. It’s rather difficult to maintain relationships with anyone when one’s body is not constant, and as a matter of fact, A has never kept in contact with anyone for longer than a day, but A knows that Rhiannon is the one. This book is thought provoking, funny, and a great summer read. Be prepared for your ideas of gender to become negligible as A lives life day in and day out undefined by societal norms, and instead by an individual identity of simply A.

 by Wayland Teen


If you liked The Fault in Our Stars you might also like these books. List compiled by a Wayland Teen.


Calling all anime lovers! If you love it on TV, try out the print versions too. We found some great manga to recommend. If you like fantasy, action, drama, or humor, then come by the Wayland Public Library to check these out.

Recommendations compiled by a Wayland teen.


Movie Review:  The Fault in Our Stars
I was ecstatic when I heard one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, was going to be a movie, and in fact it exceeded my expectations.  TFIOS was cast perfectly, and filmed in a way that was true to the book.  John Green himself has put his stamp of approval on the movie.  Fans of the book will be delighted to hear direct quotes, and to see Hazel’s beloved (fictional) book, An Imperial Affliction.  Hazel and Gus’s love story is infinite, and teaches valuable lessons on life, love, and friendship.  This tear-jerking movie adaptation is a must see, okay? Okay. 
— Review by Wayland Teen

Movie Review:  The Fault in Our Stars

I was ecstatic when I heard one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, was going to be a movie, and in fact it exceeded my expectations.  TFIOS was cast perfectly, and filmed in a way that was true to the book.  John Green himself has put his stamp of approval on the movie.  Fans of the book will be delighted to hear direct quotes, and to see Hazel’s beloved (fictional) book, An Imperial Affliction.  Hazel and Gus’s love story is infinite, and teaches valuable lessons on life, love, and friendship.  This tear-jerking movie adaptation is a must see, okay? Okay. 

— Review by Wayland Teen


Teens displayed some of their own Manga art at the Fandom Tea held at the Wayland Middle School.