Welcome to the Slant, where you'll find reviews and original writings by the members of Martin Library's Teen Advisory Board.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Destination: Unknown

By TJ R.

Loading… loading… loading… loading process complete. Systems now online. Conducting task assessment: You are: TJ Matrix Location: Dallastown Area High School Items: packed school lunch in plastic grocery bag, an Ultimate Spiderman comic book, a black Nintendo DS, keys to house, chap stick, gum, wallet, headphones for the DS, and thoughts Objectives (must be completed in this order): 1.) go to cafeteria 2.) grab napkins 3.) find empty table to sit at 4.) read book while eating lunch 5.) when finished eating, throw away trash and exit cafeteria 6.) find comfortable place to sit and play DS until it is time to return to class. Allies or acquaintances: None Potential adversaries and enemies: everyone

Theory of super powers

By Isaac M.

Super powers are a broad and widely excepted concept, the theory of them exist to make you want to have them and be a super person. There are a huge assortment of different super powers, but they all come down to about 3 – 5, main categories. Being super by means of the body being physically inclined such as super speed or super strength, super intelligence is being super by means of the mind such as processing information super fast or figuring out task super fast, the third super power category is magical when no one can really explain why they have these powers.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review: Hate List

By Jenn K.

I would recommend the book Hate List to anybody who likes to be on the edge of their seat, or who likes to read about mysteries. Hate List is about a girl named Val who is being accused of being involved with her boyfriend, Nick when he decided he was going to shoot everybody who was on the ‘Hate List’. Val helped Nick come up with some of the names to put on the hate list, but she had no idea he was going to kill all those people. Val only thought the hate list was to relieve stress for the two of them. Hate list is a very good book that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. That is why I would recommend the book Hate List to everybody.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Article: What makes a super being?

By Isaac M.

One day the world will all live in the makings of super heroes and super villains’. This world will have come about by some of the most advanced technology being leaked out onto the streets allowing anyone access to this massive knowledge and everyone knows knowledge is power. If someone contains the use of mass amounts of knowledge and the will power to go thru with anything people throw at him and bad intentions he becomes a super villain.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review: Lunar: Silver Star Harmony

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a brand-new PSP remake of the classic Sega CD game Lunar: The Silver Star, one of the most famous JRPGs of all time. It expands upon the story of its predecessor, including the addition of a prologue chronicling the final battle of Dragonmaster Dyne. Random monster encounters have also been replaced with sprites that can be avoided (on occasion) if the party is low on health. All cutscenes have been remastered, along with the soundtrack.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Article: Worst Team Ever

By Gregori G.

When I was only in fourth grade, my dad put me on a soccer team. There was a problem with putting me on a soccer team. I didn’t know how to play. The first I game I played with the team, we lost. I had no idea what I was doing on the field. I didn’t even touch the ball one time during the entire game. That wasn’t the worst game I had. The worst game I ever had was when I had just got on the field and then all of a sudden I turn around and the ball hits me in the face. I didn’t do anything, not even cry. The worst part of me getting hit in the face with the ball is that my dad’s entire soccer team was there. That was really embarrassing. My dad says that I cried when the ball hit me, but the truth is I really didn’t cry.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review: Storm Front

By Dan Spiers

Storm Front is part action novel, part suspense mystery. It’s about a wizard named Harry Dresden in modern-day Chicago that struggles to work as a private investigator and as a consultant for the Chicago police department. Storm Front jumps right into the action with Dresden receiving a phone call from a woman who wants to hire Harry to locate her husband. Immediately after the call, the Chicago Police hire Dresden to investigate an unnaturally gruesome murder. After seeing the crime scene, on his way home, Harry is harassed by Gentleman Johnny Marcone, local crime lord. If that’s not enough, Dresden also has to contend with drug running, black magic, dark rituals, talking skulls, seductive vampires, and a council of wizards watching Harry’s every move.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: Dark Cloud

Once I had a game called Dark Cloud as a matter of fact I still do,well I started playing this game for a While and trust me this game was like really hard super hard but you know what I hated the most,no well ill tell you.Ok so the sword you have on dark cloud it has a limit if you well Actually you have Multiple Swords in this game its like an Rpg kinda game……. Ya im a nerd kinda well Anyway if you fight for to long with out Repairing it, it breaks and Personally I think that really sucks cat nip like seriously why and the dude your playing as he gets thirsty all the time so you have to bring food&water with you Every freakin where which is stupid as crap hes like a Wimp like Seriously oh im off topic well I really did just want to talk about the swords lol…. Well that’s really all ok then :D am I Aloud to put a Smiley face there I hope I am to late now lol.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Review: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

By Karina G.

This is about a group of six flying-human kids that are trying to save their youngest flock member. Max is the leader and is fourteen; Fang is the second in command and is also fourteen; then comes Iggy who also is fourteen and is blind but has a sensitive hearing and sense of touch; Nudge comes next. She is from an African descent and is a nonstop 12-year old chatter mouth; she can also decode passwords to computers and things that have passwords. After Nudge is The Gasman. He is eight and is known for his name since he was born with a strange digestive problem. He and Iggy are best friends; they can make bombs out of almost anything! After The Gasman finally comes Angel. Angel is six and she and The Gasman are the only true-blooded siblings out of the whole flock. She can read minds, control minds, and breath underwater.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


By Christian

I’m moving to another house, but I guess it’s not bad either so hopefully I’ll get used to it. Starting at the end of this week I’ll probably have to change buses and bus stop just to get to school, but I have to make plans for tomorrow. Then at the beginning of next week, I’m officially moved in. So have you guys seen the previews of the new movies coming out soon. There are two movies that I want to see. Hopefully I’ll get to see them. It’s been a long time since I have been to the mall. Lately I have heard Avatar has been the best movie my friends have seen in their entire lives. Well maybe while I’m at the mall, I guess I’ll watch it. I’ve never found it interesting, but WTH I might like it. But I’ll probably won’t be able to do anything for the next week or so since my mom and I have to renovate the new place. And that’s pretty much it for me.

2010 Beach Party

Check out these killer pics from our beach party!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Review: PSP Go

by Jesse B.
Note: More awesomeness at The T4inted Mirror.

I know it's been out for a while, and I know I've had one almost since the launch date, but the PSP Go (PSP-N1000/PSP-N1001) has become such an integral part of my gaming life that I can't resist writing a belated review. Available in both black and white, the PSP Go is the first truly portable PlayStation Portable. With its slick sliding screen and compact frame, it's hard not to feel lusty over the PSP Go. And don't forget the integrated microphone. But you didn't come here just to hear about its aesthetic value.


by Christian

Now that the new semester has started everything has been confusing and bad. The bad part is, having to go from one side of the school to the other two times. But other than that it’s all good. For some reason, I enjoy my classes they are actually better than my old ones that I had last semester. Although, English is kind of awkward sometimes. Like when the teacher would ask something the room would get quiet and no one would answer. So she would have to call on one of the students. It’s like the beginning of the school year where no one knows anyone until later in the year people start talking to each other. But to make things better, me and my friends meet up at our final class that we all have w/ the upperclassmen for the last three periods. *sigh* I just can’t wait what’ll happen between now and the end of the school year.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bloody Island

by Quincey

I walk up to my Sargent in his grave. He taught me everything in the war of 1944. I sat there remembering the painful, rough times we spent together. I started to cry.

“Go,Go,Go,Go". I ran out of the ship on to the beach bullet whistled past my ears and i heard screams of terror from behind. I ducked behind a barbwire dugout and bombs flew past me from the distance there was blood every were."Mclovin get over here". I ran as fast as i can i looked an looked i jumped and barely made it to the sand pit. There was doctors helping wounded solder, then he got shot. I was looking around waiting for order and this guy got shot in the head but the bullet didn't go thought his helmet."Go Mclovin Go I ran and ran with my pall Edward at my side. I saw a German and shot him in the head. i stopped and gun fire went flying past us. Sargent Ryan came flying up, and threw a grenade and all you saw was dead people in the air. We ran up the hill to the machine gun nests. And I threw a smoke grenade in the building were most of the men got killed by Germans and they came running, out i shot all three. My group is called the Big Red one, we kill for nothing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ruveneska: The Scavenge, Chapter 6: Flight

Shuren crawled out of his tent, still drowsy. Shuren could not even see the sun outside when Thegor woke him up. He quickly folded the blankets and took down the metal supports. He put them in a bag and put them into one of Cirles’s hanging pockets. Shuren gathered his remaining items and also loaded them onto Cirles.

Shuren splashed his face with some water. Fully alert and awake now, Shuren grabbed his jug of Pumleberry Juice and drank the last bit of it. There was no breakfast that morning.

Lloyd and Shuren hopped onto Cirles and took flight, this time, behind Rissam. Shuren held onto to Cirles as the Dragon swerved sideways to keep behind Rissam To his right, the black Dragon, Naran, did the same.

Guitar Hero Tournament 2010 Pictures

Check out these pictures from our Guitar Hero Tournament.

Poem: Goblin

by Anthony W.

Mull it over in ten more years
I’ll answer your deepest fears.
For what reason to seek me out
In this eternal drought?
A trip of pleasure I assume?
Young fools, surely you jest
For me to follow your command.
I’ll let that one slide for I have plans
I grant your wishes in high demand.
A soul or a limb,
The second I recommend.
Your precious things I collect
I hope you get without regret.
I’ll collect you yet!
In ten years or so
Come one, come all,
I’ll take your soul.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ruveneska: The Scavenge, Chapter 5: Dragons

by Darro C.

There was a large crowd in the Grand Hall. Apparently, they were all there to say goodbye to Shuren and his group. Shuren made his way through the pack of nearly crying Zelzes to where Thegor, Blayger, Karoline, Rollan and Lloyd stood with all of their bags. Shuren walked over and stood with them. They were standing on the edge of the Grand Hall between two pillars.

Shuren then realized that they were not the only groups there. All along the side the edge of the Grand Hall stood other groups who were also departing. Everyone, including people in the crowd, had their bags packed and ready. Shuren now felt sorrow, he hated goodbyes.

Book Review: Winter of Our Discontent (John Steinbeck) "Winners and Loser in the Game of Life"

by Zach M.

In 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression, an unemployed Charles B. Darrow developed the board game Monopoly. Upon release, the game was an instant hit. In the interim, Monopoly became an American Icon –according to Hasbro, the owner of the rights to the game, it is the “best-selling board game in the world” and a “phenomenal pastime.” Born during a period of economic strife, Monopoly has lured generations with its promise of riches, however imaginary. With prudent management of assets, aggressive competition with fellow players, and, above all, luck, anyone may be elevated to the status of the beloved Mr. Moneybags. Other players are overcome as a consequence of victory—game theorists call this zero-sum; all players have consented to the risk in the pursuit of said victory. Still, what are the consequences of a zero-sum worldview? In The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck meditates on winners and losers, the interplay between both in the “game” of life, and, ultimately, the lengths to which some men are willing to go to ensure that they find themselves standing proudly on the winners stand, along with the repercussions of those actions.

Essay: Colors

by Isaac M.

Everyone in the world has a favorite color. Whether it's being blue, black, green, white, yellow, or orange etc. everyone has a color that appeals to them most. I personally like brown. New polls say that the world average favorite color is “Blue.” I don’t really like blue though.

Colors can change things about you in many ways. Like you need yellow in your life but if you were locked in a room where you saw nothing but yellow you would go crazy in a matter of days. When red, blue, and yellow were on a spinning wheel and spun it would create the illusion that the spinning wheel is white.

What are colors? Colors are the reflection of light that a pigment dose not absorbed. Meaning when light hits a yellow piece of paper that is yellow the yellow pigment would absorb all of the light on the electromagnetic spectrum except yellow. The yellow light waves bounce off and into our eye’s letting you see the color yellow.

Now that you know a little more about color you should go out and look around, see what colors you find.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Group Photo

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Movie Review: Repo!

by Becca L.

I’m sure those of you who heard of it were all very excited when Repo! came to DVD. Knowing that “rock opera” is the socially acceptable way of saying “musical”, I could hardly contain myself. Sure, it has Paris Hilton in it, but it also has Sarah Brightman, and she wouldn’t do anything that bad, would she? And it’s the “Genetic Opera”, that’s gotta be fun! It was not.

Book Review: Carter Finally Gets It (Brent Crawford)

by Darro C.

Carter Finally Gets It is a teenage fiction about a boy named Carter trying to survive his first year of High School. He suffers through things that all teenagers do at his age such as girls, sports, drama, gossip and embarrassment. Carter tries to kick things off with a good start, literally. He becomes the school’s varsity football kicker and achieves a rival at it. He goes out with a girl only to become heartbroken. After a series of crazy events, parties, police chases, football season and swimming season, Carter finds the one thing that he never expected; himself.

This novel is a novel that young teens can enjoy and relate to. They will welcome Carter with open arms and a sense of humor. I definitely recommend Carter Finally Gets It, by Brent Crawford, as a Teen Read.

Poem: Night

by Anthony W

Flow freely tears of joy;
Now of all times have come,
To sit and reach at the stars above.
All the nights we speak of this
A night so clean and crisp,
Wind so gently on our lips.
Then repose to silent sleep
Under the moon we creep.