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SubText08 is over

SubText08 ended last Friday at the ‘Many Questions’ non-pub pub quiz. A dozen participants turned up to answer questions while riding a sugar high. The winning team, The Fresh Princesses of Brooklyn, narrowly won the quiz and received book vouchers and the SubText08 Champ trophy (hand-crafted from polystyrene). Jessica won last week’s draw of a $40 book voucher, and Melissa won the main prize, an iPod. Congratulations to all of you!

Thanks to everyone who participated. We still have a few prizes left to give away and will be sending those out shortly. If you have the time we’d greatly appreciate it if you could fill in this survey.

Keep reading this blog to learn about future happenings planned for youth!

SubText08 Survey

SubText08 wraps up this Friday. We have a little survey for participants – if you send it in we will give you an extra chance to win the final prize, but if you’d rather remain anonymous that’s fine.

You can also leave any comments about the programme on this website.


Week Six Theme: DVDs

subtext logoHello out there. You’ll be pleased to know that the theme for the final week of SubText 08 is DVDs. Nice and easy.

So, this means you get not one but two entries into the weekly draw (and the final draw for the iPod) if you send us a review of a DVD you’ve watched recently from the library’s collection. This week is your last chance to enter (before 12pm Friday 29 August), so don’t forget!

We will also have the weekly SubText quiz* ready for you to do on Monday (doing that (and getting it 100% right) will also give you a chance to win), so brush up on your movie general knowledge.


* Next month we’ll publish all the answers, so trivial mysteries will be revealed in due course.

Subtext News

The fourth SubText08 draw was done by the delightful Andrea, and the winner was … Jess! Who also won last week, so double congratulations to you.

Newtown’s Teen Idol 2 went off really well on Friday night – the crowd was small to begin with but grew into quite a crowd fairly quickly. Prizes were dished out and pizza (the official food of SubText08) devoured. The most popular song of the night was So Sick by ‘occasional rapper’, Ne-Yo.

Interesting facts:
1. Ne-Yo’s real name is Shaffer Smith
2. Newtown was named by an earlier hotelier who hoped a new town would grow up around his hotel.
3. Here is an old postcard depicting the Newtown Library.

Subtext News

The third weekly Subtext08 draw was done by Stu, who wears a wig, a hard hat and a matching polyester vest. The winner of a $40 book voucher was Jessica – congratulations!

Don’t forget the next Subtext event is next week. Until then, do try the Classics quiz.

Reviews of the Week 4 & 5

Waiting for the Weekend : Vol 2
Various artists

Contains many cruisy songs that are great (as the cover suggests) for the weekend. Relaxing songs you can just shill out to as it contains a range of recent famous singers, usually played on the radio. Suprisingly I found, they were mainly male artists which was a shame because as a female, it’s nice to hear some female artists too. Didn’t know that many songs when I looked at the playlist at the back but it was ok.

~ Jessica (17)

Pegasus in Space, by Anne McCaffrey

This story was a really good read and I am giving it 5 stars. This story revolves arround Peter, a Kinetic who is also a Paraplegic. At the beginning of the book he moved his body with Kinesis and by the end he could walk normally thank to a Micro-Talent Amariayah. I recommend anyone to read this book.

~ Zach (15)

Review of the Week 3

This isn’t a review of a CD but it’s topical nonetheless!

Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

This is an amazing author, she knows exactly what people want from a book and she gives it, and more! Her books are about romance. And not the kind of puppy love that you get in high school and can’t even remember the name of when you’re older. This is the kind of love that exists until the end of time, that renders both parties useless and unable to survive without the other. Everyone who I have talked to has read this book and absolutely loved it, because it’s not just about vampires that only fantasy lovers read. This is a book everyone loves because although it’s about the supernatural it’s so completely human that it makes you want to cry. This is a truly amazing end to a mystical, magical spell-binding series about true love that conquers everything.

~ Alex (15)

Review of the Week 1

It’s that time again… we got some interesting reviews again this week (keep sending them in). Here’s one that grabbed our attention:

Machina: the machines of God
The Smashing Pumpkins

Machina is a rock album with soul. The lyrics to all the songs are deep and meaningful, and the band experiments with a range of different instruments to support Billy Corgan’s signature (almost whiny) voice.

Without damaging the album’s flow, The Pumpkins explore various music genres. ‘The Everlasting Gaze’ has a relatively fast pace, and a hard edge to it, whereas ‘I of the Mourning’ (one of my favourite tracks) is slower and softer. Billy Corgan’s vocals range from heartless to heartbroken … he has complete control over the amount of emotion he expresses in his voice.

Overall, Machina is a brilliant album, but it just doesn’t compare to Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (another of The Smashing Pumpkins’ albums). Still, I would DEFINITELY recommend it.

~ Mereana, 13

Week four theme: Classics

Next week’s theme for reviews is classics. This is a broad category, covering literature that has withstood the test of time. (We have a page for the classics here, in fact.) Many of you may have read a classic novel (or play) for school, so you should have something to review!

And here’s the classic-themed quiz! Do it and receive an extra chance to win – get it all right and you get another chance to win.

And it’s not too late to register – do so if you want your quiz to count!
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Subtext news

The second weekly SubText draw was done by the lovely Andree and Prince Caspian, who is unfortunately a little too small to see in the picture. The winner of the $40 book voucher was D. J. – congrats, matey!

Here are some photos from the Subtext games night at Karori on Friday. Braving the awful weather and missing the final episode of America’s Next Top Model (I can’t believe Heather didn’t win), Subtexters enjoyed Wii, Guitar Hero, and eating pizza. Two of you won a prize which should turn up in the mail today.

The next event, Teen Idol, will be at Newtown library on the 15th of August.

Week three theme: Music/CDS

Next week’s theme for reviews is music and CDs. Send us in a review of a CD and you will get a bonus chance to win a prize or two.

There is also a new quiz! It asks tough questions about music and musicians. It is the Kim Hill of music quizzes. Here it is!

(Don’t forget that you can still do the first two quizzes if you haven’t already.)

Review of the week III

See Ya Simon, by David Hill

See Ya Simon is an emotional book about a young boy, Simon, with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and his best friend, Nathan. It is told in first person by Nathan, as he tells the story of the last year of Simon’s life. David Hill cleverly enters the mind of a young teenage boy dealing with his best friends illness. By having Nathan narrate the story Simon is presented as a brave and fun boy without it revealing his inner worries about his impending death.

Being a person who knows someone with MD, this story was extremely touching and gave a great, realistic look at the illness.

This story teaches you a lot about MD, and I strongly recommend it to everyone because of the characters, jokes and writing.

~ Emma (16)

Review of the Week II

Another New Zealand book that might grab your fancy, reviewed with flair…

Tanith by Sherryl Jordan

Full of suspision and anger at the girl that their Chief brought home one night, the villagers took it out on Tanith. Calling her “wolf-woman” and generally being mean to her, Tanith finds solace with a pack of wolves. The villagers find more and more reason to suspect Tanith of witch craft when a pledge son comes to love her. To destroy her “power” the villagers kill the pack of wolves. I really got into Tanith and just had to read it in a day, but unfortunately night came all to soon and I had to put it down just to continue it the next day! The only thing I didn’t like was the ending… Tanith should have gone with the wolves, and the pledge son should have gone with her. My favourite character would have to be the wolf cubs, they just sounded sooooo adorable. Over all a good book.

~ Ana (15)

Review of the Week I

Thanks to everyone who submitted reviews this week – you’re in with the chance to win (the draw will be on Monday)! If you reviewed a New Zealand book then you have an extra chance: quite a number of you did (it’s good to see you reading New Zealand stuff). Here’s the first of our highlighted reviews for this week:

Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox

This was my second attempt to read this book, and I was surprised at how easily I got through it this time. With the main character in hiding at the start, and everyone feeling confused and annoyed after the events at the end of the previous book, the start possibly wasn’t the most grabbing. But once the story got away from its prequel and started into its own, things became more interesting. Laura, the heroine, slowly slips back into society, along with her father who had become a fugitive from the Dream Regulatory Body, who control the dreamhunters (people who can enter the mysterious Place and catch dreams to perform for others).

Laura knows that Cas Doran, head of the regulatory body, is up to something, which she doesn’t discover until she journeys deep into the Place. This discovery sets off a chain of events that ends with discovering the true nature of the Place.

Also, Laura falls in love with another dreamhunter called Sandy, and is pregnant at the end of the book. It’s very sweet.

~ Sylvia (14)

Review of (last) week III

This is the third of the reviews from last week that earned their writer a bonus entry in the final draw. Even if your review isn’t featured on this website, don’t despair; you will have been rewarded for your efforts.

Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

This book is the final in the ‘Twilight‘ trilogy. It is an in-depth look at the mind of a teenage girl faced with the age old problem of true love. The only difference for Bella is that her love, Edward, is a vampire! He doesn’t think they should be together because they are from two different and potentially dangerous world. In the second book, he even goes so far as to leave the country to try and make her forget about him. They are both too miserable without each other, although at the end she finds solace in an old friend, Jacob. Ultimately Bella has to make the decision, does she want friendship and safety, or passion and to always be living life on the edge. She has to choose between Edward and Jacob, and the strings that come attached with each. Can she overlook true love or lose her friendship with the only person who was there for her during Edward’s disappearance? A truly moving and inspiring story about love, friendship and the obstacles one has to overcome to achieve both.

~ Chloe (15)

Review of (last) week II

Uglies, by Scott Westerfield

The way that Uglies is written gets you sucked into the story, and when you have something sorted out, your beliefs are shattered in the next papagraph. This book has you crying, laughing, and yet unable to put it down. Tally is really a part of everyone, as she is forced through her life, and seems to always make the wrong decision, which relates to everyone in a way. I would recommend this book to all who love a good read.

~ Hannah (13)

Review of the Week I

We have received many wonderful reviews this week, as part of the SubText08 programme currently running for teens. Here is the first of several reviews that we enjoyed reading. The genre for the week was ‘graphic novels’, and this review of a graphic novel was excellent!

Nancy Drew Vol 6 : Mr Cheeters is Missing, by Stefan Petrucha

Being a fan of the original Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew Series, I have to say I was disappointed at the mystery aspect of this graphic novel. The novels are filled with intriguing, nail-biting mysteries; while the graphic novels are a poor excuse for so-called mystery writing.

Although the way the graphic novels are illustrated is great and I also enjoy seeing my favourite character being brought to life in a different form, I think that it would be better if the author, Stefan Petrucha, made graphic novels of the original, well-known stories, instead of trying (and failing) to write his own Nancy Drew stories.

My reason for thinking this, may just be because I am incredibly biased towards the ‘true’ Nancy Drew books, but I probably won’t be recommending this series to any of my friends.

I give this graphic novel, 2 stars because of the storyline – the overall product is readable and, possibly, enjoyable for some, but sadly not for me.

~ Melissa (13)

One weekly winner wins

All the entries for this week’s SubText08 draw were crammed in a very well-made (if I do say so myself) box and drawn by Children and Young Person Specialist and fashion icon, Ella, and special guest star, Zac Efron. The winner is Melissa, who has won a $40 book voucher.


Week Two Theme: New Zealand

SubTextThis week’s focus is New Zealand. Make sure you review a book written by a New Zealand author to get a bonus entry into the prize draw. Want some ideas? We’ve got some info on New Zealand authors here.

For another chance to win, do the New Zealand quiz: get 100% right and we’ll give you a bonus point.

Finally, make sure you’re at Karori Library this Friday for an awesome gaming night! See you there…

ps: not registered? Do it now!

SubText at Tawa

Last night’s SubText event at Tawa went well – a lot of pizza was consumed, art was produced, songs were sung, and even a dance was, well, danced. We took some photos of the evening – there’s a small selection on the right. Congratulations to everyone who won a prize on the night!

Tomorrow we will draw this week’s lucky winner. Everyone who has participated in SubText so far has at least one entry in the draw – those who have sent in reviews, done the quiz, and gone to event at Tawa will have extra chances to win. (If you’re still unclear about how this works, the main SubText08 page has been updated with information.)

The next event is to be held next Friday, the 1st of August, from 6pm to 8pm at the Karori library. 

Oh, and it’s not too late to register!


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