Movie Review: The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan’s novel The Lightning Thief is so full of fast-paced action and plot twists that it would seem destined to make a great movie. After reading the whole Percy Jackson series, I couldn’t wait to see Chris Columbus’ movie adaption. Unfortunately the movie was a disappointment. Major plot points from the book were skimmed over or cut out all together. For example, the big prophecy about Percy is never even mentioned! Instead the plot focuses on the kidnapping of Percy’s mother by Hades. The result is a movie that lacks the mystery and depth of the books. The movie does have its high points. Despite not having the world’s greatest dialog, Logan Lehrman does a decent job playing Percy and the special effects are really cool. Still, I was left wishing that the writers had stuck closer to the book rather than turning the movie into a generic fantasy with Greek gods. 2.5 of 5 stars Reviewed by: Alia


Operation: Cell Phones for Soldiers...a Success!

The Final Counts are in! Cherry Hill Public Library and Cherry Hill High School EAST teamed up for two months, successfully collecting 147 cell phones for the non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers. The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. That means we've raised enough money for soldiers to talk to their friends and families for 147 hours!

To find out more about Cell Phones for Soldiers or to donate a phone Click Here!

Staff Pick

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

Bliss doesn’t quite mind when her hippy parents leave the commune she’s grown up on. She could easily get used to the cushy life at her grandmother’s house in a ritzy Atlanta suburb. When she starts Crestview Academy all she wants is to make some new normal friends. But not all of the girls at Crestview are as normal as they seem. Someone has a dark obsession and soon Bliss finds herself mixed up a deadly power struggle. If you are looking for a truly creepy read, Bliss will leave you satisfied! (YA Fiction) Reviewed by: Alia