Oh, By the Way…


April is almost over!

It’s time to get out the rest of your poetry appreciation with BOOK SPINE POETRY!!!

Create your own book spine poetry and post it on tumblr with the tags #eisenhowerya and #book spine poetry and we’ll put it on our blog!

And to get you started, here are some book spine poems!Image

Look Again

Things Fall Apart

On The Devil’s CourtImage

Wicked Lovely


Leaving ParadiseImage

Boot Camp

Life As We Knew It

Something RottenImage

Just One Wish



Book Spine Poetry


I Will Save You

Mexican Whiteboy


The Queen of Water


Carter’s Big Break


Fade to Black

Paper Valentine

Let The Sky Fall




In the Memory of the Map

Fat Angie

Missed Connections

To do your own book spine poetry, just take some books and stack them so their spines create poetry! You can create anything you want! Try it out and comment the poem on our blog to share the fun!!!

Litworks 2013

300 teens + 6 authors = a whole lot of fun



Mark Crilley, Laura Resau, Jennifer Bradbury, Matt de la Pena, Brent Crawford, Alex Flinn


Litworks is tomorrow. Come meet the authors and get their autographs. Free pizza!!! Free soda!!! Author break out sessions! Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Books by The Authors Coming to Litworks!

Jennifer Bradbury: Shift– When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

 Brent Crawford: Carter Finally Gets It– Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Mark Crilley: Brody’s Ghost 1-3– Brody, a broken-down street musician, finds his world changed forever when he meets Talia, a teenage ghost who asks him if he will help her complete the task that allows her to gain entrance into heaven.

Matt de la Pena: Mexican White Boy– Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

Alex Flinn: Beastly– A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

 Laura Resau: Jade Notebook– After down-to-earth Zeeta and her flighty mother, Layla, settle in the idyllic beachside town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta’s true love, Wendell, has an internship photographing rare sea turtles, Zeeta discovers that paradise has its dark side as she and Wendell dig deeper to unearth her elusive father’s past.



You can check these out at your local library and then come meet the authors at Litworks!



Litworks is Saturday, April 6th 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to the Eisenhower Library to meet Mark Crilley, Laura Resau, Jennifer Bradbury, Matt de la Peña, Brent Crawford, and Alex Flinn.

Here’s your chance to get to know the authors: talk with them and get their autographs.

There will be lunch and refreshments served at Ridgewood High School.

To get you excited about Litworks take our author scavenger hunt challenge! Get them all right and win a free limited edition HANDMADE Litworks button!


Match the correct author with the correct fun fact and turn this paper in to get a free raffle ticket! You could also hand it in to your teacher to prove you attended LitWorks and attain your extra credit points!



-Which author has a son adopted from Guatemala? __________________

-Which author moved to LA to act? ________________

-Which author would be willing to eat only perfect pears for the rest of her life? _____________

-Which author taught English in Japan? ________________

 -Which author attended college on a full athletic scholarship? __________________

-Which author  provides drawing tips via YouTube? ________________

-Which author went to college at American Academy of Dramatic Arts(performing arts),NYU(writing), JCCC(interior design), and Hard Knocks (everything else)? _______________

-Which author studied opera in college and then went to law school?  _______________

-Which author lives in Miami? _______________

-Which author loves Häagan Dazs’ Caramel Cone ice cream? __________________

-Which author had a poodle grooming business in the basement of her college? _______________

-Which author’s fantasy profession would be a Traveling schoolteacher with an invisible jet? __________________


Litworks 2013


Matt de la PenaBall Don’t Lie, Mexican White Boy, We were Here, I Will Save You

Jennifer BradburyWrapped, Shift

Brent CrawfordCarter Finally Gets it, Carter’s Big Break Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind

Alex FlinnBeastly, Beastly: Lindy’s Diary, Bewitching, Cloaked, A Kiss in Time, Fade to Black, Diva, Breaking Bad, Breathing Underwater, Nothing to Lose

Laura ResauThe Jade Notebook, The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook, What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, Queen of Water

Mark CrilleyBrody’s Ghost vol, 1-3; Miki Falls: Spring, Miki Falls: Summer, Miki Falls: Autumn, Miki Falls: Winter, Akiko on the Planet Smoo

Litworks is on April 6th- 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Eisenhower Library

***Students in grade school and high school get in for free, adults must pay $5.00

About Litworks:

Litowrks is a teen reading workshop where teens and adults can come and meet amazing authors. The workshop begins at 9 am and starts with an open author panel that allows everyone to hear about the authors and their writings, as well as ask questions. We move from Eisenhower to Ridgewood high school (rides will not be provided) where there will be pizza, soft drinks and water. After lunch the authors will have their own panels where everyone can go and listen to their works and ask even more questions. There will be 45 minutes for each of the three sessions. After all the sessions are through everyone will meet in the school library for an all author book signing session. At the book signing, you can also buy the books of your favorite authors and get them signed.

For more information about the authors and the workshop, go to: http://ridgewood.cyberschool.com/District/Department/98-Library/1928-Litworks.html

What to do on Valentine’s Day if you’re single


1. Send yourself flowers.

2. Bake yourself a cake.

3. Watch Titanic with a cat while sitting on the couch eating ice cream from the tub.

4. Plot out your life with your fifty cats. Meow.

5. Buy yourself chocolate.

6. Go to a fancy restaurant for your reservation for… one.

7. Take a walk on the beach. Alone.

8. Avoid all Valentine’s aisles in stores.

9. Hug a teddy bear.

10. Plan out your life with a fictional character.

Finals are Horrible!!!

Why I Hate Finals:

  • Finals rarely raise your grade; they are made to lower your grades.
  • You stay up all night studying.
  • They ruin your health because you are stressed out for the entire week.
  • During a long final, you lose interest in taking it and you stop trying.
  • Right after 1st semester finals, you go back to school; you never get a break.
  • When you are studying, you realize how much you don’t know or remember.
  • Having to write an essay during a final and having writer’s block.
  • Breaking both of your pencils during finals and having to sharpen your pencil with the noisy pencil sharpener.
  • Being annoyed by people who are coughing and sneezing during the final.
  • Not getting a study guide for a final, or getting a study guide and nothing from it is on the final. Image

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