Chicken Scratch

A Literary Publication by the Palmerton Teen Advisory Group

Volume 2; Issue 2 Spring 2008

Spring Picks New Top Teen Book Picks

(In no particular order)

Heir Apparent-Vivian Vande Velde

Win the game, or begin again, and again and again…If you die, you start over, but what if you only have one last chance?

Silverwing, Sunwing, Firewing Trilogy: Kenneth Oppel

A long migration, new friends, strange buildings, and a brilliant tree…these stories will make you go batty!

Artemis Fowl Series: Eoin Colfer

A teenage criminal mastermind discovers a world that humans didn’t know existed. Is mankind safe?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain

A young boy growing up on the Mississippi River, Tom is eager for adventure. But will he survive when an Indian is out for revenge?

The Mysterious Island: Jules Verne

Five Yankees become trapped on an island in the Pacific. Will they survive?

Ella Enchanted: Gail Carson Levine

A fairy’s curse… Would you want to do everything you’re told to do?

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: J. R. R. Tolkien

One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness find them…

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket

Can anything else go wrong?

Circle of Magic Series: Tamora Pierce

A fiery-tempered teen, a royal duchess, a cursed shipwreck survivor, and a street rat; can this unlikely foursome collaborate when danger threatens?

Dark-Hunter Series: Sherrilyn Kenyon

We, alone, stand between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. We are the Guardians.

Top Ten Favorite Movies

  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
  2. Enchanted (PG)
  3. Forest Gump (PG-13)
  4. Gladiator (R)
  5. Pirates of the Carribean #1, #2, #3 (PG-13)
  6. Resident Evil Extinction (R)
  7. The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13)
  8. The Day After Tomorrow (PG-13)
  9. The Devil Wears Prada (PG-13)
  10. We Sing in Sillyville (G)


Top Ten Favorite Rock Band Songs

  1. Breaking Benjamin – Diary of Jane
  2. Disturbed – Overburdened
  3. For Those About to Rock – AC/DC
  4. Forgotten – Linkin Park
  5. Getting Away With Murder – Papa Roach
  6. Paradise City – Guns n’ Roses
  7. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
  8. Sorry – Buck Cherry
  9. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  10. Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical


Top Ten Favorite Country Songs

  1. 8th of November – Big n’ Rich
  2. Hicktown – Jason Aldean
  3. International Harvester – Craig Morgan
  4. Jesus Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood
  5. John Deere Green – Joe Diffy
  6. She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  7. Stealing Cinderella – Brad Paisley
  8. Tied Together with a Smile – Taylor Swift
  9. Whisky Lullaby – Allysonn Krause & Brad Paisley
  10. Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovie

--- TAG

Mild Barbequed Chicken


½ cup Milk

1½ cups Barbeque Sauce

½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

2 tsp Ground Jalapeño Pepper

¼ cup Soy Sauce

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

Salt and Pepper


1 lb Boneless Chicken Breast


Mix all ingredients but flour and chicken in large mixing bowl. Cover chicken in flour, and then dip back and forth between sauce and flour, until thick and goopy, completely covering the chicken. Fry in olive oil until golden brown and white throughout.


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Dear All Teens,

Have you ever heard of the lost arts? You know – the crafts that your grandparents do while you ask "What’s that?" Crocheting, cross-stitch, knitting, you get the idea… Those crafts that are stereotypically known as ‘weird’. Well these ‘lost’ arts are definitely making a comeback. So what are you still waiting for? Get some supplies and learn! (Note to crafters who use yarn: You will find a TON of selections in craft stores) To find others like you, come to the Knitting Group at the Palmerton Area Library (more than just knitters are welcome) It’s every third Monday of the month from 6-8. Have fun learning like I did!




P.S. I know, from personal experience, that knitting is very relaxing – but is very addictive. Especially the touchy-feely part of handling yarns. But don’t be worried! It’s a good addiction.

The Perilously Beautiful Sea

I lay in the middle of the sea

A wave is reaching out to me

It tries to pull me to the ocean floor

So I can join many more

Coming towards me is that wave

To float on the sea you must be brave

There are whales and sharks and other stuff

It isn’t just coral and puff

Danger lurks below

What is safe is hard to know

Yet when the sea calls you, you must obey

Else you shall waste away

Land does not hold all desires

With tornadoes, snowstorms and forest fires

The sea is quiet, full of peace

Each calming wave a wrinkly crease

But remember friend, when you lie

In the ocean the color of the sky

Danger lurks below

What is safe is hard to know.


Movie Reviews


The Bourne Ultimatum

(Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action)

 Matt Damon again stars in this third installment of the exciting, action packed, thrilling series. The Bourne Ultimatum is the sequel to The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. As Jason Bourne continues on his quest for discovering his past, he finds that he is digging up more than just Treadstone. Can Bourne, who is only human, try to make up for past mistakes and outwit all the assassins the authorities have on his trail? Also starring in this movie masterpiece is David Strathairn, Joan Allen, and Julia Stiles. Is Bourne biting off more than he can chew? A must see, although this movie is not based on Robert Ludlam’s book of the same name.


National Treasure

Book of Secrets

(Rated PG for some violence and action)

Ben Gates, Riley Poole, and Abigail Chase are back, this time not to find a lost treasure, but to prove the Gates’ family name innocent. When Mitch Wilkinson presents possible proof that one of the Gates’ ancestors was apart of the Lincoln assassination, from John Wilkes Booth’s diary, the trio is pulled into another set of clues. Here is a teaser, the first clue: A debt that all men pay. Nicholas Cage, Justin Bartha, and Diane Kruger star in this outrageously hilarious movie with clues that lead from one place to the next. Your next clue: Go watch it.


Book Reviews

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

 To Kill A Mockingbird is often regarded as one of the greatest literary works of all time. It penetrates the nature of racism and justice as it explores the lives of those who live in the small southern town of Maycomb.

Scout Finch is a young girl growing up with her father Atticus and her older brother Jem. Atticus is a lawyer; and when he takes on a case for a black man, Tom Robinson, Scout’s eyes are opened to the world as she matures.

Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for her work in 1964. To Kill A Mockingbird has been translated into 40 languages and has sold over 30 million copies since its publication in 1960.


For the fans of paleontology-related literature:

Here are several books I find indispensable:

The Dinosaur Heresies. Bakker, Robert;

Extremely well written by one of the world’s foremost paleontologists. Champions endothermism (warm-bloodedness) in avian and non-avian dinosaurs.

Dinosaur! Norman, David;

More in-depth than The Dinosaur Heresies. Includes history of notable figures in paleontology, history of evolution in dinosaurs, and theories as to their extinction.

Time Traveler. Novacek, Michael;

Account of Michael Novacek’s experiences in paleontology. Perfect for any teen who wishes to go into the field of Geoscience.

Parker, Steve; Dinosaurus. Includes dinosaur family tree and up-to-date profiles of individual species.

The Dinosauria. (second edition) Edited by David B. Weishampel, Peter Dodson, and Halszka Osmolska.

A collection of articles written by many notable scientists, including Mark Norell, Xu Xing, Kevin Padian, David Norman, John Horner, and Philip Currie.



Quote of the issue:

Why do writers write? Because it’s not there.

---Thomas Berger Contributed by KAS

Thank you to All Who Contributed to this Issue

They include:

Kayla Ashner

Gabrielle Augustine

Stephanie Augustine

Nick Bock

Felicia Fritz

Diana Livingston

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