Sunday, February 28, 2010
Shake, Rattle, and Turn that Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook up Music, Me, and Mom by Mark Alan Stamaty
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Vaught, S R and Redmond, JB Oathbreaker: Assassin's Apprentice, 374 pgs. Bloomsberry, 2009. Language - PG (7 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Aron, a 14-year-old farmer boy, is scared of Harvest. Harvest is when members of Stone go out to collect boys and girls to learn the way of Stone, and it's tomorrow. When members of Stone show up to test Aron, his two sisters, and six brothers, Aron is chosen and is no longer part of his own family. He has to leave everything and everyone he has ever known for the unknown. I love this thrilling tale of adventure. I love the excitement and the sorrow and the characters and everything else between the covers. MS, HS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Parker, Robert B Chasing the Bear, 169 pgs. Phiolmel Books, 2009. Language - PG-13 (29 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - PG; Spencer is talking to 'the One' about his past that she doesn't know a lot about. He tells her about his friend Jeannie and the adventures he had when he was 14 and 15. I expected something completely different when I picked out this book and it took me by surprise. I think that this is a pretty good book, but it was a little boring just reading about Spencer's past experiences. MS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CH
Ryan, Pam Munoz & Sis, Peter The Dreamer, 353 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2010. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Neftali loves learning new words and adding things to his collection. He can read well and is an excellent writer. The only problem is that his father doesn't approve. Neftali wants to be a poet and his father keeps insisting he will be a doctor, dentist, or business man. I love that Neftali never gives up his dreams. Even though his father discourages him, he perseveres and keeps following his dreams. ES, MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Preller, James Bystander, 223 pgs. Feiwel and Friends, 2009. Language - PG (7 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Eric, his little brother, and his mom are moving to Long Island. Eric meets Griffin and his group before school starts, so when it does start he hangs out with them. As life goes on, Eric discovers that David is the butt of jokes for Griffin. Griffin and his group pick on David all the time, but Eric doesn't participate in it. Then why does he feel so bad? Eric is a good example of "new bee pressure." When you move someplace new it's hard to fit in, so you go where you're first accepted. I like that Eric has the courage to stand up to his friends and change them when they won't stop doing what he knows is wrong. ES, MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Cricket Man, 196 pgs. Atheneum, 2008. Language - PG (17 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Kenny goes to school, has friends, skateboards, and gets in trouble like everyone else, but what no one knows is that he has a secret identity. Summer mornings Kenny is Cricket Man. He goes into his pool every summer morning and saves bugs from their doom. But can Cricket Man save his friend Jodie from herself if she doesn't want to be saved? I believe that everyone can be a hero if they want to. Cricket Man does a good job of presenting the idea that you can be a hero by just being a friend. I think that this book belongs in every collection. ES, MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Brooks, Kevin Dawn, 250 pgs. Chicken House, 2009. Language - R (68 swears, 16 "f"), Sexual Content - PG; Violence - PG; Dawn has one goal in life: to kill God. Dawn also has one problem with her goal: how do you kill something that doesn't exist? I thought this book was really boring. There wasn't any action until the last 50 pages or so and it was just a story of a depressed girl and her depressed mom. Both those factors made Dawn really hard to read. HS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CH
Briggs, Andy Villain.net: Council of Evil, 234 pgs. Walker, 2008. Language - PG (3 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - PG; Jake is the leader of the school bullies. He makes others scared of him when a punch in the gut would make him double over too. Now the roles are switched and Jake is the one afraid to punch his bully back. I loved reading this book. I love the plot, the action, the suspense, the secrets, everything. I recommend this book to everyone. MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Yaccarino, Dan Lawn to Lawn. Alfred A. Knopf (Random), 2010. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK. When Pearl's parents pack up to move, they leave behind Pearl's lawn ornaments. Afraid of being carted off into the garbage truck, the four lawn ornaments set off to find Pearl. The book tells of their journey. Though I was unsure about this book at first, I did become engaged in these lawn ornaments' adventure. This book allows for discussions about personification and taking control of a person's own destiny. EL, MS –OPTIONAL. Brent Smith, Reading Teacher.
Seuss, Dr. Oh, the Places You'll Go (Party Edition). Random House, 2010. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK This is a republication of the Dr. Seuss book about an anonymous narrator who encourages the reader to "go" places in life. This narrator offers life advice on how to "move mountains." The book Oh the Places You'll Go is a delightful Seuss book that encourages readers to aim high in life, but this Party Edition only adds a little glitter on the front and back covers. An owner of the original, published in 1990, has no reason to repurchase this Party Edition, but someone who does not own the book might find the glittery cover fun enough to purchase. EL, MS, HS - OPTIONAL. Brent Smith, Reading Teacher.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Kane, Kim. Pip: The Story of Olive. David Fickling Books, 2008. Pgs. 240. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G.
Olive lives an unusual life. She has never known her father. Her mother is hardly ever home and her only companionship is her friend, Mathilda, who lives farther into town. When her only friend decided to become her enemy, Olive almost gives up on life until she looks into a mirror and gets introduced to Pip Garnout, her twin that only she can see, but everyboy can hear. With Pip’s help, Olive decides to try and find out what her father is up to and where he lives. Through a little detective and a little bit of courage, Olive might just achieve her dream, but will Olive’s father be what she expects? Will Olive ever get another friend? Will Mathilda forever be her enemy? A unique realistic fiction story about friendship, self-discovery, and adventure. Although the story is slower-paced, the characters are fun to read about and Olive’s inner dialogue is worth the read. Readers who like realistic fiction and adventure will enjoy reading this book. EL(4 to 6). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira, Youth Services Librarian, HUN Public Library.
Moskowitz, Hannah Break, 262 pgs. Simon Pulse, 2009. Language - PG-13 (184 swears, 87 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG-13; Jonah wants to be stronger. How does he try to accomplish this? His goal is to break every bone in his body, because when they heal they grow back stronger than they were before. I think that this book has way too much swearing. But on the other hand, I love the support and compation that Jonah and his younger brother Jess share. HS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CH
Winkler, Henry and Oliver, Lin Hank Zipzer Dump Trucks and Dogsleds: I'm on my way Mom! 155 pgs. Grosset & Dunlap, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Mrs. Zipzer is having a baby early and Mr. Zipzer, Hank, and his sister Emily are six and a half hours away on a skiing trip with a storm rolling in. How are they going to get there? Will they make it in time for the baby? I thought this was a really funny book with surprises popping up everywhere. I think that this book would be good if you need a good laugh. Hank is hilarious and the rest of the Zipzers have their quirks too. ES - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CH
Craddock, Erik Stone Rabbit: Deep-Space Disco, 96 pgs. Random House, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; When the hero is sent into space in the place of a wanted alien, will he get out alive? Will he ever see Earth again? I think this is a cute and funny, quick read. If you have 15 or 20 extra minutes, this is a fun book to pick up. ES - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CH
YOYO Vermonia: Quest for the Silver Tiger, 207 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - G; Doug, Jim, Naomi, and Mel are just regualar humans with regular teenage problems. That is, until Mel is taken and Doug, Tim, and Naomi get transported to another planet to try and save her. Then they find out they have magical powers and are supposed to save the new planet they're on. I think that this book is too short, but is very exciting. The adventure of traveling to a new world with new creatures, people, and surroundings just draws me in. I think these characters will draw you in too if you pick it up. MS, HS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CH
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Dade has only one summer left before he leaves his small Iowa town for college. It can’t come soon enough. His parent’s marriage is about to crumble and Dade knows his parents are just trying to stay together until he leaves. His secret relationship with Pablo is also on the rocks. . .but this doesn’t bother Dade as much as he thought it would. Dade is also deciding whether to come out of the closet. It seems his summer is going to be the worst ever until Dade meets Alex. Alex and Dade begin a relationship that starts with casual sex but quickly progresses to something deeper. This title could almost be considered “chick-lit” for gay teens. However, there is more depth and substance to this story that you expect.
This is NOT a book for conservative schools. In addition to swears including many, many ‘f’s, the language is just coarse. The characters frequently use recreational/illegal drugs. There are sexual encounters that while not extremely graphic allow the reader to definitely know what is going on! For example “I kept my face buried in Pablo’s pillow the entire time. When it was over, he stood by the bed and frowned at me. ‘I think I liked you better blond.’” I feel it is important for literature such as this to be accessible to teens, but I would leave that up to the public libraries to house and defend.
PUBLIC ONLY –OPTIONAL Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Hopkins, Cathy Double Trouble (Zodiac Girls), 161 p. Kingfisher, 2009. $5.99. Language: PG (OMG’s). Eve, 12, has always lurked in the background behind her older twin, Lilith. This month, however, Eve is the Zodiac Girl – and she is getting more attention than she may really want. What happens when twins start breaking away from each other in order to find their own destinies? Eve is about to find out. Chloe has always dreamed of being The Zodiac Girls books are pretty cute and, in paperback, so they are a reasonable price. EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Libray Teacher
Hopkins, Cathy Bridesmaids’ Club (Zodiac Girls), 153 p. Kingfisher, 2009. $5.99. Content: G. Chloe has been planning her “job” as a bridesmaid for one of her older sisters for many years – now it looks as if her time has come. BUT – Marcie is marrying Sam, who thinks the Bridesmaids’ Club is silly and he want an exciting theme wedding instead. When Chloe gets picked as this month’s Zodiac Girl, she has no idea what a ride she is in for! This is a very cute paperback series, especially for princess types! EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Libray Teacher
Wilson, N.D. The Chestnut King, 482 p. Random House, 2010. $17.99. The evil, immortal witch Nimiane is determined to do whatever she must to kill Henry York Macabee’s father , suck the life out of his entire family and control the entire world. Only 12 tears old, Henry and his friends and his cousins must challenge the world in order to find a way to kill an immortal. I must admit, I wasn’t too interested in 100 Cupboards, but Dandelion Fire and The Chestnut King totally made up for my earlier lack of enthusiasm. The action is non-stop, the plotting makes sense and there are some very wonderful twists and turns along the way. I snuck time from work just so that I could finish! EL, MS- ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
Osborne Pope, Mary Ghost Town At Sundown, 96 pages. $6.40. Language-G (0 swears), Sexual content -G; Violence-G. Jake and Annie are out for another adventure in their magic tree house. They need to help the girl who is stuck in the book, but they have to find the 3 m's to help this girl get out. This week their adventure is to go to New Orleans to help jazz musician Louis Armstrong keep pursuing jazz music so he doesn’t change the way his future turns out. When the kids are hiding, they find out that New Orleans is haunted. Will they be haunted for life... read more to find out. EL- ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: MM
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Burleigh, Robert Clang!Clang!Beep!Beep! Listen to the City, 32 pgs. Simon & Schuster, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence -G This rhyming story is an adventure through the very loud city as seen through the eyes of a young boy; everything from the “subway roaring” to “streetlights blinking”. The illustrations are colorful and full of energy. The sing-song description will excite young toddlers and is sure to be a pleaser at story-time.
EL – ADVISABLE. Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian
Russell, Natalie Moon Rabbit, 32 pgs. Viking Juvenile, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence -G Little Rabbit loves the city. She loves the hustle and bustle; she loves her little favorite café and all the things there are to do. Even though the city is busy, Little Rabbit often wonders if she will ever find another rabbit just like her. When Little Rabbit meets Brown Rabbit she is tempted to stay in the park with her new friend, but she soon realizes that she can live in the busy city and still be friends with Brown Rabbit from the quiet park. A very sweet tale that will help children to learn that they can be true to themselves and still be friends with children that are different from them.
EL – ADVISABLE. Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Gold, Maya Cinderella Cleaners: Prep Cool. 155pg. Scholastic, 2010. Content: G. Dianna is a some what normal 7th grader, whose dad owns her grandpaw’s dry cleaner company, Cinderella Cleaners. Dianna and her friend Jessica are invited to see their friend Will play the drums in his brother’s band at a prep school. The girls are so excited to get to learn the lifestyle of kids their age living such fancy lives until they get there and learn they are total BRATS!!! Dianna and Jessica meet these two blonde girls who are snoops, and the day after the dance they learn that the girls have stolen Jessica's cell phone. When a girl drops off a school uniform at the cleaners, Dianna gets it to fit her and she sneaks in to the school to find Jessica's cell phone. Will she get out without getting caught? I thought that this book was really good and it keeps you on the edge. MS- OPTIONAL. Student Adviser: MM
Bugs and Spiders (The Wonders Inside), 89 p. Silver Dolphin, 2009. $19.95. Explore the world and the insides of our tiny neighbors through these gorgeous color drawings and occasional, clear over-leaf pages. This is sure to be a hit at almost any age level. I want every book in the series, personally! I can’r believe what a great resource I am getting for such a small price. EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
Friday, February 12, 2010
Banks, Lynne Reid The Indian in the Cupboard series reprinted. $6.99. Yearling (Random). Look at the cool new pictures on the covers of these modern classics! Personally, they really go far to renew my personal interest in the series. What a great present for a young boy or girl – and great replacement for library books that have been loved just a few too many times. EL – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
Reprinted classics – Random House has reprinted four children classics through its Looking Glass Library imprint. The original covers, black line interior drawings with a hardcover. At $9.99, these might be a good addition to a personal collection or places where these classics are well-worn. E. Nesbit – Five Children and It; E. Nesbit The Book of Dragons; Howard Pyle – Twilight Land; and George MacDonald – The Princess and the Goblin.