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
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
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
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
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
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
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.