Thursday, April 10, 2008

Safe by Susan Shaw

Shaw, Susan Safe, 168 p. First Tracy is waving good-bye to her best friend after the last day of seventh grade. Then she is left for dead on her front lawn after she is kidnapped and raped by someone she knows. Now she must find her way back from this traumatic experience. She's lost her feeling of connection to her best friend, to her father, and the important feeling of connection to her mother, who passed away when she was small. Safe and simple and eloquent, this book about the aftermath of rape is perfect for every middle school in the country. MS - ESSENTIAL

White House Rules by Perkins

Perkins, Mitali First Daughter: White House Rules, 216 p. Dutton (Penguin), 2008. Sameera, Sparrow, and her family have moved into the White House. Even with her cousin Miranda along for the first six months and a tutor who keeps the girls hopping, Sameera feels like something is missing. It may just be that public school may be the place for Sparrow, instead of the White House bubble. Add to that trouble with Bobby, the boy Sameera like, who has been very silent since Sameera's dad became the Commander in Chief and Sameera has plenty on her plate for her first few months in Washington DC. Sameera's story is fun and easy, while still managing to tackle some pretty big topics. Not just for girly-girls, this is an all-around good read. MS - ADVISABLE

I Heart You.. by Schroeder

Schroeder, Lisa, I heart you, You haunt me, 226, Simon Pulse, Languae - G; Violence - G; Sexual Content - G; Review - Ava has met her match, Jackson. Only one problem he's dead. But why can she still feel him around? I thought it was a way cute and quick read. There is nothing bad to say about it. MS- ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: AA

Running Shoes will make you cry

Lipp, Frederick Running Shoes, illustrated by Jason Gaillard. Charlesbridge, 2008. PICTURE BOOK. From the book cover, "Sophy and her mother are poor. They live in a small village with no doctor, hospital, or school. But Sophy has a secret wish - a wish for something that will change her life forever. With the help of a pair of running shoes, Sophy might just be able to make her wish come true." Sophy's wish is to attend school eight kilometers away through the jungle and over streams and sharp, red rocks. On his current visit, the government census taker learns of Sophy's dream, measures her foot, and promises to send a surprise. With new running shoes Sophy proves herself not only by braving the distance alone, but also by courageously attending an all-boy school and outrunning every single fellow student. Through lyrical text and beautiful paintings, "author Fredrick Lipp and illustrator Jason Gaillard create an empowering story of hope and determination set in the countryside of Cambodia." This book is for everyone; it made me cry. EL - ESSENTIAL; MS - ADVISABLE (for TA program). Reviewer: BS

My Chocolate Year by Charlotte Herman

Herman, Charlotte My Chocolate Year, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 163 pgs. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Language-G; Sexual Content-G; Violence-G; Dorrie has just entered the fifth grade where her teacher is having a baking and essay contest. When her cousin Victor comes to America for the first time, he shows her how precious her family and a free country are, while teaching her a few tricks from his family's bakery. Because this book is set in 1945 and Dorrie's family is Jewish, you get a lot of history about the holocaust. It gave just the right amount of history while having fun and hearing about all of the desserts she makes. There are even recipes for a lot of the things they make in the story. It is perfect for any elementary school library. EL-ESSENTIAL Student Reviewer-KD

When Irish Guys are Smiling by Supplee

Supplee, Suzanne When Irish Guys are Smiling, 211p. Penguin -Language: PG-13, Sexual Content: PG, Violence: G -Delk Sinclair is a high school student ready to get away from the awful reality of Tennessee. With her stepmother expecting a baby and her friends' debutante parties, she wants to get out of there fast. She is off to Ireland for the Students Across the Seven Seas program. What she doesn't know is that she is about to fall in love with a very handsome Irishman. Will she be able to forget all of her troubles form Tennessee? I thought this book was very well written. I love the way the author was able to paint a clear picture of all the characters through words. This a love story you don't want to miss. MS, HS -ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: CW