Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks


After reading a good review of this book by a fellow librarian, I decided to give it a try myself. So far I really like it and since the request for vampire-related books has not died down yet at my library, I am glad to have a new one on the shelf for the teens here. This one is a little different from some of the other titles I've read because the vampires are trying to fit into society without drinking the blood of humans which is a continuing challenge, of course. The story opens with the support group discovering the remains of a member so they are now trying to figure out who killed him!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell


This was fascinating. I had already read an excerpt recently and anticipated the story but it was even better than I thought it would be. It's an amazing story and it lent itself very well to the graphic novel format. Sandell's story is truly a page-turner because she chronicles her childhood (with lots of saved artwork from her younger days)and segues into her adult life while reflecting on the veracity of stories her father told her over the years about his life. Only to discover that very few of them were true. How devastating this must have been for her, I can't imagine, but she channeled it into this wonderful book to her credit and got on with her life.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Prince of Persia the Graphic Novel


This is another title from one of my favorite publishers of graphic novels, First Second and this time they're offering the back story to a computer game that I remember my oldest son (who is now 24) playing when he was younger. So, yes, most teens may not know about Prince of Persia but the story which delves into the mythology and history of this region. The illustrations are wonderful and I'll be curious to hear what others think of this new book.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger


It's always exciting when I notice a new book by an author I enjoy. And so far I have to say that Brent Hartinger's newest title, "Project Sweet Life" is no exception. Hartinger's writing is always excellent and he clearly has the voice of teens in his head when he writes.

This time we've got a group of teens who are trying to avoid getting their first summer jobs. They're all 15 so they feel like it's their right to not work for one last summer. Unfortunately their parents think otherwise. This is sure to be a hit with fans of his earlier works.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson


This is the first historical fiction title I've read by this author. Previously the books of hers that I read and liked were "Prom," in which a high school senior gets roped into helping her friends put on their prom after their advisor takes off with their money and "Twisted," which follows a teen boy's rebellious act which has serious repercussions for him.

Since I like realistic fiction for teens, I was hesitant to read this one until I read a review by a librarian friend and now I'm really taken with this slave story set in New York City in 1776. Personally I have not read much about the Revolutionary War era in a while so I'm really intrigued with what's going on in this book.

Told through the eyes of a slave girl named Isabel, if you want to get a different perspective on this era, you should definitely read this book!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Exodus by Julie Bertagna



My 12 year old patron at the library, Joe, would not even read this book once he saw that it had a global warming theme. (I've been asking him to read the nominated RITBA titles since he's homeschooled and is a voracious reader!) Maybe I should have taken Joe's advice because this book took me weeks to finish! The ending pulled things together while also leaving room for a sequel. This is definitely a book that I would not have finished reading if it hadn't been on the list. I don't know why. It's really hard to put my finger on the cause of my dismay. Maybe the reality of what's going on in the world made this title feel that much more credible and therefore disturbing.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie


As a friend who reads comics pointed out the other day, with a graphic novel, it can go wrong in two ways, the text and the illustrations. For me it's often very difficult to get past the illustrations if they don't interest me but that is NOT the case with these books. I love the pictures and it's just a neat slice of life story about the Ivory Coast in the 1970s. This book focuses on the paternity of Aya's friend's new baby but other secrets are revealed with the ending a bit of a cliff-hanger, believe it or not!

This is a book that may not reach a lot of readers but those who find it will certainly enjoy it.