Saturday, November 20, 2004

one of those hideous books where the mother dies

Just the other day I was talking to a ninth grade girl who told me she liked the book What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones. I haven't read this yet but one of the new books on my stack of books to read was One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, also by Sonya Sones, so I read that one. This is another novel written in the form of a poems. In this one the narrator's voice is the same for each one and it's the girl who is the main character of the book.

Since I do enjoy poetry, I have no problem with the format and I feel as if they are very quick to read. Ruby writes about her life after her mother dies and she is sent to live with the father she never knew. This isn't a new theme in teen fiction except this time her father is a famous movie star who lives in L.A. so she is adjusting to life without her mother and adapting to a very different lifestyle at the same time.

I'm planning to suggest this title for the RI Teen Book Award list if it isn't on there already!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

Once again, another British writer and another wacky British teenage girl. Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb has an eye-catching cover with a teen girl made to look like the painting The Birth of Venus. Jess is a girl who wants to fit in and at the same time be noticed. When she wants to impress people at a party she makes fake breasts for herself by filling balloons with minestrone soup leading to a very, messy result when she springs a leak.

The other book I read this weekend is one that won't be published until February 2005. It's called The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton. She's a Canadian writer who gives a very bleak view of the future, one where people are afraid to be outside during the day because the ozone layer is nearly gone. The main character lives in an orphanage until she is taken to live and help another young woman who has been chosen to be a Bio-Indicator.

So far this year I've read about 73 books. Most of what I've read this past year have been books written for teens and they're all really good! Let me know if you have any suggestions for books to read for me!