Friday, May 27, 2005

A Boy No More

Almost every day at work I ask kids about what they're reading. Often I read those books myself. About a month ago my 13-year-old son brought home a book called A Boy At War by Harry Mazer. It's about a boy who witnesses the attack on Pearl Harbo that kills his navy dad.

I read that one and when I went to look up the book I saw that there was a sequel published in 2004 called A Boy No More that follows Adam's new life in Bakersfield, California with his mom and younger sister. More importantly Adam meets up with his Hawaiian friend Davi Mori who is now living with his family at Manzanar, the interment camp set up for Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

After reading A Boy No More, I realized that this part of U.S. history was not familiar to me so I was glad to read author Harry Mazer's historical resource notes at the back of the book. If you like historical fiction, you'll like this one!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Things Change

Just got in about 8 new books and they all look so good I don't know which one to read first. I handed Lauren Myracle's new book Rhymes with Bitches to a girl a few minutes ago. Just reading the publisher's description it makes me want to read it:
"From the author of the break-out hit ttyl, a dark and utterly readable take on the hierarchy of high school girls. There are Gossip Girls and Mean Girls but no one has come as close to the dark heart of high-school girl politics as Lauren Myracle does in this shivery smart, wonderfully strange story of a high school where popularity can be stolen. "

The other book I've got in front of me is written by a Young Adult librarian. Things Change by Patrick Jones is about a girl's first relationship with a guy who is really hard to please. If he's unhappy then Johanna becomes his target and his aim is pretty good. I'm looking forward to reading this one next!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Teens around the state voted for Eragon by Christopher Paolini as their favorite book last year. Voting for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award was held in January 2005 and from a list of about 20 books, this is the book that won. I never got to read this one when it was being considered for the list but I recently saw it on sale for 50% off at Barrington Books because the paperback was about to come out so I decided to buy it.

I haven't read very much of it so far but the main character, Eragon, found an egg which turned out to have a dragon in it! The egg hatches and now Eragon is faced with the prospect of taking care of his "pet" dragon!

The book is getting good so I better get back to reading!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Well, I just got back from watching a preview of the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and it was great! Of course it had been a few years since I read the book but I felt the movie followed the book fairly well. Watching the movie with two other librarians, we felt like we needed to identify ourselves as librarians so people didn't wonder why we were there without any teens!

The movie seamlessly follows the ups and downs of the four main characters. One of the best storylines follows Lena as she spends the summer in Greece and falls in love with a handsome Greek college student/fisherman whose family, unfortunately, has a conflict with hers so she has to date him in secret. The country of Greece looks beautiful and made me want to go there.

My other favorite story followed the blond, beautiful Bridget in Baja, California at a soccer camp where she pursues a handsome coach.

The story is a lot of fun and it was really great to get in on a movie a week early. Read the books and then see the movie.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau

Last week I got two preview books in the mail. The one I really enjoyed was Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau. This was a funny book about Duff, a recent high school graduate who wants to be on his own so much that he sets off alone to drive most of the way across the country to start a new job in California. But his used car doesn't last beyond the first day. Duff has a choice: should he call his parents (and listen to them say, "I told you so") or try to figure out how to make his way on his own.

Well, as you can guess, Duff makes his own way in the world and meets a few people along the way including a hitchhiking surfer and the daughter of a scam artist! You may recognize the author's name because she wrote the popular City of Ember and its follow-up The People of Sparks. I haven't read those two but I know they are more science fiction and her new book is definitely humorous realistic fiction! So, if you like the sound of that, keep an eye out for Car Trouble when it's released later this year.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

City of Light, City of Dark: a comic book novel

Recently I had a pile of new books on my desk. One of those books was actually published in 1993, though. The book is City of Light, City of Dark: a comic book novel by Avi with illustrations by Brian Floca (who has illustrated other Avi books.)

The story is a fast read but fascinating because it's a fictional story about how a city gets it light ... from a mysterious source that must be replenished each year. One man tries to gain the power from these beings but in his attempt, he becomes blinded and becomes obsessed with finding the source.

It's definitely a page-turner. If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself!