Thursday, June 30, 2005

Art Geeks and Prom Queens

Today I had my first "Cutting Edge Reader" review handed in and I'm really excited. This program offers newly published or soon to be published books to any students in grades 6 through 12. Once a book is read and reviewed, the reviewer receives a brand new book! (They get to choose the title.)

Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel
This book was great! I loved how it was so real and completely believable. The characters are wonderful and it's cool how Alyson Noel really got in tune with them. Some books you have to read things over and over because don't know how to intepret them. But this book was different. A lot of books I read have similar story lines, this book didn't. It was unique and I really liked it!

-- Angelique, soon to be in 7th grade

Monday, June 27, 2005

I am the wallpaper

The heroine of I am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes is 13-year-old Floey Packer. She is always hoping for something exciting to happen to her but usually winds up embarrassed. First she trips and falls on top of a cute guy she's dancing with at her sister's wedding. Then her cousin puts her diary on a website. Finally she dyes her hair violet in order to get noticed but people keep saying she looks like an eggplant or a blueberry!

This book has a lot of references to Rhode Island in it. The author grew up in Barrington so he talks about different places in the state. Tell me what you think when you have a chance to read it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Art Geeks and Prom Queens

A few months back I received an advance readers copy of Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel. This will be published in September in paperback but the strange thing was this time I received a manuscript instead of a bound book the way I usually do so it's a bit awkward to read but I'm reading it nonetheless.

This story is about a rich girl who moves from New York City to Southern California. In typical fashion, she finds it difficult to fit in there but she is befriended by a guy named Jas and a girl named Mason in her art class. Unfortunately she develops a major crush on Jas which makes it difficult for her to remain his friend so she is drawn into a tentative friendship with Kristi and her two friends who are into fashion and looking good.

So far the idea of the book is a lot like the movie "Mean Girls" which is strange but it's good so far. If you want to read this one yourself, come see me in the Teen Zone!

Monday, June 20, 2005

what i believe

Just picked up a book that will be published in October, it's called what i believe by Norma Fox Mazer and so far it's good. This is another book told through the first person voice in poems. The speaker is Victory Marnet who is adjusting to her whole life shifting when her father cannot get a job after being downsized. After almost two year without a job, the family is forced to sell their home and many of their belongings just to make ends meet. Victory is now forced to change schools and live in the city.

But her way of coping is through the poems she writes about her life. So far, so good. This book will be available for a student reviewer to read and write about this summer. Talk to me if this book sounds interesting to you!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Deliver Us From Normal

Today I'm reading a new book Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise. I've read another book she co-authored called Regarding the Fountain which was a book done entirely in letters, memos and announcements about a school which has trouble getting its water bubbler fixed. It was very clever and funny.

So far I am finding very few things funny in this book. It's so sad that this character named Charlie Harrisong is so worried about being normal and when his sister runs for 7th grade class president his world falls apart. He discovers her posters defaced in the hallway and the next day he and his family, including three younger siblings, are on the run. They drive from Illinois to Alabama to purchase a run-down houseboat which his parents plan to live on! Yikes! It's one disaster after another. I don't know how this will end but so far, it's not good!

Monday, June 13, 2005

The World of Eldaterra

Well, over the weekend I read a book that will be published at the end of July. It's The World of Eldaterra: The Dragon Conspiracy published by HarperCollins. This is another book I received through their FirstLook Teen program. Anyone can sign up for it, it's a lot of fun to get a book months before it's even in bookstores.

But, back to the book, it's fantasy which starts out in our world but in the year 1895 and it switches to 1910, and so on (which made it a little confusing!) But the story revolves around a gateway into another world and the dragons that are trying to take over the world, with help from the Germans.

I'll be interested in hearing from other readers of this book. This book will be part of the Cutting Edge Readers Club here at the library this summer so you may be the next one to read it!

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

No More Dead Dogs

On Friday I heard about a funny book called No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. It's about a kid who is forced to read yet another book where the dog dies. Understandably he doesn't like it but his teacher won't let it go and instead of letting him off the hook, the boy must be part of a school play based on this sad story!

I have the book on my desk at work and I started reading it last night. I'm trying to think of more funny books to suggest to readers at my library. If you have any ideas, let me know!

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Well, I decided to re-read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and so far it looks like the movie version was true to the book. Almost every girl who enters the Teen Zone will hear me say "Have you read ..." and now I'll be able to ask, "Did you see ..."

Of course at my house, my sons aren't familiar with a novel that features four female friends but they humor me anyway!

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