Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Twilight

Earlier this summer, I received a copy of a soon to be published book called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. This book will be published in October by Little Brown & Co. My friend at LB, Jennifer, sent me a copy. When I emailed thanking her for it, I mentioned that I would give it to a teen girl I know who likes vampire stories. Jennifer encouraged me to read it myself so luckily I got another copy and I've been reading like a mad woman since Monday!

The setting is the present-day and the only twist is that the girl falls in love with a vampire! I'm about halfway into it now and I can't wait to get back to reading!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Adam Canfield of the Slash

As if I wasn't doing enough reading, I picked up a new book called Adam Canfield of the Slash. It's written by Michael Winerip, who generally writes non-fiction for adults. In fact the adult book group I belong to read one of his books a few years ago.

This story revolves around a boy who is co-editor of his middle school newspaper echoing the author's experience as a reporter for the New York Times! I'm only up to chapter 3 but so far it's a good read!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Today I started listening to A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This book has been out for a whle but I really wanted to read it so I could read the sequel I picked up at BEA in June! I had it on my desk last week and had started reading it when I decided to switch to the audiobook. For the last few weeks I've been listening to books on CD in my car and it only takes me about a week to get through an average length book.

I started with Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer. I read the first three so I knew all the characters and the background so it was fun hearing it read aloud, especially since some of those names can be tricky to pronounce. It was a lot of fun.

Then I decided to catch up on the 2005 Newbery Award winner Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata. This was a serious and very sad, at times, story of an American family but the mom and dad were born in Japan and moved here as young people. They are trying to build a life for their two daughters and later a son in the 1950s and 60s in the South. It was strange to think Japanese people were treated poorly because of the color of their skin. The parents both work many, many hours a week just so they can get by so it was a lot different from other books I've read.

After that I decided to switch over to a fun, chick lit-type book called The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. It's about a girl named Ruby who starts having panic attacks and begins going to a psychiatrist to figure out what's going on with her life. She attends a private high school, has a group of friends both guys and girls plus she has a boyfriend. Or she thought she had a boyfriend until Jackson breaks up with her and begins dating her friend Kim! Published in 2005, this book is sure to be popular with girls.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge

Just started an advance reading copy of Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge. The last book I read by the same author was Shakespeare Bats Cleanup which was a novel in verse that I liked. I think it was a potential nominee for the RI Teen Book Award.

This story begins with the friendship among Teresa, Larry and Elliot and what their lives will be like after high school graduation. This novel will be published in September and if it's good I'll nominate it for the 2007 RITBA list.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Confessions of a Closet Catholic

It's always good getting book suggestions from a friend. A few months ago, I heard about this book Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman. Well, I finished reading it yesterday during my lunch break and it was a great book. Trying to be more like her Catholic friend, Justine, decides to give up being Jewish for Lent! Then when her gradnmother gets sick, she thinks it's her fault because she questioned her faith.

Justine confesses to her stuffed bear, gives herself Communion with matzoh and grape juice, attends Mass with her friend's family and finally tries to pass herself off as Catholic at Confession. This was an interesting story to read because if you're not Jewish, you can learn something more about that faith and if you're not Catholic, you may pick up some of the things Justine learned.

Although Justine is only 11, I think teens would relate to how she questions her faith but at the same time, has a crush on her new best friend's brother!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cutting Edge Readers

After not getting any Cutting Edge Reader book reviews back for a while, I finally got one in today.

The Crying Rocks Janet Taylor Lisle
I think this book is very captivating and very detailed. It is smartly written and it gives me very good images almost as if I am actually there in the room with Joelle. This book was very surprising at the end; then again, most books are; what Joelle found out was that the man she thought was her foster father was actually her real father.

-- Vanessa, 15-year-old entering 11th grade