Thursday, January 26, 2006

Inexcusable

Yesterday afternoon I went to the RI Teen Book Award committee meeting and we narrowed that list to about 17 but we still need to eliminate a few before the final vote in March. In the meantime I 'm encouraging kids who come into my library to vote on this year's nominees. There are so many good books out there right now that it's hard to get around to reading them all which is why I love it when kids tell me what they're reading and what the like!

Right now I'm reading Inexcusable (2005) by Chris Lynch. In the opening paragraphs we learn that something has gone badly wrong between Keir and a girl named Gigi. It appears that something happened between them that he thought was mutual but she is now describing as rape. They know each other and are good friends, so why would this happen? Well the rest of the book, so far, describes what life is like for Keir. He plays football, he lives with his widower father while his two older sisters are away at college and he is a well-liked guy at high school. Until this...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Schwa Was Here

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman was another on the list of books under consideration for the 2006 RI Teen Book Award. Another librarian talked about this title at a meeting and said it was very funny but I didn't pick it up until earlier this month. Fortunately the book is funny and very offbeat. The premise is that a Brooklyn teen named Anthony, nickname: Antsy, becomes friends with a boy whom no one notices. He's been in their school but people just don't see him when he's there.

The boys try all sorts of things to test their theory that he isn't noticed by most people but one prank gets them caught by the meanest and richest man in town who, instead of turning them into the police, makes them work for him walking his dogs and later spending time with his blind grand-daughter.

The teen characters face issues lots of kids encounter. Parents who argue and friends who turn on you when you make new friends. The neat thing about this book is that nothing really bad happens to anyone and it has an interesting twist towards the end.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Y the Last Man: Vol 6

Although I don't pick up and read comic books all the time, I do read graphic novels, many of which are the monthly issues compiled in book form. So anyone who buys the issues and reads them will be way ahead of me but I still like keeping up with the storyline. So, one story I started reading, at the suggestion of a graphic novel reading co-worker is Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn The premise is that all of the men on the planet have been wiped out by a plague except for one guy, Yorick and his pet monkey. And in each issue, Yorick is trying to get somewhere to help figure out how to repopulate the planet, essentially. He is being protected by a secret agent named 355 and accompanied by a doctor with expertise in cloning.

There's lots of action in this volume, entitled Girl on Girl so it's definitely worth reading!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Perfect by Natasha Friend

The book I'm reading now is Perfect by Natasha Friend. It's the story of Isabelle, a young girl struggling with bulimia. When her mom learns that she is throwing up after meals, she sends her to a therapy group to help her battle the disorder.

This book doesn't skimp on the details of binge eating and the subsequent purging that Isabelle goes through in order to not gain weight. She tells about how her cousin made a comment about her weight which set in motion her bulimia. Of course Isabelle is also still hurting from the unexpected death of her dad almost two years earlier. Clearly she's in a vulnerable spot and feels the only thing she can control is her eating!

With the pressure society places on girls and women to look a certain way, I'm sure many readers will relate to this book. This is a RI Teen Book Award title under consideration for the 2006 list!