Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Well, the audiobook I just finished today was very different from the previous one. Flush by Carl Hiaasen is about a Florida fisherman who sinks a gambling boat which has been dumping raw sewage into the water. Unfortunately he can't prove anything about the waste being flushed into the water so he takes matters into his own hands which means he ends up in jail!

Then his son and daughter concoct their own scheme to try and prove to the Coast Guard that the Coral Queen is really dumping into the water. Along the way the two run into a cast of characters who are very amusing and offer up a great twist in the story as well.

Although I listened to this story, I'm sure reading it would be great too because I liked his previous book written for kids your age, Hoot which will be released as a movie this month!

Monday, April 17, 2006

How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life

This audiobook looked intriguing at the PLA Conference last month so I picked it up and brought it home. How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan is the story of a girl who has worked hard all her life in order to attend Harvard University after she graduates high school. And all things point in that direction, she's smart, gets good grades and has gotten involved in plenty of academically connected activities like the Physics Club. But the dean at Harvard who interviews her thinks she needs to add something to her a life where she has friends and hangs out and does fun things.

Listening to this story was fun even if it's a little predictable. Opal changes her images (like in the movie "Mean Girls") and begins to have a lot more fun than she ever did but also questions why she is doing that! The narrator is Indian so all of the names and the voices of Opal's parents are done in a distinctive Indian accent which is fun.

Definitely take a look at this if you have a chance!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Bras & Broomsticks

Lately I've been getting through some of the teen fiction titles I want to read by listening to audiobooks and I just finished Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski. This is the very funny story of a high school girl who longs to be popular and thinks she can accomplish that goal with the help of her younger sister who just discovered she is a witch!

This was fun listening and heartbreaking when the magic wears off and Rachel has to figure out what to do to make things right!