Monday, July 24, 2006

Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells

Well, a few months back I received a box containing 10 copies of Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells. So I thought about having a book discussion group for the book. Well, the discussion part never really happened but I've given out copies of the book to a bunch of girls. Maybe we'll end up talking about it someday when they each come into the library again.

In the meantime I started reading it and I enjoy it because each chapter can stand on its own when it tells a different event in the lives of the Ya Yas, four women who are close friends, and their children.

It's set in the south in the 1950s and 60s so it's a different time and place which is a nice change of pace from the fantasy and realistic fiction I've been reading.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hard Hit by Ann Turner

Last week at the meeting with other teen/young adult librarians, I heard about this book, Hard Hit by Ann Turner. The cover shows a boy lying on his back under the stars with a baseball glove on his hand. He looks sad or intent.

The story is about Mark Warren and how his family copes and responds when his dad is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. If you're looking for a funny story, this is not the one to pick up, but if you aren't afraid to read about a tough subject, go ahead and grab this one off the shelf.

You will really like it if you are a fan of poetry because each page is a poem. In libraryland we call this a novel in verse. I like them. Not everyone does. If you don't that's cool. Just stop in and I'll find something else for you instead!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Playing it Cool

The book I just finished that I offered to review for a meeting is "Playing it Cool" by Joaquin Dorfman. It's a bit of a mystery but the teen characters are great and I kept reading mainly to see what would happen.

Of course, on the other hand, it's a bit confusing when you try to figure out who or what motivates the main character. His name is Sebastian but some people call him Seba and some Bastian! He goes for a week to Wilmington, North Carolina with a high school buddy who is meeting his biological father for the first time. He's there to support his friend, you might say, but he's also there to pretend to be his friend. They reverse roles for the week, for some odd reason, which only adds to the confusion and mystery of the story.

I'm waiting to hear from a teen reader who has read this one who can tell me if they liked it or not. As for me, I wanted to finish it, not just for the meeting but so I could figure out what the heck was going on!