Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Teen Summer Reading 2007

Once again, I've challenged teens, including those entering grades 6 through 12 to read and earn prizes! It's so simple. All you do is read a book and review it in a few sentences, give me that review form and then choose a new book from the drawer (or if you're totally not into books, go ahead and get a few gel pens, pins or other little prizes!

So far I've had a good number of kids who have been busily reading since school was dismissed a week and a half ago. Of course I've been diligently reading too. Just this evening I finished reading What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones. This one was published in 2001 and it's a novel in verse (which means it's all poems) told from the point of view of Sophie, a high school student, who confides about friends and boyfriends, even chatting with a stranger online! The reason why I read this one was that I had just last week read the follow-up book, entitled What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know which continues the story from Robin, the boy she likes, point of view.

Both stories are set in Cambridge, Massachusetts and include a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, where I went for the first time last summer and thought it was amazing. Just like both of these books. Now I can see why the first book is rarely on the shelf!

Friday, June 22, 2007

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

On Tuesday night while showing Ghost Rider for Teen Movie Night, I started reading What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones and I could not put it down!

Just a really good story about what happens when a guy and a girl get together but she's popular and he's not so her reputation plummets and he keeps getting teased. The only place he finds happines is with his girlfriend or in a college art class he audits. Of course the college kids don't realize he is a high school freshman so they include him in their outings after class and for a change he doesn't feel like an outcast.

Of course he doesn't feel like an outcast with Sophie but it's difficult to have a good time knowing that she is ostracized by her friends because of him!

This book is a follow-up to What My Mother Doesn't Know which I have not read yet but I'm going to read it right now!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

As my librarian friend Jen and I drove to New York City for Book Expo America the weekend before last, she told me about a book she read called Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell. Even though she works in a library, as I do, she bought the book because she thought it looked so good.

Well, wouldn't you know it that we ran into the author at BEA! We went to the Scholastic area hoping to get a Harry Potter book bag but they were all out. In the meantime, Jen's eyes spot the beautiful Lisa Ann standing to the side, talking with another woman who turns out to be Aimee Friedman, another editor/writer!

We chatted with both women and we both got Lisa Ann to sign her new book. Over the weekend I started reading it and it's amazing how quickly I became immersed in the story. It's a verse novel set in the time of King Arthur told from the point of view of the Lady of Shallot.

Anyone who loves a beautifully written story, especially those who are fascinated with the Arthurian legends, should definitely take a look at Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Y the Last Man: Motherland

Once again, a new book saves the day for me. Earlier today I went into Tech Services and saw that the newest Brian K. Vaughan Y the Last Man book had been processed and was ready to go out. So I snagged it and immediately began reading it.

These books are engrossing and bring me into a whole 'nother world that I hope I never have to live in...one where there are no men! Haha. Well, the premise of the books is that all the men on earth have been exterminated via a plague...or have they?

If you like edgy graphic novels, take a look at this series. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

The week I was on vacation, I read Cecil Castellucci's novel, Beige.

This one was a home run with me. I could not put it down. She really drew me into Katy's world...a 15 year old who has spent her entire life with her mom and ends up spending the summer with her dad, a punk rocker who is trying to make a comeback. It's set in L.A. and there are lots of references to bands that I know so that made it fun for me as well. In fact, each chapter is the title of a different song and the band who performs it.

Even if you're not into music, you will still like this book. And if you don't like novels, check out Cecil's new graphic novel, The Plain Janes which I also just got into the Teen Zone!