Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
By Julie Tatham
Grosset and Dunlap INC.
First I have to say "Oh me oh my." (Are you kidding me?) And, what a waste of time. No joke, that ANYONE read these books... for entertainment is a joke. And that's my humble opinion take it or leave it. Cruel that we pass these around class really. Cruel.
Cheery is a nurse who does the work of three nurses. She has a lovely little starched uniform and makes sure her patients get all of the TLC they need. (gag me.) For some reason when someone says "EMERGENCY" followed by "I'm a doctor" she jumps in a car only to discover she's being kidnapped. Nobody will believe poor little silly pretty headed Cherry! The best part is that she considers not going to the police because "the man was a doctor and doctors are amazing men that should be worshiped." I swear it said something like that... or at least implied it.
Warnings: extreme stupidity and brainwashing. I'm no feminist but here's where I draw the line. Sorry.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing Division NY 2004
by E. Lockhart
Disney Hyperion books NY 2008
Friday, December 4, 2009
Penguine Group Inc. NY
Seeing Redd, the second in The Looking Glass Wars now trilogy is the story of Redd's (her impuriel vicousness) tryrany on earth and her return to Wonder Land to defeat her niece Alyss, queen of Wondtropolis. Beddor once again presents a fantasy world highly entertaining.
I had a hard time reading the first half of the book but once I got to the second there was enough going on that I really enjoyed it. The first book was so different than anythign i'd ever read that I was expecting the second to be just as different, it was similar to the first and the plot a little predictable but still a very entertaining read.
Squeal: Arch Enemy
WARNINGS: Drugs, murder
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
By Angea Johnson
Simon and Schuster, Inc.
New York, NY 2003
"I've been thinking about it. Everything. And when feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there's change. And i figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing the beginning and innocent in the end. Then everyone could end their lives on their momma or daddy's stomache in a warm room, wating for the soft morning light."
I usually have issues with books or movies that glorify teenage pregnancy and encourage YA to keep an infant when they cannot provide a mother and a father for them. Having said that I confess I really liked this book. Sometimes I think when parents are put in this situation- a pregnant daughter or a son who fathered a child they forget that it is possible that their child could love the individual even though they're young. I was amazed at how much Booby loved Nia. He really loved her. Even if he kept the little girl selfishly, to keep a part of Nia for himself, he really loved his girlfriend and daughter.Warnings: Sex, language
Thursday, November 26, 2009
By: Nancy Werlin
Miranda. Glass shattered everywhere, her mother's bloody nose, Gray Spencer running away, her dress ruined. The beginning of the end for a family haunted by a Fairy Curse.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life Ender. The best you can do is choose to fill the roles given you by good people, by people who love you."
By Orson Scott Card
"I am not a happy man Ender. Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely
asks us to be brilliant on its behalf."
Young Adult Science Fiction
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC NY, NY 1977
"I can see you find my mysticism distasteful. I assure you that your distaste only reveals your ignorance. Soon enough Ender Wiggin will also know what I know; he will dance the graceful ghost dance through the stars, and whatever greatness there is within him will be unlocked, revealed, set forth before the universe for all to see. "
"Of course we tricked you into it. That's the whole point.. It's the bind we were in. We had to have a commander with so much empathy that he would think like buggers, understand them and anticipate them. So much compassion that he could win the love of his underlings and work wiht them like a perfect machine, as perfect as the buggers. But somebody with that much compassion could never be the killer we needed. Could never go into battle willing to win at all costs. If you knew, you couldn't do it. If you were the kind of person who would do it even if you knew, you could never have understood the buggers well enough."
WARNINGS: Language, Murder... disturbing child manipulation
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about WarEdited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
Candlewick Press Massachusetts 2008
WARNINGS: Strong language, death, rape, murder, torture
THE CANDY SHOP WAR
By Brandon Mull
Shadow Mountain Publishing Sep 11, 2007
Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.
"The mata gente. 'The people killer.' An ordinary freight train. And the only way North without paying a peso."
This book was an interesting quick read. I liked the Spanish in it, just enough to learn and feel like you were a part of their culture without being irritated that you were ignorant of the meaning. Miguel's character seemed a little selfish at times but I thought it was a realistic portrayal of a teenage boy and his younger sister.
WARNINGS: talk of rape, murder
By ally carter
hyperion Books for Children 2006
Cammie is a Sophomore at Gallagher Girl's Academy. Her mother is the headmistress. The tiny town the school is in thinks its a prep school for snotty little rich girls. How wrong they are. But the prejudice runs deep and leads Cammie on a wild ride to discover what she really wants to be... the secret agent chameleon? Or a normal teen with a more than normal boyfriend?
Chris Crutcher writes books that connect young teenage boys to the world of liturature. He writes about real life things that teenagers go through and talk about. Some of his books are a little bit edgy because... so is some of growing up.
I enjoyed reading this book. My little brothers play football so I struggled with realizing that any of them could be goingthrough the exact same things as Louie Banks in a story. I think these books are not only good for YA's but also for parents. To remember what it was like to be a teenager and realize that they do go through things and can make their own decisions.
WARNINGS FOR RUNNING LOOSE: Language, Racism, Sexual content
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By Jay Asher
Penguin Group Publishing
Hudson Street NY 2007
Clay Jensen told his mother it was a school project.
It did have to do with school... it was a project... and it would
change his life forever. Lucky number nine, the one not like any of
the others and still he'd blame himself. For not seeing, for not knowing,
for not turning back and putting a stop to that snowball rolling down into
Hannah Baker was new in town. She thought she
could make a new life for herself there. Decide what others
thought of her, be different than before. Then she saw her name
on a list. A list she felt gave others permission that started it all.
WARNINGS: Sex, suicide, rape
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Random House Children's Books INC NY 2000
(This is my own beloved copy!)
WARNINGS: None other than a society with creepy ideals.
After the First Death
Random House inc.
Robert Cormier is brilliant. This book is a total trip. It really makes you think about how your contry is viewed by other Nations and what is actually right in situations. I made my Mom read it too.
Robert Cormier(Robert Edmund Cormier)
(1925 - 2000)
WARNINGS: MURDER, TERRORISM, HOSTAGE SITUATIONS, SEXUAL CONTENT, LANGUAGE, INSANITY... everything...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
City of Glass
By Cassandra Clare
Margaret K McElderry Books NY
Sunday, October 11, 2009
By Mel Glenn
A division of Penguin Books USA Inc. New York, New York
"Mel Glenn is an award-winning poet and author of twelve books, including Jump Ball(Dutton 1997) and Split Image (HarperCollins 2000). Mel, born in Switzerland,,was raised in Brooklyn. After graduating college, he spent two years in the Peace Corps, (Sierra Leone), and then returned home to teach junior and senior high school in Brooklyn for 34 years. Mel retired in 2001 and now spends his time writing and appearing at schools, libraries and conferences. He and his wife, Elyse, also a retired teacher, have two sons, Jonathan a writer, and drew, a software engineer. Mel's website is http://www.melglenn.com/Summary:
WARNINGS: Weapons, violence, sex, drugs
Sunday, October 4, 2009
By Frank Beddor
The world is familiar to even those of us only familiar with Disney’s version. But only just. And frankly this is just fine. No…better than “fine”."
-By Caleb Gerard
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
-The unlikely martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
By Misty Bernall
First pocket Books printing Sept 2000 NY
"it is easy to die for Christ.
It's Hard to live for him.
Dying takes only an hour or two,
but to live for Christ
means to die daily.
Only during the few years of this life
are we given the privilege of serving
each other and Christ....
We shall have heaven forever,
but only a short time for service here,
we must not waste the opportunity."
-Sadhu Sundar Singh
Jeff Kinney's brilliant graphic novel is about a boy named Gregg and his quest to become the most popular kid in school while not being infected by the cheese touch! It's a laugh out loud book that has kids everywhere soaking his books up like sponges. The characters and drawing are fantastic and the plot is something every person who's ever been to middle school can relate to.
Stuck in Neutral
by Terry Trueman
"My name is Shawn McDaniel. I'm 14 years old.
I think my father is planning on killing me."
Scholastic INC NY 2002
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Scholastic books inc
Laurie Halse Anderson does a fantastic job telling her story- her coping mechanisms, her day to day, her dark sense of humor, her peers, school, parents and silent existence hiding from the world.
"Its easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say."
Laurie Halse Anderson
Aspiring writers are often told to follow their dreams.
To tap into the interesting stuff, the dark blood of your heart, the hidden well, you must take another path.
Follow your nightmares.
My young adult novel, Speak, was born out of terror. I woke one night, in the winter of 1996, to the sound of a girl sobbing. I leaped out of bed and dashed down the hall to check on my two daughters. Sound asleep, both of them, no tears on their pillows. They were fine.
But I could still hear a girl crying, hysterical. She was in my head. It was a nightmare.
Continue reading at : http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/spring00/anderson.html
This was one of those books you pick up and don't set it down until you've turned the last page and sat contemplating the effects of the novel for at least a half hour before returning to life. I really enjoyed the writing style... the morbid humor. I wanted to scream and fight for Melinda, slap her parents in the face and get this poor girl some therapy. But that's not always the way it works, some people fight the battles all alone. Very good, although do something fun after because its totally depressing to read.
WARNINGS FOR SPEAK: Rape