Cleopatra's Moon

Friday, January 13, 2012
Vicky Alvear Shecter
Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra’s Moon was an interesting historical fiction book geared for teens.   The book followed Cleopatra’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene while she was a teen.  I enjoyed reading about the era, customs, and people of that period in time.  I recommend for teens who do not normally enjoy historical fiction as it was fast-paced and very interesting.   Check our catalog.

Janice, Youth Services

Soul Surfer (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Soul Surfer (DVD)

A VERY nice family movie, actually based on a true story, so well done. The Soul Surfer is about a young girl that had her arm bitten off by a shark--a great portrait of family life in Hawaii and how the family coped with the devastating accident and over came everything.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Shadow Children series

Friday, December 2, 2011
Margaret Paterson Haddix
Among the Hidden

The Shadow Children series is extremely thought provoking.  You'll want to read this with someone so you can discuss it.  Droughts have come and as a solution the government has forbidden more than two children per family.  Each book is narrated by a different third child so you gain perspective and viewpoints from their experience.  Resisting government, questioning policies, quality of life, trust, being submissive, food distribution and allocation, the discussion topics are endless.  Check our catalog for the series  or Check our catalog for Among the Hidden, the first book

Cindy A., Circ

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Monday, October 31, 2011
Justin Somper
Demons of the Ocean

This is a fun read! Twins are lost at sea after the death of their lightkeeper father.  They are each rescued by different ships.  Conner, by pirates that take him in and make him one of their own.  Grace, by the pirate ship that is crewed by vampires.  She is befirended and protected by the Captain and the midshipman.  Throughout the story is the sea shanty their father sang to them as a lullaby-all about the vampirates.  I can't wait to read about the adventures these twins will have in the rest of the series.  Very addictive.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

The Skin I'm In

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Sharron G. Flake

This book is a must read for anyone of any age (well, 5th grade and up). All of us have been teased for being "different" at one point in our lives. This book brings home the message of struggle with security and self- assurance. The story takes place in an inner city school. Seventh-grader Maleeka Madison is constantly being teased by her classmates for being "too black" , "too smart" and her unstylish clothes. She is forced into friendships with a clique of troubled girls who use her for completing homework for them. They "accept" her into their group but Maleeka is forced to do things she does not want to do, like skipping class and smoking. A new teach named Miss Saunders who appears to be rich and self-assured, comes in to Maleeka's school and gives a lot of attention to Maleeka. Attention Maleeka does not want. Miss Saunders has a white birthmark across her black skin, and is prone to getting into kids' faces about both their behavior and their academic potential. This different looking teacher tries to convey a message to Maleeka that she should be proud of who she is and encourages her in her school work. This story examines the importance being true to who you are and difficulties a person has to endure to accomplish this. The reality is that social standing is the most important thing to many young people. When you do not have it, your life can be very difficult. Anyone who reads this book will appreciate the honesty of Maleeka's situation. The message is so powerful and in the end, uplifting.

Barb C, Youth Services

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Carl Hiaasen
I read this aloud to my boys. I was a little hesitant at first at it seemed too mature to me, but they insisted we continue. This is a great book for adolescents and adults. It's a great story about a family trying to protect a basin of the Florida Keys that is being polluted. The story is told with great humor. I loved the family dynamics.
Cindy A. Circulation

The Book Thief

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Markus Zusak

This book is located in the Young Adult or Teen Room in the Library and the author says he wrote it for 9th graders and up but it will fascinate any adult reader-so don't be put off by the Y label. Death narrates this story set in World War 2 Germany where Liesel steals her first book at age 12 before she can even read it. Her Foster father reads it to her to calm her down and begins to teach her to read. Liesel continues to acquire or steal books that help her through some very hard times. I highly recommend this book-it brought back memories of first reading Anne Frank's diary.

Jan K., Youth Services

The Wizard Heir

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Cinda William Chima
The Wizard Heir
I enjoyed The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima even more than the first book in the series, The Warrior Heir. I appreciate that the teenaged characters who are gifted (warriors, sorcerers, wizards, etc.) are guided by responsible, involved adults. The stories are engaging and the world created is complete. Friendship, heroism, and courage are all played out in the present day with an old age magic shaping their lives. I would recommend this series to any young teen.

Cindy A., Circulation



The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Michael Scott

Some people may have first heard of Nicholas Flamel in Harry Potter & the Sorcerers’ Stone, but Flamel is an actual person who was rumored to be a successful alchemist in the late 1300’s.   Flamel’s house still stands in Paris (the oldest stone house in the city – the book has a photo of the house!)

Author Michael Scott uses a gigantic canvas for this riveting fantasy. The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California. At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. They are spoken of in a prophecy appearing in the ancient Book of Abraham the Mage, all but two pages of which have been stolen by evil John Dee, alchemist and magician. The pursuit of the twins and Flamel by Dee and his allies to get the missing pages constitutes the book's central plot. Amid all this exhilarating action, Scott keeps his sights on the small details of character and dialogue and provides evocative descriptions of people, mythical beings, and places. He uses as his starting point the figures of the historical alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife, who have found the secret of immortality, along with mythical beings, including the terrifying Scottish crow-goddess, the Morrigan; the three-faced Greek Hekate; the powerful Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet; and Scathach, a legendary Irish woman warrior and vegetarian vampire. While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias of mythology and alchemy, those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read – Look for book 2!

Diane, Administration

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I am the Messenger

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Markus Zusak

Sometimes, books are so wonderful they deserve to be read twice. I am the Messenger is one of those special books. Without a doubt, it is one of my all time favorites and I will never tire of rereading it. Ed Kennedy is not special in any way. He has no talents. He has no girlfriend. The only thing he has is a smelly, coffee drinking dog named The Doorman. When Ed spontaneously stops a bank robbery, his life abruptly changes. Suddenly, he is receiving playing cards in the mail with clues that Ed needs to riddle out all alone. The clues lead him to different missions around his neighborhood that redefine how Ed views himself.


The different messages Ed delivers are thrilling and often beautiful. At the end of the novel, it becomes clear that Ed isn’t just the messenger…he is also the message.

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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