Friday, July 29, 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

Thursday, July 7, 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

Thursday, June 30, 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

Thursday, August 12, 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

Thursday, July 29, 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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Katy's New World

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Books about the Amish and Mennonites are always interesting.   In this one Katy, a 14 year old Mennonite girl, is given permission to attend the public high school. She is given all kinds of rules  by her church leaders and her single parent father.  Katy struggles with wanting to learn and also fit in with some of her classmates.  The reader really gets  a feel for the kind of life the Mennonites live.   It is a young adult book but also of interest to adults and probably good 4th and 5th readers.

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is exactly what its name suggests; a fun, unusual and memorable novel. The entire book is a compilation of letters written by a boy who uses a false identity. As a reader, the recipient of the letters is never revealed, but Charlie’s life is captured quite poetically and comically in his many letters.


Unlike many teenage boys, Charlie is quiet, contemplative and unusually intelligent. His English teacher, who insists that Charlie call him Bill, becomes one of Charlie’s best friends. He urges Charlie to stop being a wallflower and just observing his own life. He inspires Charlie to actually participate.


This novel is entirely uplifting and joyful. Charlie’s letters could convey emotions in his life better than anything I have ever read, and inspired me to fully participate in my own.

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Thursday, July 15, 2010
John Feinstein

We listened to this on a looong drive across Utah.  My husband, who generally doesn’t care for audiobooks actually told our 4-year-old daughter, (normally Daddy’s darling), to be quiet because he was listening to the story!  And now she knows who Coach K, while our son says “ABD – anybody BUT Duke.”

Grade 6-10 - This action-packed mystery is set at the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament. Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring journalists and winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association 14-and-under writing contest. Their prize is a trip, with press credentials and reporting responsibilities, to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, they overhear a blackmail threat leveled at Minnesota State University's star player. Threatened with a falsified transcript that would disqualify him and his team, Chip Graber is pressured to deliberately lose the final game against Duke. Stevie and Susan Carol become resourceful sleuths determined to save Chip and to expose the scandal. Throughout the story, famous basketball personalities make memorable guest appearances, including spirited sports analyst Tony Kornheiser and irrepressible commentator Dick Vitale. References to real players and coaches mingle, almost eerily, with the fictitious characters. Feinstein shares his extensive sports expertise, smoothly weaving into the tale a wealth of background information about NCAA regulations, tournament traditions, recruitment and eligibility issues, and gambling. Although the action on the court is vividly described, this story also breaks new ground for teens, focusing primarily on the influential role of media in promoting college basketball. Readers will enjoy the rivalry and chemistry between outspoken but insecure Stevie and savvy-beyond-her-years Susan Carol, and their spunky determination to get the scoop. Mystery fans will find enough suspense in this fast-paced narrative to keep them hooked.

Diane M., Administration

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Fat Cat

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Robin Brande

A high school junior decides her science experiment will be to live as early hominins did - no technology (cars, cell phones, etc.) and eating mainly fruites, veggies, nuts, etc.  Quite a challenge for a teen addicted to caffeine and junk food, but this science geek is determined to outshine her rival.  A fastpaced, interesting read.

Janice, Youth Services

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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Charity Tahmaseb

A fun chick-lit for teen girls...
Two girls (self-proclaimed as geeks), decide to try-out for the high school cheerleading squad and throw the school's social hierarchy a little haywire. They had no idea cheering & carrying pom-poms would cause such an upset among the geeks and the jocks. A fun and entertaining story.

Janice, Youth Services

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