Teen

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Gail Giles

Sunny describes her mom as “too depressed to take antidepressants” and it is Sunny’s job to take care of pretty much everything. And Sunny is managing. Until the day the letter arrives – the letter from Sunny’s sister Jazz. The sister who died in a fire. Dead girls don’t write letters. Then the girl arrives claiming to be Jazz… Just what is happening?

Holly, Youth Services

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A Northern Light (Book & Book on CD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jennifer Donnelly

Think about what it means to make a promise...

It’s 1906 in up state New York.Mattie made a promise to her dying mother – to stay on the farm, helping her father raising her younger siblings.But Mattie wants to go to college.She has a way with words and a scholarship waiting.To help make ends meet, Mattie takes a job at one of the summer resorts.Here she makes another promise- to burn some letters for a guest.But before she does, the guest ends up dead.Does one have to keep a promise to a dead person?Even when it means giving up one’s dreams of college?Or when the letters could help solve the mystery surrounding a death?

Holly, Youth Services

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Peak

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Roland Smith

The story of a fourteen year old boy who attempts to not only make the journey up Mount Everest, but be the youngest person to reach the top. As he makes this journey, he also learns more about his father, who he has never really gotten the chance to know. One of my favorite teen books of 2007.

A great adventure book - especially for teen boys!

Janice, Youth Services

 

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Kate Brian

I got hooked on this book from the first couple of paragraphs that I read as part of the Online Book Club (Teen one). Each day I received a few paragraphs in my e-mail for a few days - finally I could take it no longer and checked the book out so I could find out what else happens and how it ends!

A romantic comedy - A great book for teen girls and "reluctant reader" teen girls! Summer is dwindling down and Megan Meade's parents tell her that they've decided to spend the following year over seas. Megan is shocked - there were so many things she was looking forward to this coming year - including the potential to be captain for some sports teams. Arrangements are made so that Megan can stay with a family in Boston - it will be a different than where she is now but at least it won't be another country. When she arrives she is shocked that her host family has seven sons. Will she ever be able to survive with all these boys?! She is even more amazed when she begins falling for one of them. I did laugh out loud at a few parts - a very enjoyable read.

Janice, Youth Services

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The Education of Little Tree (Book and DVD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Forrest Carter
The Education of Little Tree

This story tells a tale both harrowing and enlightening about American Indian children taken from their parents and brought up to conform to the
customs of  "the white man." The author is a descendant and his story is that of his grandfather. This is a brilliant read and must watch movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Evil Genius

Monday, January 28, 2008
Catherine Jinks

Here's the description from amazon (which is better than a description I could come up with!):

"Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he's fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, misinformation, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he's a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies for the first time. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?"

I really liked it. Definitely has boy appeal.

Janice, Youth Services

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The Book Thief

Monday, January 28, 2008
Markus Zusak

When I started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I couldn’t help but feel that no matter the specifics, all of the characters were ultimately doomed.Add it up:Germans, Jews, early 1940’s.It’s even narrated by Death itself.It couldn’t really end any other way.As hard as it was to read at times, this book is something truly special.As Death states on the final page:“I wanted to explain that I’m constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race – that rarely do I ever simply estimate it.I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Kathleen M., Administration

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Twilight

Monday, January 28, 2008
Stephenie Meyer

So, like a good vampire story?
Not of the horror variety, but a good vampire romance?

Bella moves from sunny and hot Phoenix and her mother to overcast and damp Forks, WA and her father. She leaves behind a large school where she is lost in the crowd for a smaller town where her father is the chief of Police. Suddenly Bella finds herself drawing the attention of other students, especially mysterious Edward. And then there is Jacob. Little does Bella know just how much her life is about to change. These books will grab you and not let you go. Stephenie Meyer has created a world of the supernatural in Forks, WA in the Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse). Warning- you need to read them in order! And there are more books planned.

Holly, Youth Services

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Holding Up the Earth

Monday, January 28, 2008

I was raised in a home that my parents built when I was 5 years old.So I know the history of the house.I currently live in a home built in 1927 and I often wonder about the history of the house. I know a little of the history through the original deed I was given when we purchased the house.For instance, the property was originally owned by one of the McPherson brothers of Howell.Technically I live in the McPherson subdivision in Lansing.But what I really wonder about is the people who lived there before us and what their lives where like.I want that personal glimpse into the past….

When Hope was 8 years old, her mother was killed in a car accident.Hope, now 14, has bounced around from foster home to foster home.Sarah, her current foster mom is different than the others.But Hope has long given up on the thought of adoption.Sarah and Hope travel from Minneapolis one summer to Nebraska and the farm where Sarah was raised.While there, Anna, Sarah’s mother, shares the history of four generations of young women who have lived on the farm.Through letters, Hope learns of Abigail’s struggles in 1869-1870 when the property was homesteaded. Rebecca’s diary tells of her time as the hired girl in the summer of 1900.Anna tells her own story of June1936.And finally, Sarah shares her own diary of 1963 with Hope.Will the farm capture Hope’s heart as it did those before her?

 

The reviewer in Horn Book said it best:

“The stories of five teenaged girls – separated by decades, but joined by their love of a Nebraska farm- are pieced together like a patchwork quilt in this first novel…A carefully structured work full of recurring connections and patterns, peopled with strong female characters.”

Holly, Youth Services

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Monday, January 28, 2008

Children’s librarians and lovers of children’s books eagerly await the annual announcement of the Caldecott winner.The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.The 2008 winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret.As I’m constantly telling people, you are never too old to enjoy a good picture book and this year’s winner holds true.What is different is that The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not your typical picture book.The American Library Association’s web site describes it best…

From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.

Regardless of your age, spend some time with Hugo; let yourself be drawn into the story and drawings- savor the magic.Better yet, share it with someone.I’ll be watching for more from Brian Selznick and others in this new picture book form.

Holly, Youth Services

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