Janice H.

Skuldduggery Pleasant

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Derek Landy

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an involved story, him turning into a skeleton... but he was once a person - a magical person. Stephanie is immediately thrust into a world of magic that exists within hers and she's in up to her neck - luckily Skulduggery is a detective & ready to help out. Because they need to figure out what's going on, how to save the world, why Stephanie is in danger, and if an ancient relic exists and how it relates to all of this. Get ready for quite a ride!

Janice, Youth Services

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Yoga Journal (Magazine)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm not normally an avid magazine reader but lately I have been enjoying reading Yoga Journal. In the February 2008 issue, there is a list of "10 tools for creating your happiest life". And who couldn't use some tips on this?

Before the list, there is a brief explanation of the list and why you might need it. Beginning with:

"There are times when you know just what to do, and life seems to rise up and support you and your ideas. And then there are times when it is all a little murky, and you might feel a bit lost..."

Even if you're not into yoga, you may be able to appreciate this list and some of the other suggestions in other issues of YJ.

If you are a yoga lover (or new to yoga), there are always great tips for getting more out of your yoga practice.

Janice, Youth Services

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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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Solomon vs. Lord (audiobook)

Monday, January 28, 2008
Paul Levine

I am in the midst of listening to Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine which I dowloaded on my mp3 player. It's one that my husband and I both enjoyed listening to in the car on a long trip. There is a lot of humor that my husband enjoyed (and I rolled my eyes at or groaned at but still was entertained).

Here's the description listed:

She’s old-money Miami. He’s barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail—or, worse, in bed.

If you have an mp3 player (that's not an iPod) and you haven't dowloaded an audiobook yet - try it! It was easy to do!

Janice, Youth Services

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Shark Girl

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Kelly Bingham

A story about a 15 year old girl (and very talented artist) that has her right arm amputated after a random shark accident. How will she get past this horrible tragedy? And if she can learn to move on forward with her life, will she ever be able to do the things she loves like cook and draw? How can she manage to stay friends with people that talk about regular things like boys and makeup when she is grieving the loss of her right arm?

A good "life" book - lots of great lines to quote. Written mainly in verse, it's a quick read. Great read for teens and adults (although some adults may find it a little whiny).

Janice, Youth Services

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