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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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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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