Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Jillian Cantor’s Blog - http://jilliancantor.blogspot.com/
Mrs. Magoo Reads - http://www.mrsmagooreads.com/
Simply Books - http://wwwsimplymegan.blogspot.com/
The Complusive Reader - http://thecompulsivereader.blogspot.com/
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
MAKE LEMONADE, TRUE BELIEVER, and THIS FULL HOUSE (trilogy) by Virginia Euwer Wolff
WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW by Sonya Sones
WHAT MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN'T KNOW by Sonya Sones
ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones
STOP PRETENDING by Sonya Sones
FOREIGN EXCHANGE by Mel Glenn
JUMP BALL by Mel Glenn
WHO KILLED MR. CHIPPENDALE by Mel Glenn
SPLIT IMAGE by Mel Glenn
LOOSE THREADS by Lorie Ann Grover
WITH THEIR EYES ed. by Annie Thoms
LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech
HEARTBEAT by Sharon Creech
SOLD by Patricia McCromick
HARD HIT by Ann Turner
BORIS by Cynthia Rylant
42 MILES by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CRANK by Ellen Hopkins
GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
BURNED by Ellen Hopkins
IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins
IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins
THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY by Lisa Ann Sandell
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Release date May 12, 1009
I really got a kick out of GENERATION DEAD. Waters puts a great twist on the typical zombie, horror story. Terrific stuff!
Summary courtesy of Barnes & Noble:
"The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.
"Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Tasha posts reviews on a regular basis. Her reviews give me some great ideas for the girls who love to read.
Guys Lit Wire is the best place I've found for up-to-date stuff for the guys in my classroom.
The Longstockings crew runs the first blog I started to follow. I've enjoyed reading many of their books, and they post some fascinating things books and beyond.
Jen Wardrip just doesn't know the meaning of "I've too busy." She manages the wonderful http://www.teensreadtoo.com/ and has recently started Authors Unleashed to highlight her author interviews.
My students are enjoying THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR, so I wanted to send some business Michael's way. Please stop by and take a peek at what he has in the works.
Jennifer is a teen librarian. I'm familiar with her reviews from Teensreadtoo.com.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Jr. Volunteer Club in my school has created a unique way to celebrate OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP. They are collecting new and gently used books for kids and teens. On April 16, they are dropping them at the local foodbank. Anyone stopping by the foodbank for temporary assistance will have a chance to pick up, not only food, but also a book or two for their kids.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
IF I STAY by Gayle Foreman has been popping up on blogger lists everywhere. The cover caught my eye, and descriptions of the book are also intriguing.
Summary courtesy of Barnes & Noble:
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make-and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Release date is April 2, so there's not long to wait.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
TOUCH is the story of trauma and its ability to manipulate the truth. Maisie has three very good friends - Shakes, Chris, and Kevin. They've been friends since preschool, and even though this friendship between one girl and three guys may seem strange to some, it totally works for them. That is it works until the year Maisie goes to live with her mom and stepdad.
After a bitter divorce that started with Maisie's mother leaving her husband to find a different life, Maisie has lived with her dad and Joan, his new wife. Uncomfortable with her stepmother, Maisie decides to spend her 8th grade year living with her mother in Wisconsin. As with many such experiments, Maisie learns the grass is not always greener on the other side, and she returns to live with her father when the school year is over.
Things would probably have just gone back to normal, except while living in Wisconsin, Maisie has blossomed as a young woman. She returns feeling the same but looking a bit different. She has boobs. Her three childhood friends have changed a bit as well. They now have a young man's appreciation for things like boobs. Although they try to resume their friendship as before, it is strained at best.
Maisie and Shakes have always had a special bond. When school starts in the fall, they find themselves boarding the bus first. As the only two people riding for a good twenty minutes, they head to the back seat. Amazingly, they are able to remain seated there even when the seniors climb aboard. As the weeks pass, Maisie and Shakes stumble across a way to pass the time before the other students are picked up. It begins with experimental kissing and soon turns into twenty minute make out sessions. They are very careful to time their groping to end just before others begin to board the bus, but one day they are caught. It is quite a shock for everyone, but especially for Chris and Kevin who never thought about Maisie as girl friend material.
Once the secret is out, the friendship takes a turn that shocks the entire school community. Maisie has become the subject of cruel gossip and speculation because she seems to have allowed the three boys to stray beyond the bounds of decency. What really happened in the backseat of the bus? Can Maisie really remember things objectively, and can her life ever return to normal?
Francine Prose takes readers into the mind of a confused young girl. Maisie is trying to justify her actions and the decisions that led to those actions. She battles her angry feelings toward her friends, her parents and stepparents, her fellow classmates, and herself. Coping with trauma and moving on are the central issues of TOUCH. Teens will no doubt see a bit of themselves and also their peers when they read about Maisie's ordeal.