Tween Tuesdays (20) The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter

Tuesday March 1, 2010

Tween Tuesdays is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!









The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter
by Kristen Tracy
January 11, 2011
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: After an unfortunate incident at the hair salon, Bessica is not allowed to see her best friend, Sylvie. That means she's going to start middle school a-l-o-n-e. Bessica feels like such a loser. She wants friends. She's just not sure how to make them.

It doesn't help that her beloved grandma is off on some crazy road trip and has zero time to listen to Bessica. Or that Bessica has a ton of homework. Or that gorgeous Noll Beck thinks she's just a kid. Or that there are some serious psycho-bullies in her classes. Bessica doesn't care about being popular. She just wants to survive—and look cute. Is that too much to ask when you're eleven?


Pontifications... Bessica is named after Bessica Raiche, "the first American woman to intentionally pilot a solo flight." She is an ambitious young lady who like many 5th graders heading into the 6th grade, is eager to make changes and reinvent herself as she enters  the magical place we call middle school (okay that is a slight exaggeration :)

Bessica handles the normal middle school obstacles of bullies, elusive locker combos and cheerleader tryouts despite the absence of her best friend and her vacationing grandma.  The typical embarrassments ensue with boys and such, which of course produce a gaggle of laughs.

Bessica might annoy older readers but her voice will speak to tween girls who feel her pain. I also really liked that her grandma knows her way around technology...typically older generations are  portrayed as inept in that area so that was a bit refreshing.

A likable book that should fly well with the girly girls!

Spreading the Love (4)

Monday February 28, 2011

Are you a book blogger? Want me to send you a review book? Read on!

For a full explanation of  Book Bloggers Spreading the Love go HERE

As we all know one of the many benefits of being an active book blogger who has been around awhile is receiving books for review from authors and publishers. Face it, its pretty awesome! For the most part when I finish reviewing a book I always donate them to my school library but I always have a few on hand that aren't appropriate for a middle school library or perhaps I already have a few copies and don't necessarily need another one. Sometimes I donate them to other schools in my district but I've always wanted to pass them on to other reviewers...
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Up for grabs this week......

Angelfire
by Courtney Allison Moulton
February 15th 2011
HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books 
Goodreads summary: This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

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In My Mailbox (59)

Sunday February 27, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

Sorry for the absence this week. Lots of snow days and being sick...yuck! Despite the snow the mailman still got here and this is what she brought me :)


Father of Lies
by Ann Turner
February 8th 2011 
HarperTeen
Goodreads summary: 
  Truth or Lies?


Lidda knew, with a clarity that was like a candle in a dark room, that all had changed; something was loosed in the village—Devil or not—and they would pay for it, every last man, woman, and child.

Fourteen-year-old Lidda has always known she was different. She longs to escape Salem Village and its stifling rules—to be free to dance, to sing, to live as she chooses. But when a plague of accusations descends on the village and witch fever erupts, L idda begins to realize that she feels and sees things that others can't, or won't. But how will she expose the truth without being hung as a witch herself?

Gripping and emotional, Ann Turner's retelling of the Salem witch trials captures one girl's brave soul-searching amidst a backdrop of fear and blame.


Miles from Ordinary
by Carol Lynch Williams
March 15th 2011
St. Martin's Griffin
Goodreads summary: Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control.... 

“No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.

 
Angelfire
by Courtney Allison Moulton
February 15th 2011
HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books 
Goodreads summary: This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.


The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter
by Kristen Tracy
January 11th 2011
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Goodreads summary: After an unfortunate incident at the hair salon, Bessica is not allowed to see her best friend, Sylvie. That means she's going to start middle school a-l-o-n-e. Bessica feels like such a loser. She wants friends. She's just not sure how to make them.

It doesn't help that her beloved grandma is off on some crazy road trip and has zero time to listen to Bessica. Or that Bessica has a ton of homework. Or that gorgeous Noll Beck thinks she's just a kid. Or that there are some serious psycho-bullies in her classes. Bessica doesn't care about being popular. She just wants to survive—and look cute. Is that too much to ask when you're eleven?
 

In My Mailbox (58)

Sunday February 20, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

 Sorry for the weird picture orientation...its been one of those days!





















Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalben
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Gossip From the Girls Room by Rose Cooper
Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam




















The Storm Before Atlanta by Karen Schwabach
True (Sort of...) by Katherine Hannigan
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster


I bought a bunch of books this week too including Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting which was AWESOME. I'm so excited to here the news that there will be more books in that series!!


I also bought the next book in the 13 to Life series: Secrets and Shadows :)

Cool Non-Fiction Reads

Friday February 18, 2011

Flesh & Blood So Cheap
The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
by Albert Martin
February 8, 2011
Random House Children's Books
Goodreads Summary: On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames.  The factory was crowded.  The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside.  One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time.  It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life.  It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet.  It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster.  And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.

With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America's defining tragedies.

My thoughts....I read this one the day it came in the mail. I have heard about this disastrous fire but only bits and pieces. It seems that we always here about the horror stories of similar things happening in third world country sweatshops but rarely about the similar events that have happened right here in the United States.

The author takes a well-rounded approach by first providing detailed information on specific groups of immigrants that traveled from around the world to America for better opportunities in life. Although the opportunity was there, the road to security and happiness was paved with hardship and loss. One of the most startling statistics that I read was that in 1911 (100 years ago!) about 1,000 people died every WEEK due to work related injuries...isn't that crazy! That is compared to the average of about 97 people who died due to work related injuries and illness in 2008. 

The book provides real life stories and details of the people who were there and who died in the fire, making the story feel personalized and real. Reading the details about what people saw and experienced really had an impact on the whole event. It was especially sad that so many children were involved. 

After the fire some people took a stand and demanded that things change. The book provides information on these people and the steps they took to get the ball rolling. The formation of unions and worker advocates is very interesting and thought provoking. 

I really enjoyed this book. I think it is well written and it is has the perfect combination of truthful facts and personal stories to make it interesting as well as informational.

Amelia Lost:
The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming
February 8, 2011
Random House Children's Books
Goodreads Summary: From the acclaimed author of The Great and Only Barnum—as well as The Lincolns, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin's Almanac—comes the thrilling story of America's most celebrated flyer, Amelia Earhart. In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. With incredible photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself—plus informative sidebars tackling everything from the history of flight to what Amelia liked to eat while flying (tomato soup)—this unique nonfiction title is tailor-made for middle graders.

My Thoughts...An enjoyable read that alternates chapters between the search for Amelia and the story behind the myth, from her birth up to the day she departed on her historical flight. 

There is a lot of good biographical information here including all her accomplishments as well as details of her personal life. We all the know how her story ends but the details that led up to her fateful flight will give you an idea of who Amelia really was. The last few pages of this book actually had me tearing up as the author quotes not only her family and friends, but people around the world her mourned her loss. An excellent biography.

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Wednesday February 16, 2011



Waiting on Wednesday...books I can't wait to read hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine








Did you read Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia? If you haven't you should,it is REALLY good! The sequel is out soon and I can't wait to read it! I think it was one of the first angel books I read and if still holds up as one of the better ones :)


Lemniscate (Angel Star #2)
by Jennifer Murgia
March 21st 2011
Lands Atlantic Publishing, LLC
Goodreads summary: For Teagan, these last few months have been heaven on earth- especially now that Garreth, her boyfriend and guardian angel, is earthbound. But perhaps Garreth is becoming a little more human than either of them expected.
Now, Teagan must realize that her world is once again about to shift, as she questions the faith she held in others against those once considered enemies. 


In this continuation of Angel Star, Lemniscate will draw you even deeper into the world of dark and light as Teagan realizes the angel who could possibly save them all is the one angel she feared the most.



Book Bloggers Spreading the Love Valentine's Day Edition!

Monday February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day Blogger-hooligans! Instead of candy how about an a new-to-you ARC??? It won't show up on your hips a week later (maybe on your blog instead??? :)

For a full explanation of  Book Bloggers Spreading the Love go HERE

As we all know one of the many benefits of being an active book blogger who has been around awhile is receiving books for review from authors and publishers. Face it, its pretty awesome! For the most part when I finish reviewing a book I always donate them to my school library but I always have a few on hand that aren't appropriate for a middle school library or perhaps I already have a few copies and don't necessarily need another one. Sometimes I donate them to other schools in my district but I've always wanted to pass them on to other reviewers...
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Two up on the block again this week!

I've read this one and REALLY liked it...review from me soon to come :)

The Unidentified
by Rae Mariz
Goodreads summary: Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn't have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign




The Fourth Stall
by Chris Rylander
Goodreads summary: A Ferris Bueler...Bueler.....Bueler.... style comedy..
Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.
Or at least it was, until one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it's going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that's just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is that there's no one left to solve yours.


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In My Mailbox (57)

Sunday February 12, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.


Its middle grade review book week! Lots of great looking middle grade titles :) Title links go to Goodreads for book summaries and release dates!





















Junonia by Kevin Henkes
Dark Times: Emily the Strange by Rob Reger
Mission Unstoppable: The Genius Files by Dan Gutman
The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless by Allan Woodrow
Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant by Mark Jeffrey
Jeremy Bender vs. The Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper






















Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx by James Rollins
Scary School by Derek the Ghost
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden
The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein

My Latest Scholastic Favorites

Friday February 11, 2011

As a librarian I LOVE Scholastic....I love Scholastic Publishing, I love Scholastic Book Fairs, I love the Scholastic for teachers website where I can find a ton of great lesson plans and other resources. It's like Christmas and my birthday combined when I receive my Scholastic box of review books because pretty much every book they send me is AWESOME. 

Here are some of my favorites in the last few months that I haven't had a chance to blog about yet!


Where The Streets Had a Name
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Goodreads summary: Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of check points, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend Samy always manages to attract trouble. But luck is on the pair's side as they undertake the journey to Jerusalem from the Palestinian Territories when Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel. But while their journey may only be a few kilometers long, it could take a lifetime to complete. . . .

Humorous and heartfelt, WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME deals with the Israel-Palestinian conflict with sensitivity and grace and will open a window on this timely subject. 


I really enjoyed reading this story. Despite the somewhat heavy topic there is humor, friendship and genuine heartfelt moments. An excellent read that brings insight and realism to things we usually just see on the news.  



Words in the Dust
by Trent Reedy
Goodreads summary: In the tradition of SHABANU, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND and THE BREADWINNER, a beautiful debut about a daughter of Afghanistan discovering new friends and opportunities after the defeat of the Taliban. Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing. 

Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to the village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?




Saving Zasha
by Randi Barrow
Goodreads summary: In post WWII Russia, one boy dares to save an entire race of outlawed dogs -- the German shepherd! World War II has just ended when thirteen-year-old Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It's dangerous -- some say traitorous -- to own a German dog after Germany attacked Russia, so Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive. 

But Mikhail's rival, Katia, is determined to find the dog she is sure he's hiding. At the same time, a soldier named Dimitri is breeding a new Russian dog at a nearby farm. So many dogs were lost in combat, to starvation, and in the slaughter of German dogs that the country is in dire need of every kind of dog.


Dimitri, too, has suspicions of Zasha's existance, and would like nothing more than to add her to his breeding program. He'll have to compete with the armed dog thieves who are also on her trail.
Mikhail's inspiring journey to save his best friend, the last German shepherd in Russia, forces him to face some of life's hardest lessons about war, hate, forgiveness, hope, love, and man's best friend.

Season of Secrets
by Sally Nicholls
Goodreads summary: The next novel from Sally Nicholls, author of the critically acclaimed WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER. Molly and Hannah have just lost their mother, and while Dad "figures things out", they're sent to stay with their grandparents in a quiet country town. Everything is different: there are only ten kids in their entire school; they have to walk home by themselves every day; and a phone call from Dad just isn't the same as a hug. In fact, they're not even sure when, or if, their dad will be back for them. 

One night Hannah decides to run away, and Molly follows her out into the storm. Suddenly, Molly is surrounded by dogs and strange men on horseback, and they're all chasing a man in the road. Molly rushes to find someone to help him, but when she returns, he's nowhere to be seen. She finds him again the next day, and he's badly injured. As he heals, Molly befriends him and realizes that there's something magical about him. He can make a flower blossom in the palm of his hand; he can make a sapling grow in the dead of winter. Molly wants desperately to figure out who he is and just how much power he has. If he can make the trees come to life again, is there still hope for Molly's mother?

Saving Sky by Diane Stanley

February 9, 2011

Saving Sky
by Diane Stanley
September 2010
Harper Collins
Goodreads summary: The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do and horses to ride and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into her family's adobe house. Sky's schoolmates think she's a little weird.

Then a string of mysterious arrests begins, and her new friend, Kareem, becomes a target. Sky is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity. Summoning her considerable courage and ingenuity, she takes a stand against injustice. With humor, hope, and fierce determination, she proves that even a child can change the world.

Review: Set in an alternate present day United States where the president was killed in the September 11th attacks and terrorists have decimated our countries refineries, wiped out bridges and left US citizens scrambling for even the most basic of supplies, this is a story that will leave you pondering the "what ifs".

The thought of the continual threat of terrorist attack on US soil seems surreal and terrifying. I remember the continual coverage of the actual September 11th attacks being replayed over and over and that alone brought on feelings terror and near hysteria. All of this makes it easy to see why Sky and her family have moved to a remote ranch in New Mexico quietly secluded from the red-alert level terrorist attacks.

Unfortunately as the attacks escalate, the pressure to get the "bad guys" is pushing homeland security into even the most remote parts of the US. In a move reminiscent of the Japanese internment camps during World War II  the president orders all Middle Eastern detainees to be held until the end of the war. Sky's world is turned upside down when her friend and classmate Kareem is falsely arrested. She is determined to stand by her friend she knows is innocent. 

This is a powerful and timely read that clearly shows how fear and paranoia can get out of control. Sky is the ever present light and heart in this story with her faith and hope that love conquers all.  Never overly depressing or too cheesy, this story is a perfect cautionary tale for us all. Awesome classroom conversation starter!

Real Live Boyfriends by e. lockhart

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Real Live Boyfriends
by e. lockhart
December 28, 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyper-verbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,
Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,
Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,
Gideon shows up shirtless,
And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.

Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?
Will she ever understand boys?
Will she ever stop making lists?
(No to that last one.)

Roo has lost most of her friends. She's lost her true love, more than once. She's lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she's never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

Review: Angsty teen  melodramas can easily bore me to death and completely frustrate me with a lot of whining and apathetic behavior...luckily this isn't what we have here in this awesome title by teen fav author e. lockhart. 

This is the fourth title in the series that follows Ruby "Roo" Oliver in her journey of self-discovery along the always bumpy, never boring teenage years. Roo seems to have had it harder than most...and she has a shrink to prove it. Between the panic attacks and the boys who say one thing and do another, well its enough to drive a girl crazy. Lucky for her she still has a few good friends and maybe one real, live boyfriend...maybe.

I love character driven stories that have unique quirky characters that can make you laugh one minute and cry the next...Bingo! Roo's parents are frustratingly self-absorbed but loving at the same time. Her mother cracks me up as she bounces from focus to another...today an all raw food diet, tomorrow she's crazy about meatloaf and all things meaty. Why not? Let's just say her parents have a unique relationship that seems to work. Or does it? It seems one day Roo wakes up and her mom has taken a solo vacation to find herself and her dad can't get off the kitchen floor.

When problems arise with Noel, the boy that Roo thinks is her finally real, live boyfriend, she is worried things are falling apart. Why can't Noel just tell her whats wrong? In the meantime Roo reunites with an old friend and are those sparks she sees with another guy?

Loved it! So will anyone who loves your better-than-average chick-lit. Easy to relate to, unique and witty, you'll wish Roo was a real, live friend!

Monday February 7, 2011

Sorry this is late!!!!!!!!!1

For a full explanation of  Book Bloggers Spreading the Love go HERE

As we all know one of the many benefits of being an active book blogger who has been around awhile is receiving books for review from authors and publishers. Face it, its pretty awesome! For the most part when I finish reviewing a book I always donate them to my school library but I always have a few on hand that aren't appropriate for a middle school library or perhaps I already have a few copies and don't necessarily need another one. Sometimes I donate them to other schools in my district but I've always wanted to pass them on to other reviewers...
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Up for grabs this week....


I have two this week!

Vixen
by Jillian Larkin





















and

The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
Released January 11, 2011


















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In My Mailbox (56)

Sunday February 6, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.






For review...

The Water Wars
by Cameron Stracher
January 1, 2011
Sourcebooks Fire
Goodreads summary: Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for...
 Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget.

"Let us pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars is testament solely to his pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see the future. I was parched just reading it."-Laurie David, academy award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth, and author of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming.


 
I already have an ARC of Delirium (which I'm reading right now) but this week I received a glorious hardcover and I should have taken a picture of it because the actual cover is so much color than the pics on Goodreads or Amazon....
Delirium

by Lauren Oliver
February 1, 2011
HarperTeen
Goodreads summary: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love







Rhymes With Cupid
by Anna Humphrey
December 21, 2010
HarperTeen
Goodreads summary: Rhymes with Cupid is about a girl named Elyse who, after a terrible heartbreak last Valentine’s day, has sworn off dating as well as celebrating the February 14th holiday. Both things are a bit of a problem, though, since a) she works at a gift & stationery store, surrounded by tacky, sparkly cards and annoying singing Cupid dolls and b) she ends up meeting this guy named Patrick who works in the same mall and is her new neighbor and her driving instructor and is really cute and incredibly charming… which, you know, might be okay except for the whole ‘sworn off dating’ thing and the fact that he seems to be into her best friend.







Beautiful Dead Series
by Eden Maguire
Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1)
Goodreads summary: Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. 

Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss. Darina,Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head! And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. 


Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' - a small tattoo of angel's wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?


Arizona (Beautiful Dead #2)
Goodreads summary: There's been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. But surely he will return with the rest of the Beautiful Dead as so much still remains unresolved. It's been ten months since Arizona drowned in Hartmann Lake. Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn't add up. 

Drowning herself in a hidden - away lake does not sound like strong, confident, Arizona: Ellerton High School's high-maintenance drama queen. Darina needs to help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But time is running out...
Summer (Beautiful Dead #3)
Goodreads summary: Six months have passed since the last Ellerton teenager died, but Darina is still traumatized by the stabbing of her own beloved Phoenix. But there's work to be done as Darina must now turn her attention to the shooting of Summer Madison - the beautiful and gifted, singer-song-writer with a heart of gold. It's been nearly a year since the random shooting in a shopping mall caused Summer's meaningless death. 

Summer left behind recordings of her wonderful songs and a deep sadness amongst high school friends. Now Darina must act as Summerās agent to track down the psychotic killer in a clear search for justice. With the sound of Summer's music constantly playing inside Darina's head, recalling the wonderful months when she was alive and performing her first gigs, Darina, Phoenix and the Beautiful Dead are determined to catch the crazed killer. And all the while Darinaās love for Phoenix continues to beat ..
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Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Thursday February 3, 2011

Prom & Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
January 1, 2011
Point (Scholastic)
Goodreads summary:  After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

Review: I've seen all the movies, watched the mini-series and read the original...so I'll admit I was looking at this one with a critical eye. I just didn't know if I could get through a cheese-puff, gossip girl version of Pride & Prejudice. Well, my worries were unfounded! I zipped right through this little treasure and it passed the ultimate test (for me anyway)....tears, yes there were tears and if you know anything about the original story you know why!

The setting is perfect and having Lizzie be a scholarship student and experiencing the treatment that she gets for being so, is the perfect set up for her feelings towards Will Darcy. Her roommate Jane (one of only two friends at school) is the perfect counterpart to the original character and so is her love interest Charles Bingley. As a matter of fact, I'll just say that the author did an excellent job of creating contemporary versions of the these classic characters we all know and love.  


In a perfect world this modern version of the classic story would lead readers straight to the original, and as a librarian I'll be recommending it to anyone who reads and enjoys this book. Regardless, this is a well written book that lovers of romance will be getting in line to read!