Thursday, August 31, 2006

Brandi's Basement

Are you a huge fan of James Bond? Do you love seeing all the sneaky gadgets on TV's Alias? Well then I have the perfect series of books for you!


Alex Rider is a normal kid until the day his uncle dies. Suddenly he is transported into a world of spies, contract killers, viruses, gadgets, bombs, and much more. The first novel in this series by Anthony Horowitz is Stormbreaker. Alex is forced to pick up where his uncle left off in the spy business. Alex poses as a contest winner to try out a new computer. While undercover, Alex discovers a lot more than he expected he would.

On October 9, there is going to be a book discussion on Stormbreaker and the rest of the Alex Rider books. If you are interested in attending, please sign up at the Teen Desk by October 7.

See if this book or others in the Alex Rider Adventure series are available.

See ya later,
Brandi

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Kelly's Corner - Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Lulu Dark is *not* - I repeat - *not* a girl detective.

In LULU DARK CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS, the teenage title girl with an innovative fashion sense is dragged kicking and screaming into the realm of sleuthing.

It all starts when her purse is stolen at a rock concert. Not only is it her favorite purse, but inside of it is the phone number of the hottest singer in town! So in order to get that back, she endures some strange parents, missing classmates, a murder and a mysterious evil doppelganger (that's a fancy word for a ghostly identical twin).

This is a very cool book with lots of style - just like the quirky Lulu.

If you want a fun read that is sorta like Nancy Drew but way more 21st century anti-girl detective, check this out!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Brandi's Basement

I have decided to title my little blogs, "Brandi's Basement." Why might you ask? Well my name's Brandi and in case you didn't know, the ever-so-cool Teen Dept. is located in the basement.

I just finished a great book this morning. It would have to be a great book cause it's rarely on the shelves. The book is Sickened by Julie Gregory. This is an auobiography about Julie, a survivor of Munchausen by Proxy. Munchausen by proxy is a disorder in which a guardian creates illnesses for the child to suffer from because of their own mental problems. This disorder is so powerful, that the doctors in this book believed that an 11-year-old girl had a very serious heart condition.

This book tackles a topic that few people are familiar with. Sickened is a book on the Abraham Lincoln award list this year.

See if the book is available, or place a request.

Check it and other Lincoln award books out next time you're in the Teen area.

See ya soon!

Brandi Smits
Teen Department
Lansing Public Library
www.lansing.lib.il.us


Saturday, August 19, 2006

Circle of Magic - not new, but still good

At their heart, the Circle of Magic Quartet is about people - 4 Teenagers to be exact. The four- Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry- are all unwanted in some way. Sandry may be noble, but her parents recently died leaving her alone. Daja was orphaned long ago and declared to be bad luck. Briar is a street rat on the verge of a life sentence in jail. Tris is a trader with a family that just doesn't want her.

Although unwanted, they each have talents that no one else quite has. Their diversity in personality, background and talent are what make their magical circle strong.

Each book centers on one of the four, and intertwines with the others.

The first book may start a little bit slow, but the characters are pretty interesting and the world is an intriguing one. The people they meet and the things they each go through in learning how to control their magic are sure to entertain fantasy lovers.

None of these books are new to the library, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check 'em out - either for the first time, or for a second run through. They are the kind of fun books that you catch something new every time you read them.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Read for a Lifetime

Pretty soon all of you will be applying for college. It's kind of a boring process. You also have to try to think of things to write in the awards blank. Well, I got something for you that is really easy and, as they say, looks good on a college application. You also get a really nifty certificate and a discount at Waldenbooks.

Read for a Lifetime is a program for grades 9-12. All you have to do is read 4 books from the RFAL list. That's it. If you're interested, you have to sign up at the Teen Desk by Saturday, October 21. Then you have until March 31 to read the four books. That's plenty of time! All you have to do is read one book a month. Check out the Read for a Lifetime list at our website today!