Saturday, January 20, 2007

Flavor of the Week

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw is a present-day adaption of Edmund Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac. In the original play, the main character, Cyrano, has a large nose and writes poems for a girl he admires but signs them as his best friend.

Flavor of the Week
is slightly different. Cyril is an overweight boy who loves to cook. In fact, he hopes to get into the American Institute of Culinary Arts and then become a famous chef; that is if he can pass the strict audition. But few people know of his cooking skills. Not even his best friend and crush, Rose, knows his talent in the kitchen. One day, his old best friend Nick moves back to town. Nick has a crush on Rose and wins her over by telling her he made Cyril's famous kitchen sink cookies. That is the jumping off point. Now Nick has Cyril cooking entire meals to call his own in order to impress Rose. It's quite a pickle!

Will Cyril get into the AICA? Will Nick continue to pretend he can cook? Will Rose realize who really has feelings for her?

Check it out right here!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Freaks: Alive on the Inside

Annette Curtis Klause touches an interesting part of the past in her book Freaks: Alive on the Inside. In this book, Abel Dandy is a freak. But the term "freak" is in the eye of the beholder for Abel is the only normal person living in a freak show amusement park called Faeryland. Abel's dad has no legs, his mother has no arms, and his first kiss was with Phoebe the Dog-faced girl. Aspiring to be a knife-thrower, Abel takes off to join a circus. Abel begins having dreams about a mysterious Egyptian girl. Abel discovers that he was not the only one to make a break away from home. His friend Apollo the Dog Boy followed him on his journey to find fortune.

While his dreams get more and more realistic, Abel and Apollo find themselves in all sorts of trouble. The worst being a traveling freak show run by Dr. Mink. Abel finds himself in a position to be a hero, save his friends and get the girl.

See if this book is on the shelf or put it on hold here.