Monday, April 30, 2007

Babies with babies

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Sixteen year old Bobby and his girlfriend find out that they are pregnant despite how careful they were. Bobby ends up raising his daughter, Feather, by himself. He still goes to school, after dropping off Feather at the sitter. His parents don't help much and he rarely gets to spend time with his friends.

Bobby soon realizes that his whole life revolves around Feather....and he loves it.

The First Part Last is written in alternating time periods, now and then. Johnson keeps you wondering what really happened throughout the book. It is a quick, yet powerful read!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Gleaming Bright - A Fantasy Novel

Gleaming Bright by Josepha Sherman

Princess Finola, a tomboy who still likes to wear dresses, has to go on a quest to find a gleaming box that can grant wishes, otherwise the whole country may starve because of drought; or worse, be taken over by a horribly cruel king.

Sometimes the characters in a fantasy novel are thin and not worth reading. This one is a little different. Although I don't really care about the king and some of the other background characters, the lead character and her friends quickly become your friends and you want them to win. Find out what happens!

This book is great for younger teens, grades 5 through 9.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Janet McDonald

Author Janet McDonald passed away on Wednesday, April 11 in France. Ms. McDonald wrote the books Spellbound, Chill Wind, Harlem Hustle, and Brother Hood. Remember this great author by reading one of her wonderful novels.

Check them out here!

Monday, April 09, 2007

UGLIES - Winner of the Lincoln Award


UGLIES by SCOTT WESTERFELD not only won the prestigious Lincoln Award for 2007, but it is a GREAT book.

The world as we know it has collapsed because of a virus that infects the gasoline in our cars, exploding and generally causing havoc.

The new world we see is through the eyes of an Ugly named Tally. She can't wait to turn 15 so she can have the Pretty surgery and hang out with her best friend Paris again. While she's waiting, she falls in with another Ugly named Shay who livens up her nights with hoverboard trips out to the ruins and forbidden trips into New Pretty Town.

But when Shay decides that she doesn't want to be surgically altered and she likes her body just the way it is, she runs away to Smoke, a hidden town of Uglies who hide from the city, dodging Pretty surgery. This leaves Tally in a terrible position, because the one thing she wants - to be pretty - is taken away from her; unless she finds Smoke and betrays her friend. It is a tough decision, but it seems like a no-brainer, until Tally finds out the real truth about becoming Pretty. But is it too late to turn back from her path of betrayal?

This book is not only well written, it is exciting and fast paced and really makes you wonder: what is ugly?

Friday, April 06, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series, will be released July 21, 2007. Place your hold by clicking here!

While you're waiting for the book to be released, check out Scholastic's website. They have a discussion board, close-up views of the new cover, trivia, and more!

They also have podcasts you can listen to discussing "the world of Harry Potter, how it changed with Book Six, and what... might happen in Book seven." You might learn something new!