Monthly Archives: June 2012

Trapped – Review

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Title: Trapped

Author: Michael Northrop

The snow starts falling, and school closes early. Seven random kids stayed late, and now they’re waiting for their families to pick them up…and waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Eventually they realize no one is coming to help them.

The snow keeps falling, and two girls and five boys are trapped in their high school for days with no phones, no power, no heat, and no hope of rescue. Not all of them are going to survive. This was a real page-turner! For grades 7 and up.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading – Review

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Title: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

Author: Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson is determined to get through middle school without ever finishing a book. To meet this ambitious goal, he comes up with increasingly crazy schemes to help him succeed, and the amount of time and effort he puts into not reading is truly impressive.

This is a fun, quick book to read, and it includes 25 of Charlie Joe’s helpful tips on how to Not-Read a book.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

P.S. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit comes out this August.

My Very UnFairy Tale Life – Review

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Title: My Very UnFairy Tale Life

Author: Anna Staniszewski

Jenny has no time for friends or family anymore, never mind homework or even school some days. Why? Well, she’s an Adventurer, traveling from one magical kingdom to the next and helping various fantasy creatures solve their problems big and small. Jenny really wants to quit, but the world of fairy tales has something much different in mind for her.

This is lightweight fun for younger readers.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick – Review

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Title: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Author: Joe Schreiber

How bummed would you be if your mom made you take your family’s dumpy, frumpy Lithuanian exchange student to the prom – especially if your band has a gig the same night? And how freaked out would you be if she turned out to be a super-hot assassin on a mission to kill?

Perry Stormaire’s prom night turns into a nonstop ride through New York City with car chases, angry hitmen, explosions, and even a bear fight. There’s lots of humor, and some serious moments, too. This book is the definition of action-packed! The ending hints at a sequel, and I hope we get one sooner than later.

eta: As it happens, Perry’s Killer Playlist comes out November, 2012.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

Legend – Review

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Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Are you experiencing Hunger Games withdrawal? Pick up Legend and you may get some relief. Chapters alternate between Day, a criminal with a price on his head, and June, the prodigy soldier tasked with tracking him down. Where are they? Los Angeles, the capital of the Republic of America, in 2130 AD.

Legend is the first in a trilogy, and the nonstop action, suspense, and touch of romance will have you anxiously awaiting the next installment. (Prodigy comes out in January 2013.)

Fun fact: the author was a video game designer before she started writing full-time.

And finally, here’s the trailer for Legend.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

Anna and the French Kiss – Review

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Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Anna’s dad thinks he’s doing her a favor by sending her to boarding school in France, but who wants to start over at a new school as a senior? And what if you don’t even speak French?!

Anna manages, though, finding her way around Paris, making new friends in the process, and meeting a boy who’s nothing like anyone she’s ever known.

A wonderfully romantic book.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

Ashfall – Review

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Title: Ashfall

Author: Mike Mullin

Did you know that the hot springs and geysers at Yellowstone are caused by a dormant supervolcano? I sure didn’t, but it’s really there, and apparently it’s due for an eruption any day now (give or take 10,000 years).

InAshfall, Alex has convinced his parents that he’s old enough to stay home alone while they go on a weekend visit to see some relatives. So, he’s all by himself when the massive volcano erupts, sending him (and most of the United States) into a nightmare of darkness and violence.

Determined to meet up with his parents and little sister, Alex sets out on a treacherous journey over 150 miles and finds horror, death, and destruction – but also a measure of kindness and strength.

The book is long, but it’s a real page-turner. If you like apocalyptic, action-adventure, or survival stories, you’ll find much to enjoy inAshfall.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

P.S. This book is not for the faint-hearted.

P.P.S. Ashen Winter arrives October 2012.