Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Very different novel told from SEVEN different points of view!

"The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together...."

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Girls will love this romantic story that almost happens over and over and over. Will they EVER get together???

Check out the songs that go along with this novel at the link above.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Josh and Jordan play basketball. And they are GOOD! Their father was once a pro basketball player so perhaps it's in their genes. Unfortunately, there is something wrong with their father but the boys don't exactly know what.
This novel is told in verse/rap format, but don't be put off by that - it's great:

A bolt of lightning on my kicks...
     The court is sizzling.
          My sweat is drizzling.
Stop all that quivering.
     Cuz tonight I'm delivering.

Read this - it's a fast read and it's great!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Can a twelve-year-old boy really change the world? Tevor is one of the few students in his class who accepts the teacher's extra credit assignment to come up with a big idea that will change the world for the better.
Trevor's plan is simple: he will do good deeds for three people and instead of getting paid back, he asks the recipients of his good deeds to "pay it forward." He wants each person to do good deeds for three other people. Think about it - if each of us does good deeds for 3 people and each of them does good deeds for three more people the effects of his little experiment could easily spread to hundreds, then thousands of people!

It really would be so interesting if we could try this in our own school .....

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy

Coming on Tuesday, September 16. Two copies will be available in our media center. The Infinite Sea will also be on our school Kindles!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love

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 This is a very inspiring story that is loosely based on the life of one of the authors.

Kara is a popular junior in high school who is dating the captain of the water polo team. She is a shoo-in to become this year's Homecoming Queen. 

But driving home from a party, Kara gets into a terrible accident and wakes up two weeks later in the hospital not able to feel her legs.

Her boyfriend deserts her.

Her ex-boyfriend visits her every day.

But Kara just wants things to return to normal. How can she go back to school in a wheelchair? Why won't her boyfriend even look at her or return her texts?

I recommend this book for fans of The Fault in Our Stars.  You won't need as many tissues when reading this book, but you will want to read until the end to find out how exactly Kara copes with all she has been dealt.

Recommended for eighth grade and up: some drinking and a little "heavy" dating 

Dreamsleeves by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

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Aislinn lives in a dysfunctional family. She takes care of her younger siblings all summer while her mother and father work. Although Aislinn is just twelve years old, she realizes her father is an alcoholic who is drinking more and more. Although Aislinn is a typical preteen who just wants to hang out with her friends and go to her first boy-girl party, she is even more concerned about her father.

Nothing seems to work as Aislinn's father spirals out of control. He loses his job and becomes more and more abusive. He forbides Aislinn to even speak to boys on the phone.

No one in the family knows what to do. Aislinn finally comes up with a plan that may embarrass her family ... but will it work?

This is a wonderful book that will draw the reader in and have everyone rooting for Aislinn. I know I am!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Emily and Sloane have their summer all planned. They are dating best friends, are planning on getting a summer job in the same place, and have plans to just do a lot of hanging out and having fun.

But at the beginning of summer Sloane disappears and no one knows where she is. Her cell phone goes to voice mail and her house is empty.

One day a letter comes in the mail from Sloane. The only thing in the envelope is a summer to-do list for Emily.

Apple picking at night.
Dance until dawn.
Kiss a stranger ...

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors for girls, right up there with Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.  Her characters are so believable. Girls will love this!