Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2010 Teen Nutmeg Nominees

Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Even though Jeremy's father died years ago, Jeremy receives a present from him a week before his thirteenth birthday. It's a hand-made wooden, engraved box that contains "the meaning of life." The only problem is the box has four locks that must unlocked before Jeremy can open it. And the keys are missing! What is so important that Jeremy's father wants him to know?

This is a book I finished in one day. It not only kept me reading, but I found myself thinking about the meaning of my life. What truly is "the meaning of life?"

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

An excerpt from sixteen year-old Miranda's diary:
December 10
It is a possibility only one of us is going to make it. We have fuel and we have water, but who knows how long our food will last . . . I don't want to live two weeks longer or three or four if it means none of us survive.

In this riveting book, a meteor crashes into the moon, and life is changed forever. This is one of the books that I remember vividly even though I read it a year ago. I highly recommend this one!

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Thirteen-year-old Steven is an ace drummer, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and a brother who is diagnosed with leukemia. Although Steven tries to relieve his stress through his drum practice, he can't concentrate in school, and is practically ignored by his parents. He tries to hold everything together, but his grades are failing and he may not be able to compete in the town-wide concert.

This novel written from Steven's point of view is funny, heart-breaking, and deals with how a family copes when a member is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. It isn't nearly as bleak as you may think - it's quite hilarious in parts!

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