Tuesday, March 30, 2010
There are two sides to every story...
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
Posted by Ms. V at 8:14 AM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, have a hard life , and it’s about to get tougher. Their junkie dad’s in prison, their mom’s abandoned them, and their older brother is off fighting in Vietnam. They ran out of food at home and their electricity has been turned off. Jonah convinces his younger brother, Simon, to hit the road. Angry Simon, unbeknownst to Jonah sticks out his thumb and they end up hitching a ride with Mitch, a sociopath, and his pregnant companion, Lilly. After an intense opening murder scene, the book only grows bloodier during the journey through the southwestern desert. The story is told from each characters viewpoint, including letters from Simon and Jonah’s brother in Vietnam. These letters become more and more depressed, paralleling Simon and Jonah’s increasingly violent and desperate situation. They are unable to either stop or get away from Mitch who is becoming increasing agitated and psychotic. Like all great psychopathic characters, Mitch becomes the focus of the reader’s thoughts for most of the story, but Smith also deftly layers in sibling dynamics that are both supportive and combative. It is the coming of age of the relationship between siblings. They turn from scrappy brothers into best friends.
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Posted by Ms. V at 1:10 PM
Monday, March 15, 2010
I just finished reading Savvy by Ingrid Law. This is a charming book about a 13 year old coming of age. The review below is taken from http://www.kidzworld.com/article/15667-savvy-book-review
When her father gets into a car accident, Mibs must use her savvy, or magical ability, to wake him from his coma. Check out Savvy, Ingrid Law’s award-winning first novel.
The Family Secret
For the Beaumont family, turning thirteen means more than becoming a teenager. It’s the age when they discover their savvy—a gift, almost like a superpower, that can be both a blessing and a curse. Mibs’s older brothers have dangerous, yet exciting, savvy’s: Rocket can control electricity and Fish can stir up a hurricane if he gets upset.
Just before her thirteenth birthday, Mibs’s father gets into a car accident. Unconscious, he’s sent to Salina Hope Hospital. Mibs’s mother and her brother Rocket rush to Salina, leaving Mibs and her other brothers alone with Miss Rosemary, the preacher’s wife.
On the morning of her birthday, Mibs discovers her savvy—she can bring things to life. First, to her amazement, she wakes her brother’s turtle from the dead. Then the tattoo on Miss Rosemary’s daughter’s back starts talking to her! Mibs realizes that if she can bring things to life, then she can certainly wake her father from his coma…if only she can get to Salina.
Miss Rosemary insists on throwing Mibs a thirteenth birthday party at the church. But with her father’s life on the line, Mibs is in no mood to celebrate. During her party, she sneaks into a Bible delivery van that’s heading to Salina. But she doesn’t go alone. Her brothers, Fish and Samson, as well as Miss Rosemary’s kids, hop on for the ride. But they soon discover that the driver has a few stops to make before heading back to Salina. Will Mibs reach her father before it’s too late?
The Bottom Line
This book is an adventurous ride. Each character is unique, loveable and full of life. Told through the eyes of Mibs, this story captures the voice of a twelve-going-on-thirteen-year-old girl. The beginning is a bit slow, but when Mibs discovers her savvy, the story takes off and you won’t want to put the book down.
Posted by Ms. V at 6:37 AM
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Operation TBD 2010
In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz (http://www.readergirlz.com), GuysLitWire (http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com), and YALSA (http://www.ala.org/yalsa) orchestrated publishers' donations of nearly 20,000 new young adult books to hospitalized teens across the country. For 2010, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything (http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~ifican) has joined forces with these three organizations to drop thousands of new YA books, donated by publishers, into the hands of teens on Native American reservations. Nationwide, librarians, authors, and teens will drop YA books in their own communities on April 15th, 2010, to raise awareness for Operation TBD 2010 and Support Teen Literature Day. Everyone will join an online party that evening at the readergirlz blog (http://readergirlz.blogspot.com).
Inciting all to participate in Operation TBD in its drive to spur reading on a national scale, readergirlz invites teens and YA authors to leave a book in a public place on April 15th. Participants can download bookplates to insert into the books they'll leave behind. Come rock the drop in 2010!
Posted by Ms. V at 4:37 PM
Monday, March 1, 2010
Todd and Viola are now in New Prentisstown, formerly Haven before it was invaded by Mayor (now President) Prentiss, a sly, cunning nut with remarkable powers of persuasion. The two are separated. Viola goes to a healing center and Todd becomes a prisoner answerable to the Mayor’s son, Davy Prentiss who makes him work. Their job is to force the enslaved Spackles (the original species of this planet) to dig with only their hands a foundation without enough sustenance.
Davy and Todd are required to brand the Spackle as if they were cattle The females led by Mistress Coyne who is in charge of the healing center, take up arms against the tyranny of the males: they form “The Answer” The Mayor forces Todd and Davy into “The Ask” and are surprised when a third group joins the battle.
The pace is less frantic than in The Knife of Never Letting Go, but that does not mean less happens It takes a while to get into the book, but it manages to end as a cliffhanger, making you want to read the next.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Posted by Ms. V at 4:48 PM