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    • TOTEMS READ 2012! YOUR VOTE DECIDES.
    • The Help | Kathryn Stockett
      • Seemingly as different from one another as can be, three women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. There determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another.
    • I Am the Messanger | Markus Zusak
      • Nineteen-year-old cabbie Ed Kennedy has little in life to be proud of: his dad died of alcoholism, and he and his mom have few prospects for success. He has little to do except share a run-down apartment with his faithful yet smelly dog, drive his taxi, and play cards and drink with his amiable yet similarly washed-up friends. Then, after he stops a bank robbery, Ed begins receiving anonymous messages marked in code on playing cards in the mail, and almost immediately his life begins to swerve off its beaten-down path.
    • The Night I Disappeared | Julie Deaver
      • Jamie Tessman is forced to move to Chicago with her mother and say good-bye to her dearest friend, Webb. Jamie is shocked to find herself in a bike accident that was caused, apparently, by nothing except her own lack of awareness of her surroundings. In the emergency room, she meets Morgan, a girl a year older than herself, and, in the following days, Jamie develops the first friendship she remembers having with someone other than Webb. However, her states of clouded awareness become supplemented by panic attacks and soon her mother acquires psychiatric intervention for her. The psychiatrist very quickly establishes the truth about Webb's existence and the terrifying trauma at the root of Jamie's emotional distress.
    • Twisted | Laurie Halse Anderson
      • Tyler was a socially invisible nerd before he sprayed some attention-getting graffiti and became a legend. Sentenced to a summer of physical labour, he enters his senior year with new muscles that attract popular Bethany, whose father is Tyler's dad's boss. On probation for his graffiti stunt, Tyler struggles to balance his consuming crush with pressure that comes from schoolwork and his explosive father, and after Tyler is implicated in a drunken crime, his balancing act falls apart.
    • Unwind | Neal Shusterman
      • Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called "unwinding." Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be "donated" to another person so, technically, they don't really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps.
    • Brain Jack | Brian Falkner
      • Seventeen-year-old Sam single-handedly hacks into a large telecommunication company (thought to be impenetrable) and inadvertently takes out the world's infrastructure in his attempt to cover his tracks. He is recruited by a secret government department staffed by former hackers to protect the Internet and is taken to San Jose, CA. They find a malicious presence on the web that could destroy the world and must work as a group to preserve life as we know it.
    • I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President | Josh Lieb
      • Oliver Watson, an overweight 12-year-old from Omaha, NE, fools his family and classmates into thinking that he is slow-witted when in fact he is the world's third-richest person. He overthrows foreign dictators, owns corporations, is a successful inventor and investor, and is on the way to attaining his goal of world domination.
    • Room | Emma Donoghue
      • In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving night-time visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary.
    • Matched | Ally Condie
      • For Cassia, nothing is left to chance--not what she will eat, the job she will have, or the man she will marry. In Matched , the Society Officials have determined optimal outcomes for all aspects of daily life, thereby removing the "burden" of choice. When Cassia's best friend is identified as her ideal marriage Match it confirms her belief that Society knows best, until she plugs in her Match microchip and a different boy’s face flashes on the screen. This improbable mistake sets Cassia on a dangerous path to the unthinkable--rebelling against the predetermined life Society has in store for her.
    • The Cardturner | Louis Sachar
      • Alton has always known that wealthy Lester Trapp is his favourite uncle. He loves him. At least, that's what his mother tells him to say every time Trapp and Alton talk on the phone. But when Trapp's health problems lead to his blindness and Alton is roped into being the old man's "cardturner" at his bridge club...Alton has to decide his feelings for himself--along with his feelings for Toni, Trapp's niece by marriage and former cardturner and contender for the fortune according to Alton's mom. But he soon learns that Toni might not be as crazy as his mom says, that bridge may not be as boring as he thought, and that not all coincidences are mere coincidences.
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      • Producer: Mrs. Burwash
      • Program Sponsors:
          • Mrs. Grant
          • English Department
          • Semiahmoo Library
      CREDITS
      • Selected Book Reviews Provided by:
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