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  • Grades 10 up - No more   I read an ARC of this and the cover seen here totally captures my feelings for this book. Ugh. Good in the form of angel Gabriel and the demon Lucifer spar for the soul of Frannie. Why they are sparring is that Frannie has the power to "sway". It is what it says.  Heaven and hell fight away throughout the book, with Frannie cuddling and kissing both. lots of cliches if you will. Who wins? I can tell you if you want. Told in Frannie's and Lucifer's voices. No Gabriel. Probably the crowd who liked Twilight might like this. The angst of the two boys with the girl in between should keep the pages turning. Some sex.
  • This is a difficult book to figure out the intended audience. The protagonist Pia is 10 years old but the story develops into one of absolute terror and horror.   The first line does grab the reader and gives a clue as to where this book is going: "My life might have been so different, had I not been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded." After this event, Pia's community experiences missing children. Suspicion falls on certain members but no real proof. Pia's life in the meantime goes on: new friends, one of whom is an older gentleman whose stories engage Pia. Another is a boy named Stefan who is Pia's age. Stefan and Pia begin to take the investigation into their own hands, culminating in a horrible truth which involves a serial killer! The darkness of this story's ending makes it a hard one to recommend it to younger audiences even though Pia is 10. And the fact she is 10 makes it difficult to recommend to an older reader. Additionally, I thought at first this was a translation because of the strong prominence of German phrases. These are located in a glossary at the back but I didn't discover that until the end. Hard one to place!
  • 17 year old Bronwen Alexis Owen used to have a normal family: mom, dad, brother, great family times. then dad dies, mom remarries, and everyone just sort of co-exists. Bronwen yearns to belong to a Family. At 13, she is all set to be adopted by her stepdad Whit...but something happens and that doesn’t happen. Then Bronwen meets Jared at the end of her junior year in high school, right on the heels of Chad who took her to her prom and wanted to have sex with her. Love! belonging! a normal family (Jared's) It's all wonderful and the two get engaged and before Bronwen realizes it, the two have a set a date for the wedding - right after their graduations, hers from high school; his from college. Bronwen begins to feel things are going too quickly and when Jared announces his new job in Columbus, Ohio, which means she will go to college there, then Bronwen cracks. What follows is a wonderful story of growth and learning about oneself and how all the pieces fit together. Loved this book - character development, interaction, the realism.
  • I admit I almost put this book down within the first chapter. It had not grabbed me. Reading just a bit more into the second chapter, I was totally engaged. This is a story first and foremost about pirates, good and bad! Fish is our young hero, age 11. When his family loses their money making horse, he is sent off to work for his uncle whose business seems to be pirates.  Before Fish knows it, he is on the Scurvy Mistress, with a crew just as scurvy, sailing off to seek fortunes. There is a lot of humor in this story. Fish is a very likeable kid. For example, he doe not want to fight anyone (I know, a pirate, right?) so he learns to non-fight. He gets his name from not only enjoying water but swimming like a fish which gets incorporated into the story nicely. Boys would of course enjoy this and girls too - there is a strong female protagonist
  • The author, who is a teacher, uses a challenging device: the story is told in 7 voices! Each of the kids is in the same 5 th grade class with teacher Mr. Terupt.  It did take me well into the story to sort the kids and remember who was who. Mr. Terupt is a one of a kind teacher – the one who actually makes a difference. He has different assignments like working in teams to count the blades of grass on the football field. The kids include all the different types of kids you would find in a class: the quiet one, the bully, the comedian, the brain, the outcast, the school hater, and the new kid. Each tells his or her story of being in the class. The reader soon learns that something bad is going to happen which actually happens a lot sooner than I thought. The rest of the story is how the kids deal with what has happened. The ending is happy but in a realistic I’m glad it ended this way.
  • I felt the same way upon finishing Nancy Garden's Endgame - this is a book that is necessary and important and critical. Alex Patrick is date raped when she is a Junior at Themis Academy. She can stay silent or she can do something about it. she chooses the something tho it isn't going to the authorities. She goes to a school group called the Mockingbirds who basically take justice into their own hands. There are just so many issues here: self worth, justice, speaking out, handling worst case situations, etc. Well written, characters believable, and as I said a must read books. Good for discussions. Author provides resources and more important her own story of being date raped. It is a more credible story because of that I am sure.  
  • Obviously not a first novel. Sometimes you just want to read old familiar friends. Begins with 12 year old Addie trying to hide the fact in her 1849 community that both her mother and brother have just died from the flux. Her father is off on a ship seeking his fortune. Addie pulls it off for a while but the facts catch up eventually and she leaves her home behind. She doesn't want to be fostered out to some family; she wants to wait for her father. On her own she survives but then encounters Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman. From her, Addie learns more about herself than she ever imagined and her world changes.
  • The only way you would know this was a letter is to read the fly leaf or to finish the book! Gemma, 16 years old, is kidnapped by Ty in the airport, just feet away from her parents. Through this letter, the reader learns the complexities of the kidnapping. As police might say, it was not a random kidnapping. You learn why Ty has kidnapped Gemma and why he intends to keep her forever. You also learn a lot about Gemma, how much she is a teen with her mood swings, hormones, and instinct to act before thought. The story is a page turner. Through most of it, Gemma is not an easy prey but provides her captor with plenty of action as she does try to escape. Did I mention that Ty has brought her to the middle of a desert? and there is no where to go. Most readers will be aware of Stockholm syndrome and if they aren't it won't matter because the author provides a definite twist on that at the end. This is a fresh YA voice and it is genuine. I will be very interested in seeing where this author goes!
  •   You uses the second person voice as its device. So did Stolen but that made more sense. The reader isn't sure who the narrative is aimed at and maybe that wasn't important to the author but I think it is to the reader. Stolen made sense because it was made clear from the beginning. You is about 15 year old Kyle whose life is quite frankly the life of a teen. He feels misunderstood, lied to, bullied, and lost. He meets up with Zach who seems to have the keys to life - he has answers, he dares to challenge. It seems Zach can give him more than he has had before. But Zach manipulates people into situations that he creates. He is really quite a nasty kid. The book begins with a situation that Kyle finds himself in and then backtracks to explain the situation. I know we can't always provide sunny stories for teens to read but if we are going to give them something this realistic, I'd like some thread of hope or way out. I sensed none. For older readers if at all.
  • Both a love and an adventure story, Everlasting will most likely satisfy readers with the right combination of lust and suspense.Set in 1855, Camille is betrothed to a young man with the right connections. But her father takes her on one more shipping trip, revealing only later that he has a special mission. Camille doesn't find out about what the mission is because the ship is caught up in a storm and her father is lost at sea. While she has left her betrothed on land, she finds her attention riveted on Oscar Kildare, essentially a hunk. He is also a protege of her father's and he knows what the mission was. After the ship wreck, Camille learns more details and learns that through a magical map, she can acquire the necessary power to bring back her father. In quick succession, she encounters her mother, her half brother, the evil man who is also vying for the power, and numerous adventures with large spiders, monster like creatures, and more. She is forced to a different decision at the end of the book which is wrapped up a little too quickly and easily for my tastes. Still, girls will love Camille who leads her men into adventure!
  • The title is a pretty apt description of the book! Katherine Patterson is the new girl at school and at first suffers from it. Then beautiful magnetic Alice befriends her, drawing her into her fast and full life. Alice introduces her to her "boyfriend" Robbie but sadly it is only Robbie who thinks they have a relationship. The reader soon understands how dangerous and manipulative Alice is. She draws out the deepest secrets from people and uses them against them. Katherine has some very deep secrets that she has kept close to her until now. Once she has told Alice about her dead sister Rachel, events happen very quickly. At one point, I thought I had figured out the story but the ending is a surprise. It makes sense but it is a surprise. James is a little raw in character development but is successful in creating a complex story line that engages the reader totally.
  •   A very disturbing chapter begins this book: a girl commits suicide and video blogs it. Her name is Nora and she perhaps gets mentioned in the story a couple of times. I am still trying to figure out why the book began this way.   Charlie and David are neighbors, go to the same school, but do not hang with each other. Both might be considered depressed. The solution for David is to get him a Companion named Rose. Yes she is a robot but a pretty sophisticated one whose one mission in life is to please her “boy”. She is programmed to allow affection in steps; too fast and her boy gets the shock of his life.   It is when David finds out that she is lacking in certain parts, that he dumps her and she is literally out in the cold. The rest of the story has Rose evolving, figuring out who she is without her boy, to the point of getting some “girl parts”.   While it deals with some real teen issues such as suicide, disassociation, peer pressure, drugs, drinking, and sex, the idea of a Companion robot is far fetched and ultimately just doesn’t work in this story.
  • Author's first novel; she had published I don't want to be crazy, memoirs, a VOYA poetry pic, This is also in loose verse form, sometimes for me an offputting device. Annaleah, "Lee" to her friends, and Brian have been together for 3 months. But Brian keeps the relationship separate from his other life. Lee's friends try to warn her but she just gets mad, thinks they are jealous. Brian dies suddenly on the basketball court. Annaleah is literally left out in the cold, not able to communicate with his family and friends because no one knew her. she mourns and pushes everyone alive away from her, leaving only her visits to Brian's grave. She questions life, God, everything. she waits for a sign one place she goes for a sign is to a restaurant they liked and she is offered a waitressing job by one of the employees Ethan Her pain, her thoughts take her to the brink but she does manage to let time do the trick Uplifting in a strange way, and reads very easily There is one repeated chapter - I wonder if it is a mistake? Haven't figured out how that works in this structure
  • Author of Rules, Cynthia Lord presents a story of Maine island life.  school threatened to close bring in more kids by fostering Tess Brooks,11 Aaron, 13 Woven into each chapter is a superstition like touch blue wonderful char dev
  • Presents a  stark look at Nazi-occupied France through the eyes of Gustave, a young Jewish boy.  Nazi occupation happens in 1940 but leaves a unoccupied zone. Gustave and his family flee from Paris to a small village named Saint-Georges which ends up in the unoccupied zone But his friends and his cousin's family are left in Paris. When it gets worse for Jews in France, the relatives do make it across the line but not the friends The historical detail, from the use of black radishes to the castle on the demarcation line used to smuggle Jewish people across the line The author bases a lot of her detail on her father's stories.
  • Hannah, Frederick, and Giuseppe are as unalike as possible and would never be picked out as three friends. but friends is what they become as their stories intersect with each other.  begins with their individual stories but by the end becomes one story story takes place in America in a time of horse drawn carriages and the beginnings of electricity. Giuseppe is an Italian boy brought to America against his will to work on the streets for his padrone who is cruel and inhuman to his boys. Hannah works in a hotel for a cruel mistress as a maid until she meets Mrs. Pomeroy. Frederick is an apprentice clock maker for a very kind master whose kindness expands as the story evolves. What the three have in common are huge needs - to get back to italy, to earn enough money to help her dad, and to become a journeyman clock maker. While the story is somewhat contrived, the characters of the three and the growing suspense in the story carry the reader along. Kudos to the author's first stab at a novel - it is also a complex plot and not unlike clockwork with every action having to happen in a timely manner.
  • Hannah, Frederick, and Giuseppe are as unalike as possible and would never be picked out as three friends. but friends is what they become as their stories intersect with each other.  begins with their individual stories but by the end becomes one story story takes place in America in a time of horse drawn carriages and the beginnings of electricity. Giuseppe is an Italian boy brought to America against his will to work on the streets for his padrone who is cruel and inhuman to his boys. Hannah works in a hotel for a cruel mistress as a maid until she meets Mrs. Pomeroy. Frederick is an apprentice clock maker for a very kind master whose kindness expands as the story evolves. What the three have in common are huge needs - to get back to italy, to earn enough money to help her dad, and to become a journeyman clock maker. While the story is somewhat contrived, the characters of the three and the growing suspense in the story carry the reader along. Kudos to the author's first stab at a novel - it is also a complex plot and not unlike clockwork with every action having to happen in a timely manner.

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  • SASP - Susan and Sarahs Picks Fall 2010Susan Babb Sarah SogigianAdvisor, Youth Services Advisor, Youth Services Massachusetts Library System
  • By Pittacus Lore Harper, 2010978-0061969553
  • by Lisa Desrochers Tor, 2010ISBN: 978-0-7653-3803-3
  • By Charlie Higson Hyperion, 2010978-1423131755
  • By Helen GrantDelacorte Press, 2010
  • By Sarah Mylnowski Delacorte, 2010 978-0385735889
  • by Erin McCahan Scholastic, 2010ISBN 9780545088183
  • By Kristen Cashore Graphia, 2009 978-0547258300
  • By Gregory Mone Scholastic Press, 2010ISBN: 978-0-545-11632-9
  • By Bob Buyea Delacorte 2010ISBN: 978-0-385-73-882
  • By Kenneth Oppel Scholastic, 2010978-0545229258
  • by Daisy Whitney Little Brown, 2010ISBN: 978-0-316-09053-7
  • By Steve Sheinkin Flash Point, 2010 978-1596434868
  • By Jennifer Donnelly Delacorte, 2010 978-0385737630
  • by Pat Lowery Collins Candlewick Press, 2010ISBN: 978-0-7636-4500-7
  • By Y.S. Lee Candlewick, 2010978-0763640675
  • By Lucy ChristopherScholastic - Chicken House, 2010ISBN: 978-0-545-17093-2
  • By Charles Benoit HarperTeen, 2010ISBN: 978-0-06-194704-9
  • By Sean BeaudoinLittle, Brown, 2010 978-0316077422
  • By Angie Frazier Scholastic Press, 2010ISBN: 978-0-545-11473-8
  • By Graham MoorePublished by Twelve in December, 2010
  • By Rebecca JamesBantam Books, 2010978-0553-80805-6
  • By Sarah Beth Durst McElderry, 2010 978-1416986454
  • By John M. CusickCandlewick Press, 2010ISBN: 9780763649302
  • By Anna GodbersenHarperCollins, 2010978-0061962660
  • By Samantha SchutzPush, 2010978-0545-16911-0
  • By Kathy Reichs Razorbill, 2010ISBN: 978-59514-342-6
  • By Cynthia Lord Scholastic, 2010ISBN: 978-0-03531-6
  • By Vicky Alvear Shecter Boyds Mill Press, 2010ISBN: 978-1-59078-718-2
  • By Susan Lynn MeyerDelacorte, 2010978-0-385-73881-1
  • By Matthew KirbyScholastic, 2010978-0-545-20337-1
  • By Brent CrawfordHyperion, 2009978-1423112464