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  1. 1. Books purchased from our Scholastic Book Fair Book Reviews YLMS Library
  2. 2. Author: Stephenie Meyer Eclipse FIC MEY
  3. 3. Book Description Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which? (Twilight, Book 3) Eclipse
  4. 4. “ Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” --Frederick Douglass
  5. 5. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography FIC SNI Author: Lemony Snicket
  6. 6. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is bizarre, abstruse ("a word which here means 'cryptic'"), and truly entertaining. Would you expect anything less from the mystery man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events ( The Bad Beginning , The Ersatz Elevator , etc.)? Virtually every detail of the volume has Snicket's indelible mark, from the book jacket (reversible to help readers disguise this "extremely dangerous" and "objectionable" autobiography) to the copyright page text to the intentionally blurry and bewildering black-and-white photographs appearing throughout. An apparently false obituary for Lemony Snicket sets the stage for what turns into a series of mind-boggling bundles of coded information passed from hand to hand, gleaned from newspapers blowing through streets, pages from a journal addressed to "Dear Dairy," blueprints of ships, minutes from secret meetings, and a lot of edited and disputed commentary. The question is, do we finally discover the meaning of VFD? You know you're not going to get a straight answer. But any fan of Snicket will have a lot of fun trying. --Emilie Coulter --
  7. 7. “ The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” --Dr. Seuss
  8. 8. Its A Mall World After All Author: Janette Rallison FIC RAL
  9. 9. It's a Mall World After All Editorial Review Remember Clueless, the 1995 film that offered a Valley Girl take on Jane Austen? Rallison achieves a similar high-school romance in this story of teens who loathe each other but are oh-so-obviously going to be together before the book is over. Charlotte and Colton are both high-school seniors and honor students, but those are their only similarities. Colton is tremendously rich and quite comfortable in the preppy world. Charlotte is middle-class, socially conscious, and still bruised from middle-school teasing. No heavy messages or deep characterization here, but Rallison offers a fun romp of a read that's sure to please teens looking for something light and breezy. Debbie Carton Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
  10. 10. “ At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.” --Barack Obama
  11. 11. In Their Shoes Author: Deborah Reber 331.7 REB
  12. 12. IN THEIR SHOES EDITORIAL REVIEW From School Library Journal This fun, accessible book should appeal to teens who are exploring career possibilities. Each chapter contains an interview with its subject, for example, Nancy Pearl, librarian, as well as sidebars and lists on what to do now to prepare, what the person's day is like, and a time line of how her career took shape over the years. Concrete details about the women's current lives and about how they attained their goals are included. The variety of careers is impressive, ranging from forensic scientist and sheriff to social worker and actionist–a woman who is part motivational speaker, part writer, and part actress. At the end of each chapter there is a list of complementary careers to help readers brainstorm for themselves, as well as at least one Web site for further information. Additionally, a mini-chapter on networking, stress release, and other job-related issues appears between every five chapters. Even though the subjects are all women, the material is not female-focused. A fine addition to any collection.– Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. “ Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient teachers.” -- Charles W. Eliot
  14. 14. UGLIES Author: Scott Westerfeld FIC WES
  15. 15. UGLIES EDITORIAL REVIEWS Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld ( Midnighters ) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. --Patty Campbell -
  16. 16. “ Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard my the time I read them -- Arnold Lobel
  17. 17. Cover-Up Author: John Feinstein FIC FEI
  18. 18. Cover-Up Editorial Reviews Book Description THE SUPER BOWL. America's biggest sports spectacle. More than 95 million fans will be watching, but Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they'll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the test results. These two teens are sitting on the biggest sports scandal of the decade. What they don't know -yet - is how to prove it.
  19. 19. “ If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate.” --Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12 Daleville, Indiana
  20. 20. FOUR Things My Geeky-Jock-Of-A-Best-Friend Must Do In Europe Author: Jane Harrington FIC HAR
  21. 21. Four things my Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend Must do in Europe <ul><li>Review From School Library Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Brady is on a Mediterranean cruise with her mom. Before she left, her friend Delia listed four things that she must do. Since #1 was to write real letters to your best friend every day, describing thrilling adventures, this story is told in a journal/letter format. As she bumbles through planned teen events on the ship and has sightseeing adventures with her mom. Brady writes with many shouts in all caps, just as teens do in e-mails. Just the right size for the beach, this book is flippant and fun. </li></ul><ul><li>– Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. </li></ul>
  22. 22. “ So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” -- Ronald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  23. 23. Island of the Blue Dolphins Author: Scott O’Dell FIC ODE
  24. 24. Island of the Blue Dolphins Review School Library Journal : &quot;It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.&quot; -- School Library Journal
  25. 25. “ He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.” --Cicero
  26. 26. MY Thirteenth Winter Author: Samantha Abeel FIC ABE
  27. 27. My Thirteenth Winter Editorial Review In painstaking detail, Abeel recounts her life, from kindergarten through college, with a learning disability that compromises her ability to learn skills based on sequential processing--especially math, spelling, and grammar. She writes frankly about her mental and emotional struggles to cope; while she looked like a &quot;normal&quot; child, she was unable to tell time, count change, or remember her locker combination. Her narrative is interjected with first-person remembrances of painful incidents that left a vivid imprint on her self-worth. After her disability was diagnosed, halfway through her story when she was in seventh grade, the school system provided both special and gifted classes that helped her. But still aching over missed social opportunities and suffering from panic attacks, she turned to writing, which became her life preserver. Upon college graduation, Abeel finally accepted that being learning disabled wasn't her fault. Abeel's raw emotional anguish, though certainly understandable, overwhelms the story, making it difficult to pinpoint an audience. Perhaps readers who have their own intimate knowledge of how learning disabilities derail life will be the most appreciative audience . Julie Cummins Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
  28. 28. “ A library is a fueling station for your mind.” --Steve Leveen
  29. 29. Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs Author: Karen Karbo FIC KAR
  30. 30. Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs Editorial Review Minerva Clark has never liked popular, bratty Chelsea de Guzman. But when Chelsea pleads with  Minerva to help her locate a missing diamond, the prospect of a new mystery is just too irresistible to pass up, especially after Minerva learns that it’s a red diamond and potentially worth millions. Before long Minerva is doing what she does best: getting into trouble while getting to the bottom of things. And whether that includes digging through a day’s worth of trash, tangling with some crooked animal shelter workers, dodging three mischievous corgis, or tracking a carrier pigeon with intestinal problems, Minerva is determined to get her man—or his best friend…
  31. 31. “ A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life .” --Henry Ward Beecher
  32. 32. To Be A Princess Author- Hugh Brewster!157549~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=basic_search&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=To+be+a+princess+%3A+the+fascinating+lives+of+real+princesses+%2F&index=ALLTI#focus 923 BRE
  33. 33. To Be A Princess Editorial Review From Publishers Weekly Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter tell true stories of 12 famous females in To Be a Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses. Among them: Queen Victoria, who ascended the throne at age 13, and Hawaii's Princess Ka`iulani, whose mother on her death bed declared that Ka`iulani would never be queen. Laurie McGaw's regal oil portraits open each section. Period prints and photographs, timelines, a glossary, index and selected bibliography round out the volume . Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc .
  34. 34. “ Libraries enable the past to talk to the future.” --Edward Cornish
  35. 35. Secrets of My Hollywood Life Author: Jen Calonita FIC CAL
  36. 36. Secrets of my Hollywood Life Editorial Review About the Author It's no secret how Jen Calonita knows the inside scoop on young Hollywood. Over the past eight years, as a Senior Entertainment Editor at Teen People, and an entertainment journalist for Entertainment Weekly, Glamour and Marie Claire, Jen has interviewed everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Ashton Kutcher. She lives in New York with her husband Mike, son Tyler and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.
  37. 37. “ Reading is the Window to the World!” -- Lynn Butler
  38. 38. Schooled By: Gordon Korman FIC KOR
  39. 39. Schooled Editorial Review From Booklist Homeschooled on an isolated &quot;alternate farm commune&quot; that has dwindled since the 1960s to 2 members, 13-year-old Cap has always lived with his grandmother, Rain. When she is hospitalized, Cap is taken in by a social worker and sent—like a lamb to slaughter—to middle school. Smart and capable, innocent and inexperienced (he learned to drive on the farm, but he has never watched television), long-haired Cap soon becomes the butt of pranks. He reacts in unexpected ways and, in the end, elevates those around him to higher ground. From chapter to chapter, the first-person narrative shifts among certain characters: Cap, a social worker (who takes him into her home), her daughter (who resents his presence there), an A-list bully, a Z-list victim, a popular girl, the school principal, and a football player (who unintentionally decks Cap twice in one day). Korman capably manages the shifting points of view of characters who begin by scorning or resenting Cap and end up on his side. From the eye-catching jacket art to the scene in which Cap says good-bye to his 1,100 fellow students, individually and by name, this rewarding novel features an engaging main character and some memorable moments of comedy, tenderness, and reflection. Pair this with Jerry Spinelli's 2000 Stargirl for a discussion of the stifling effects of conformity within school culture or just read it for the fun of it. Phelan, Carolyn
  40. 40. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body --Richard Steele
  41. 41. The Dragon’s Eye Author: Duglad A. Steer FIC STE
  42. 42. The Dragon’s Eye Booklist Review After success with such imaginative books as the Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003) and the Dragonology Handbook (2005), Steer is launching the Dragonology Chronicles, a series of adventures based on the purportedly nonfiction writings of the eccentric dragonologist, Dr. Ernest Drake. This first entry is narrated by 12-year-old Daniel Cook, who, along with his sister, Beatrice, is sent to a school run by Dr. Drake, where the youngsters pursue the secret study of dragons. Mysterious happenings lead the children to accompany the doctor on a search for the Dragon's Eye, the key to the fate of all the dragons, which is being sought by the evil Ignatious Crook. Dragon lovers will be well pleased. -- Sally Estes Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved 3358342?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194473691&sr=1-1
  43. 43. We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors. But they all have to learn to live in the same box. -- Unknown
  44. 44. Ice Fire Author: Chris D’Lacey FIC DLA
  45. 45. Ice Fire Book Description When David is assigned an essay on the history of dragons, there is only one thing he knows for sure---he wants to win the prize of a research trip to the Arctic. As David begins to dig deeper into the past, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back . . . to the very heart of the legend of dragons, and the mysterious, ancient secret of the ice fire. . . .
  46. 46. When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day. --Jean Fristz
  47. 47. Keeper Author: Mal Peet FIC PEE
  48. 48. Keeper From Booklist Framed as an interview between a South American sports reporter and the world's best soccer goalkeeper, the now 30-year-old &quot;El Gato&quot; relates how he developed his skills, achieved great fame, and won the coveted World Cup. His story is one of poverty and isolation in a small logging community, of strong family ties in a beloved jungle being inexorably denuded, and of intense focus on the game of soccer. If a coming-of-age tale meeting an environmental message framed by sports narrative weren't enough, a mystical element is added, as El Gato describes his rigorous soccer training by a ghost in a magical clearing hewn from dense foliage. Holly Koelling
  49. 49. A house without books is like a room without windows. -- Horace Mann
  50. 50. Author: Robin Wasserman Awakening FIC WAS
  51. 51. Awakening (Chasing Yesterday, Book 1) All she knows is that she's in a hospital. She doesn't know how she got there, what happened, why it happened, or even her name. She is on every form of news available but no one seems to know who she is or where she came from. Eventually the physical injuries heal, but no one is any closer to solving the original questions. The hospital has no choice but to release J.D., short for Jane Doe, to a juvenile home. And the other kids aren't thrilled to have a celebrity in their midst. Between the music in her head and the dangerous abilities she's exhibiting, J.D. isn't even sure she can trust herself, much less the woman who claims to be her mother. Dropped into a life she doesn't recognize, her only stabilizing influence is Daniel, the one friend she made at the home. Unless he, or their friendship, was just a delusion, too. Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
  52. 52. “ I cannot live without books.” --Thomas Jefferson
  53. 53. PEAK Author : Roland Smith FIC SMI
  54. 54. PEAK From Booklist Fourteen-year-old New Yorker Peak (&quot;It could have been worse. My parents could have named me Glacier, or Abyss, or Crampon.&quot;) Marcello hones his climbing skills by scaling skyscrapers. After Peak is caught climbing the Woolworth Building, an angry judge gives him probation, with an understanding that Peak will leave New York and live with his famous mountaineer father in Thailand. Peak soon learns, however, that his father has other plans for him; he hopes that Peak will become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. Peak is whisked off to Tibet and finds himself in the complex world of an Everest base camp, where large amounts of money are at stake and climbing operations offer people an often-deadly shot at the summit. This is a thrilling, multifaceted adventure story. Smith includes plenty of mountaineering facts told in vivid detail (particularly creepy is his description of the frozen corpses that litter the mountain). But he also explores other issues, such as the selfishness that nearly always accompanies the intensely single-minded. A winner at every level. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
  55. 55. “ Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.” --Charles Scribner, Jr.
  56. 56. The Telling Pool Author: David Clement-Davis FIC CLE
  57. 57. The Telling Pool Editorial Review A wizened crone at the village fair reads the cards for young Rhodri Falcon, revealing the suffering to come from a looming war. In his haste to escape from the crone's strange intensity, Rhodri is drawn toward a grizzled and blind blacksmith who speaks of quests, a true sword, and the mysterious Telling Pool. These ancients' interest in Rhodri, the son of a Welsh falconer who serves a Norman lord during the time of the Third Crusade, hinges on an ancestry of which he has no knowledge: Rhodri is descended from Arthur's Guinevere and has an important role to play in the dark times ahead. With the aid of the blacksmith, the powers of the Telling Pool, his beloved rock falcon, a wise young woman, and an infamous sword, Rhodri must walk a difficult path to save his family, king, and country from the forces of evil. Holly Koelling Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
  58. 58. “ A room without books is like a body without a soul.” --Cicero
  59. 59. The Old Willis Place Author: Mary Downing Hahn FIC HAH
  60. 60. <ul><li>From Booklist Hahn is a master at stretching the suspense, and that's what she does here. Diana and her little brother, Georgie, watch as the caretaker and his daughter move into a trailer near the decaying Willis mansion. The children have seen caretakers come and go, but Diana, who has no friends, is tempted by the sight of a girl her own age. Hahn unfurls the story slowly, but because of the subtitle, readers will know there's a ghost. They'll assume it's wicked Miss Willis, who died in the house, but soon they'll start wondering about Diana and Georgie, too. Where are their parents? What are these arcane rules they seem to live by? To Hahn's credit, children won't be entirely sure of the answers until the very end. Some of the action is told through Lissa's diary. Most of the time this works, but it's too bad the climax is revealed this way as the device puts a barrier between readers and the action. Kids will love this anyway: it's just the right mix of chilling and thrilling. - Ilene Cooper </li></ul>The Old Willis Place
  61. 61. “ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” --Benjamin Franklin
  62. 62. R U L E S Author: Cynthia Lord FICLOR
  63. 63. RULES No toys in the fish tank&quot; is one of many rules that 12-year-old Catherine shares with her autistic younger brother, David, to help him understand his world. Lots of the rules are practical. Others are more subtle and shed light on issues in Catherine's own life. Torn between love for her brother and impatience with the responsibilities and embarrassment he brings, she strives to be on her parents' radar and to establish an identity of her own. At her brother's clinic, Catherine befriends a wheelchair-bound boy, Jason, who talks by pointing at word cards in a communication notebook. Her drawing skills and additional vocabulary cards--including &quot;whatever&quot; (which prompts Jason to roll his eyes at his mother)--enliven his speech. Catherine experiences some of the same unease with Jason that others do in the presence of her brother. In the end, Jason helps Catherine see that her rules may really be excuses, opening the way for her to look at things differently. Cindy Dobrez Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
  64. 64. “ Books are one of the best things that happened to me.” --Johnny Depp
  65. 65. Secret Admirer Author: R.L. Stine FIC STI
  66. 66. Secret Admirer Editorial Review Book Description FEAR STREET -- WHERE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES LIVE... Selena has it all. She just scored the lead in her high school play, and everyone adores her. So when she starts receiving dead flowers from a secret &quot;admirer&quot; named The Sun, she just assumes it's a harmless fan. But Selena soon realizes that The Sun is serious...dead serious. First, her understudy is injured in a suspicious accident. Then, a speeding car almost kills her! Selena doesn't know what this psycho wants.... All she knows is that her number-one fan has become her number-one nightmare.
  67. 67. “ Books are like shoes, you have to pick the one that fits.” -- Michele Shepherd
  68. 68. Just Another Day in my Insanely Real Life Author: Barbara Dee FIC DEE
  69. 69. Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life From Booklist Gr. 4-7. Since Dad left, Cassie's family has had to give up its comfortable lifestyle and move to a ratty neighborhood. Mom has to work long hours, and Cassie, 12, is furious that she has to cover for her selfish, irresponsible older sister, Miranda, and take care of their needy little brother. Cassie is also mad at her grammar-obsessed English teacher, who disapproves of Cassie's writing in her fantasy journal. It's the drama and seething anger in Cassie's first-person narrative that's so compelling, especially the descriptions of the sisters' quarrels--which are ultimately tempered by love. The dialogue is fast, funny, and tender, and the characters are drawn with real complexity. There's even a bit of mystery: Why did Dad leave? What did he do wrong? Nothing is fully resolved, so readers will look forward to the next installment in what appears to be a series. Suggest Claudia Mills' Makeovers by Marcia (2005) to readers while they wait. Hazel Rochman