Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'll be Seeing You By: Lurlene McDaniel


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Carly, who has been disfigured since she was young, never thought she would meet the boy of her dreams in the hospital. Kyle was blinded in an accident and since he can't see what Carly looks like she thinks he's a perfect match for her. But what will she do when he starts to get his sight back?

Book Talk:

Have you ever felt like you would never find someone to love you because of the way you looked? Carly feels that way ever day. At school they call her the 'Dog Face Girl,' because of her looks. When she meets Kyle at the hospital and discovers that he's blind, the two become friends with out her looks getting in the way. Why Kyle starts to get his sight back Carly has a decision to make. Does she tell Kyle the truth about her looks and hope he still likes her, or does she walk away and leave the time they spent together a perfect memory.

A fantastic story of love and truth, I'll be Seeing You is a must read for anyone who ever thought they would never find love.

Awards:

No Awards Yet

McDaniel, Lurlene. I'll be Seeing You. New York: Random House, 1996.
Book Cover Credit: http://www.tower.com/ill-be-seeing-you-lurlene-mcdaniel-paperback/wapi/101125775

Forever By: Judy Blume


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The love story of the high school students, Katherine and Michael.

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Katherine and Michael have a love they think will last forever. Have you ever felt that way? They feel like they will be together always, until summer comes and they are apart for seven weeks. Now they are forced to evaluate their love and what forever really means.

If you've ever felt like your love would last forever, or wondered why love you thought would last forever didn't, this should be the next book on you reading list!

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Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_-4PGIeGU8&feature=related

Awards:

ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding literature for Young Adults, 1996

Blume, Judy. Forever. New York: Simon Pulse, 2003.
Book Cover Credit: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127482114

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson By: Louise Rennison


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Read the journal of Georgia Nicholson, a teen from the U.K.. Follow her through her adventures with family, love, and lots of snogging!

Book Talk:


Her cat, Angus, is trying to eat the poodle next door. And her best friend thinks she looks like an alien – just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Still, add a little boy-stalking, teacher-baiting, and full-frontal snogging with a Sex God, and Georgia’s year just might turn out to be the most fab ever!

For anyone who likes British slang, funny stories, and kissing boys, this is a book for you!

Peer Recommendation:

"I love books from other countries. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, is so funny. I love all the slang, and there are a bunch of books in the series, so there is lots to read." Mandy

Awards:

Michael L. Printz Honor Book
ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. New York: Harper Teen, 2001.
Book Cover Credit: http://www.georgianicolson.com/books.html

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty By: Jenny Han


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Belly measures her life in summers, the sun, the sand, and most importantly, the boys. Fifteen summers spent at the same shore house with the boys treating her like a little sister and suddenly this summer everything is different, everything is different because this summer Belly finally feels pretty.

Book Talk:

Have you ever noticed how when you feel pretty the whole world seems like a different place? Even if it only lasts for a short while? After fifteen summers of watching her crushes watch other girls this summer they’re looking at her. Feeling pretty gives her the confidence to do be herself and do things she hasn’t done before. Which may leave you wondering whether it’s her looks, or her new found confidence that has the boy’s heads turning. If you’ve ever felt like you’ll never be the center of attention, if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to feel pretty, this is a book for you. One summer changed Belly’s world, and one book just might change yours too.

Peer Recommendation:

“I love anything by Jenny Han, her stories are so true. I feel like it could be about me.” Nancy

Awards:

ALA Best Books For Young Adults ,
Capitol Choices List (DC)

Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty. New York: Simon & Shcuster, 2009.
Book Cover Credit: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Summer-I-Turned-Pretty/Jenny-Han/9781416968238

Monday, November 28, 2011

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? By: Melissa Kamtor


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When Lucy’s father remarries he moves her across the country to live with her new stepmother and her two bratty new stepsisters. Now she’s living in the basement, has no friends, and spends her free time doing chores. With a life that seems to mirror Cinderella’s Lucy can’t help but wonder where her prince is.

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Have you ever felt a bit like Cinderella? Lucy sure has! Sure her father’s still alive, but when she lives in New York and her father works in San Francisco she’s still left alone with her evil stepmother and bratty stepsisters. Forced to live in the basement and to do extra chores she can’t help but see the overwhelming similarities between Cinderella and herself. The only problem is that Cinderella’s story ends when she finds the prince. So when Lucy gets asked out by the star of the basketball team, why aren’t all her problems solved?

Can Lucy convince her dad her stepmother is evil? Can she find a perfect dress for prom? And can she figure out why she keeps bumping in to that annoying guy from art class? Find out what this Cinderella does to take matters into her own hands.

Peer Recommendation:

“I love story’s that are fairy tale retellings. You know how they end, but getting there is different. I love, Beauty, and I just read If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s my Prince. It was great.” Melanie

Awards:

Florida Teen Reads
ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
YALSA Teens top 10
Book Sense Pick

Kantor, Melissa. If I have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s my Prince? New York: Hyperion, 2005.
Book Cover Credit: http://www.melissakantor.com/wickedstepmother.html

The Truth About Forever By: Sarah Dessen


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Macy’s spent the years since her father’s death trying to be perfect. When she surprises everyone (including herself) by taking a job at Wish catering for the summer all bets are off, especially where the cute bartender, Wes, is concerned.

Book Talk:

Macy has spent the time since her father’s death trying to achieve perfection. She knows she isn’t as perfect as her boyfriend, who is going to ‘brain camp’ all summer, but by taking over his job at the library during the days and spending her nights studying for the SAT’s she feels like she’s getting closer. Then in a moment of insanity she takes a second job at Wish catering, where nothing ever goes right and chaos rules the days. Surprisingly, Macy finds that she loves it, especially the cute bartender, Wes, with who she is forming a close friendship… and maybe more.

If you’ve ever wanted to be perfect, or thought you’ve known someone who was, this is the book for you. You don’t have to take my word for it though, check out the summary and review below!

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Recommendation credit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-NhZi9lhMk

Awards:

Beehive Young Adults' Book Award
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
SCASL Book Award (South Carolina)
Teen Buckeye Book Award
Volunteer State Book Award

Dessen, Sarah. The Truth About Forever. New York: Viking, 2004.
Book Cover Credit: http://sarahdessen.com/book/the-truth-about-forever/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Prom and Prejudice By: Elizabeth Eulberg


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Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student at the prestigious Longbourn Academy where prom is all students can talk about. Will Lizzie be able to overcome her prejudices and will that handsome Will Darcy be able to overcome his pride so they can have a perfect prom?

Book Talk:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date."

Thus starts Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom and Prejudice, a modern take on the classic tale Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In this new telling of the old classic, Lizzie Bennet thought she had seen all the rude behavior students at her prestigious school could throw at her. When she overhears Will Darcy say he spent his last term in London to avoid scholarship students, she writes off rich kids for good. Can Will Darcy put aside his pride and see what makes Lizzie special, and can Lizzie ignore her prejudice to find out the truth about Darcy’s statement that night, and can they both find a date for prom in time?

Prom and Prejudice keeps all the themes that made Austen’s book such a success, and adds some new twists to keep readers engaged. If you’ve read Pride and Prejudice and loved it, this is the book for you. Also, If you didn’t enjoy the language of Pride and Prejudice or couldn’t easily pick out the themes, this book will help show you what everyone’s talking about. Either way, make sure to grab this book soon!

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Book Trailer Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykfQas-cGlU

Awards:

None yet

Eulberg, Elizabeth. Prom and Prejudice. New York: Point, 2011.
Book Cover Credit: http://austenprose.com/2011/01/05/prom-and-prejudice-by-elizabeth-eulberg-%E2%80%93-a-review/