YA Book of the Day: Fun at Work Day

January 25, 2013

200px-StormbreakerbookThis is not a job for an average teen.  Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider takes over for his recently deceased uncle with Britain’s MI6.  There are gadgets and Bond-type villains galore in this page turner.  It may be dangerous but Alex sure seems to be having a good time with his first job.  It should look pretty interesting on his college applications, too.

YA Book of the Day: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


YA Book of the Day: Belly Laugh Day

January 24, 2013

402013This is the kind of holiday I can really get behind.  There has to be a good way to celebrate this.  Dramatic readings of LOLcats.  Bad joke contests.  Palm trees decorated with whoopie cushions and rubber chickens.  This year I was caught unprepared so I’ll have to be satisfied with re-reading today’s pick.  It’s the first in a ridiculous series.  Be sure to get the edition with the glossary in the back.  It’s full of hilarious definitions for Britishisms and for terms made up by the glorious Georgia Nicolson.

YA Book of the Day: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

YA Book of the Day: National Pie Day

January 23, 2013

21943083Time to grab a slice of pie and pick up what is sure to become a classic novel.  Seriously.  Laughter and tears are such a perfect combination.  It’s the story of a normal young man and his little brother’s battle with leukemia.  They’ll be reading this one for years to come.

YA Book of the Day: Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA Book of the Day: 45th Anniversary of Apollo 5

January 22, 2013

barnes losersLess than fifty years ago we were still shooting unmanned pods into space.  Today, even though NASA has taken huge cuts, there are people working toward commercial space flights.  Barnes dreams of a future where people live on Mars but getting there still isn’t easy.  Especially if you’re trying to get famous on the way.  I had to read this one because of the title and I’m so glad I did.  For those that are interested, Barnes maps out the science of space travel.  For those that are not, he clearly separates the technical talk from the rest of the novel.

YA Book of the Day: Losers in Space by John Barnes

YA Book of the Day: Martin Luther King Day

January 21, 2013



Today’s book involves a young man looking to find his place during the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago.  Influenced by both his father, a proponent of Dr. King’s nonviolent approach, and his brother, a young Black Panther, Sam views several sides of the movement.


YA Book of the Day: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon.


YA Book of the Day: St. Sebastian’s Day

January 20, 2013

Hunger_gamesDid you know that St. Sebastian is the patron saint of archers?  I didn’t either.  This one was kind of a no-brainer.  If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to pick up a copy soon.  The next movie will be coming out this fall and the wait list is going to be huge.

YA Book of the Day: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

YA Book of the Day: Janis Joplin’s Birthday

January 19, 2013

janis_joplinCelebrate the life a great talent who left the world too soon.  Janis Joplin would have been seventy years old today.  She may be a cautionary tale of the dangers of living fast and hard, but she also gave the world some truly amazing music.

YA Book of the Day: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

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