Book of the Day: Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson

October 5, 2007

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Laura, Jace and Chloe are high school juniors who have been friends since childhood. Laura is the type-A organizer who considers herself an expert. After all, she did go to prom with her popular senior boyfriend, Mike, the year before. Jace, the jock, wants to ask Paul, the new hot guy on the tennis team with a mysterious past. Chloe, the artistic one, lives on the fringe – reading from dead poets, wearing black, and hanging out in the world history section at Barnes and Noble. Chloe, in an unguarded moment, agrees to go to prom, and Laura makes it her life’s mission to find Chloe a date in the twenty one days before the big event.

The story is told with a lot of humor and some drama, and highlights the excitement that leads up to the “big event.” Finally, the three girls are ready for prom – but will it turn out as expected? Will Laura have the super romantic evening she’s planned for her and Mike? Will Jace discover Paul’s secret past? How will Chloe handle her first date ever with Zach?

Prom Anonymous is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Heidi @ West Regional Library

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Book of the Day: Shock Point by April Henry

October 4, 2007

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Cassie Streng has just discovered how and why three teens mysteriously died but never has the chance to prove it.  Her psychiatrist stepfather has been injecting “out of control” teens with an experimental drug without their parents consent. When Cassie realizes what has happened, she is suddenly sent to a “resort” school, which turns out to be a prison camp! She needs to escape, but the harsh living and authoritative leaders hinder her attempts. Cassie learns about self-preservation and who she can really trust. It’s a fun book to read, but there are definitely holes in the plot. If you are ready for a good suspense/action book, this one may fit the bill.  

Shock Point is a nominee for the Teens Top 10.  To request it from the library, click here.  If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007. 

Review by Andrea @ East Regional Library


Book of the Day: The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh

October 3, 2007

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The Unresolved is a historical mystery about the General Slocum steamboat fire. The steamboat fire was the worst disaster in New York City until the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Sadly, this fire and shipwreck, in which over 1,000 people lost their lives, has largely been forgotten today. The cause of the fire was never determined.

On June 14, 1904, members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church boarded the steamboat on the way to their annual end of Sunday School class picnic. Most members of St. Mark’s were German immigrants. The story is told by the ghost of one of the trip takers, fifteen-year-old Mallory Meer. Mallory has a secret rendezvous to meet Dustin, a young Jewish boy she has a crush on and who also happens to be her father’s apprentice. Their secret meeting does not last very long, because soon after the immigrants board the ship, the fire starts. The life jackets were made of cork, and they disintegrated, allowing people to drown instead of float. The life boat bolts were rusted to the side of the boat and all water hoses burst making both items of no use to the trapped passengers.

Mallory’s ghost chronicles the aftermath of the fire and shipwreck. She attends the coroner’s inquest, which were of great interest to the community. Historical records indicate that over 600 families lost someone in the fire and shipwreck. Mallory follows the life of the key players of the shipwreck throughout the course of the rest of their lives. The Unresolved is a great quick read for those who like historical fiction or who want to know more about this forgotten tragedy.

The Unresolved is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Marci @ Duraleigh Road Library


Book of the Day: All Hallows’ Eve: 13 Stories by Vivian Vande Velde

October 1, 2007

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A titillating read containing 13 short stories with twists, turns and unexpected endings! This book is full of fun but scary stories that will tingle your spine. My personal favorite told the tale of a psychic who read a few teens futures.  By the end of the story, his predictions mysteriously came true. Vivian Vande Velde is famous for her ghost stories and this one of her best! This quick read is great to read and share with friends. 

All Hallow’s Eve is a nominee for the Teens Top 10.  To request it from the library, click here.  If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007. 

Review by Andrea @ East Regional Library


Book of the Day: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

October 1, 2007

 

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Bella has now recovered from her terrible attack in Arizona, and she is dragged to her own birthday celebration by her perfectly gorgeous vampire boyfriend, Edward. Amidst the celebration, clumsy Bella cuts herself, and Edward realized just how dangerous it is to have Bella among them.

So he retreats, causing Bella to suffer a deeper and deeper depression in which she continually puts herself in danger… only to hear Edward’s voice begging her not to harm herself. As the story progresses, her friendship with Jacob gets awfully close to romantic, until she finds out the ancient truth of Jacob’s family. If you haven’t read this series yet, start with Twilight, enjoy this title, then pick up the latest in the saga, Eclipse.

New Moon is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place you vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Elizabeth @ Eva Perry Library


Book of the Day: The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson

September 30, 2007

 

The Christopher Killer is an exciting and fast-paced book for all those CSI fans out there. Cameryn Mahoney is an average teenager in Silverton, CO, with a burning desire to pursue a career as a forensic pathologist. To help further her career path, she convinces her coroner father to hire her as his assistant. He reluctantly agrees over the objections of her grandmother, with whom Cameryn and her father live.

The first case Cameryn is called upon to assist with involves the murder of her friend Rachel. Rachel’s case is made all the more intriguing when there is evidence the crime was committed by a serial killer. A psychic who believes she predicted Rachel’s murder comes to town under the belief he can help police solve the crime. The psychic and the supernatural do not sit well with Cameryn’s scientific mindset. Another mystery in Cameryn’s life is the new-to-town deputy Justin and his link to her absent mother. Can she and her mother patch things up?

Can Cameryn solve the case of The Christopher Killer in time or will she end up being his next victim? For forensic mystery readers The Christopher Killer is a must read.

The Christopher Killer is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Marci @ Duraleigh Road Library


Book of the Day: Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

September 29, 2007

Do you believe in super powers? 17-year old Jasmine Callahan does. Unfortunately, her only super powers seem to be an uncanny ability to attract trouble and cats. Cats love her, and that’s where the trouble begins.

The story fast forwards to Las Vegas where Jasmine is forced to spend her summer vacation with her family. Lying by the pool is ok but not when you are missing out on your lifelong dream of being a detective. Jasmine was supposed to spend her summer fighting crime and solving mysteries at her coveted police internship. Her father foiled that plan, but Jasmine soon finds out that Sin City is an excellent place for amateur detectives.

Once she is joined by her vacation crashing best friends and attacked by a 3-legged cat, the action begins. Follow Jasmine and her friends on their hilarious crime-stopping adventures as they try to save a famous model and her son from the darker side of Las Vegas.

Bad Kitty is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Lynn @ West Regional Library

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