February 1, 2013
Here’s a week’s worth of YA picks and random holidays to celebrate. Because sometimes we need a little time to plan ahead.
February 1st – Imbolc – Enna Burning by Shannon Hale – Celebrate a fire festival by reading about a girl with the strange ability to control fire.
February 2nd – Crepe Day – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – It’s time for some delicious crepes and a trip to Paris. Even if we can’t all hop on a plane we can live vicariously through Anna.
February 3rd – Dump Your Significant Jerk Day – Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideou – When three girls discover that they’re all dating the same guy it’s time for a little payback. And if they manage to help some other people with awkward breakups, so much the better.
February 4th – World Cancer Day – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Be sure to get on the list for this one. It was recently named Time’s #1 fiction book of 2012. The list is only going to get longer.
February 5th – Weatherperson’s Day – Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes – A twelve-year-old’s point of view of Katrina’s aftermath in New Orleans.
February 6th – National Girls and Women in Sports Day – My 13th Season by Kristi Roberts – Fran had no problems playing baseball with the boys in her old town. The guys on the team in her new town aren’t nearly as receptive. There is no ways she’s going to take that laying down.
February 7th – Ballet Day – Amiri and Odette: A Dance for Two by Walter Dean Myers – An updated version of the classic ballet Swan Lake set in the projects. Only Myers could make such a concept work.
January 30, 2013
Nick wishes he had to deal with inane answering messages. Who ever set up the voicemail on the used phone he just purchased must have left a doozy because he’s getting calls from strangers begging for help and making demands. The situation quickly goes from bad to disturbing.
YA Book of the Day: Hell Phone by William Sleator
January 29, 2013
Is there such a thing as thinking too freely? I certainly don’t think so. And I’m pretty sure that Shaun Tan agrees with me. His short stories wander from whimsy to melancholy and back again, but each is an amazing experience. His illustrations only add to the feeling that you are wandering through another person’s dreams. A dream where a whole other impossible world exists, with it’s own rules and customs.
YA Book of the Day: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
January 28, 2013
Seventh grader Erin Swift has plenty of problems. The boy she likes doesn’t like her back. Her archenemy is giving her a hard time. She’s not even sure where she stands with her best friend. Then her private digital diary is accidentally uploaded to the school intranet. There are certain things that shouldn’t be shared.
YA Book of the Day: Click Here by Denise Vega
January 27, 2013
There are so many stories written about the Holocaust, it’s almost hard to believe that anyone would ever forget. Or deny it ever happened. This story shows a child’s point of view as a young boy forms a friendship with another boy who happens to live on the other side of a large fence.
YA Book of the Day: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
January 26, 2013
Apples are everyone’s business in Banesville, New York. Literally. Most of the town makes their living from the orchards in one way or another. When rumors of ghosts start to spook the locals, high-school reporter Hildy decides it’s time for some sleuthing. Plenty of apple-talk will leave the reader craving their own bite of fruit. This one is a fun take on small town living.
YA Book of the Day: Peeled by Joan Bauer
January 25, 2013
This 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