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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
By Patrick Ness
Inspired by Siobhan Dowd
Candlewick Press, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

Pavement Chalk Artist

Pavement Chalk Artist
By Julian Beever
Firefly Books, 2010
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
More than just traditional flat drawings, the works Beever creates are uniquely three-dimensional anamorphic drawings. They are drawn in perspective and distorted so the subject can be viewed properly only from one particular viewpoint. For those who are standing in the right place, his chalk drawings invite them to step right into the scene or, in the case of the artist's well-known Swimming Pool in the High Street, dive right into the water.
"Pavement Chalk Artist" includes a fabulous selection of Beever's most intriguing anamorphic drawings. Each one is accompanied by a description of the techniques he used and the challenges he overcame. These photographs record the development of his unusual skill and understanding of perspective. Readers can see how his art progresses and matures as he takes on commissioned works and a wealth of original, inventive subjects in locations worl…

Everybody Sees the Ants

Everybody Sees the Ants
By A.S. King
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn’t ask to be the target of Nader McMillan’s relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

The Watch That Ends the Night

The Watch that Ends the Night
By Allan Wolf
Candlewick Press, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.

Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told w…

Top Ten Characters That Remind Me of Someone

Top Ten Tuesday Characters Who Books that  Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone  I Know In Real Life
Host by The Broke and the Bookish

Well, I thought about this topic for a long time. It turns out -- it's a pain in the butt. I usually read to forget the real world. I don't want to be reminded of it. But here's what I came up with:


Myself:
These girls often make mistakes. And two of them have the same color hair as me!



The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star
By Maureen Johnson
Putnam Juvenile, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Ruby Red

Ruby Red
By Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

New Books, Overwhelmed Girl

The Sunday Post Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Sooooo, I have too many books. Hence - the name of this blog. I've started inventorying my books using Library Thing. I invested in a lifetime membership. Therefore, I feel more guilty than usual about the unread books sitting on my shelf. So I have A Plan. Again.

I'll finish this YALSA challenge I'm working on. I only have two titles left, and I am halfway through one of those books. (If their website is still down on June 30th, I am going to be very unhappy.) So there's no way I'm going to just quit that. I'll continue to inventory my books. I won't check out any more books unless they come through as a hold for me, and read what I have checked out now. Then, once I get my number of books down on my card, I'll start on my TBR challenge.

Hopefully I stick with the plan this time.

Here are some of the new titles I checked out this week:
(Click on the picture to go to Goodreads)








Zahra's Paradise

Zahra's Paradise
By Amir and Khalid
First Second, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What’s keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished. Zahra’s Paradise weaves together fiction and real people and events. As the world witnessed the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections, through YouTube videos, on Twitter, and in blogs, this story came into being. The global response to this gripping tale has been passionate—an echo of the global outcry during the political upheaval of the summer of 2009.

The Lover's Dictionary Re-Read

I've read this one before. Click here for my review. I revisited it because of a reading challenge. 


I liked it just as much the second time around.
I found myself looking forward to the short entries. They were so powerful. So much more was said in just a sentence. 


I wasn't planning on re-reading this for the challenge. I wanted to read as many new books as possible. However, I am short on time. I'm glad I re-read it. It's so easy and quick to read. I think I need to buy this just for something to glance at whenever I don't know quite what to read.

White Crow

White Crow
By Marcus Sedgwick
Roaring Book Press, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

Some secrets are better left buried; some secrets are so frightening they might make angels weep and the devil crow.

Thought provoking as well as intensely scary, White Crow unfolds in three voices. There's Rebecca, who has come to a small, seaside village to spend the summer, and there's Ferelith, who offers to show Rebecca the secrets of the town...but at a price. Finally, there's a priest whose descent into darkness illuminates the girls' frightening story. White Crow is as beautifully written as it is horrifically gripping.

Ten Miles Past Normal

Ten Miles Past Normal
By Frances O'Roark Dowell
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she’s not. She’s smart and creative and a little bit funky. She’s also an unwilling player in her parents’ modern-hippy, let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm experiment (regretfully, instigated by a younger, much more enthusiastic Janie). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that “normal target.” She has to milk goats every day…and endure her mother’s pseudo celebrity in the homemade-life, crunchy mom blogosphere.... 

Sugar Changed the World

Sugar Changed the World
By Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Audience: Researchers

From Goodreads:
When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.

Waiting On: The Diviners

Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine

The Diviners by Libba Bray Scheduled release: September 18, 2012

Top Ten Summer TBR Books

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
My Summer TBR List!
Click on the picture to go to Goodreads.






Pie

Pie
By Sarah Weeks
Scholastic, Inc, 2011
Audience: Younger Teens, Tweens

From Goodreads:

When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner ... including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.


New Books = Happy Girl 3

The Sunday Post Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: "The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead."

Wheels of Change

Wheels of Change
By Sue Macy
National Geographic Society, 2011
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."

My Boyfriend is a Monster #1

My Boyfriend is a Monster #1: I Love Him to Pieces
By Evonne Tsang
Graphic Universe, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Can love survive the zombie apocalypse? Maybe Dicey's first chance at a real relationship was dead from the start. She's the star of her high school baseball team, and Jack's the star of the science program. Her idea of a study session includes sleeping in the sun, and his idea of a good game involves dungeons and dice. But opposites start attracting when they're assigned to be partners in a class project. Now an outbreak of a weird infection--it eats your brains and leaves you hungry for more--might not mean just the end of their first date. It might mean the end of everything. Will their relationship fall apart faster than zombies in the Florida sun, or can Dicey and Jack beat the odds and find a happy ending?

Cryer's Cross

Cryer's Cross
Lisa McMann
Simon Pulse, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer¹s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried....


Entwined

Entwined
Heather Dixon
Greenwillow Books, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Good Beach Reads I haven't read any of these. If I had a beach near me, I would totally read these there. Click on the picture to go to Goodreads!

Karma

Karma
By Kathy Osterle
Razorbill, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world.

New Books = Happy Girl 2