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Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life...

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

I am pretty much over dystopian in general. Too much in too little time! However, I loved Ship Breaker. It was gritty, swashbuckling, I cared about the characters, and I loved the action. I wasn’t a…

Bleed, Blister, Puke and Purge

Bleed, Blister, Puke and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine
J. Marin Younker
Zest Books, 2016
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Riots over the medical use of cadavers. Public access to institutions for the insane. And full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of American medicine. Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge exposes the extraordinary practices and major players of American medical history, from the colonial era to the late 1800s. It’s hard to believe that today’s cutting-edge medicine originated from such crude beginnings, but this book reminds us to be grateful for today’s medical care, while also raising the question: what current medical practices will be the horrors of tomorrow?

Ooo, gross! Believe the title! While the cover of the book looks basic and scientific, don’t be fooled. Disgusting stories and graphic descriptions of pus, historical medical procedures and malpractice await …

The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil
Soman Chainani
HarperCollins, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children

From Goodreads:
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrus…

The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist
Carrie Fisher
Blue Rider Press, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Warsmovie. 

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her mos…