I listened to this, and Neal Shah's narration really made this book for me. Much of it takes place in India, and trying to pronounce, in my head, allI listened to this, and Neal Shah's narration really made this book for me. Much of it takes place in India, and trying to pronounce, in my head, all the place names and people's names, would have given me a headache - instead, the text just flowed through my ears! The story starts out with a somewhat common premise - a Wall Street analyst who has fought his way through poverty to become a success doubts the purpose of life after his mother passes away. He decides to go to India to find a yogi to guide him. Max ends up traipsing from one end of India to the other, learning lessons along the way, continually seeking enlightenment. A thoughtful and entertaining read....more
The Weight of Zero clearly relates the difficulty of dealing with a treatable mental illness for a teen and her friends and family. Catherine has alwaThe Weight of Zero clearly relates the difficulty of dealing with a treatable mental illness for a teen and her friends and family. Catherine has always known that there is something 'wrong' with her, but until she is diagnosed as being bipolar, after attempting suicide, she had no idea how or why Zero, as she has named it, comes after her. With the help of a battery of doctors and therapies and drugs, Cath begins to understand that her disorder is not a death sentence, allowing her to see a better future ahead, as well as allowing her to be much more empathetic with others in mental and physical pain. Fortunati also deals with issues of bullying, helicopter parenting, and high school drama which place this story in a very real world for teen readers. Nice shout-out to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, too!...more
I listened to Moriarty on a Playaway (which is an MP3-type single title device), and the narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi was superb. TI listened to Moriarty on a Playaway (which is an MP3-type single title device), and the narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi was superb. The various accents (NY American, Bostonian, high British, Cockney, etc...) really made the book come alive. The story is very compelling, full of Sherlockian twists and turns. Horowitz does a great job with providing details of the sounds, smells and sights of London and its environs.
I did not feel that I missed anything because I had not read the first title in the series. The story starts with a bang, and ends that way too. A little gory - but these are very bad criminals being pursued by Scotland Yard and the Pinkertons. Recommended to mystery and suspense fans, particularly those who like to listen to their books....more
Max, an amateur paleontologist, is digging for fossils when he inadvertently opens up a hole to Hell - and the next thing he knows, he has Burgundy ClMax, an amateur paleontologist, is digging for fossils when he inadvertently opens up a hole to Hell - and the next thing he knows, he has Burgundy Cluttermuck, a Satan, living in his basement, addicted to videogames and junk food. Burg is a conniving, lying, and seriously funny houseguest who causes all kinds of hell to break loose around him. Max's mom, homebound with a serious heart condition, becomes central to a deal that involves finding a home for Burg and her getting cured. Max needs help, and seeks out the advice of Lore, a goth girl from his high school who has had some experience with the dark side.
Damico builds a great story and characters in Hellhole. Max has his quirks - sweating a lot is one of them - but readers will be rooting for him the entire book. And Lore is like the proverbial onion that is slowly peeled to revealed her true personality, strengths and weaknesses. And there is lots to think about - is a deal with the devil okay if it means saving your mom's life? And Ruckus the cat has a starring role that no one would ever imagine for him!
I am a huge fan of Damico's Croak series, and Hellhole was a totally satisfying read - humorous, poignant, thoughtful and outrageous, all at the same time!...more
Michaela MacColl has done a wonderful job of bringing Louisa May Alcott to life. In this fictionalized account, readers share one summer with Louisa wMichaela MacColl has done a wonderful job of bringing Louisa May Alcott to life. In this fictionalized account, readers share one summer with Louisa when her mother and sister go away to earn money for the family, leaving her to mind her sister and father. Though Concord at first seems like a sleepy New England village, it becomes quickly apparent that there is more going on that can be seen on the surface - bootlegging, marital strife, extortion, and the Underground Railroad, just for a start. Louisa's sharp and curious mind is continually working on putting pieces of many puzzles together, including trying to figure out if her fondness for visiting friend Fred is more than just a crush. Just as in Prisoners in the Palace, and Nobody's Secret, MacColl has created a strong female character worthy of admiration, placed in an interesting historical context. The closing author's note provides valuable background on Louisa and the Alcott family and their relationships with the leading Transcendentalists of the day, naming Emerson and Thoreau....more
First of all, the cover pictured here is MUCH better than the one on the ARC, which shows a well-dressed young man relaxing on a coffin top holding aFirst of all, the cover pictured here is MUCH better than the one on the ARC, which shows a well-dressed young man relaxing on a coffin top holding a single red flower - which almost implies a romance within, which there isn't...
This is a dark and humorous story about a young man, disturbed by incidents from his past, ignoring the problems of his present - sleepwalking, insomnia, nightmares, and strange turn in his life from being taken care of by Mam to taking care of her as she slides into dementia. He ends up taking a job at the local funeral home under the watchful eye of John Barton, the funeral home director, his wife, and feisty daughter Skye.
Demons are everywhere and for Aaron, and it is only through taking care of the dead that he is able to push his own fears away. Living a somewhat sordid "caravan" park (known in the US as a trailer park) with Mam is no picnic, but it is the only life he knows. Aaron has been with her since he was very small, but is starting to realize that this is not a safe place for him, or Mam, to be. Especially since he is a somnabulist (sleepwalker) who finds himself waking up on the beach, in front of a cafe, and in another person's trailer...
Very good writing and well-developed characters; the handful of Australian expressions are easily interpreted, and the description of the work done in funeral homes is as fascinating as it is bizarre....more
This is a beautifully written story about a young girl who has visions - Laney calls these "future flashes" - which both exhilarate and frighten her.This is a beautifully written story about a young girl who has visions - Laney calls these "future flashes" - which both exhilarate and frighten her. One flash always ends with someone engulfed in flames... and when she meets the new kid in town, Lyle, she knows it is him. Laney learns that she has to be the one to take control. Murdock creates a strong story with a gutsy lead character; secondary characters, such as bully Axel and her father Walt are well-developed, with poignant stories of their own. Highly recommended for readers gr 4-8....more
I wish The Green Teen Cookbook had been around when I was a teen! This beautiful cookbook has something to offer to teens of all dietary habits - vegaI wish The Green Teen Cookbook had been around when I was a teen! This beautiful cookbook has something to offer to teens of all dietary habits - vegan to carnivore. The recipes, all submitted by teens, are well-balanced and most are simple enough for even a kitchen novice to make. No complicated methods or special tools needed. One really nice feature is the inclusion of "Seasonal" options. For example, fruit salads for spring, summer, fall, winter featuring the produce that is most likely available at those times. Two recipes that I am definitely going to try are the Squash Salad, featuring winter squash, prosciutto and jalapeno; and the Spanish Tortilla, which includes onion, potatoes, chorizo and red peppers. A list of regional farmers markets is included....more
Rosie thinks she can escape a seemingly hopeless life living in a railroad car with her family by getting into the highly regarded Forge School of theRosie thinks she can escape a seemingly hopeless life living in a railroad car with her family by getting into the highly regarded Forge School of the Arts. But first she must survive and thrive on The Forge Show, a reality show that follows prospective students at the school for 12 hours a day; the other 12 hours are spent in a pill-induced sleep. Making the cut among a class full of over-achievers is no small feat. While Rosie's specialty is photography, other are dancers, programmers, actors and painters. When she makes it into Forge, she is elated - then her curiosity, which grows into suspicion, reveals that not all is as it seems at Forge. When she stops taking her sleeping pill, life at Forge suddenly looks different. There are hidden agendas and dangerous experiments, and once Rosie's incursions are discovered, life becomes dangerous for her and her fellow students.
O'Brien has put together a fast-paced and suspenseful read, with a thought-provoking plot - if you could heal someone by stealing another's dreams, would you? Recommended for fans of Mary Pearson's Fox Chronicles....more
Andrew Smith gives us another cool concept to kick around (miles instead of minutes) and the best female teen character he has conjured since Luz in GAndrew Smith gives us another cool concept to kick around (miles instead of minutes) and the best female teen character he has conjured since Luz in Ghost Medicine. And getting to read the word 'knackery' is a bonus too! Finn and Cade are best friends, and bookends of a kind - Finn does the deep thinking, and Cade is the action man. Finn also has the (mis)fortune of being a character in his father's famous book, The Lazarus Door, which shadows him and prompts comparisons. He even has a scar that inspired a symbol in the book. When a new girl shows up for the summer, Finn is interested and even amazed when she returns his interest. There's some sneaking around, townie adventures, and an epic road trip too. But I forgot to mention that Finn has epilepsy, so there is always a possible seizure hanging in the air. A fine story from one of my favorite authors. ...more