What a fun book! I read it straight through in one sitting; I could not put it down. You cannot help but root for Junior and...more(Best Books YA, realistic)
What a fun book! I read it straight through in one sitting; I could not put it down. You cannot help but root for Junior and hope right along with him that life has to get better. Junior has struggled for a better life since the day he was born. He was not supposed to live past six months, and here he is fourteen, still struggling to be better. When he’s given a chance to go to the white school to receive a better education, Junior takes the chance. He struggles with his identity as a boy, as a friend, and as an Indian.
All teens can relate to struggling for their identity. Their personal experience may not be as drastic a change as Junior faced, but for them it is life-changing. Junior’s relationship with his best friend, his immediate and extended Rez family, and his new friends at the white school are all instantly relatable circumstances. Junior, like all teens, struggles to maintain his own identity in the midst of all this change, in a place where it would be easier to pretend to be someone else. He faces this by sometimes giving in, but always has the courage and humor to do the right thing. Teens will see that being themselves is the best option.
Just describing the premise of this book will sell it! There are various illustrations throughout the book, and displaying those will also help, especially the one where Junior is depicted as being split in two: he’s Junior on the Rez and Arnold at the white school. That image is more than likely a familiar one for most teens. In addition, I have heard the audio book is excellent, so playing an excerpt from that would easily promote this book as well.
I loved this book! I love books that are truly laugh-out-loud-funny, but also know when to be serious. This book has both. Sin...more(Best Books YA, romance)
I loved this book! I love books that are truly laugh-out-loud-funny, but also know when to be serious. This book has both. Since his child prodigy days, Colin has been searching for a way to matter. After being dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine, he needs a change of scenery. Colin and Hassan’s road trip that stops in Gunshot, Tennessee, their friendship with Lindsey, and their work for the factory (that makes the strings for tampons) all make for a fun, but poignant story.
Most teens have experienced the heartbreak of being dumped so they can relate to Colin’s plight. Not many teens would be able to take a road trip to clear their minds, though, so following Colin and Hassan as they learn there is more to the world than just each other is an experience not to be missed. Add to it Colin’s realization that his love life is not as he imagined it, Hassan’s realization that his life can have a purpose, and their fierce loyalty, not to mention Colin’s quirky anagramming personality and his work on a mathematical formula that will predict relationships, and most teen won’t be able to put this book down!
John Green and his “nerd-fighters” are immensely popular and his name alone would be enough to promote this book. Even without that, this book would be easy to push. I would read an excerpt from it because there are so many places where you laugh out loud. Describing the premise would also be enough to push this book.
I found this book while browsing at my library and ended up liking more than the book I originally intended to review, Looking for Alask...more(Printz Award)
I found this book while browsing at my library and ended up liking more than the book I originally intended to review, Looking for Alaska by John Green. This was a fun read and it shows that trust is a precious thing. When Frankie returns to her boarding school, after a summer of physically growing in many ways, she is suddenly someone on campus. Her new-found popularity comes at a price; people assume because she is pretty, she is dumb. So, Frankie clandestinely takes over the all-male, secret society and their exploits become epic. Frankie is instantly relatable, if not entirely likeable. She just wants her boyfriend to pay attention to her, but the more fantastic her pranks become the less he pays attention to her.
Frankie’s sudden body change is something all girls can relate to. Her take-over of the secret society is a little less likely to happen for most girls, but her reasons behind it are understandable. In the end Frankie learns you cannot make someone like you, and if you try, it only ends badly. The way Frankie still pines for Matthew, even after he, in my opinion, treats her as less than human, is off putting. Teens should know that a guy who would treat you like Matthew treats Frankie is not someone worth keeping.
Frankie is a quirky character. She has created neglected positives, such as gruntled instead of disgruntled or pugn instead of impugn. Her speech is riddled with these little words and adds to her charm. I think the cover is intriguing enough for someone to pick up the book, so simply displaying it would be a way to promote the book. However, when booktalking it, I would read the first few pages. The letter Frankie writes the headmaster briefly describes what she did with the secret society and would be enough to tease the interest of anyone.
The story revolves around three characters: Jin Weng, the Monkey King, and Danny. Each character has their own burden to bear and wishe...more(Graphic Novel)
The story revolves around three characters: Jin Weng, the Monkey King, and Danny. Each character has their own burden to bear and wishes they could change for what they see as the better. Along the seemingly mundane journey, each character learns about loyalty and how to stay true to themselves. I did not anticipate the ending, but it was nicely handled and demonstrates that where one journey ends, another is just beginning.
I really enjoyed American Born Chinese and I would recommend it to everyone. It deals with something most teens can relate to- wanting to change something about yourself so you can fit in, or wanting something so much you will do anything to get it. Teens can relate to the struggles and the consequences each character must face. In the end, teens learn that it is better to be yourself because that is the best way to be. In addition, the artwork is eye-catching and goes a long way toward telling the story.
I think I can promote the book in conjunction with other stories of finding yourself. Perhaps displaying a few scenes from the book would gather attention and entice teens to pick it up. When promoting it in a school, I would definitely show the artwork as that is part of what makes this book such a good read. I would encourage reluctant readers to give it a shot because it can be read quite quickly.
Wow, what a powerful book. Melinda’s inability to speak is related directly to what happened the night of the senior party. The night wh...more(Printz Award)
Wow, what a powerful book. Melinda’s inability to speak is related directly to what happened the night of the senior party. The night when Melinda called the cops and got a bunch of people arrested. Her life in high school is now miserable and she feels no one would listen even if she did speak. However, in the victorious ending, you cannot help but cheer when Melinda finds her voice and someone finally listens.
Any teen who has been in Melinda’s situation, or a very similar situation, would directly relate to this book. For that matter, any teen with a problem or a fear that seems insurmountable, will relate. Teens often feel like no one listens to them; imagine if this is what they were trying to say. Melinda’s triumph at the end will bring hope to those teens who feel nothing can be done and will hopefully inspire them to speak up.
You can easily push this book just by stating the premise. Do not explain that Melinda was raped, only hint at it. That will be enough to pique readers’ interests and send them to the library to check it out.
I really enjoyed this book. Orson Scott Card’s imagination must be endless. He has created such a believable character in Ender, one wh...more(Edwards Award)
I really enjoyed this book. Orson Scott Card’s imagination must be endless. He has created such a believable character in Ender, one who you forget most of the time is less than 10 years old, and he has created such a realistic, futuristic world. In Ender’s world, the government breeds child geniuses for the purpose of training them as soldiers. Ender has so much pressure placed on him you know he will crack sometime. Yet, you root for him to triumph over the school bullies, win all of his simulation battles, and ultimately, defeat the enemy. It’s a coming of age story where Ender saves the world but breaks his spirit in the process.
Teens can relate to Ender and his life. As I mentioned, it is easy to forget how young he is, but his life is all scheduled for him. Teens today are over scheduled as it is, so they will relate to Ender and his difficulties. They will see that he does not do it alone; he has friends and family to help him.
I think explaining the premise of this book alone would be enough to promote it. Explaining that it is an adventure story set in space and you will find many teens interested. Also, as there are more Ender stories, you can promote all of them at once. His adventures do not end here!
I loved this book! This is the first time I’ve read it, although I’ve read other Lois Lowry books and loved them so I do not know how I...more(Edwards Award)
I loved this book! This is the first time I’ve read it, although I’ve read other Lois Lowry books and loved them so I do not know how I missed this one. The idea of living in a community where everything is same, so much so that there is no color and no weather, is fascinating. Jonas is the perfect character to present the wonderful, ideal world, and then to see the truth that lies beneath. He is young enough to be naïvely optimistic, yet still young enough to question some rules as he is given more and more memories. I can feel his heart break when he learns that “releasing” is actually killing someone and that his father does it on a regular basis. Also, you can feel his isolation and pain when he realizes that the word love is so powerful and all encompassing, that it is not to be scoffed at, as his parents did.
I think teens of all ages would love this book. It is a quintessential coming of age story. While Jonas is young, that does not mean the reader must be that young to appreciate his journey. Any teen can relate to growing up and realizing their world is not a perfect as it seems. Plus, Jonas is such a wonderful character, you get caught up in his life so quickly, you can easily appreciate his struggles no matter your age.
I would booktalk this book in order to promote it to teens. It would be easy to tease this book enough to interest any reader. I might also display all of Lois Lowry’s books, as they all are worth reading again and again!