Seemingly incompatible and not-ever-likely-to-get-together, Eleanor & Park find that there is an irresistible energy between them...and slowly, suSeemingly incompatible and not-ever-likely-to-get-together, Eleanor & Park find that there is an irresistible energy between them...and slowly, surely they hook up. Both misfits and odd-men-out in their own unique way, they find a way to make each other the most important person in each other's life. Bullied, ostracized, and rejected by their families in completely different ways, these two find romance despite their circumstances.
Of course, Eleanor, with her weird clothes, brilliant red hair, and scary family is bullied at school and at home, but Park's family is a little more understanding and they even welcome Eleanor into their 'loving' family. As Eleanor's bully starts getting more and more flagrant with sexual innuendo written inside her school books, the two become more and more afraid of the consequences it could mean. When they finally do figure out who is verbally attacking Eleanor, she realizes she must high-tail it out of town...and out of Park's life, too.
Eleanor & Park is undoubtedly a sad, teary YA novel, yet it is romance at its best. Whether they find a way to stay together is unseen as the ending is infuriatingly vague, yet in this case it totally works. I know every reader makes up their own mind about those three words written on a post card...I know what my vote is, and I am not telling. YOU have to read the book, and I highly recommend that you do. ...more
Thomas finds himself traveling upward in the box, an elevator-like contraption, not knowing why. His memory has been erased. He remembers common thingThomas finds himself traveling upward in the box, an elevator-like contraption, not knowing why. His memory has been erased. He remembers common things, but not anything that really matters. When he reaches The Glade, kids his age are there to welcome him. He finds himself in a strange place surrounded by a ivy-covered maze. All the kids there have had their memories erased too...but, everyday they hope to find the way out of the maze and back home.
Every night, huge stone walls move together to surround and close off The Glade from the Grievers. They are monster-like, metal and flesh creatures that sting and kill. They awaken in the maze at night.
As Thomas is acclimating himself to his new home, he finds that every kid has a job...but, Thomas knows, feels that he must be The Maze Runner, one of the few who run through the maze everyday trying to find the way out. By making a map of the maze each day (the maze changes its configuration daily), they hope to piece together the clue.
When Teresa, a girl, the only girl to arrive in the Glade, shows up in the box the next day, things mysteriously start to change and they know the time in The Glade is ending. They must find the way out...
This book is great!...a great book for boys in 5th through 8th grade especially who loved The Hunger Games. Full of excitement and survival at all costs, The Maze Runner will have the reader wondering what could possibly come next and beyond. The Maze Runner is the first in the series.
Packed inside the pages of this little book is a powerful story of one boy's fight for survival at the abusive hands of his parents. Every day, day-inPacked inside the pages of this little book is a powerful story of one boy's fight for survival at the abusive hands of his parents. Every day, day-in-day-out, was a living nightmare for this boy who was denied food, shelter, and most importantly, love.He was beaten, burned, tortured, poisoned, stabbed and on many occasions, nearly died. His will to survive at the hands of a mentally ill, evil mother is remarkable, if not almost unbelievable. Yet, he survived.
If not for a teacher who not only noticed the signs, but acted on them, Dave Pelzer may not have made it. Today, he is free from the physical abuse as he has, as only he could, distanced himself from the pain and memories.
A Child Called "It" is unfathomable, until you realize it is true. No work of fiction could possible be this gut-wrenching. It makes a reader want to scream and snatch that little boy away from the grip of the monster.
Survival skills sure do come in handy when you're competing against 11 other tributes in the annual Hunger Games. In a futuristic America, that's beenSurvival skills sure do come in handy when you're competing against 11 other tributes in the annual Hunger Games. In a futuristic America, that's been laid to ruins and is struggling to survive, 12 distinct districts form the new nation called Panem. Katniss Everdeen, 16, single-handedly feeds her family since her father died. She hunts and captures small game to either feed her sister, Prim and mother, or uses the trappings as barter for other goods. Once a year, the Hunger Games are staged as a way of reminding the population of Panem's near-anniliation. Two tributes from each of the 12 districts are chosen randomly to fight to the death in a computer controlled game of wits, cunning, and survival. When Katniss's frail sister, Prim is chosen, she immediately volunteers to go in her place, knowing full well that by accepting the challenge, she faces an almost certain death. Katniss's District 12 is poor and unable to train its tributes properly for these cruel, inhuman games. Peeta's name is pulled as her fellow participant from District 12. She remembers him as a soft-spoken boy who once, long ago, showed her a unforgettable kindness. Now, as they enter the games, he is her enemy...Will the strength and cunning Katniss has developed as part of her everyday survival skills in District 12 help her outwit these highly-trained, yet over-confident tributes from the wealthy districts? The Hunger Games is a riveting, suspenseful take on a futuristic civilization that is existing in a reality-show mindset without compassion or caring for the unfortunate participants. Even the most reluctant reader will be fascinated by the heightened sense of danger and foreboding pervasiveness of doom.
Morton West High School incoming Freshman reading list-2010. Morton West High School incoming Freshman reading list-2011. Abraham Lincoln Award: 2011...more
Tally Youngblood lives in a future world where upon reaching the age of 16 one does not get a driver's license, but a high-tech operation which compleTally Youngblood lives in a future world where upon reaching the age of 16 one does not get a driver's license, but a high-tech operation which completely and utterly transforms every inch of your body, making you a 'Pretty'. Tally's best friend, Peris received his operation 3 months ago and now she is lonely waiting for her turn. That's when she meets Shay, another lonely girl who has doubts about turning pretty. She tells Tally about David, an 18-year-old boy who hasn't turned pretty and lives in 'The Smoke' among the Rusty Ruins of a long-ago world, where there once were wars, polluted cities, desecration, and uglies. Shay escapes, leaving Tally behind, but the Specials want Shay back and the only one who knows where she is...is Tally. Tally is denied her operation until she finds Shay and David's mysterious city. One problem: Shay left Tally a cryptic coded letter that Tally has to decipher in order to find The Smoke. Once Tally find this group of renegade uglies, she learn a truth about the pretty operation, one which holds dark, sinister secrets. Tally is now torn between two worlds...which one will she betray? ...more
Clary,15 and her friend Simon wander into a party at the Pandemonium and Clary begins to see unusual things...a trio of breathtakingly beautiful teenaClary,15 and her friend Simon wander into a party at the Pandemonium and Clary begins to see unusual things...a trio of breathtakingly beautiful teenagers trap a boy in a room and...kill him? When she has Simon call the police, no evidence is left behind. Why can Clary only see these creatures? Later, her mom mysteriously disappears and her mom's friend, Luke suddenly turns mean and cold. What is going on? The trio from Pandemonium turn out to be Shadowhunters, warriors who rid the earth of all sorts of demons. But why does Clary see these demons now too, and what does all this have to do with her mother's disappearance? Why do all these people have strange, carved impressions on their skin, not unlike the markings she inadvertingly saw on her mother's neck? Clary and these teenagers are somehow connected and band together to find a precious article, THE MORTAL CUP, which was apparently in Clary's mom's possession. Clary finds out some surprising truths about her parentage, her family and her abilities to run with this tribal sect. ...more
This hauntingly dark tale will draw you in from page one. Bella Swan is new to Forks High School. She left Arizona and her mother behind as her mom anThis hauntingly dark tale will draw you in from page one. Bella Swan is new to Forks High School. She left Arizona and her mother behind as her mom and her new husband begin a new life. Bella moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. She meets Edward Cullen and her love/hate relationship with him starts. Edward Cullen is the exquisitely handsome, agonizingly distant junior that everyone girl worships from afar. He also happens to be a vampire. Their improbable relationship is fraught with danger. They belong to different worlds but eventually fall in love anyway. This is a book for the senses……..drawing you in with its descriptions of the dark, damp, foggy weather in Washington on your skin, to the mesmerizing effect of Bella’s scent to Edward’s senses, and the disgusting sight of blood. Edward is bound by the promise that he will not hunt humans, but he fears that the heady scent of Bella will overtake his pledge and he will harm her. But, danger comes out of the blue and Bella is placed in harm’s way when a stray band of human hunting vampires comes to Forks, Washington. Ultimately, Edward has to struggle with his love for Bella and his desire for blood. ...more