Empty. WALTON, K M. 244p. S & S/ Simon Pulse. Jan. 2013. T...moreEmpty. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Jan2013, Vol. 59, Issue 1.
Empty. WALTON, K M. 244p. S & S/ Simon Pulse. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5359-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5360-9.
Gr 9 Up--Seventeen-year-old Dell is overweight, and she eats to deal with a series of letdowns, beginning when her father left the family. No one understands the pain she harbors, not even her best friend. She hides behind her weight and self-deprecating jokes. Her classmates even get her to participate in sumo poses and to moo for them on demand. The bullying turns vicious at a party; she drinks too much and is raped by one of the bullies, on whom she happens to have had a crush. She has no one to turn to, and rumors start that she attacked him. Dell's life is starting to get even more hellish and she is running on empty. Dell is a well-drawn character, and her loneliness and hurt are palpable. Teens will be sucked into her downward spiral and will start to wonder if her situation is ever going to get better. Empty will hit home hard with teens who have been or are being tormented and should shed some light on how painful and destructive bullying is to its victims.
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Chasing the Skip. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Nov2012, Vol. 58, Issue 11.
Chasing the Skip PATTERSON, Janci. 228p. CIP. Holt...moreChasing the Skip. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Nov2012, Vol. 58, Issue 11.
Chasing the Skip PATTERSON, Janci. 228p. CIP. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9391-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9637-8. LC 2012006164.
Gr 8 Up-Ricki's mom has run off, and the 15-year-old finds herself with her estranged father, who is a bounty hunter. He makes a living chasing parole evaders, also known as "skips," across the United States. Ricki believes he abandoned her as a child, and now she is in for the ride of her life as her father starts chasing an attractive 17-year-old felon who gets away from them several times. As she gets to know Ian, she finds herself attracted to his take-charge attitude. She thinks she can help him escape and that he can help her find her mom and refuses to believe that he is dangerous until it is almost too late. In the end, she learns some enlightening truths about her parents and about herself. Chasing the Skip is really a novel about a father and daughter giving each other a second chance for reconciliation and a new lease on life. Many teens will relate to Ricki's challenge as she tries to figure out where she belongs on the road of life.
By Shannon Seglin, Formerly at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
A Girl Named Digit. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Jun2012, Vol. 58, Issue 6.
Gr 9 Up--Farrah "Digit" Higgins is a quirky math...moreA Girl Named Digit. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Jun2012, Vol. 58, Issue 6.
Gr 9 Up--Farrah "Digit" Higgins is a quirky math genius who wallpapers her bedroom in bumper stickers and is embarrassed by her brilliance. "There's a fine line between a gift and a disability," she believes. Farrah changes schools with the hope that she can blend in with the crowd, become an average teenager, and enjoy her senior year. However, her aspirations for a regular life are disrupted when she accidentally cracks an eco-terrorist group's code that is linked to a bomb that is set off at JFK airport in New York, and the FBI wants to use her brainpower to catch the terrorists. Soon she is faking her own kidnapping and flying across the country to find the criminals, all with the help of a sexy 21-year-old agent, John Bennett. He thinks Farrah's abilities are amazing and that she's hot, and a romance begins. As the teen hides from the terrorists who want to kill her, she comes to terms with the fact that she will always be a brain and embraces her nickname. Readers will want to know if the romance will last, and will be surprised by what happens. Teens struggling with self-identity will relate to Digit and enjoy this quick, suspenseful read.
By Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Sternberg, Hannah. Queens of All the Earth. 160p. Bancroft. 2011. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-019-0; pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-032-9; ebook $6.99....moreSternberg, Hannah. Queens of All the Earth. 160p. Bancroft. 2011. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-019-0; pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-032-9; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-033-6. LC number unavailable.
Gr 9 Up--Instead of starting her freshman year at Cornell, Olivia Somerset has a nervous breakdown. After several months, though, she has recovered enough to go with her older, sister, Miranda, on a therapeutic journey to Barcelona. Once they arrive at their hostel, they are mistakenly given a room in a coed dorm rather than the private room Miranda had requested. Mr. Brown and his son, Greg, come to the rescue and change accommodations with the Somersets. Olivia feels an immediate attraction to Greg, but Miranda thinks that the Browns are strange and she tries to protect her sister by controlling what they do on vacation and with whom. At the same time, Olivia is struggling to come to terms with the burdens of adulthood and her feelings for Greg. This first novel was inspired by E. M. Forster's A Room with a View, and its title and the chapter headings have been taken from e. e. cummings's poetry. Lines from his work are also intertwined with the story. Some teens may find the lengthy descriptions and the poetry distracting, but others may enjoy Sternberg's knack for making Barcelona sound like an enchanting place in which to fall in love.--Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Source Citation Seglin, Shannon. "Sternberg, Hannah. Queens of all the earth." School Library Journal Jan. 2012: 130. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 26 Jan. 2012. (less)
SPRINGER, Kristina. Just Your Average Princess. 208p. CIP. Farrar. 2011. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-374-36150-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-6986-4. LC 20...moreSPRINGER, Kristina. Just Your Average Princess. 208p. CIP. Farrar. 2011. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-374-36150-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-6986-4. LC 2010036250. Gr 7 Up--Jamie Edwards, 17, has loved growing up and working on her family's pumpkin patch in Average, IL. This year is extra special as she can enter and become the Pumpkin Princess, a lifelong dream. Jamie thinks she is going to win the contest hands down. Her hope is shattered when her beautiful cousin, Milan Woods, moves to Average from Los Angeles for some unknown reason. Milan's parents are celebrities, she is beautiful, and she has captured the attention of every, one in town (included Jamie's crush). But the worst thing Milan does is decide to run for Pumpkin Princess. To keep her from winning the title, Jamie is determined to find out why her cousin is there and use that against her. In the process, she learns about the importance of family and putting one's priorities in order. Fans of Catherine Gilbert Murdock's Dairy Queen (Houghton Harcourt, 2006) and Jodi Lynn Anderson's Peaches (HarperCollins, 2005) will enjoy this lighthearted, often humorous read.--Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Source Citation Seglin, Shannon. "Springer, Kristina. Just Your Average Princess." School Library Journal Nov. 2011: 138+. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 26 Jan. 2012. (less)