This debut novel had me laughing out loud—literally. Fiona is excited for senior year of high school. She’s confident that she and hottie Gabe—her lifThis debut novel had me laughing out loud—literally. Fiona is excited for senior year of high school. She’s confident that she and hottie Gabe—her lifelong crush—will finally get together. But on day one, at a school assembly, the principal announces that all seniors have a new requirement for graduating. They must marry a fellow senior for the entire year. They only way Fiona knows she’ll survive is if she’s paired up with Gabe, but tragedy strikes in epic fashion when she and her arch-enemy’s beau Todd are forced to take each other’s hand in marriage under the plastic arch. Todd and Fiona are at odds throughout the course and this makes for the most hilarious moments of the book. And just when Fee thinks life can’t get any worse, she finds out that her BFF Marcie has been secretly seeing Gabe for months. With help from an unlikely friend, Fiona is forced to reevaluate her self-centeredness and find a way to make her marriage last before she becomes another divorce statistic....more
Ah, love this book. We actually featured an interview with Josh Berk in one of our past www.whatchareadingnow.com issues. Be prepared to laugh. Will (Ah, love this book. We actually featured an interview with Josh Berk in one of our past www.whatchareadingnow.com issues. Be prepared to laugh. Will (a.k.a. Hamburger) Halpin is an hefty-sized, deaf guy trying to fit in at his new school. Mainstreaming’s tough! But, on a school trip to a local coal mine, the star quarterback falls to his death. Super-sleuth Will’s quick to take the case. He teams up with the second least popular guy in school and together they investigate their way to answers. A laugh-out-loud read, for sure....more
The Lonely Hearts Club is a fabulous read about high-schooler Penny Lane—named after the famous Beatles song—who’s heartbroken when her lifelong frienThe Lonely Hearts Club is a fabulous read about high-schooler Penny Lane—named after the famous Beatles song—who’s heartbroken when her lifelong friend recently turned beau, cheats on her. Balling her eyes out in her room, Penny vows…NO MORE BOYS. She starts the Lonely Hearts Club and is surprised when membership goes wild. From freshman all the way up to seniors, the girls find common ground—the desire to be pressure free from boys and dating. The club members band together to help each other in school, friendships, sports and life in general, especially Diane (Penny’s ex BFF turned friend again) who’s desperate to go from cheerleader to basketball player. Though the pressure from the principal intensifies, the club stays strong as the boys sit back and watch the girls run their own show. The only problem is, as the club gains popularity, Penny is slowly falling for Diane’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan. Will Penny be the first to quit her own club? This book rocks with total girl power ...more
All Lily Green wanted for her 13th birthday was to be invisible from Team Ainsley who constantly ripped on her at gymnastics, and to catch dinner andAll Lily Green wanted for her 13th birthday was to be invisible from Team Ainsley who constantly ripped on her at gymnastics, and to catch dinner and a movie with her best—and only—friend, Kendall. But, when a package arrives in her mailbox and Lily opens it, she is blown away—literally—as green fireworks explode on her front porch. Captured by leprechauns and whisked away to a meadow in a distant land, Lily soon discovers that she is next in line to be Keeper for the Clan of Green. But, only if she passes three tests designed by someone in the Clan who secretly wants to sabotage her efforts. On her quest, she discovers the truth about her beloved Grandmother, that leprechauns do exist, and most importantly, that she is more courageous then she ever knew....more
Reese is sent to Progress—a glorified name for a juvie hall—when he’s busted for selling prescription pads to a dealer. But, Reese is a kid who knowsReese is sent to Progress—a glorified name for a juvie hall—when he’s busted for selling prescription pads to a dealer. But, Reese is a kid who knows that he wants a better life for himself and his little sister Icy. Conflicted between standing up for fellow inmate Toon or turning his head the other way, which will ensure Reese an early release for good behavior, Reese finds answers is the most unlikely person—an elderly man he takes care of on his work days at an old folks home. Armed with the knowledge that there’s no one right answer in life to set you on the path to freedom, all he can do is his best. But is it enough to break the cycle of crime that surrounds him?...more
This book warms the reader with the purest sense of love—a love between a kid and a dog. In this sequel to A Dog’s Life, we are submerged in a story tThis book warms the reader with the purest sense of love—a love between a kid and a dog. In this sequel to A Dog’s Life, we are submerged in a story told in three, alternating points of view. The first is of Bone, an abandon dog, who after living with three different families—if only briefly—wanders the countryside season after season, picking food from garbage piles and searching for a permanent home. The second point of view is of a boy named Charlie who is struggling to find normalcy after his older brother dies. Seeking comfort in his dog Sunny, Charlie waits for the day his mom returns, dad stops hiding behind his work, and they become a family again. But, when Sunny is accidentally shot and killed by a hunter, Charlie’s world is once again turned upside down. Finally, we meet Henry, a boy who year after year asks for a dog and everything for a dog on his Christmas list. He tries, unsuccessfully, to convince his parents that he’s responsible enough to care for one. His heart aches with a hole that will only be filled by a furry friend. I raced to the end of this book, desperate to find out how the three storylines would be tied together. Readers will not be disappointed to find that sometimes, love overcomes grief and opening your heart again will bring happiness despite past tragedies. ...more
Ruby Valentine loves Valentine’s Day—because it’s a day when she gets to tell the people of her town how much she loves them. Ruby and her pet bird, LRuby Valentine loves Valentine’s Day—because it’s a day when she gets to tell the people of her town how much she loves them. Ruby and her pet bird, Lovebird, work tirelessly making cards, heart shaped cookies, curling ribbons, and more. They pile their things on a wagon and place a sign high on top that reads “Love, Ruby Valentine.” After heading upstairs, Ruby picks out the perfect outfit and fixes her hair for the next day, all before falling fast asleep. But, she’s way more tired than she realized and when she wakes to find she’s slept through Valentine’s Day Ruby is devastated! Lovebird urges Ruby to get dressed and pass the Valentine’s out a day late. Ruby is reluctant but finds that the people in town are overjoyed to find out she loves them on any old day of the year.
Written in rhyme, this book is delightful all the while teaching kids that you can overcome disappointment, how to find courage, and--most important to Ruby--that you don’t have to wait till Valentine’s Day to tell someone you love them. The text coupled with crazy-gorgeous watercolor illustrations make Love, Ruby Valentine unputdownable all year long. ...more