And excellent pictorial view of juvenile detention centers and those incarcerated there. This will be a controversial book, no doubt. I'm going to be...moreAnd excellent pictorial view of juvenile detention centers and those incarcerated there. This will be a controversial book, no doubt. I'm going to be a fence sitter on my views, because the topic of this book is based on politics. I will say there were some stories of kids who didn't belong there at all and those that did. As with all inmates, most of the narratives didn't show any responsibility, but these narratives are unique in that the reader MUST put into perspective human development and teenagers. They are self-centered, they know it all, they think of themselves and mature and adult....but they still need protection, comfort, and the need to learn. They're in limbo, as this book so well portrays. Quick read, powerful images, well-written foreward and afterward. This is a book that teens will be drawn to.(less)
There aren't many novels in this genre, and Kathleen Kent delivers! Set in the state of Texas and continuing to Louisiana, Kent weaves three tales in...moreThere aren't many novels in this genre, and Kathleen Kent delivers! Set in the state of Texas and continuing to Louisiana, Kent weaves three tales in one. Lucinda wants to leave the cathouse and away from her old to create a new one with the love of her life. But before he will marry her, she needs to find a respectable job and she sets out to do just that. Nate is a new lawman who is working for the first time with two famed Rangers, learning what justice and law truly is in the Old West while still trying to preserve his integrity. McGill is a psychopathic outlaw who won't let anyone, including women and children, get in the way of what he's looking for. One gold piece, one tall tale of Jean LaFitte, and the singular and personal drive of all of these characters to do what they set out for will put them on a collision course with fate. The Old West is unforgiving, and it's this emotional landscape that molds the people who lived it. Kathleen Kent writes a fast-paced novel rich with history and description of not only the setting, but the characters and themes as well. Separated into chapters, she knows when to switch voices, leaving the reader wanting to know more about the previous story while slowly beginning to see the threads that knit everything together. More than that, Kent creates drama and surprise not only to the characters but also the reader. She bookends this novel with a beautifully crafted a foreword and afterword. This novel can definitely be added to both adult and young adult shelves. (less)
Velvet Ellis lives in a different world as a teen than she did as a child. There is no time for play, and very little time for school. Velvet wishes s...moreVelvet Ellis lives in a different world as a teen than she did as a child. There is no time for play, and very little time for school. Velvet wishes she could have her old life back at home with her parents making all of the decisions, but that life is over. It's more about survival now...,.
It all started with the newest drink, ThinPro, that helps you lost the weight you want to. Most everyone in the country drank it, but little did they know they were drinking more than water. And when the Contamination hit, the people who drank ThinPro changed.
The contaminated are now called Connies, raging mind-numbing people who barely resemble their former selves. They're raging creatures, stumbling slowly toward the next victim regardless of who it could hurt them. They look like zombies, but they aren't. And Velvet's parents both became Connies.
Velvet has never given up trying to find her mother. Every week she goes to the kennel to try and find her among the fetid, contaminated cages of people waiting to be found. And one day, Velvet literally stumbles upon her mother. It's time to take her home.
Connies don't change much. They are still prone to being raging creatures, so to help protect the general population, they must wear collars that will stun them into submission. There are certain protocols to keeping a contaminated person, and Velvet quickly realizes that trying to take of her sister, keeping a roof over their heads, going to school and working a job, and now taking care of her mother is too much. Something's got to give...
And then it does...
Em Garner writes a brilliant dystopian novel whose premise of the downfall of the United States is unique and terrifying because it is based on something that could potentially happen. The contamination knows no boundaries and affects anyone and everyone. Garner brings in so many variants of society vs. man, including vanity, morality, prejudice and discrimination and survival of the fittest. She creates a future world where history from the past is repeating itself. The first chapter will rivet the reader to continue through the book and they will stay entranced with the unfolding story to the very end. There has to be a sequel...and I can't wait to continue this story! Recommended for JH/HS
Invincible Microbe: tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank
Kathryn Williams writes a light romance for teens that creates balance between Sophie’s story and the side stories of the other contestants and charac...moreKathryn Williams writes a light romance for teens that creates balance between Sophie’s story and the side stories of the other contestants and characters in the book that are part of Sophie’s world. From her Italian father to the handsome and suave French student, Williams puts in more than enough flair to make this book come alive. It looks at the bright and dark side of reality television as well as all types of teens from around the country, including everyone from a California blonde to the Madison Avenue trust fund guy. Williams intersperses her narrative with authentic recipes readers can try out and this also makes this book stand out from other romance novels. Give this to readers who can’t get enough romance in their lives.(less)
What a hilarious romp through the lives of two teenagers gone rogue zombie. This is a well-written book that adults and teens will find thoroughly fas...moreWhat a hilarious romp through the lives of two teenagers gone rogue zombie. This is a well-written book that adults and teens will find thoroughly fascinating, gross and hilarious. Jake the stoner and Amanda the blonde bombshell don't have much in common...except for the fact they ate most of their senior class. Now, they're on the run from the black suits, government officials intent on keeping this outbreak out of the news. Cass, a 16 year old telepathic who can track zombies via their thoughts (when their brains aren't rotting) follows Jake and Amanda on their intentional/unintentional killing spree, only to start falling in love with a monster she's vowed to destroy. From munching on rats to eating perverts, to thought-inducing vomitous encounters, you'll laugh all the way through this one. RECOMMENDED!!(less)
What a wonderful poetic tribute to the strength of the woman who wrote the masterpiece, Frankenstein. This fictional account revolves around her perso...moreWhat a wonderful poetic tribute to the strength of the woman who wrote the masterpiece, Frankenstein. This fictional account revolves around her personal life and provides the reader with a different look at a person who endured much throughout her life, which she never allowed to let it completely envelop her in depression or desperation. (less)