Madeleine - 4 stars This was a fun book. Enough self-depreciating humor to lighten it up, fun main character, a talking head. GoodTCL Call#: YA McBride
Madeleine - 4 stars This was a fun book. Enough self-depreciating humor to lighten it up, fun main character, a talking head. Good stuff. Plus it felt like a teen book - not an adult writing what they think teens are hip to. ...more
Madeleine - 5 stars I haven't looked at this book since I read it way back in the day. Absolutely plowed through it in one day receTCL Call#: YA Hinton
Madeleine - 5 stars I haven't looked at this book since I read it way back in the day. Absolutely plowed through it in one day recently and it was just as good now as when I read it as a teen. It's even more mind blowing to know it was written by a 16 year old girl. A must read....more
Madeleine - 1 stars I quit half way through. This felt very much like an adult writing what they thought the kids were going throughTCL Call#: YA Smith
Madeleine - 1 stars I quit half way through. This felt very much like an adult writing what they thought the kids were going through now a days but let's add in some supernatural 'cause it's hot right now. We even have the runaways living in the woods near Portland. With the drug dealer spin. So edgy....more
Madeleine - 1 stars Thank GOD teens are not like this anymore. I read this book because it was recommendTCL Call#: no copies (I interlibrary loaned it)
Madeleine - 1 stars Thank GOD teens are not like this anymore. I read this book because it was recommended as "appropriate" teen literature in an article by the Wall Street Journal that was upset by the quality of contemporary teen offerings. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001... The article had a side panel entitled "Books We can Recommend for Young Adult Readers" (I love the CAN part of it) and out of all the suggestions this one seemed like I might enjoy it as I'll admit that I like post-apocalyptic stories. Boy was I wrong. The main character is beyond passive. She thinks she's maybe the last person alive as she's climbed to the lip of her valley and seen H-bomb destruciton all around. She's lived by herself for a year with no signs of life outside the valley. Then one day a human appears. What does she do? Does she investigate? No, she hides. Because, of course the stranger will see her green valley and move right on by. Wait! He moves into her house? No way. He eats her food? No way! She continues to watch from afar and even lets this possibly only other human left on earth take a bath in a river she knows is deadly. 'Cause she's watching, see. Well then he gets sick. Only then does she come down. Ugh. Then the dude becomes seriously unstable and what does she do? She hides again. You know you live in probably the only place around that can support life and you are unwilling to defend it? Come on! It only gets worse from there where she avoids reality even to the end of the book. Thank God for today's teens who are not so passive or so willfully stupid. BTWs - this is an excellent rebuttal to the WSJ article: http://io9.com/5809588/why-the-wall-s... ...more
I found this graphic novel intertesting. A poet is thrown into the world of a sailor's life. During hisYA Graphic Novel Weing, D Kay's rating: 4 stars
I found this graphic novel intertesting. A poet is thrown into the world of a sailor's life. During his time on the ship he continues to believe that this was a mistake...until his poetry starts to come naturally. It brought a smile to my face toward the end of the book when he passes by a young book reading a book on a pier and asks him "Interesting Book?" and the boy replies, "I like it okay." The poet expresses "That's fair." It's a quite read, but well worth the time....more
Madeleine - 4 stars I think the best thing about reading this was that the entire time I kept waiting for the guy to reveal hisTCL Call#: YA Perkins S
Madeleine - 4 stars I think the best thing about reading this was that the entire time I kept waiting for the guy to reveal his paranormal qualities and he didn't. But all the way to the bitter end I expected him to say his dad was a vampire or something. Ha! But it was a good read none the less....more
16 year old Francesca discovers there is more to knowing someone than what meets the eye. Forced to attend an all boys school with just aYA Marchetta
16 year old Francesca discovers there is more to knowing someone than what meets the eye. Forced to attend an all boys school with just a handful of other girls she feels are totally not her type, her normal happy life and friendships bocome confusing.
On top of very difficult school problems, her once hip, talkative, and energetic mother withdraws into a severe depression that throws her whole household into major stress. By forcing the truth of what people are really made of - both herself and all those she must deal with daily, Francesca survives the social and psychological traumas of a 16 year old with humor and honesty. This is a book for all teens and families who feel they're surrounded by too much to cope with and wonder how they'll ever make it through such tough times....more
With first person voice, we hear the story of 15 year old LaVaughn who examines her life, wants, and needs through a series of very interestinYA Wolff
With first person voice, we hear the story of 15 year old LaVaughn who examines her life, wants, and needs through a series of very interesting and realistic subplots: her fest friends from "forever" join a club whose values conflict with hers, a childhood pal returns "too hot for words" to live in her apartment causing major heartthrobs, a science lab partner tries to win her friendship and love, and her high school helps keep her dream of college a possibility - all happening while being raised by a tough but caring single mom....more
An intense and moving story about a young girl who flees from her war torn home in Guatemala and flees to an impoverished refugee camp inYA Mikaelson
An intense and moving story about a young girl who flees from her war torn home in Guatemala and flees to an impoverished refugee camp in neighboring Mexico. Before the turmoil and unrest, Gabriela climbed trees to be closer to heaven and because she feels free. After she witnesses senseless murders and other violent acts of war from the safety of a tree where she remains hidden, she vows to never climb a tree again as the guilt she feels for witnessing such violence while being spared is too much for her to bear.
This is a heavy story but one that is a true eye opener to the horrors of war and the difficulty of life in a refugee camp where food and supplies are so scarce that desperation leads people to fight for them as they fight for their lives.
I think this will appeal mostly to the younger set of YA's. (It could even be moved to J.) It is not as sophisticated as McKinley or DickinsoYA Pierce
I think this will appeal mostly to the younger set of YA's. (It could even be moved to J.) It is not as sophisticated as McKinley or Dickinson fantasy novels I have read but it has it's own flair.
Hannah is a young healer who lives alone but for her animal companions. A dark wizard commands from her a special draught that comes from her long hair budding with leaves and shoots. When Hannah rescues a Knight from imminent death, she begins to question and unravel the mystery of the Tanglewood. Her mission takes her far from the woods that have been her home to new lands, as she leaves the wizard trapped behind and discovers who she really is.
Not highly received, but good for young kids breaking into YA. ...more
Three 17 year olds...one gal, the narrator of the story, and two guys all become involved with each other, and the effect of these relationYA Jacobson
Three 17 year olds...one gal, the narrator of the story, and two guys all become involved with each other, and the effect of these relationships makes them feel stained.
The suspense begins when one of the characters disappears and a popular priest with questionable motives becomes involved. While it might sound like a soap opera love story, it is actually a well written novel about relationships, honesty, independence, and self worth....more
This sequal to the best seller, "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is just what you've been waiting for. (Reading the first book in the sYA Brashares
This sequal to the best seller, "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is just what you've been waiting for. (Reading the first book in the series is a must.) The 4 best friends have grown up significantly, but they are all still very caring about the events affecting each others lives. There are summer school relationships, family turmoil, plenty of ups and downs in the romance department, and best of all, the esciting happenings...or not...when each girl wears the traveling pants.
Destiny rules more than ever and like real life, nothing goes as expected. We are caught up, as usual, in the suspense and emotions of 4 different but fascinating lives of these high school gals. It's hard not to just keep turning the pages....more
This dark little book focuses on a young boy who doesn't quite fit in at school, and who lives with his artistic but reclusive uncle and hiYA Hartnett
This dark little book focuses on a young boy who doesn't quite fit in at school, and who lives with his artistic but reclusive uncle and his uptight grandmother. In the background of the book is news of the disappearance of 3 siblings, who went to get ice cream and never came home. Adrian becomes friends with his new neighbors and the plot revolves around his relationship with the oldest of the 3 children who move to his neighborhood.
While this book is beautifully written, the plot seems a bit scattered, and the characters are very sad in their isolation from each other and society. I would highly recommend Hartnett's first book, "Thursday's Child". This book would suit anyone looking for a melancholy read....more
Based on the true hi9storical experiences of Mary Queen of Scots, the story is told from the point of view of a young girl who was practicallyJ Yolen
Based on the true hi9storical experiences of Mary Queen of Scots, the story is told from the point of view of a young girl who was practically an orphan before Queen Mary appoints her as her "fool" - a clever girl who is good with words and telling the truth. The girl looks up to Mary and Mary needs the girl. Very good historical fiction....more
Tilly Pruitt and her family live in a little Illinois town on the Mississippi River feeling the effects of the Civil War creep into their world.J Peck
Tilly Pruitt and her family live in a little Illinois town on the Mississippi River feeling the effects of the Civil War creep into their world. Tilly's twin brother Noah is ready for the war, but everyone else in her family fears its power to tear them apart.
One day a boat docks at the shore and two unlikely women disembark: a glamorous young lady and her silent servant. Is the servant a slave? Why are they here?
Tilly's mother invites them into their home and with them a tale of mystery unfolds exposing the female Civil War experience. An excellent read! ...more
You may feel more empathy for this book's main character, Salz, as you continue into the relentless plot and writing style and story revelatioJ Napoli
You may feel more empathy for this book's main character, Salz, as you continue into the relentless plot and writing style and story revelations take your breath away. Salz suffers from cystic fibrosis in a time when there was no such diagnosis, and certainly no hope for treatment. Living simply on a farm with his grandmother, father, and brothers, Salz stumbles upon a piper in the woods one day, drawn to him along with forest creatures, by the music he plays on his pipe. The piper will return to play his part, but the rest of the story marches forward, focusing on a mysterious illness afflicting livestock and then people, thought to be borne by the hideous rats, which find their way into all of a barn's spaces, and infiltrate the homes.
Told in unwavering fascinating prose, this tale details a way of life difficult to read about, much less live. An intricate, engaging story with historical and fairytale underpinnings is not to be missed.
This is the authors first novel and what a novel it is! It is filled with mystery, drama, friendship, racial prejudice and lTCL CALL # YA LES BECQUETS
This is the authors first novel and what a novel it is! It is filled with mystery, drama, friendship, racial prejudice and love. It takes place during the turbulent 1960's in Alabama. Francie, who is 14 years old, recently lost her mother in an "accident." Her dad loves his daughter but has his share of problems, which add tension to their relationship. Francie finds great pleasure visiting the creek that runs behind their house. During one of her visits to the creek she was bitten by a cottonmouth. The last thing she remembered was calling for help, but no one was around.
She awoke on a cot with a large colored women next to her, this was Mama Rae. Mama Rae's daughter, Ruthie found Francie by the creek. Francie and Ruthie became close friends. Their relationship grew and they soon found out that they had more in common than they realized. They discovered that Francie's mother was murdered and ruthie held the key to unlocking the mystery.
I couldn't put this book down. I love getting to know each of the girls' family and Francie new boyfriend. True friendship and lvoe is expressed throughout this book. I'm looking forward to the authors's next book....more
Be prepared for an unusual combination of realism and fantasy. Ethan, our main character, is the worst player on his baseball teamTCL CALL # YA CHABON
Be prepared for an unusual combination of realism and fantasy. Ethan, our main character, is the worst player on his baseball team, much to his father's disappointment. but when he is approached by some foot tall creatures from another world called Summerland, his destiny might change. The folk in Summerland must win back their freedom by winning their championship baseball game. Ethan decides to go for the challenge and take his good friend Jennifer who is great at the game take a trip to Summerland with sacred groves, giants, batwinged goblins - find out what does happen to Summerland....more
This is not your traditional "fairy tale" where a young prince comes to your village and picks you to be his princess.
ThTCL CALL # YA SHANNON no rating
This is not your traditional "fairy tale" where a young prince comes to your village and picks you to be his princess.
There are many dimensions to this story about the mountain village, Mount Eskel, and the families living there. It is announced that the prince will choose a bridge from Mount Eskel. Mori, a small framed 14 year old tells the story of how the village girls are sent off to attend a special academy. There they will learn the culture of the lowlanders. At the academy they not only learn a great deal about life outside their village, but encounter many hardships and challenges. Just when things are looking hopefull and full of future promises, they are faced with a brutal encounter with high mountain bandits. The readers will learn of their "quarry speak", a silent way to communicate. this plays a critical role in their lives. The girls relationships are unique and filled with suspense. Who will the prince choose and how will the girls' lives be changed? Is being a princess every girl's wish?
The author lives in Salt Lake city Other books by the author: The Goose Girl and Enna Burning...more
Teton County Library Call #: YA WILLIAMS-GARCIA No rating
The gentle writing of this story is an appropriate counterpart to the very serious subject matTeton County Library Call #: YA WILLIAMS-GARCIA No rating
The gentle writing of this story is an appropriate counterpart to the very serious subject matter: female circumcision (AKA female genital mutilation, or FGM). At the heart of this story is the friendship between best friends, Akilah and Victoria. Akilah misses Victoria when she returns to her native Africa for the summer, including a secretive coming-of-age ceremony that Victoria was excited about and Akilah was jealous of such attention and special ceremony. When Victoria returns, her usual playfulness and class participation have all but disappeared and Akilah is determined to find out why her best friend has suddenly changed and why she is keeping secrets. Readers will identify with Akilah, "girl warrior," who is a strong-headed and determined young woman, as well as a caring and supportive friend. For mature readers who can handle this sensitive subject. ...more
Teton County Library Call Number: YA DONNELLY, J. No rating
This debut novel is quite remarkable. The reader understands Matie, the oldest of four motheTeton County Library Call Number: YA DONNELLY, J. No rating
This debut novel is quite remarkable. The reader understands Matie, the oldest of four motherles girls, by the second page. Mattie chooses a "word of the day," and plays a word game with her best friend, Weaver, every day. It's 1906 and this talented writer wants nothing more than a chance to enroll in college. But her family is poor, so she's expected to stay home to raise her sisters, and there's a handsome boy wanting to chase her down the aisle, BUT...
Why does Royal really want to marry her? What is her school teachers's stunning and motivating secret? And why was that woman found drowned at the summer inn's lake with no male companion (with whom she came to the inn) to be found? This novel is non-stop adventure and inspiration. Mattie's courage and fire to follow her dreams is illustrated beautifully. ...more
How can a young girl deal witht he murder of her idolized big sister, a trip with her estranged fatherTeton Cty Library Call Number: YA COMAN No rating
How can a young girl deal witht he murder of her idolized big sister, a trip with her estranged father to Africa where her sister last lived, (and was killed), and the unsettling problems she observes in a country which also suffers sadness and loss.
A great story of a teenager's family ties and troubles, which help her put everything in a clearer perspective. ...more
Teton Cty Library Call #: YA PAULSON, G. No rating
This story is told in the first person by Tony, a twelve year old boy living with his single mom, Al,Teton Cty Library Call #: YA PAULSON, G. No rating
This story is told in the first person by Tony, a twelve year old boy living with his single mom, Al, who just happens to have an unusual job; she's a stripper. Tony loves his mom and enjoys their book discusions that they have twice a week after Al smashed their tv.
Life seems perfectly normal for Tony until his wonderful and realistic figure drawings are featured in a local art show, which brings Mrs. Preston, a juvenile welfare worker for the state, into his life, with a complaint that Al is mistreating Tony. Al is fiercely protective of Tony and nothing could be further from the truth, but her alternative lifestyle draws criticism nonetheless.
Read this book to find out just what happens in the case of the stripper vs. the state- a fun look at a not-so-typical family. ...more
Ever wonder what it would be like to raise a child at 16? the main character in this story must find out aTeton County Call #: YA JOHNSON, A. No rating
Ever wonder what it would be like to raise a child at 16? the main character in this story must find out and the reader feels his dilemmas. When to find time for school, his friends, his "old," life that has had to disappear. A very honest and sad look at what makes teenage pregnancies more difficult than one can imagine. ...more
Teton County Call Number: YA Meyer Rating: 4 stars
This is the story of Jack Faber, ship's boy. The only problem is that it's 1797 and 11-year-old JackyTeton County Call Number: YA Meyer Rating: 4 stars
This is the story of Jack Faber, ship's boy. The only problem is that it's 1797 and 11-year-old Jacky is not a boy, she's Mary and she's pretending to be a boy in hopes of making her life a little easier and possibly "keep body and immortal soul together for a bit longer."
This is an adventure from page one; Jacky is spunky, imaginative, funny, and most of all, a reader. Being a reader gets her a job on the ship, and the sticky "oh no, I'm not a boy" situations she has to get herself out of keep her quick and smart.
They encounter pirates, get tattoos, and pierce just one ear, as all good sailors should. Jacky even fires a gun into the chest of a pirate and is given the nickname "Bloody Jack."
The first person narrative in colloquial English rolls along and gives Jacky great authenticity. Readers will worry right along with her that her secret might be discovered. Meanwhile, Jacky grows into a 15-year-old young woman who falls in love with another sailor. She is finally discovered, but you'll have to read the fantastic sequel to learn about what adventures come next. Great read!