Anne Zemba Informational A Teen Guide to Fast, Delicious Lunches is a cookbook geared to young adults. The book includes information on brown bag lunchAnne Zemba Informational A Teen Guide to Fast, Delicious Lunches is a cookbook geared to young adults. The book includes information on brown bag lunches and shopping for food at the store. There are conversion charts that are for weight, temperature and volume.
Each recipe contains a list of the food stuff and the kitchen stuff. There are photos and notes to accompany each recipe. Hints are provided for each recipe if you were planning on packing the item for your lunch. As with most informational books, the design of this one is to be easy to use. There are several other books on cooking for teens in this series. Unlike other cook books, these are designed to be not intimidating. With the addition of photos of teens making the items and enjoying the food it adds a cool aspect to it.
I thought the cook book was well designed with teens in mind. There ...more
I and I Bob Marley is a book of poems about the life of Bob Marley. It starts out with his childhood in Jamaica. Each poem is aAnne Zemba Picture book
I and I Bob Marley is a book of poems about the life of Bob Marley. It starts out with his childhood in Jamaica. Each poem is about a certain time period or event in his life. Each poem has wonderful illustrations to give the poem more meaning and depth. At the end of the book are some pages with added information regarding each of the poems. This gives you more insight to the meanings of the poems.
The picture book I and I Bob Marley contains vivid illustrations that accompany the poems very nicely. Through the illustrations you get a better feeling of his life, accomplishments, and what it was like growing up in Jamaica. Without the pictures it would not be as interesting.
I enjoyed reading the book. It introduced me to Bob Marley and his life. It presented it in such a way that it made you want to learn more about him. ...more
Relic Master - The Dark City is about a world called Anara. That is where Galen, a master of the Order and his sixteen yearAnne Zemba Modern Fantasy
Relic Master - The Dark City is about a world called Anara. That is where Galen, a master of the Order and his sixteen year old apprentice, Raffi live. They are collecting ancient relics which are forbidden. The relics are illegal. The Watch is out to put a stop to any relic masters that are left. The relics give power to the masters if they use them for good purposes. Galen and Raffi are tricked into going on a quest. They are betrayed, locked up and spied on.
The Dark City is filled with magic, monsters and the unknown. It is captivating. Like most fantasy stories, this one is full of danger, power, and mystery.
Relic Master the Dark City is the first in the Relic Master series. After reading it, you will want to continue the journey into the other books of the series. ...more
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a remarkable story about a brave teenage girl being bullied on the bus because of her racAnne Zemba Biography
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a remarkable story about a brave teenage girl being bullied on the bus because of her race. She stood up for herself before Rosa Parks did. March 2, 1955 forever changed Claudette’s life. She was treated differently because she stood up for herself. Her bravery gave others the strength they needed to say this is enough and that started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The book was a National Book Award Winner, A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a Newberry Honor Book. The book was engaging and accurate.
I enjoyed the book. It made me stop to think about what it was like in the 50s. Hard to believe that was only 60 years ago and we as a society treated people so differently based on skin color. After reading the book, I asked anyone old enough to have lived in that time what their memories were. ...more
Along the Tracks is a fascinating story about Yankele and his Jewish family. In order to escape the Germans in World War II, theyAnne Zemba Adventure
Along the Tracks is a fascinating story about Yankele and his Jewish family. In order to escape the Germans in World War II, they are forced to leave their Polish homeland. They decide to seek safety in Russia. His parents have a hard decision to make. They realize what their fate will most likely be if they stay. They have to move quickly.
Yankele’s adventure begins when he finds a pocket knife that belongs to a German soldier. He knows he has to hide it, but is still fascinated with it. Yankele and his family have to travel be foot, and by train. At one point Yankele is separated from his parents. He is forced to learn what it takes to survive.
It is interesting to see life from Yankele’s point of view and his experiences. It truly was a bad time in history. ...more
No More Dead Dogs takes place during the school football season. Wallace Wallace cannot tell a lie. When he has to write a book reportAnne Zemba Humor
No More Dead Dogs takes place during the school football season. Wallace Wallace cannot tell a lie. When he has to write a book report on Old Shep, My Pal he writes how awful the book is. It happens to be his teacher’s favorite book. He is given detention until he can write a better book review. During detention he has to sit and watch rehearsals for the play Old Shep, My Pal that his teacher is directing. Because of the detention, Wallace is not permitted to play football. Oddly, Wallace ends up helping out with the play. Someone is out to harm the play…is it Wallace?
Each chapter of the book is told from the different characters perspective. It is a nice approach to find out what the other characters are thinking and feeling.
I enjoyed the book. It was interesting to see how Wallace learned what he really wanted. ...more
The Ruby in the Smoke is an interesting story about a 16 year old girl in London. The story unfolds in Late October 1872. Sally LockhAnne Zemba Mystery
The Ruby in the Smoke is an interesting story about a 16 year old girl in London. The story unfolds in Late October 1872. Sally Lockhart receives word that her father has died aboard a ship. As Sally searches for more information about her father’s death, she learns she is in the middle of something much bigger and dangerous. She asks his old business acquaintance about the 7 blessings and he drops dead.
There were many interesting, developed characters in the story. It was full of suspense. Often when you thought things calmed down, something else happened. The one villain was apparent from the beginning. The descriptions of London and the people were interesting.
I enjoyed the book. You had to wait until the end to unravel the mystery at all the different layers. The “smoke” in the title is a reference to opium. ...more
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is a collection of short stories written by various popular young adult authors. It incAnne Zemba Short Stories
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is a collection of short stories written by various popular young adult authors. It includes stories about Star Wars & Star Trek; Dr. Who; friendship; LARPing; cosplay; and the geek culture in general. Imagine a story that includes a Klingon and a Jedi sharing a bed in a hotel at a science fiction convention, but not remembering how they got there. That combination of characters made for an interesting story.
Each chapter of the book is written by a different young adult author. At the end of each chapter there is a comic type drawing. The stories are definitely written for young adult readers.
The book was interesting to read. I haven't read anything like it before. . If you are familiar with any of the authors who contribute to this book, you will probably enjoy it more. ...more
A Wreath for Emmett Till is about the 1955 lynching of an African American boy who went to visit family in Mississippi. Emmett was acAnne Zemba Poetry
A Wreath for Emmett Till is about the 1955 lynching of an African American boy who went to visit family in Mississippi. Emmett was accused of whistling at a white woman. This simple act cost him his life. Even thought this event took place nearly 60 years ago, young people today can still relate to bullying and hate crimes.
A Wreath for Emmett Till is written to be read in its entirety. It is made up of fourteen sonnets and the fifteenth sonnet is made up of the first lines of the first fourteen. The first letter of each sonnet on the final page spells RIP EMMETT L TILL. It is a Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Award honor book.
I enjoyed the layout of the book. Since all the poems made up a story, I found it interesting and easy to read. The artwork complimented the poems rather nicely. ...more
Just Ella is a twist on the traditional fairy tale Cinderella. Ella Brown lives with her “evil” step mother and step sAnne Zemba Traditional Literature
Just Ella is a twist on the traditional fairy tale Cinderella. Ella Brown lives with her “evil” step mother and step sisters. She is made to be their servant. There is a royal ball. Ella is announced as Cinderella by mistake. Ella moves into the palace. Then one day she realizes she doesn’t love Prince Charming. She finds out it is harder to get out of the palace then it was to get in. Where will she go? Will she be able to find her friend Jed?
The setting for Just Ella is a kingdom. The characters are ones you would find in a kingdom. Like the fairy tale Cinderella, Ella had evil step sisters and a step mother. But that is where the similarity stops.
I enjoyed the book. It was interesting to read a different ending from the normal Cinderella type stories. ...more
Twilight is a good example of a romantic horror. Belle is the new girl in town and just moved back to live with her father, the policAnne Zemba Horror
Twilight is a good example of a romantic horror. Belle is the new girl in town and just moved back to live with her father, the police chief. Life changes after she meets Edward. He is different from the other boys. He has super natural strength. After he saves her life, they realize that they can’t fight their feelings any longer. But how will a vampire and human coexist and kiss?
Twilight is a good example of a romantic horror. You have forbidden love between a human and a vampire. This love is very complicated. Could it cost Belle her life?
I enjoyed the book. It went beyond the romance and touched on if Edward had a soul. It was interesting how quickly Edwards family supported his love for Belle and how when she bled, they had to control their vampire instinct. ...more