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Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

 Phoebe meets Mallory in seventh grade when Phoebe shuns the popular clique and befriends the odd new girl Mallory. Mallory and Phoebe are inseparable for the next four years until Mallory reveals she has a never-before-mentioned brother and it's revealed to the reader that Mallory and her brother Rylant are faeries out to manipulate Phoebe and bring her to the Faerie Queen for some unknown and mysterious purpose. If you like faeries and paranormal fiction you are going to LOVE this book. But even if you tend to like more realistic books, I still think you'll enjoy reading about the drama that arises when two friends as close as sisters are torn apart because of a boy. If you like this one, also check out her last novel Impossible about a girl who has 9 months to break an ancient curse in order to save herself and her unborn baby.

If you really hate faeries but think this books would be perfect without them, check out some of Nancy Werlin's other fantasy-free books, like Rules of Survival, Locked Inside and Double Helix

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:41am | Reviews | Posted By: kandriolo

National Book Award Nominees

Check out the National Book Award nominees for Young People's Literature!
  • Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker
  • Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
  • Laura McNeal, Dark Water
  • Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
  • Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer

Copies of every book are available at the library. Winners will be announced November 17.

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:39am | Award Winners | Posted By: kandriolo

Review of Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 This book was... EPIC!! It was so heartfelt and touching, and it showed that you need to confront what's bothering you to get over it. It's about a 17 year old girl, Amy Curry, who is asked to make a cross-country trip from California to Connecticut, with Roger Sullivan, an old friend. And, with her father recently dead, and her brother in rehab, she has a lot of stuff on her plate. And maybe, just maybe Roger is hiding something too. This book was too cute. The characters were people we could relate to and the side characters were developed surprisingly well (Bronwyn). And, not to mention the playlists throughout the book... they were amazing! I looked up some of the songs and they were really good. All in all, anyone who likes a cute (but maybe not so light) read should definitely check this out.

-Review by Avani M.
Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:39am | Teen Review | Posted By: kandriolo

Review of Savvy by Ingrid Law

This book was AMAZING! I couldn't put it down! Savvy is about a girl called Mibs, a nickname for Mississippi. In her family every thirteenth birthday is special. This is because on this birthday thry discover their magical power, their savvy. Her brother, Rocket, is full of electicity, her brother, Fish, causes storms, and her momma is perfect. But days before her birthday her father is in a car accident and is rushed to the hospital all the way in Salina Hope hospital, 90 miles from their house. Suddenly Mibs, her brothers Fish and Samson, and the preachers children Will and Bobbi are on a wild journey to Mibs' poppa. This is a story that has everything in it, advanture, romance, fantasy, and even a story about friendship. If you haven't read this story I seriously suggest that you do! You will not be sorry! =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D

-Review by Annie C.

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:38am | Teen Review | Posted By: kandriolo

Review of Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

 This book is about Jenny, who while searching for something to do at her boyfriend Tom's birthday party, stumbles upon the More Games shop, she goes in. There, a stunningly handsome boy name Julian hands her The Game. She and her 6 friends open it up, and agree to the rules, thinking it is a joke. Suddenly they are all on an extremely perilous journey of love, lies, and deception. To win, they must face their deepest fears, and to lose is to die. All in all, this was one of the weirder books I've read, but it was fantastic. The idea was so original that I immediately loved it and it had a little bit of everything; peril, love, friendship, and horror. This is a must read that I will be rereading possibly every halloween.

Review by Avani M.
Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:38am | Teen Review | Posted By: kandriolo

Review of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

 I absolutely loved this book. It was so good and so different from other stuff I have read. The author never really tells you who the bad guy is in the novel, you think you know who it is, but then a curve is thrown at you. So the main character is Nora who starts to develop a crush on her new seating partner, Patch. Except Patch seems to know really specific things about Nora, which scares her and he won't tell her anything about himself. He seems dangerous, but also really HOT and nice. Then weird things start to happen to Nora, she is attacked, someone goes through her house, etc. And Nora thinks dangerous (but HOT) Patch is behind this, EVEN though she really likes him. I cannot give the ending away, but you have to check this book out. I cannot wait for the next book, Crescendo!!

Reviewed by Manisha D., Grade 10

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:34am | Teen Review | Posted By: kandriolo

Review: All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

I just finished Anna Jarzab's debut novel All Unquiet Things and it was awesome! I could not put it down. The narration switches between Neily and Audrey, the ex-boyfriend and cousin of Carley, a student at an elite private high school who was murdered one year ago. Audrey's father has been convicted of the murder but Audrey doesn't believe he did it and approaches Neily to help her further investigate the crime and the dark underside of Brighton Day School. Any one who loves good drama and mystery or loved Looking for Alaska by John Green or Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher will definitely not be disappointed! We also have the audiobook of All Unquiet Things and the narrators do a great job. Still not convinced you must read this? Check out the book trailer:
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Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:32am | Award Winners | Posted By: kandriolo

2010 Printz Award Winner!


The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year's winner is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. It's the story of Cameron, a 16 year old slacker who contracts Mad Cow Disease and sets off on a road trip with a dwarf, a garden gnome and a punk angel. I can guarantee it's definitely unlike anything you've read before!

The committee also named four Printz Honor Books:

  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
  • by Deborah Heiligman 

  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  • Punkzilla, by Adam Rapp
  • Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes
  • Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:31am | Award Winners | Posted By: kandriolo

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Watch out for new books in your favorite series in 2010!

    • Heartless- Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars Bk. 7)- January 2010
    • Fang- James Patterson (Maximum Ride Bk. 6)- March 2010
    • Lord Sunday- Garth Nix- (Keys Bk. 7)- March 2010
    • Burned- P.C. Cast (House of Night Bk. 7) - April 2010
    • This World We Live In- Susan Beth Pfeffer- April 2010
    • Spirit Bound- Rachelle Mead (Vampire Academy Bk. 5)- May 2010
    • Runaway- Meg Cabot (Airhead Bk. 3)- May 2010
    • Linger- Maggie Stiefvater (sequel to Shiver)- July 2010
    • Hunger Games 3 (Title to be announced) by Suzanne Collins- August 2010
    Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:29am | New Stuff | Posted By: kandriolo

    Review: After by Amy Efaw

    After is the story of Devon, a straight-A student from a working class family who hides her pregnacy, gives birth alone and throws her baby in a dumpster. Following Devon through her hearing and first days in juvenial detention, the author explores how a teenager who had everything going for her got to this place and the denial and panic that led her to perform such a horrific act. It's interesting to hear about the attempted murder from the mother's side but be prepare- it's an addictive read and you might be up all night!

    Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:28am | Teen Review | Posted By: kandriolo
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