Friday, April 24, 2015

Breakfast Club Week: The Criminal

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we'll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention....


The Criminal
Librarian M gives us some books for John Bender: 
Since John Bender will be spending many of his future Saturdays serving detention in the school library, I thought I’d give him some recommendations in case he gets the urge to pick up a book.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (see more posts)  The title character in this book is considered to be a ne’er-do-well, partly because of his father’s reputation as a drunken layabout, but he’s not actually a bad guy. Bender and Jasper Jones are kindred spirits.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman If Bender were living in this dystopic future, he’d be a prime candidate for unwinding. He’d also probably join Connor in Connor’s fight against the system.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma In this book a rich girl gets everything while a poor girl is in a juvenile detention center for a crime she may not have committed. Bender can surely relate.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Princess



In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we’ll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention….


Today, Megan gives us some selections for Ms. Teen Queen: Claire Standish

For me The Breakfast Club always has and always will be one of the movies that I will stop whatever I am doing and watch. There’s something about that fictional moment in time (March 24, 1984 when I was actually 2 months away from being BORN) at the fictional Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois that has always felt like the most real of high school experiences. And no character stands out to me more than that of Claire, the “princess”.

I will be the first to tell you that I am not like Claire in the slightest. I was not a popular kid in high school. I am not rich. I certainly cannot put on lipstick without using my hands (though don’t think I haven’t tried). Truth be told I fall more on the Brian (the “brain”) and Allison (“the basketcase”) spectrum of the world. But something about her called out to me. Meaning I have spent more of my adult life than I’d like to admit looking for the perfect pink blouse and brown suede skirt combo and pretty frequently bust out her sweet dance moves. My favorite thing about her, however, is that she’s not a perfect princess who is completely above ditching class to go shopping, falling for a criminal, or being kind to the weird girl in too much black eyeliner. So in honor of fallen and flawed princesses, here are 5 books that I think Claire would enjoy:

(All descriptions from our catalog)

7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker

Ridiculed at school after a humiliating photograph of her goes viral, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt and salvage her reputation, a partnership that blossoms into romance until their madcap antics spiral out of control.


On her eighteenth birthday, spoiled party girl Lexington Larrabee learns that her days of making tabloid headlines may be at an end when her ever-absent father decides she must learn some values by working a different, low-wage job every week for a year or forfeit her multimillion-dollar trust fund.

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (see our full review)

When big-hearted Chloe Camden's best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project, Chloe is forced to take on a "more meaningful" project by joining her school's struggling radio station

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
When sixteen-year-old Corinne Corcoran's father loses his job, she is forced to give up her privileged Manhattan lifestyle and move to Broken Spoke, Texas, where she discovers that life is more than shopping sprees and country clubs.

And since my favorite moment with Claire is when she falls for the “criminal” John Bender, here’s a title with a main character I think would give Johna run for his money:

Sway by Kat Spears (see our full review here)

High school senior Sway could sell hell to a bishop. When Ken, captain of the football team, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of Bridget, Jesse agrees. While learning about Bridget, he falls helplessly in love. A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist, it's Jesse's point of view, his observations about the world around him unimpeded by empathy or compassion; until Bridget forces him to confront his devastation over a crushing event a year ago and just maybe feel something again.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Basket Case

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we'll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention....


Today, Rachel L gives us some selections for Allison Reynolds



“What do they do to you?”

“They ignore me.”



Allison Reynolds, AKA “The Basket-Case”, is the quirky, quiet girl who does inexplicable things like stealing people’s wallets then returning them untouched, or making up stories about the number of guys she’s dated then immediately admitting that they’re just stories. She can casually draw a gorgeous pen and ink picture, then shake her dandruff on it. She is in one breath insulting, dismissive, judgmental, and in the next, endearing, vulnerable, sweet. She’s an enigma, someone who is much more than meets the eye.



I had a hard time coming up with a book that captures this idea of The Basket-Case, because, despite the nickname, Allison isn’t crazy. She uses her quirkiness as both a defense and a weapon: she avoids rejection by making herself so strange as to be unapproachable. She’s taken control of how she’s treated by others by making herself untouchable.



What character, in the vastness of young adult literature, has created a persona to proactively fashion a public image of herself? Who uses this persona as both a shield and a sword? The answer, ladies and gentlemen, is this: Margo Roth Spiegelman of John Green’s Paper Towns (see our posts).



The legend of Margo Roth Spiegelman as a popular girl, master prankster, sometimes-runaway, and all-around charismatic leader has spread far and wide in the town of Jefferson Park, Florida. Quentin, an old childhood friend, finds out one night--when Margo enlists him in a series of revenge pranks--that there is more to Margo than meets the eye. He discovers instead of a fun-loving, carefree girl who loves a few adventures, a girl so frightened of living an empty shell of a life--a paper life--that she has become a skilled manipulator to give herself the sense that she is something more.



No, Margo isn’t stereotypically “weird” in the way that Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club is. But neither is the real Allison Reynolds. And though the masks that Allison and Margo wear take different forms, they serve the same purpose to protect the real person who lives beneath.​

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Jock

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we'll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention....

 image from here

Today, we get picks for wrestler, Andrew Clark:

Andrew is feeling the pressure of being a star athlete, so he would definitely know how the lead character in this book is feeling:
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (see our full review here) 
Terrell Jamerson is the number one high school basketball recruit in the country. His team is heading to the state finals, college coaches are clamoring in droves to sign him, reporters are trying to get to him, sneaker guys, sleazy "friends," agents--it seems everyone wants a piece of the action. Terrell is a pretty level-headed guy and his best  friend and point guard, Danny Wilcox, helps keep him that way.  So does his coach, who happens to be Danny's dad.  But the temptations are mounting daily.  These are seriously tough choices for a 17-year-old, even a straight up guy like Terrell.

He's part of the most popular crowd at his school, but Andrew bonds with the crew of misfits at detention. If he wanted to do the same thing with his wrestling team, he could look to T.J. for pointers:
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (see more posts here)
T.J. isn't into school sports, although he plays basketball and swims really well. It's a shame too, considering his school places athletics above everything else, and he could probably get away with anything if he'd just "become a team player" "stop wasting his potential" and "think about someone other than himself." When his favorite teacher, approaches T.J. about starting the school's first swim team, T.J. is struck by the pure potential to majorly tick off the administration and the current letter-jacket wearing high school royalty.

Andrew's dad will stop at nothing to make sure he's the BEST football player around. If there's anyone who can relate, it's the main character of this book:
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
All Mick Johnson has ever wanted to do is make his former NFL player dad proud. Now that he's playing high school football that seems easier to do. But, when he's tackled in a key game he decides his own talent isn't enough to get him where he needs to go. A little boost from a not-so-natural supplement will help put him over the edge, but at what cost?


Monday, April 20, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Brain

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we'll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention....

To start us off, Nico gives us some books for Brian Johnson

The Brain

Brian really needs some an extra dose of confidence and a few more friends. Maybe, as a start, he needs to read a couple books where he might recognize himself in the main character. Here are a couple that would definitely fit that bill:

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (see our posts)
Like Brian, Colin hasn't had much luck with girls. But, he's subscribing that to math. This leads, in a round-about-way to a road trip with his best friend.

Into The Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern (see our full review)
If Brian happens to enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons, or other RPGs, he may enjoy meeting Jessie's new friends. After her long time best buddies begin acting like groupies for her brother's band, Jessie finds new company with the gaming crew of her school.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (see our posts)
The main character of this book has been trying to disappear among the other students at his high school, something Brian might want to do too. Brian could definitely benefit from friends like Earl and Rachel. Plus, we think he'd probably enjoy making some twisted film parodies with these three as well.