Thursday, March 26, 2015

Up and Coming: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Librarian M has a cerebral new read:

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Sometimes Caden is in the real world with his family, friends, and schoolmates. Sometimes Caden is on a pirate ship headed up by a one-eyed captain and his one-eyed parrot. Caden is having trouble telling which world is real and which world he would prefer.

This is a book about suffering from and managing mental illness. It is not easy to read, but if you keep at it you’ll start to figure things out and the process is very rewarding. Give it a try if you are looking to challenge yourself with something off the beaten path.

More to read:

More Than This by Patrick Ness 

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Katie has a book for those who like to be a little broken hearted over their spring break:

 I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I have this thing for contemporary romances set in small towns. It’s may not be the genre with the most succinct name (truth be told, it may not even be a genre at all), but sometimes it’s exactly the genre to bust a girl out of winter reading slump.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios is one of the best small town contemporary romances in YA lit that I’ve come across in some time. Set in the middle-of-nowhere California, the summer after graduation, Skylar Evans just has to get through the next three months and she can put small town life behind her. She even has a pact with her best friend: Avoid romantic entanglements and get out.

Then Josh Mitchell comes back from Afghanistan and her mom loses her job and events are set into motion that may not just change the summer but may destroy the pact entirely. How can Skylar leave behind a mom who can’t support herself? And while she’s at it, how can she find herself so drawn to Josh Mitchell--THE Josh Mitchell--with whom she never had all that much in common?

Meanwhile, we get small glimpses into Josh’s mind and it’s impossible not to wonder Josh can deal with any of it--coming home, leaving his comrades behind, learning to live without a leg, dealing with so much loss?

This is not the sort of small town where everyone lives in cute Cape Cod houses and the ocean is on their doorstep. Nor should this be mistaken for a lighthearted summer romance. There is no sugar coating here. Creek View is harsh and poor and filled with complex, fascinating characters, just trying to find their way and their place in the world. This book will break your heart and put it back together again. You should let it.

More to read:

Top 5: A Memorial Day Special

Trish Doller Week: Something Like Normal

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Up and Coming: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry




Monday, March 23, 2015

Middle School Monday: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

 Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Jammer, Blocker, Pivot…

Do these words sound familiar? They're the three positions you can play in roller derby.

If you’ve never seen a roller derby game, it looks a little like hockey but with no pucks or stick and instead of ice, you skate on a gym floor. It’s fast, fun and full of the coolest players with names like Stabigail Adams and Anita Punchya.

Astrid is done with elementary school and she’s ready for something fun to do over the summer. When her mom takes Astrid and her best friend to a roller derby bout, she suddenly knows what she wants to do. There’s a junior roller derby camp!

But she soon learns that you don’t become a fierce roller derby champion over night. Instead she’s learning things like the proper way to fall so you don’t run the risk of getting your fingers rolled over  and how to keep yourself from getting flipped over the side of the track if someone checks you. She’s going home with bruises every night and on top of that her best friend’s going to BALLET CAMP this summer?? What’s a girl to do?

With a little help from Astrid’s roller hero, Rainbow Bite, and a whole lot of stick-to-it-ness, will Astrid be able to become her own roller derby hero??

This is a seriously fun graphic novel that is perfect for sports fans and just fans of a great story. Astrid's journey to becoming a tough and capable roller derby player is one that anyone who's tried to get better at something will relate to. Plus it's got gorgeous art and great style! 

More to read:

Read This, Watch That: Texas Forever Edition

Babe Ruthless elbows her way on screen!



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

 Librarian M brings us a book for fans of noir:

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

Alice has been missing her sister Annie for four years when she gets word that Annie is in a coma after a vicious beating. In her sister’s hospital room she meets a private eye who is determined to find out what happened to Annie. Alice, not knowing who to trust, strikes out on her own to investigate. She soon finds herself wrapped up in a world of smutty pictures, murderous movie stars, and corrupt cops.

L.A. in the 1940s is a great setting for this engrossing murder mystery. As Alice makes her transition to passive innocent to world-weary investigator the story gets more complicated and more interesting. I couldn’t put it down!

Recommended for fans of The Girl is Murder and other books featuring teen girl detectives.

 More to read:

Fandom Fridays: Hey Marshmallows, it's Veronica Mars

The Girl is Murder