Friday, May 21, 2010

Study Break Reads

Now that we are in the midst of finals, SOLs and other mind-absorbing high stakes tests, it's time to take a break from the heavy duty books and give your mind a little bit of a rest.

It's time for some fun! Fun reads that do not have to be picked apart for themes, symbolism or vocabulary words. You don't need to analyze what the main character's motives are or write a five paragraph essay on the author's use of figurative language... I promise!

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
The back of this book reads like this (it's the best book blurb I've seen in a while):
He'll get there.
Won't he?"
 Ry was supposed on his way to summer camp when he learned that it had gone out of business. Then the train he had been on left without him and now he is left in the middle of no-where. What follows is his amazing, crazy adventure as he tries to get somewhere from nowhere. This is one summer vacation to remember.

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Take Beauty and the Beast, add in one part The Dark Knight and one part Romeo + Juliet and you've got Beastly. A fairytale retelling that is more compulsively readable than it has any right to be. I read this originally because I wanted to be prepared for when the movie comes out (Neil Patrick Harris is the tutor!) and was sucked in to this modern day story of a young man who thinks that he can get anything he wants just because he is very handsome and his dad has a lot of money. Find out what happens when he is suddenly stripped of both the things he holds most dear, his money and his looks...

My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
If you are a fan of Georgia Nicholson, chances are you will be a fan of Heidi. The son of a teacher and a security guard at a prep school for the unique, Heidi has been waiting all summer for her friends to return to campus. Now that they're back, she's disappointed to find out that her entire group of friends has coupled off! Afraid of seeming lame and childish to her long time friends, she takes matters in to her own hands and... invents a boy. It's easy with the help of her Facebook like site where she can make up a profile and even send herself messages from the made up guy. But when her friends start wanting to get to know him and she starts receiving emails from someone who clearly knows what she's up to, things start to spiral out of control. Heidi needs to sort things out with the help of some baked goods, a crazy musical version of Twelfth Night where everyone is dressed in 80s garb and some luck!

Hope you enjoy these titles. Can you think of any others that will help ease the time between now and summer vacation?

Book descriptions written by the librarian. You can blame her if you'd like :)

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