Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Here's a good one....


by Pete Hautman

Jason Bock is a former Catholic, now agnostic, soon-to-be-Atheist questioning God and his place in the universe. When he creates his own religion worshipping the town's water tower, he has no idea the effect he will have on himself, his friends, and the town. It's easy enough to create a religion, but controlling it is a whole other matter. Things get out of control and Jason soon learns that questioning his religion is normal; what isn't normal is how those simple questions turn everything upside-down.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Recommendation of the Week


by Carl Deuker

Chance is a lonely loner. Abandoned by his mother and constantly having to put up with a drunken father, the only time Chance feels at all normal is when he runs. Things get worse when his father loses his job and the small boat they live on, the only home they have, is in danger of being taken from them. When a man who works at the dock where Chance lives offers him a job that Chance knows is illegal, he feels he has no choice but to take it. As the months go by, however, Chance's runs get more and more dangerous especially since a girl from school, the only girl who even looks at him, is getting a little nosy and figures out what he's been doing.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Maybe you'd like....

Now You See It by Vivian Vande Velde

When Wendy, who is blind without her glasses, finds a pair of ugly mirrored sunglasses that fit her prescription exactly, she has no idea that the world as she knows it will turn upside-down and even a little backwards. Not only does her new find allow her to see with 20/20 vision, it also lets her see everything else.... like the cheerleader who is really an old crone, the geek who is an elf, and the little blue men who steal what you're looking for and eat freshly laundered socks.

All this is a bit much for Wendy, especially when the geek/elf turns out to be a prince and she is responsible for his kidnapping. With the help of her grandmother who travels through time to aid her, she has to rescue him, avoid getting killed by the dragon, and find out how good and brave a person she really can be.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer’s debut novel is a clever new way to tell the stories of love, loss, obsession… and vampires. Isabella Swan leaves her home in the dry land of Phoenix, Arizona when her mother remarries and goes to one of the wettest towns in the country to live with her father. A shy, cynical girl, she is fully prepared to hate her last two years of high school in this overly green land where her father is the town sheriff and all the kids know each other and of her. But things change when she meets Edward Cullen.
Initially, he frightens her with his antagonistic behavior and obvious desire to be as far away from her as possible. As the days pass though, she finds herself more and more drawn to him. After a brush with death, they both find themselves getting closer to each other despite the fact that Edward keeps warning her that he is the most dangerous thing in her life. And he’s right.
Edward is a vampire and Bella is the best thing he’s smelled in years. She’s so tempting, that he’s almost willing to break his own rules and taste a human for the first time in decades. However, he’s not as dangerous as the hunter vampire who catches her scent and chases her back to her home in Phoenix that ends in a dramatic climax for the novel.
Written in first person from Bella’s point of view, the reader sees what Bella sees and understands why she needs to be with Edward despite the danger she’s in whenever she’s near him. The story is well-written and a quick read. Girls will especially enjoy reading about Bella’s fears and foibles, as well as her desire for the boy she loves: the quintessential bad boy.Only two things mar this amazing book: the ending, which seems rushed and a bit confused, and the fact that Bella seems to be a slightly submissive heroine to Edward’s dominant personality. Otherwise, this is a story well-worth reading, and it’s sure to be a pleasure even for those who are not fans of horror stories and vampire tales.

btw - this is my current favorite book and, while it looks long, it's actually a very easy and quick read... TRY IT!
Image taken from the Borders Bookstore website - Thank you!


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