Sunday, September 27, 2009


by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tyler Miller was a nobody. Nobody knew him. Nobody cared what he said. Nobody cared what he did.

Tyler Miller may have spent his enter life being a nobody except that he got fed up one day, bought some paint, and spray-painted some very rude things on the school walls about the junior class being awesome and the principal being... well... not awesome.

Of course, he still may have been a nobody if he hadn't stupidly left his wallet at the scene of the crime.

So after a summer of community service for a landscaping company and after emptying out his bank account to pay for the damage, Tyler Miller is not only famous, but now he has a reputation.

He's also bigger. Lifting all those 50-pound bags of mulch and tarring roofs adds muscle. So this quiet, shy, gamer has now become the strongest guy in his class.

He's finally gotten the attention of the most beautiful girl at school. Unfortunately, he's also gotten the attention of her jerk of a brother. And both of them are the children of Tyler's dad's boss, so having their attention means he's now really gotten his father's attention.

Now Tyler's got too many problems to manage on his own. His father has enrolled him in courses far too difficult for him. His mother is drinking herself to sleep each night. His sister is dating his best friend. The girl he likes thinks he's done something he hasn't. And the guy he hates has a few friends willing to do his dirty work for him.

With his 18th birthday nearing, the police suspecting that he's taken and posted nude pictures of someone, and everyone either avoiding him or hitting him, things are getting to a breaking point.

The question is.... in this twisted little world, who will break first and what will happen when all hell breaks loose.

Friday, September 18, 2009


by Lauren Myracle

OMG! u have 2 read this! angelas got this thing 4 this guy then this other guy then this OTHER guy and zoe has this tchr whos crushing on her and maddie starts hangin w/ the Queen Bee who makes her life HELL when she takes this embarrassing pic and snds it 2 evry1

O! and the whole story iz told in IMs!

no chaptrs and no dorky descriptions!

Note: If you are a guy or you can't read what is written above, this is probably not the book for you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Just months after Katniss Everdeen defied the Capitol by not only surviving the Hunger Games, but saving her "boyfriend" in the process, the shock of all that death and destruction is still with her.

She still remembers all of the people she killed and those who were killed in front of her; and her nightmares about what she has seen are so bad that only Peeta can help her sleep long.

But nightmares are the least of her problems now. It turns out that her personal act of defiance has begun to spark rebellion among the 12 districts and the President blames her.

On a tour through the districts, Kat sees even more acts of rebellion, as well as those who would kill it... literally. Without her knowledge, she has become the symbol of the revolution. She and the President know that her death would end all trouble he has... but only if done right.

So he has another Hunger Game and forces Kat, Peeta, and other previous winners to fight to the death once again.

Somehow, Kat must save the world that she knows even while she fights it with all the strength that she has, even while saving herself, her family, her friends, and her fiancee.

Note: this is the second book of The Hunger Games series. It is highly recommended that you read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, before reading Catching Fire.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Unnameables

The Unnameables
by Ellen Booraem

"If it hath no Use, it needeth no Name, and wilt do thee no Harm. Turn thy Back and 'tis gone. Beware, lest thou stare at the Nameless thing for too long. Thou, and only thou, canst Transform the unnamed to the Unnameable. And then in Truth thou shalt be Gone."

This is one of the most important rules for the Island and Surrounding Waters. Everyone and everything must have a name. And that name must reflect its use. If it isn't useful, it can't have a name and it must be gone.

If you carve, your name is Carver. If you cook, your name is Cook. If you fish, your name is Fisher. If you practice carpentry, your name is Carpenter.

Life is simple that way. There is no confusion.

But Medford Runyuin is not one of them. His parents died when he was young and he was taken in by a Carver. And though he's been raised by one of them, he cannot believe that just because something has no use that it is all bad.

Because Medford has a secret. He doesn't just carve bowls and spoons. He also carves images of birds, faces, and even squirrels that look like they are just curled up and sleeping.

His carvings are beautiful, but they are also dangerous. And not just to him.

They are Unnameable.

Medford even starts to think that they should be destroyed completely... until the Goatman shows up.

And then the real trouble starts.

Note: This book contains words and phrases that can sometimes be a bit confusing. It's worth the read if you can work out the vocabulary in your head.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Girl v. Boy

Girl v. Boy
by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Luisa Perez. One of 10 (oops, make that 11) Luisa Perez's on campus, Lu is who she is, but no one sees her...

Except for the vain diva dancer who thinks fifteen minutes as a failed TV reality show competitor makes her the star of everything.

Oh! And the star basketball player who tries to grope Lu in the planetarium.

And don't forget the somewhat geeky, yet totally gorgeous guy who doesn't treat her like a moron.

There's also the skater who thinks she's worthy to stand on his rare board.

And, of course, there's her sister's boyfriend's co-worker who happens to be seriously cute and seriously into her.

What none of them know is that Lu happens to be the anonymous female columnist "Newshound" of the girl vs. boy column called "The Word".

The females (even the stuck-up divas) think everything she writes is amazing.

The males think her counterpart "Scoop" is always right (even when Lu thinks he's completely wrong).

And both of the columnists hate each other... at least on paper.

Can they work together, save the day, and still manage to win the literacy fundraising concert?

Who knows? But isn't it fun to watch?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


by Peter Johnson

Have you ever felt like your life is one big reality TV episode and all you need is the annoying host to jump in and tell everyone how much your life sucks?

Lucas has issues. Nate has issues. Coco has issues. Even Phoebe has issues. But no one has issues like Derek's issues.

With a sexed up stepmother, a father who's lost touch, and a dead mother, Derek's life is hard. And it doesn't get any easier when his stepmother signs the family up to be on Loserville where an annoying host (a combination of Dr. Phil and Jerry Springer) does everything he can to make Derek look like the worst teen in the world.

So while Lucas and his friends have issues, they have no idea how to help Derek with his and he spirals out of control.

Fights. Drugs. Booze. Vandalism. His girlfriend nearly pregnant. And a jump from a very high bridge.

What do you do when your life starts spinning out of control and no one tries to stop it?


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