Monday, November 30, 2009

The Snog Log

The Snog Log
by Michael Coleman

The first day back to school after the summer break begins like many others. However, Robbie and his friends notice a difference in the girls.

They've.... developed.

All around them, the girls who they teased for being flat-chested and boring-looking, have now begun to fill out their shirts and started to look hot.

In honor of this new discovery, the boys decide to hold a Snogathon, which is kind of like a Readathon, except that instead of counting pages read, they count the kisses given.

There are rules, of course. And some girls are worth more than others in points. But Robbie is determined to win, even if he doesn't always feel like this is appropriate.

With the Christmas dance coming, and his last chance to score with the girl formerly known as "Microscopic Mel" fast approaching, will Robbie be able to rack up enough points to win?

Note: this book is set in England, so some terms may be confusing. Luckily, there's a short glossary in the back to help. AND! You may learn a few terms to try out in class and confuse your teachers!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bad Apple

Bad Apple
by Laura Ruby

Tola Riley has always been a bit misunderstood. But can you blame her? Her parents have divorced. Her dad married an evil stepmother who seems to come straight from a Grimm's Fairy Tale. Her sister only thinks about death and the evils of the world. Her neighbor wants her to declaw her cat. And her former best friend has started a campaign to ruin the reputation of the only teacher in school who ever let Tola be herself.

It's been a bad year.

And things only get worse when no one believes her when she says that the teacher didn't do anything wrong. Her art isn't appreciated by any of the substitute teachers who change each day. Her own mom won't speak to her about what's going on. And her former best friend's mother is determined to ban almost every book in the school's library without having even read them.

Can she fix everything that's gone so wrong? And can she catch the eye of that cute guy even while it seems like everyone is just trying to ignore her?

Thursday, November 19, 2009


by Michael Grant

One moment they were there... Then next they were gone.

Every adult at Perdido Beach and the surrounding area disappears without a second's warning.

Every person fifteen and older is gone.

Only children remain after an accident at the local nuclear power plant nearly destroys everything, and those children have no idea what to do.

Now they have the run of the entire town! McDonald's is theirs! All the junk food they can eat! Even alcohol is theirs if they want it!

But Sam Temple knows that this is no time to celebrate. He, Astrid, Edilio, and Quinn, all set out to find out what happened and why there is a HUGE dome cutting off their home from the rest of the world.

And when the kids from the nearby "reform" school come to town and take over, they know there could be trouble.

Making matters worse are all the strange mutating creatures around like the seagulls with talons for hunting, the snakes with wings, and the coyotes who can talk.

What happened to Perdido Beach? Will they ever get out? Will anyone ever find them? And what will happen to Sam in just a few days when he turns fifteen?

(Part 1 of a series)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Princess of the Midnight Ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George

Many may know the tale of the 12 Dancing Princesses. Barbie even has a DVD about it. But this retelling spins the tale of the humble soldier-turned-gardener who falls in love with the eldest princess and is determined to save her.

Along the way, there are magic spells, capes that make the wearer invisible, bargains with the king of the kingdom under stone, arranged marriages, death, murder, dancing, and Midnight Balls.

To save his beloved Princess Rose, Galen must be more clever than the average person, and more than a little lucky.

Can Galen save Rose from her mother's deal with the king bound to live underground by magic hundreds of years old? Can he prevent her and her 11 sisters from having to marry the 12 sons of that king? Can he stop the invasion of the king's grandchildren, who could possibly rise above the earth and take it over?

There's only one way to find out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey

Tired of the damsel-in-distress vampire stories? Need something you can really sink your teeth into?

Jessica (born Antanasia in Romania and adopted by American parents) is getting ready for the best senior year ever. She's top of the class, got the math championship in her sights, and the best looking guy on campus has finally figured out that she exists.

Nothing could ruin this for her.

Except maybe the extremely hot-looking foreigner from Romania who acts as if he's a prince (and he believes it, too)!

And when he moves to Jessica's place, calls her by her born name, and declares that not only are they promised to be married, but they're also vampire royalty... Well! Jessica decides that he's a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

However, he's determined, seems to be able to prove what he's saying, and did I mention hot! What's a girl to do?


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