Friday, October 9, 2009

New Books, Rainy Day

We have some new books to add a little cheer to our rainy days. I know I need something to brighten my day! Rain brings me down.

Something about what happens to my hair when moisture hits it.

Trust me, it's bad.

For the Rosie Readers among us (myself included) three new titles from the Eliot Rosewater Nominee list have arrived!

If you haven't started reading for the Eliot Rosewater contest we've got going, it's not too late to start. You have until April to read four of the nominated books. Fill out a little entry form for each and shove it in the Legendary Re-purposed Coffee Can on the short hardcover shelf in the YA section, and you are eligible for our drawing!

I'm reading them all, so you guys all reading four books is no big deal, right?

My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught is a nominee!

Jamie Carcaterra is an overworked, overweight high school senior. And she's perfectly happy that way. This book follows her life, from her group of friends to her boyfriend to the starring role in the school play to the moment when all her plans...don't work out.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a nominee!

This book picks up after the Second Civil War, which was fought over reproductive rights. The verdict? Life is protected from the moment of conception to the age of thirteen.

Then guess what?

Parents can choose to have their child "unwound" between the ages of thirteen to eighteen. Meaning, all the kid's organs will be harvested and transferred to people who need them, so their life doesn't technically end...

I know.

Better be nice to your parents! Connor wasn't, now he's scheduled to be unwound, Risa is a ward of the state and not spectacular enough to be kept alive, Lev was born and raised just to be unwound.

Naturally, an escape is necessary. And that's what this book is all about. This is another addition to the plethora of novels all about our future, dystopian society. So those of you who liked Suzanne Collins'The Hunger Games (and Catching Fire!) or Feed by M.T. Anderson might like this.

Hero by Perry Moore is a Rosie nominee!

Thom is a misfit, even as a basketball star. He's got to hide most of his life from his dad, Hal Creed, one of the most respected members of The League (think X-Men)...until the Wilson Towers incident that left him in disgrace.

Thom can't bear to disappoint his father. So he hides his identity, from his sexuality to his power to heal. Thom learns to control his powers, but still attracts The League's attention, eventually joining them. There he meets Scarlett who has the power of fire (from growing up too close to the nuclear power plant) and Typhoid Larry (makes people sick by touching them) who really is just a nice guy and Ruth who can see the future.

Together they figure out someone is plotting to kill them--as well as everybody else with powers like theirs.

This novel promises to be out of the YA ordinary, and I look forward to reading it. Much more than I do the football book. Ouch.

On the Non-Rosie Reading Front we have three more books:

The sequel to Prom Dates From Hell, Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore has arrived. I was waiting for this one! These are part of the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series. I love these books. Did any of you ever watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer? You probably would have had to see the reruns...I'm older than you, but these books have the same paranormal/humor ratio.

This time, Maggie is fake-rushing a sorority so that she can write an expose for the college newspaper. However, she doesn't pick any ordinary sorority. Certain death may lie around the corner.

Something Wicked by Alan Gratz is the sequel to Something Rotten and the second installment of the Horatio Wilkes mysteries has Horatio taking in a Scottish Highland Fair (*coughs* Macbeth) when he finds Duncan MacRae dead in his tent. Everyone thinks Duncan's son is behind it, but Horatio knows better. After all, his friend Mac and Mac's girlfriend Beth (Mac and Beth...get it?) have started acting pretty strange...

And what's up with the goth-punk bagpipers? Do they make goth-punk bagpipers? Where can I meet some?

You might also take note to the really pretty girl spying on everyone and the three guys hurling giant telephone poles around for fun.

Want to hear something funny? From the back of the book (so the publisher): "Kilts, Celts, and killers--this is one weekend Horatio Wilkes will never forget."

Kilts, Celts, and killers?

Alliteration is funny.

How to Build a House
by Dana Reinhardt is not actually a how-to guide. It is the story of Harper, whose father and stepmother have just divorced, dividing her family in half and separating her from her stepsister Tess.

Fleeing the pain, Harper signs up for a volunteer program, moves into a hotel with other teens from around the country, and starts building a house for Teddy and his family. Summer romance ensues. But Harper has to let herself trust before she can love. Oh, and there are power tools.

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