Friday, October 12, 2007

updates 10/12/07

Wow!!! Has it been awhile or what?

Ok, I just finished Parrotfish and it was wonderful. It's about a transgender female (meaning someone born female but who feels like a boy) who decides to go public with her identity. I thought the author did a splendid job of showing the character as a real person and the situations are real as well (ok, some of it is a little tooo unrealistically nice, but maybe a high school that accepting really does exist somewhere?) I liked it a lot.

Does My Head Look Big in This? is a book about a muslim girl in Australia who has decided to wear the hijab fulltime. The main character is mostly realistic (maybe a little too goody-goody sometimes, but maybe that's just me) and the situations she faces in a hoity toity private school as the sole muslim were handled wonderfully. Read it and tell me what you think.

I also just finished the New Policeman....which is a sort of fairy tale story set in Ireland. A young man who has grown up around music is noticing that there just never seems to be any time for anything anymore...it is just flying by and no one knows why. He finds out that time is leaking into Faery TirNa'Og and so decides to fix the problem. His is a wonderful journey and a fast read too....really short chapters with bits of music for those musically inclined. If you like stories with fairies and magic, try this one.

That's it for now....but I will be back soon with even more good stuff.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Some fun summer books

Hi everyone,

If you aren't using all of your time to finish summer school assignments, maybe you could make some time to read a few books......here's what I've found thus far:

l8r g8r is the continuing saga of three friends begun in ttfn and ttyl. This title is as fun as the rest with the girls finishing out their senior year and looking forward to college and major life changes that come with it. Lots of fun, and a quick read!

Prom dates from hell is a ball, especially for anyone who loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer style heroines. The book begins about 3 weeks before the heroine's high school graduation, where she finds someone has found a way to punish or hurt a group of popular kids and plans to kill or maim most of those attending the senior prom as the finishing touch. She's got a touch of precognition and other gifts that she's ignored for too long, and now (of course) she needs them to defeat the big baddie....oh, and as a bonus she meets a really cute guy or two......I loved this book and am hoping there are more to come!

Blade of fire is the sequel to Cry of the Icemark. This time the main character is the son of Thirrin (main character of the previous volume) and the country is once more under attack. Can Charlemagne find allies and make a difference in the fight, even with his polio withered leg? I loved this book as much as the previous one (a rare treat to have a sequel stand up to the original). It's a long book, but very exciting and a fun fantasy adventure.

Finally we have 7 days at the hot corner......which was a fast, quick read about a boy who finds out that his long-time friend has just come out to his folks, and been kicked out of the house. His family takes his friend in, but he worries that he will be labeled gay, that he might have HIV from his years of contact, and how it will affect his baseball career in his high school. This is a good book with a main character who begins as a rather bigoted small minded sports fiend but who grows into a person of intelligence and character.......lots for everyone here, those who love sports or those who know someone (or are themselves) gay.

Happy reading!!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

summer is here!!!

Hi guys,

Ok, summer's here and it's time to come to the library and join in some of our very cool programs! Also, this year, preference will be given to people who have joined the summer reading program so why not do both? I and your fellow teens have worked really hard (thus the lack of recent posts) to put together these programs and the prizes for the 2007 summer reading program, so give it a try.....what have you got to lose?

Oh, and if everyone who joins, turns in slips proving they have read over 8000 hours this summer (before Aug 25) I have promised to dye my hair blue (sort of a bonus for you to see me looking even sillier than usual).....that is of course IF you read and manage to beat the minimum....so I'm not buying the hair dye until I see the hours. If you like, there is a chart posted in the teen reading room to track how close you're getting.......so let's see what you're made of, eh?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Books, books and more books! 5/18/07

Ok, I've been reading a LOT of manga and graphic novels lately, which means we're starting to get more in (it kind of goes in waves depending on the money I have and how I need to spend it). So make sure you check out our Graphic novel areas in the teen and adult areas (btw Adult doesn't always mean nudity or whatever, sometimes it just means subjects that adults might read for fun, but that you guys don't usually......like biographical books that seem to sit on the shelf in YA but adults eat it up like candy).

Ok, if you haven't discovered Happy Bunny (and I'm sure you have, I've seen the shirts) you need to read the new books we got recently.....and even if you have, still grab them because they are FUNNY!!!!

Still Angry Little Girls is also funny, but a little more subtle. Also a comic btw.....

A couple that aren't comics are:

Lady Friday, the new book in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix and it SO rocked!
If you haven't looked at these books, you are missing the coolest, most intense series ever (think 24 but instead of 24 hours, it's 7 days). Needless to say, Lady Friday wants to kill poor Arthur (everyone else does, so why miss out?) and of course the book ends on a cliffhanger.......and of course I'm like dying to get inside Nix's head to see what's coming for Saturday and Sunday (arghhhh!) but I'll live ......somehow.........

Lastly was a fun girlie read called Dancing in Red Shoes will Kill You. It's about a girl who's at a school of the arts in Fla. She's a ballerina who can't get a leading role, not because she's bad at dancing (because she's always told how talented she is) but because she has a chest size of DD and that's just not acceptable in the world of ballet (one must be skinny, thin and small chested it's the LAW!) So she has to look at her life and her world and decide whether or not to get breast reduction surgery to conform to the ideal or to find a way to do ballet with the body she's got. Very fun, little bit of romance, and a quick read to boot!

That's all for now......see ya at the library......

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

5/9/07

Hey how are ya?

Here I am again talking about some of the titles I've read......

An older title (for HS or older) from Christopher Moore called You Suck, a love story. It's really funny but it's in the adult fiction section. It's a vampire love story for anyone who's interested.

Dairy Queen by Murdock is an amazing book! It's about a girl who's been taking care of her family's farm who ends up coaching a football hottie from a rival High School (she has 3 brothers and a football obsessed father, so she KNOWS football and what's needed for training). Along the way she learns a lot about herself and her friends.......and she decides to go out for the football team herself. That decision really rocks her tiny Midwestern town......read it and see what happens, the sequel is coming out soon, so I'll keep you posted.

Freaks by Klause is a book with a very creepy cover, so I expected a horror novel. It's not what I thought, but still very good. The main character has grown up in a "freak" show atmosphere but is unhappy with his life since he's a "normal" so he decides to strike out on his own. He runs into a man who has been kidnapping and/or tricking people into his show. So the lead character decides to try to rescue them and save them from a life of exploitation. It's an interesting and suspenseful story based on facts from circus and freak shows of the early 19th century.

Can't remember if I did discuss Devilish by Johnson or not, but try it! It's a funny story about a girl who has to try to save her friend after she makes a deal with the devil.

Ttfn

Saturday, April 07, 2007

4/7/07

Here's a few more titles to think about for anyone looking around for something to read.....


Keturah and Lord Death looks like a regency romance (really bad cover) and reads sorta like a Grimm Fairy Tale. The story is that this girl is lost in the woods and is going to die. She sees Death coming and makes a deal to get a couple more days....if she can find her true love she will not die, if not she will agree to go with him and marry him. This was a quiet tale but a very good one, but only if you like sort of romantic old timey story (which I do, so there ...pthhhhpppp) *that would be me throwing a raspberry*

In the Line of Duty is a comic set in Gotham, but from the perspectives of the Gotham Police force. Very cool and very interesting to see things from another point of view.

That's all for now, I'll do some more on tues.

See ya at the library!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

3/29/07

Here we go......


If you haven't read any Black Panther comics, you need to check it out....he is v. cool as a character who's been around forever. I like him because he's kinda like Batman, no superpowers just an amazing amount of training and a mind like a steel trap.

Un Lun Dun gets a definitive WOW!!!! The main concept is that there is an alternate universe where everything goes that has lost its usefulness....UnLondon (get it?) is the alternate of London and they are fighting Smog....not as a pollutant but as a creature (think too many varied chemicals combined have turned it into an aware entity.....cool huh?) These two girls have to fight it, and well....it's just awesome! The book has some illustrations so it reminded me a little of Abarat (another awesome read, but v. strange).

Being by Kevin Brooks is another do not miss title......this kid goes to the hospital for a procedure (they think he has an ulcer) and the next thing he knows, he's strapped to a table, under sedation and doctors and unknown gov't agents are ready to dissect him.....calling him NOT human....
Who is he? What is he? What makes you human? Is it the composite parts? If parts of you are constructed (artificial limbs, hearts, etc) does this make you NOT human? Of course not, but how many parts are allowed? What if all of you were constructed? Hmmmmmm...
This book will definitely make you think....and be even more scared of random gov't agents.....

See ya next week with more!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

some new books just in!

Some really good books are coming in hot off the presses! Check out these new titles!

Cohn -- Cupcake This is the sequel to Gingerbread and Shrimp (ok, those are 2 separate titles for those who don't know) and this book is as awesome as the first 2. I love the main character's quirkiness, course I also love her name Cyd Charisse (she goes by C.C.), but most of all I love her cheerful character and the lack of self consciousness. I wish I could be like her so much! In this title C.C. has moved to NYC to supposedly start cooking school and move on with her life without Shrimp. Of course, she's not exactly a scholastic oriented chick and so other opportunities come up, and also a given is the unresolved love story of C.C. and Shrimp is finally resolved......or is it? C.C. has the biggest heart, always adopting people and bringing out the best in everyone. READ THIS BOOK...and if you haven't read the previous titles...READ THEM!

Brashares -- Forever in Blue is the last (I think anyway) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novel. It's got the girls dealing with college and life outside of their normal closeknit family environments. Can the pants pull off their miracle again or are the girls too old for the old magic? What happens to best friends when they all go off in different directions for college, life, love and the rest of what happens after high school? Brashares did a great job wrapping up a set of books that is just amazing (MUCH better than the movie, trust me!)

Don't forget to let me know what you're reading or to comment on the books I've listed.
I am really going to try and list stuff each week, but we'll see how that goes.....my life at work and at home is just crazed!

See ya at the library.....Saleena

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

wow look! more books!

Hi it's me again, sitting down all by my lonesome and talking books. This is definitely more fun in person. Hopefully though there's at least one person out there reading this and trying out the books. Feel free to comment or add your own posts!

Ok, Gender Blender is a funny book about a boy and a girl who are doing the typical middle school thing of "I hate him/her.....or do I?" The thing is that both of them are making assumptions about the other, and then they literally knock heads together and trade bodies. I know lots of people who would love to see what it's like to be (not just look like but actually BE) the opposite sex, and in this book it happens. It is so funny seeing their reactions to events, but it's also a wake up call about not making judgements until you really know someone. A fast fun read!

Last Days is the sequel to Peeps although you can read it alone, Don't! Go now and READ IT! Last Days is a rocking continuation of the story of how vampires are taking over NYC and the world and why. It's literally a rocking story because the main characters are all in a rock band together. I can't say much more or I'll totally give away the story, but you have to read this! It's got action, romance, suspense, and the whole end of the world sf view........something for everyone!

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie was a lot deeper than I thought it would be based on the cover (see librarians sometimes make those judgements too!) but it was actually pretty good. Bindy is a girl who is really smart bookwise, and very earnest but with no idea how to connect with her fellow students. The school decides to start a new class using group dynamics to try and help the students better understand each other, and Bindy makes them all angry with her in no time flat. Bindy's life is a mess, and someone just might be trying to kill her.....but who? And who would help her now that everyone thinks she's an egotistical prat?

Death Note is a manga about a teen who finds a notebook with magical powers. It kills anyone whose name you write in it. He decides to use it as a tool to clean up the world. Now he needs to stay one step ahead of the cops as they try to solve the puzzle of who he is.........oh, and the original owner of the death book is a demon who is sticking around to watch the entertainment.....a very dark book to say the least but once you start reading it you're hooked!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

more new january titles

Hiya folks,

We've gotten in a decent number of various new titles, so please don't forget to check out the "New Books" folder for the complete list....these are just the ones I feel like talking about.......at least right now. If you've read something awesome (or awful) don't forget that I'd love to add your views to the blog anytime, so you can either comment or send me an email (southbrunswickteentalk@yahoo.com) or drop me a line with your comments or book review on it & I'll add it pdq

Here's what I've got for ya this time:

Doppelganger is a sorta horror/suspense book about a creature who is a doppelganger....which for those who don't know means an exact duplicate of a person. For purposes of the story it means a creature who must kill humans & take on their identity for a time in order to survive. The problem is that this particular doppelganger doesn't like killing.....and when he is pushed and takes over this jock's identity (he was being beat at the time) he reluctantly starts to live his life. He finds that some humans live lives much more horrific & terrible than any monster on tv....and that's this kid's life....abuse, neglect & more. Can this creature improve the horrific life of this high school football star? Can he find a way to survive without more killing? Awesome read, try it if you like fantastical horror.

The Sleeper Code is pure suspense drama & a very fast read. This guy (can you tell I'm bad at names?) has a form of narcolepsy (which is when you fall asleep uncontrollably....think epilepsy but w/o fits) and he's been trying to live his life as best he can within the parameters of his problem. But one night his next door neighbor sees him leaving the house when he's supposedly out cold in his bed.....and he keeps having these dreams about being a deadly assassin.....what's happening? Then one night he inadvertantly triggers a post-hypnotic suggestion that begins to clarify his situation.....and what a mess it is! This is a fun roller coaster ride of a book, and first in a series....we are SO getting more of these asap!

Parent Swap is a funny story about a kid in England whose parents are divorced. But it gets better, his mother isn't paying attention (too busy building a new career) and his father won't leave the house since the divorce (basically having a mental breakdown). So when he finds an add inside his backpack advertising the chance to change parents he decides to go for it. Then he starts to notice some strange happenings...like the van that keeps showing up wherever he is....and that people are acting funny whenever he's around.....could this whole thing be an elaborate hoax? or even worse.....could it be a reality tv show? I loved this book because the main character is so smart and the adults totally under estimate him (which never happens in real life right?) but more than anything all the crazy people he meets make him really appreciate his family and what he can do to make things better.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Jan week one

Hey lookee there, I'm doing a new posting in less than 4 weeks....yeehaw! (ok, my inner hick is showing, I'll stop...)

Anyway here's a few titles hot off the presses (ok, the technical services departments, buy why nitpick?)

American Born Chinese is a graphic novel about what it was like for the author to grow up as, well, an american born chinese person. He does a great job of telling the story, interspersing the narrative with semi-comedic sidebars which highlight common prejudices he faced or stereotypes he fought against. He does this without sounding preachy, just sorta like a visual diary. Very cool, check it out!

Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake is the second adventure of Gilda Joyce psychic detective. She is pursuing the possibility of a school being haunted, and is determined to find out why & how the ghost got there. Gilda is a funny character, very earnest and determined, and a bit quirky but she always figures out her mystery. So if you like mystery stories or just enjoy a fun read try both Gilda Joyce adventures.

Finally a nice romantic book, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight. The girl is someone who refuses to get attached to anyone or anything as her mother is constantly moving....until she meets the boy whose father is a religious diet guru who runs his family like a business. How the two of them meet, fall in love and find a way to make it work in spite of all the craziness is a great read......it's wonderful for those who are experiencing burnout from too many tests .....just a fun read. The story is told from both points of view (which is one of my fav writing styles) so it really connects and feels real. Try it, put a little fluff into your diet...it'll do you good!

Saleena

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