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Ransom by Lois Duncan

Ransom

Ransom

It’s the end of the school day and you’re excited to start the weekend.  But when you realize the bus driver has his own agenda…Follow the cheerleader, the loner, two brothers, and an army brat as they discover they have been kidnapped on their way home from school.  Pick up Ransom by Lois Duncan today and enjoy the twist and turns of this fast moving book.  From the bestselling author of I know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan will keep you wanting more.  

If you like this, you may also like: Twisted by Laurie Anderson and Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan.

By jperez on April 7, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Daughter of Smoke of Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Are you looking for a book that is filled with fantasy, action, and romance; well Daughter of Smoke and Bones is the book for you. Imagine living a double life, in which one you’re a normal 17 year old and in the other you’re running errands collecting teeth for a monster; well welcome to the life of Karou. Everything has been going great until the Angels start to appear, and Karou is faced with the ongoing war between “Good & Evil” and the love of her lives! “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

You may also like Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr; Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
By: Maria R.

By hmarroquin on February 3, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

Twisted Fairy Tales

Twisted Fairy Tales

This collection of short stories is not for the faint-hearted! While hearkening back to the macabre roots of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, each of these stories features a plucky or clever heroine to cheer on—forget about pining princesses or damsels-in-distress.  The stories are briskly written and acutely psychological, with the whole collection brought together by the atmospheric illustrations of Jane Laurie.  There are the token popular tales of British and German origin, but mixed with several lesser-known tales, such as “The Red Shoes,” and “Molly Whupple, ”as well as some treasures from other cultures, like “Vasilisa’s Fire,” and “The Island of Skeletons”.  Get into the Halloween spirit with this book today!

By Allison S.

By jperez on October 10, 2013 Categories: Books, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

The Hunger Games, Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

If you can’t get enough of the Hunger Games, even after all the books and the movie, check out this CD!  This album stands out among soundtracks as it varies from the typical collection of epic scores that fill a movie.  Instead, this becomes another look into the world itself, bringing together the voices and talents of several modern artists and groups such as Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, The Decemberists (and more!) showing off songs that were not in the movie.  All of the songs on this album were created especially for this project, and each one brilliantly captures a moment from the first book/movie, often told from a new perspective.  Lovers of genre-blending will appreciate the mix, as most songs blend folk and pop/rock, but with a little grit and grunge on the fringe, echoing your favorite characters’ struggles, triumphs and heartache.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on October 26, 2012 Categories: Adult, Music, Young Adult

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Imagine going to the doctor and finding out you only have 1-year to live and keeping it a secret. Deciding not to undergo any type of treatment for his rare disease, Ben Wolf decides instead to make a mark in his small town of Trout, Idaho. Ben’s plan is to petition for the name change of Main Street to Malcolm X all while frustrating his biased history teacher. Follow Ben, star cross-country runner turned football player in his humorous yet realistic world as he manages to keep his life as “normal” as possible in Deadline.

 Books you may also like: Speak by Laurie Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

By jperez on October 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeless

Perfect Chemistry It’s senior year for Brittany Ellis, Fairfield High School’s Head Cheerleader and she wants her last year to finish perfect.  But when she finds out her chemistry partner is Alex Fuentes, the bad boy gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, she knows the year is bound to be a deadly chemical reaction – of love.  Can Brittany survive the year and keep her squeaky clean reputation or will her Alex bring her down with his handsome good looks?  Read Simone Elkeless’s Perfect Chemistry, part 1 of the Perfect Chemistry series.

By jperez on March 19, 2012 Categories: Books, Young Adult

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Book cover for Feed by M.T. AndersonThe time is the near future and mostly everyone is connected to a constant live Internet feed; from watching online television to video chatting and texting, the Feed is the way to live. Life on the Feed is all fun and games until a computer hacker shuts down the Feed, causing the world of many to be turned upside down. But when Violet’s feed is brutally interrupted, her friend Titus tries to do everything in his power to help get her feed back up and running.  Read or listen to Feed by M.T. Anderson and ask yourself: Is this the future you want?

By jperez on December 2, 2011 Categories: Books, Young Adult

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

The Vast Fields of Ordinary It’s the summer after graduation and Dade Hamilton is dreading his uninteresting life before he is college bound – from a tedious job to a relationship he must keep secret from his friends, Dade immediately finds  himself struggling with life.  To help him with his struggles, Dade meets Alex, a fry cook who hangs with the wrong crowd but becomes the distraction Dade needs.  But with all good things must come to an end.  To find out what happens to Dade in his emotional love triangle, read The Vast Fields of Ordinary.  Grade 9 and up.

By jperez on August 21, 2011 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History

Bears
The Chicago Bears are having a great season (so far)! If you’d like to learn more about their history, famous players, and memorable games, check out Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History. This book is full of pictures and facts describing everything from the team’s founding in 1922 by George Halas to their 1985 Super Bowl victory with coach Mike Ditka to current day players and enduring rivalries. You’ll learn all you every wanted to know about “Da Bears.”

By jchristen on January 20, 2011 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction, Young Adult

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

IndexThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is an upbeat story that follows Junior, a Spokane Indian who really does not fit in at his high school on the Reservation so ends up transferring to an upscale all-white school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  Written in a diary format with hilarious cartoons, join Junior as he survives Freshman year dealing with friendship, racism, sports, and alcoholism.

By jperez on September 30, 2010 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult