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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 MPPL 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

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

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer


A Child Called It is a remarkable story of a young boy who is brutally abused emotionally and physically by his alcoholic mother.  Read through Dave Pelzer’s courageous journey as he escapes the violence that almost left him dead.  This story will give you a different perspective on life.

El niño sin nombre es una extraordinaria historia de un joven que es brutalmente abusado física y emocionalmente por su madre alcohólica. Lea la trayectoria de Dave Pelzer como escapa de la violencia familiar que casi lo dejaron muerto. Esta historia le dará una perspectiva diferente de vida.

By jperez on August 31, 2010 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction, Young Adult

Stick It! By T.L. Bonaddio



  Duct tape is useful for more than just making your pesky little brother be quiet and reattaching your muffler to your car. You can now accessorize yourself with duct tape wallets, rings, bracelets, arm bands, necklaces, purses, bags, belts, bow-ties, flip-flops, and more! Stick It is a neat book gives you a picture along with instructions to make the coolest things out of duct tape.

By MPPL on September 28, 2009 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Youth

Crepúsculo (Twilight) por Stephenie Meyer




¿Ya terminastes de leer la Serie de libros de Harry Potter?  Trata de leer la serie de Twilight de la autora Stephenie Meyer.  Es una historia de romance acerca de un vampiro y una estudiante nueva en la escuela que tratan de defender su amor.  Dejara al lector en espera de más.

By jperez on September 25, 2009 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Young Adult