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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

The Cardturner book cover Bridge: a card game for your grandma and grandpa, or is it?  In his latest book The Cardturner, Louis Sachar, author of the extremely popular, Holes, takes his love of playing bridge to the next level by writing a book about it and it works because this book not only focuses on bridge, there’s also two girls, a questionable best friend, and a lot of mixed up family history involved, which make the story engaging. 

Seventeen-year-old Alton has recently been dumped by his girlfriend, who his best friend just so happens to be dating now. Alton doesn’t have a job or money.  Insert Uncle Lester Trapp, the “rich” uncle, who Alton’s parents have been trying to impress for years in hopes of getting into his will.  Uncle Lester Trapp has recently gone blind and now needs someone to drive him to his weekly bridge games at the club, insert Alton who becomes his chauffer and cardturner during the bridge matches.  While playing it up with Trapp, Alton meets Toni, the granddaughter of Trapp’s sister in-law and former bridge partner, who was rumored to be crazy. According to Alton’s parents that craziness runs through the family, but Alton begins to see the truth as he spends more time with Toni.  As Alton spends more and more time with Trapp he begins to find out bits and pieces about his past and family.  Alton slowly sorts through the mysteries surrounding his uncle, his former bridge partners, Toni’s family and his feelings towards Toni.  All in all, The Cardturner ends up being quite the page turner because you want to get to the bottom of all the tricks.

By MPPL on February 4, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Middle School, Realistic Fiction

Superbowl Sunday

Super-Bowl-2011-Official-LogoNo, the Bears will not be in the Super Bowl this Sunday.  So, either you are a Packers fan, a Steelers fan, or none of the above and just watching the game for the commercials and half time show.  To celebrate the big game, check out some of the teen novels below at the Library.  Each title has something to do with football, and would be a good read this weekend while you’re watching the game… or not watching the game.

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden R. Carter
YA SS Carter, A.
Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran
YA Cochran, T.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
YA Cormier, R.
Crackback by John Coy
YA Coy, J.
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
YA Deuker, C.
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
YA Deuker, C.
Cover-Up by John Feinstein
YA MY Feinstein, J.
Out of His League by Pat Flynn
YA Flynn, P.
Damage by A. M. Jenkins
YA Jenkins, A.
Pop by Gordon Korman
YA Korman, G.
Raiders Nightby Robert Lipsyte
YA Lipsyte, R.
Shooting Star by Robert McKissack, Jr.
YA McKissack, F.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
YA Murdock, C.
Troy High by Shana Norris
YA Norris, S.
Derailed by John Ripslinger
YA Ripslinger, J.
Juice by Eric Walters
YA Walters, E.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA Zadoff, A.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 3, 2011 Categories: Fiction

In honor of the impending blizzard–my review of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

[Don’t worry Shiver is not a book about being cold, the snow, or anything else related to winter weather.]

Shiver Shiver

by Maggie Stiefvater

I can confidently say that if you are a fan of Twilight, then this book is for you.  Stiefvater has combined a beautiful love story filled with longing and the supernatural with an interesting new take on the werewolf myth.  At 392 pages, the plot moves along at a perfect speed, conveying the deepest emotions as well as staying action packed.  Shiver is so well written that by the end of the book you are left satisfied but wanting more (which I think is the mark of a really good book).

Here’s my summary: Grace was savagely attacked by a pack of wolves when she was a young girl.  Having survived the attack, Grace has grown up not fearing, but obsessed with the pack of wolves that live in the woods behind her house.  Specifically, Grace is obsessed with her yellow eyed wolf, the wolf that saved her when she was attacked.  Grace and her wolf have grown up together, spending their winters together and their summers apart.

Sam is the yellow eyed wolf who is becoming more wolf than human with each passing year.  Sam has always been connected to Grace and clings to her as his last link to humanity.  Sam was also attacked by a wolf as a young boy, but he turned a half human half wolf from the bite and has been waiting for years for the same thing to happen to Grace.  The wolf pack that Sam belongs to change to wolf when the winter comes, but when the weather is warmer they are free to be human.

A fellow classmate is attacked and killed by what appears to be wolves, and the pack that live in the woods behind Grace’s house are hunted down.  When Sam is shot in the hunt he runs to Grace’s back step, turning human as he lay dying.  What follows is an amazing love story, told in the alternating voices of Grace and Sam, as they fight to keep Sam human as winter approaches.

I have also read the sequel to Shiver, Linger, and I have to say it was also awesome!  Stiefvater has added a new character, Cole, to Sam and Grace’s story.  I really liked the addition of Cole, and he has a really great back story. I am so looking forward to the third book–Forever.

Check out the book trailer for Shiver, created by the author–Maggie Stiefvater: 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 1, 2011 Categories: Fiction