Whats New Category: Middle School

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

yummy book coverRobert Sandifer, also known as Yummy because he couldn’t be without candy and cookies, was a real boy living in Chicago.  He was also a killer, a victim, a shorty, a boy who still curled up with his teddy bear, and a gangster.  In 1994 Yummy graced the cover of Time magazine- after he shot a fourteen year old girl in his neighborhood while trying to prove himself to a local gang the Black Disciples.  Robert, the narrator, will show you how the neighborhood, the schools, the city, and the whole country reacted to the events and he’ll give a peak into Yummy’s life and how he ended up in the horrible situation he found himself in at 11 years old.  Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty  by G.Neri pulls you in right away and leaves you wondering if Yummy was a cold blooded killer or just a boy who had been led astray?

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

the Cardturner book coverBridge: 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.