From Lisa Kropp
author: Piccoult, Jodi
titl: Nineteen Minutes
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed.You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
So begins this tale about a high school student who, having been bullied his entire life, makes the decision to walk into his school one day armed with four guns, changing the course of life in a small New Hampshire town forever. This being a Jodi Piccoult novel, expect lots of twists and turns, as the inevitable is never truly what it seems to be in her writing. If you like mysteries and fiction based in part on actual events from the news, then throw this book into your beach bag this summer.
From Lola Ferris
author: Davenport, Randi
The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother’s Story
This is the poignant story of a mother’s fight to get her son, Chase, diagnosed and treated for a disease that is variously described as ADHD, autism and finally,in his teens, full-blown psychosis. Davenport tells the story of visits to doctors, each with different diagnoses: Chase’s problem doesn’t fit into any niche, making the search for help even more frustrating.
As he enters his teens, Chase becomes paranoid, violent and suicidal, and insurers cut off his health insurance, since there is no name for his disease. This forces Davenport to send him to a state mental hospital, where he is drugged into a vegetative state. She finally finds a small
facility, devoted to young men with developmental disabilities, though we are never sure this is the end of her painful journey. We are drawn into the world of Davenport, an academic and a writer, as she describes the pain of a fiercely devoted mother held hostage to forces beyond her understanding or control. Her story is straightforward, honest and gripping.
From Chris Garland
author: Krakauer, Jon
Where Men Win Glory : The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
The odyssey of Pat Tillman is a uniquely American tragedy. After the attacks of 9/11 he felt compelled to defend his country. He left a loving wife and a lucrative career as a professional football player to join the military, only to die in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
Tillman was not your typical jock. He challenged himself intellectually as well as physically. He lived by a set of principles that money or love could not supplant. Jon Krakauer (author of previous bestsellers “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air”), merges the history of the United States
adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan with Tillman’s life, creating a compelling story.
From Loudmila, Teen Book Reviewer
author: The Harvard Lampoon
Nightlight : a parody
I know that many of you are aware of the Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer
really can capture someone within her writing. The Harvard Lampoon’s
Nightlight A Parody was trying to have the same purpose. In my personal opinion, after reading the Twilight series, Nightlight just doesn’t seem right. It seems as if the writers were truthfully, trying too hard to make a funny book; make the characters and plot more of something not expected after reading Twilight.
At first, it seemed as if this would be a good book. Reviewers said that
this book had been hilarious. To me, the book wasn’t really funny at all, it was just a bore. I’m not trying to bag on the authors of this book because they did do a fine job trying to make this an entertaining story, but when their ‘funny’ parts were revealed, I felt as if they could’ve done better.
The cover and idea was great, though. In Twilight, the cover was an
extremely pale person holding onto an apple. The cover of Nightlight on the other hand was that same pale person’s hand holding an apple, but the apple had been eaten to its core. I thought that was a funny way to make a cover. The characters were similar: Edwart Mullen and Belle Goose. There were just a few changes. It was very unexpected, though. In a way, it is close to Twilight, but it was more for those people who didn’t enjoy the actual series. Being a fan of the Twilight saga, I didn’t really enjoy this book so I don’t recommend it for other fans.
From Jillian, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Carey, Anna
Sloane sisters : a novel
I read the book, Sloane Sisters. I would recommend this book to middle school girls. If you are interested in fashion then you would definitely enjoy this book. It’s about how two sets of sisters (very privileged) find themselves thrown together to become a family. It doesn’t go so smoothly and there is a lot of sabotage and backstabbing! This book was easy to follow and kept me interested to find out how it would all end. I loved hearing about their clothes and great shopping trips.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Jones, Stan
Village of the Ghost Bears
Eight people killed in a fire; frozen bodies found on the tundra; is it all part of a cover-up? Revenge? A serial killer? State Trooper Nathan Active’s beat is the remote Arctic Alaskan town of Chukchi and his investigation is complicated by the weather, the terrain and the culture of the region. The plot twists, unique characters and glimpses of the Alaskan wilderness make this a quick and engaging read. This is the fourth novel in the Nathan Active Mystery series which includes White Sky; Black Ice; Shaman Pass and Frozen Sun.