From Ellen Druda
This one is very much of interest to libraries, since it’s about the author Norma Khouri and her 2003 best seller “Forbidden Love.” The book was presented as a true story about a young Muslim girl caught in an unapproved love affair who was then murdered by her brother. A year after publication, an Australian journalist examined the details in the story and proved it all to be a figment of the author’s imagination. The film tells the story of Khouri’s rise to fame and her response to the accusations about the book. What makes it so delicious to watch is the onion-peel method the film uses to tell us the story: we see Khouri dig herself deeper and deeper with lies and deceptions; explanations that seem logical at first reveal themselves to be truths about other falsehoods even more bizarre. The DVD comes loaded with extras, including deleted scenes, featurettes, and terrific commentary with director Anna Broinowski and Khouri herself.
From Luke, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Diver, Lucienne
Fans of the Twilight Saga will rejoice after reading “ReVamped” by Lucienne Diver. This novel is great for those who like vampire stories. You’ll also like to read this if you’re into action.
The novel takes place during present day. Gina, a teenage girl who was turned into a vampire in “Vamped”, now works for the government. She, her boyfriend, and three other agents are sent to Wappingers Falls, a quaint town in upstate New York, to investigate strange fluctuations in energy. Once there, undercover, they discover a plot of their old vampire enemy and the vampire council to turn the whole town into their feeding grounds.
This novel is humorous, action-packed, and keeps your attention. I greatly enjoyed reading this and would recommend this and any other novel by Lucienne Diver to anyone. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this book a 7 ½. If you like vampires, action, and comedy then this is the book for you.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Randle, Kevin D.
A murder has been committed. Tom Johnson is found standing by the body with a gun. The police have a solid, clear cut case. Tom admits to killing Linda Miller. His defense is that she wasn’t human. So begins this legal thriller. Everyone thinks that he is trying to build an insanity case but he is completely serious when he tells the cops to burn her body within 48 hours. It’s a race against time. He must make someone believe him before the creature rises. It is a unique spin on the vampire theme, that just makes you wonder what if…
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Keplinger, Kody
Bianca, from the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger, has problems in her life. Her mother, who is never home, might divorce her dad, who is a recovering alcoholic. She feels as though she is the “duff” in her group of friends, or the “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend,” the weak link. Her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart when she was fourteen, is visiting town from his college with his fiancee. The boy she has a massive crush on, Toby, doesn’t even know that she exists. Bianca wants a distraction, a way to let out all these emotions so she won’t go crazy. So she starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, her high school’s womanizer. She doesn’t like him at all, she actually despises him, but all she is looking for is a fling and that is exactly what Wesley can provide. But Bianca actually finds out they have more in common then she thought and realizes that she might actually care for him. And what will happen when all the problems she has been running away from catch up!
with her? Read the book to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl to a girl in middle or high school. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it truly is an excellent read for any girl as it explores important issues such as self-esteem, reputations, and many more that are easy to relate too. However, this book contains a lot of mature content so the reader should probably be over the age of 10. So go out and read The Duff!
From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Lynch, Chris
Hothouse is an emotional and unique story about the sharp and oftentimes unexpected change from being admired to being despised. The story is about seventeen-year-old Russell and his best friend D.J., who have shared similar childhoods. Both boys have grown up around the firehouse, because both of their fathers were firemen. Russell shared a special bond with his father, and knew his entire life that he wanted to grow up to be a firefighter just like his father.
Unfortunately, both of their fathers died in a tragic accident while fighting a fire in town. Naturally, both the boys were devastated by the loss, but the story focuses more on how Russell copes. Initially, everyone in their town rallies around their families, because the boys’ fathers were regarded as heroes to the community. Everyone’s constant support helped the boys get through the tough situation.
However, the story takes a dark turn as the boys’ fathers get turned from heroes to zeros. Some secrets into his father’s actions concerning the accident shed some light on the fact that Russell’s father may not have been such a hero after all. Now, he must deal with the fact that the man he idolized his whole life had a darker side he knew nothing about, and the whole community that once embraced him wants no part of him anymore. The story is an emotional journey and examines the way teenagers handle death and adversity in general. I would recommend this to mature teen readers looking for a powerful, but not too long of a read.
From Alex, Teen Book Reviewer
“Wings” by Aprilynne Pike was the best book ever! It was about a girl named Laurel and one day she wakes up and she a bump on her back. Each morning it grows bigger until there is a flower on her back. It freaks her out. Then she meets a fairy sentry who knows everything about Laurel’s past. Laurel’s adventure is one that never stops. This book was amazing. I brought it to school and everywhere because I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book to all girls. But wait, there’s more. There is a SEQUEL to this book. It’s called Spells. So I can’t wait to go get it. But I hope you enjoy this book.
From Jackie Cantwell
The King’s speech [videorecording]
Based on the true story of Albert, Duke of York (played by Colin Firth), the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. His wife, Elizabeth, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is the woman we knew as The Queen Mother.
Albert became King George VI. The film opens with Albert stuttering his way through a speech at Wembley Stadium. When doctors fail to cure him of his stutter, Elizabeth finds an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush), in London. When Lionel meets Albert, he has the audacity to treat the man who would be king as an equal, calling him “Bertie”. Albert doesn’t want to continue treatment, but he is desperate. They continue their unconventional sessions, including rolling on the floor, loosening the jaw muscles and limbs, and reciting tongue twisters. Lionel notices that Bertie doesn’t stutter when he’s angry, so he’s encouraged to curse and to rage. Lionel knows that stuttering has an emotional basis, so he questions Albert about his childhood, which Albert finds impertinent. The scenes between Elizabeth and Albert are very touching, as she is very loving and supportive. The scenes between Lionel and Albert are sometimes funny, but often filled with tension. More dramatic tension is supplied as Albert has to make a speech when he is crowned king, after his brother Edward (Guy Pearce) abdicates to marry Wallis Simpson (Eve Best). The titular speech is the one that Albert must give over the radio on Sept. 3, 1939, that leads England to declare war on Germany. The performances are fantastic all around; Colin Firth won the Oscar for Best Actor. The film also won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Directing, and Best Original Screenplay.
From Erem, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Thompson, Kate
The White Horse Trick
I think that the book “The White Horse Trick” is imaginative and creative. I would recommend this book to kids who like to read fairy and fictional stories. In this story, kids can create the feeling of two different worlds which causes suspense for the reader. This story is about a kid who travels between two existing worlds of the fairy and human world. The story is set up in a place called Tir’an’og and is about a boy named Pup, who sets out to find his kidnapped brother. He travels to the human world and meets fairies and begins to understand the differences between fairies and humans. This book is filled with suspense and you should read the book to find out more.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Beaton, M.C.
Death of a chimney sweep : [a Hamish Macbeth mystery]
The latest in the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M.C. Beaton just appeared on the library shelves and what an entertaining read it was. Hamish is back with his seemingly lazy persona and smart, incisive brain. He is not ambitious and makes no secret of that fact. He is part of the landscape of Lochdubh and has faith in the people he polices. Outsiders are to be distrusted and every time a stranger appears in the small village, murder and mayhem follow. His pets, Sonsie and Lugs, are the only ones with whom Hamish seems able to commit and they repay his loyalty by defending his life. The murder victim is an embezzler and one of his victims was unable to contain his rage and ire at being duped and so stuffed the embezzler up a chimmey. The chimney sweep is an initial suspect until he is found on the moors, murdered. Hamish is the first to connect the dots with inituitive leaps and his theories prove true.
From Eileen Effrat
author: Le Carre, John
Our Kind of Traitor
Based on a December 2009 London newspaper article in The Observer that claimed drug money was the only thing keeping the British financial system afloat during the 2008 economic meltdown, Le Carre has written a top notch spy thriller I could not put down. It all begins quite innocently, as two British nationals, Perry and Gail, take a tennis vacation to Antigua.
There they meet Dima, the number one money launderer for the Russian mob. Dima wants asylum in England for him and his family and approaches the couple to make the connection with intelligence authorities in London. The couple soon find themselves in the spy business. The “traitor” in this book may be Dima, ready to elude the Russian mob, or the corrupt British government officials who want to cover up shady British bank dealings. This book is about greed , blood money, and the global banking industry. More importantly, it’s about ordinary people trying to do the decent thing and losing to “institutions” that have their own agendas for keeping power and wealth in the hands of a select few.