Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014


by Andrew Smith

***Guest post by Amanda B***

At Pine Mountain Boarding School 14-year-old junior Ryan Dean West is a self-proclaimed loser living in Opportunity Hall, home of the rule-breakers. Life isn't easy when you are two years younger than your classmates, your crush is also your female best friend who thinks of you as a little kid, you live with a bunch of trouble makers, and the football players bully you because you are a rugby player and friends with the only openly gay student. Ryan Dean does his best to deal with these struggles and learns some things about himself and life along the way.

The book is written as Ryan Dean looking back and telling the reader about his semester at school. Ryan Dean is a sometimes odd but like-able character. The illustrations (which are supposed to be done by him) add some lightness and humor to the story as well as giving it a graphic novel feel at times. While the story has its fun and humorous moments, it also has some sad and serious ones.

Due to some content, this book is best suited for readers in 9th grade or above. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Forgive my Fins

By Tera Lynn Childs

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

       Lily a secret, she’s part mermaid, and not just any mermaid, but a princess who is next in line to rule the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia. Before taking over her royal duties, she has been spending time on land living with her aunt and going to the high school where her human mother went. There she develops a crush on Brody who she hopes to make her mermate. Things don't go as planned when her obnoxious neighbor Quincy gets in the way. Now Lily has to deal with romance problems way worse than your typical human troubles.

            This book is great for any tween or teen who likes Mermaids. If you enjoy(ed) The Little Mermaid, the TV show H20: Just Add Water or it's spin-off Mako Mermaids, than you should definitely give this a try. The romance in this book is also fun and enjoyable with Lily's crush on Brody relate-able even for us humans. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


 by Laurie Halse Anderson

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Tyler used to be a “nobody”, until the day he decided to spray paint graffiti at school. Now he is the guy who got arrested and probation. His summer job also made him go from scrawny to fit. Even better his secret crush Bethany is noticing him, so what if she is the daughter of his dad’s boss and twin sister of his arch enemy. Life is looking good for Tyler till one event after another starts causing him trouble and makes him question where he stands at home, school, and in the world. 

Like Anderson’s Speak, this story deals with some tough stuff that not every reader may be able to deal with. For those who can it is an interesting novel. The character of Tyler can be relatable to anybody who has ever felt out of place and has dealt with tough times similar to what he goes through. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Change Up: Mystery at the World Series

by John Feinstein
***Guest post by Amanda B. ***
Stevie is a teen sports reporter who gets to write about the Washington National's post season. On the night the National’s win the play-offs, he meets pitcher Norbert Doyle who soon becomes a big deal. After Stevie and Susan Carol, his girlfriend and fellow reporter, interview Doyle and his twin children, Stevie suspects there is more to his story. Stevie now finds himself  reporting on the World Series, and maybe having big story about one of its players on his hands.
Even though the World Series played in this book is fictional and Norbert Doyle a fictional player, baseball fans will still enjoy this, because some real baseball history is involved and some players mentioned. Readers do not have to be a baseball fan though, as the mystery is not about baseball just one of its players. Fan of Matt Christopher novels when they were younger will enjoy this novel. 
This book is actually the fourth in Feinstein’s mystery sport series. Readers do not have to read the others to enjoy this, because even though it follows the same teen reporters, each is a different sports mystery with enough background given to understand the story.
 If you are interested in reading them all,  they are best read in order. 
The titles before this are 
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open
Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl
and the books after are 
The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
covering Basketball, Tennis, Football, and Swimming respectively.