Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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.