Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Putting Makeup on Dead People

by Jen Violi

Donna attends the funeral of a classmate and realizes that she is sort of comfortable with death. Her father died four years ago, and she is still steeped in grief and separated from her friends and family. Donna decides to try working at the funeral home. There, she sees tremendous loss, and learns to honor the dead. Donna may have found the peace she has been looking for in the last place she could have imagined.

This is a serious and sad book. But Donna does find herself eventually, and meets a lot of interesting characters along the way.

This book was originally reviewed in 2011. We have republished the review because if you like Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, or The Wonder of Miracles, you may like this book.
The lexile level of this book is an 820, if you're looking for that information.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Eat Fresh Food

Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
by Rozanne Gold and her All-Star Team

YA 641.5 G

Learn to make crepes, and soup and stuffed tomatoes! Any teen interested in cooking, or EATING, should check out this cookbook! Eating fresh and healthy doesn't mean sacrificing taste or eating sticks and leaves! All of these recipes look amazing, and the desserts (make your own ice cream!) and beverages (watermelon lemonade!) are sure to leave whoever you are cooking for wanting more!

This book was originally reviewed in 2010, but since it is a great cookbook, we wanted to bump the post and let other people find out how awesome it is!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


by Beth Kephart

Like a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school. She likes to write and stay in the background, and doesn't really have any friends. Through a series of events, and developing friendships, Elisa's neat little "background" life starts being pushed into the spotlight.

This is a different sort of book that doesn't really fit into a specific category...but many different readers will like it. It's got some funny parts and some sad parts and like an episode of a sitcom, there's a life lesson-y part or two.

This book was reviewed on this blog over two years ago, so we've "bumped" the review because it may be a great book for summer reading this year. The lexile level of this book is a 940.