Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Fixer

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Tess has to leave her ranch in Montana and move to Washington D.C. with her sister Ivy when it is discovered that Tess's grandfather has dementia. Tess is unhappy, to say the least. She begins school at an elite prep school with the daughter of the Vice President of the United States, the daughter of the White House doctor, the grandson of a Supreme Court Justice and more offspring of the nation's political elite. Tess falls into a minor school scandal that she uses a little intelligence and intimidation to "fix" for a young girl, and finds herself on the receiving end of more offers to "fix" people's problems. Little does Tess know that her sister Ivy is a big-time "fixer" for all of the politicians, and she's hiding more secrets than anyone can imagine.
This is a book full of twists and turns, and bound to be the first in a series. "Scandal" for teens, and a great and interesting plot. Tess is a smart character and she makes and breaks deals without sweating a drop.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Accident Season

by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Every October, all the members of Cara's family fall into what they call "the accident season," where all sorts of physical accidents, bumps and bruises appear. Cara's father died long ago during the accident season, and she, her sister and her step-brother, Sam, all suffer from big and little physical accidents throughout the month. Is the family cursed? Who is the girl Cara remembers but can't find? Can she protect herself and her family from their worst accidents yet?

This story takes place in Ireland and is sometimes chilling. The prose is amazing, full of secrets and interesting turns of phrase. All of the characters are really well-drawn.  Fans of Miss Peregrine's and We Were Liars will love this one.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Kill The Boy Band

by Goldy Moldavsky

***Guest post by Amanda B***

Every fangirl's dream is to meet their favorite boy band.

 The narrator of this story (whose real name we never learn) and her three friends thought it would be simple. Get a hotel room where their favorite boy band The Rupert's were staying and maybe they would get a chance to meet them. They never thought they would kidnap one and hold him hostage in their room, especially not the ugly one. Now they are in a bit of trouble as drama unfolds and the dominoes fall as a result of their actions.

A fun and crazy story about fangirls who go above and beyond what is means to be one. The narrator is an interesting character and we never learn her real name. Her relationship with her friends ,who are all diverse in personality, adds an interesting layer to the story.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Urban Garden

How One Community Turned Idle Land into a Garden City and How you can, Too
by Jeremy N. Smith

Hunger is real. One in four American families in 2009 didn't have enough money to buy the food they needed at least once a week. American children are food-insecure. Food Insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foodsFood insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all of the time.
In Missoula, Montana, people are working to change their lives and the lives of their neighbors. Through a community network, college students, families, and individuals started small farms on forgotten government land and changed the way the food insecure could function in their city. 
This is a great story about grassroots movements and young people becoming leaders in the world. Many people want to change the world, but don't know how. This is a pretty cool how-to book and an interesting story.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Unexpected Art

Serendipitous Installations,
Site-Specific Works,
and Surprising Interventions

Edited by Jenny Moussa Spring

A giant rubber duck - an installation of hundreds of chairs stacked into an archway, beautifully painted garbage dumpsters - sometimes you can find art in some very unexpected places or in very unexpected ways.

This book has beautiful photographs of many such art installations from all over the world. Falling flowers, icing sculptures and glowing moons are some of the concepts that make each page different and wonderful.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Over the years, Lara Jean wrote letters to all the boys she liked. These letters were never sent and instead put away in a hat box. Then one day she finds out her letters have been mailed out. To make matters worse, one went to Josh, the boy next door and her older's sister recent ex. Then Peter, who after receiving his letter, offers to be Lara Jean's "pretend" boyfriend to help her convince Josh she is over him while making his own ex jealous. Lara Jean begins to question her feelings about the ALL of the
boys she has loved before.
While dealing with romance, this is also a book about family. Lara Jean is close with her older sister and helps take care of her younger one. Readers will enjoy Lara Jean and see ways that they can relate to her. Readers will also enjoy trying to decide if they prefer Josh or Peter.