Sunday, March 22, 2015

Evil Librarian

by Michelle Knudsen

So, your best friend has a crush on the new male librarian. Except he's a demon. And he's slowly sucking the life force out of everyone at school - teachers and students alike, including your best friend's soul. If this sounds familiar, then you are living life just like Cynthia. Which means that you would be trying to save the school play (Sweeney Todd), your own crush (the only other person to notice Evil Librarian's bat wings and horns), and everyone you know! Maybe you make some very poor choices along the way, but you end up a little stronger (okay, a LOT stronger) than you thought.

For fans of demon-teachers and magic and rituals and something other-worldly, who like a smart and very over-sharing narrator and anyone who likes their evil characters to be TRULY evil - I'm sure there will be a sequel. Not for the squeamish, though, and you may not look at your teachers or principal the same ever again!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel

Adapted and Illustrated by Chris Mould

This is a VERY abridged version of the story of Frankenstein's monster, but it holds true to the original novel. The text is pulled from the source, really, and it keeps the novel's circular narration (the beginning of the story is told by a sea captain, who is told the story by Victor Frankenstein, the doctor, who tells a story that is told to HIM by his monster).
While short and illustrated, this is a great version of the Frankenstein story. Teens interested in the ideas behind the story may really love this. The graphics are dark and the text accompanies each picture as told by the narrator. Though not a hard read, there are certainly themes (and quite a few murders) that make it suggested for teens.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

by Alex Bradley

Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old girl who is obsessed with making poisons in her fully equipped science lab. The story is set in England right after World War II, and Flavia's father and his butler have returned from war suffering from PTSD (though they wouldn't have termed it as such back then). Flavia is the youngest and feels that she does not get sufficient attention from the rest of the family, and plans expert pranks to befall her oldest sister.
The mystery part involves a dead body that Flavia finds in the garden. She is fairly sure that her father is involved somehow, and she is certain that she must protect him. But the trouble she gets in and the lengths that she goes to in order to uncover the murder is crazy.
If you liked Scout from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, or Harriet the Spy, or if you like puzzling mysteries, you may really like this series.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Museum of Intangible Things

by Wendy Wunder

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

Audacity, Karma, Happiness, Lust and Elation are all (but not all of the) intangible things. When best friends Hannah and Zoe leave their New Jersey town and set out on a road trip,  Zoe plans on teaching Hannah some intangible things while others they just learn along the way. Together the girls leave their troubles behind to chase weather, make new friends and experience the intangible things.

This is an engaging, bittersweet and wonderful story about the friendship between two teenage girls. The character of Zoe is dealing with a mental illness, but their friendship is still very much like other friendships. Readers will love Hannah and Zoe both as individual characters and as a pair. Romance, heartbreak, adventure, and family are also involved in the story.
Fans of Wunder's The Probability of Miracles will not be disappointed by her second novel.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Paradox of Vertical Flight

by Emil Ostrovski

On Jack's eighteenth birthday, he receives a phone call that he wasn't expecting. He has to go to the hospital to see someone he thought he would never see again. From that moment on, things get crazy.
Jack loves philosophy - he's always talking about reasoning, wondering, free will, inevitability...he is both an endearing narrator and an annoying one. This story is about Jack, and his best friend from the time he was a kid, and his (sort of) girlfriend, and one other person. We can't tell you about that. We can just tell you that this is the story about how one boy grows up in a night, and meets a lot of weird and crazy and interesting and sometimes helpful people, and makes a lot of (sometimes dumb) decisions and you might think it is an excellent book to pass the time and change your perspective.
If you liked John Green's Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska,  you'd probably dig this.