Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl

by Siobian Vivian

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

High School senior Natalie likes to have everything in control and is one of those students who has gained the respect of her teachers. Her idea of senior year does not go as planned, due to the antics of Spencer, a freshman girl she used to babysit. Also, her best (and only friend) Autumn is beginning to act different and Connor, one of the senior football players she may be getting involved with. Natalie is out to prove she is a proud and independent woman and not a sexual object for the guys at her school, but maybe there is more to it.

While Natalie can be annoying at times, readers will also find moments when they can relate to her. The secondary characters are a mix of characters to love and those you'll  love to hate. This story deals a lot with the complications of being teenage girl and struggling to find out who you are and who you should be.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Better Off Friends

by Elizabeth Eulberg

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

Maccallan and Levi became best friends the first day they met back in 7th grade. The close friendship they share over the years makes it seem to everyone else that they are couple, and their closeness interferes in what relationships they do have. Can a girl and guy just be friends or do they wind up as more? Maccallan and Levi address that very question in this story.

This story is told in alternating points of view as Maccallan and Levi look back at their friendship. This book also includes conversations between them on their current thoughts and opinions. Both the story and the characters are engaging and enjoyable.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

For the Good of Mankind?

The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation
by Vicky Oransky Wittenstein

Up until the 1970s, there were many examples of medical professionals experimenting on humans. In many instances, the humans who were involved in the experiments didn't know that they were part of an experiment and didn't give their consent. In some instances, patients were given false information as a substitute for what experiments were happening. This book documents many different cases where people were used, whether they knew it or not, to further medical studies.
This is a short book, less than 100 pages, but the images and the detailed explanations are horrifying. Those interested in medical science, medical ethical issues or social issues will be interested in the information presented here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pinned

by Sharon Flake

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

When it comes to wrestling and baking, ninth grader Autumn excels. When it comes to school work, so no much, since she has difficulty reading. There is Adonis who is smart and self-disciplined and was born without legs. Adonis is also mean towards Autumn, who has a crush on him. She is determined to make him her boyfriend, despite the fact he can't stand her.

This story is told in the alternating views of Adonis and Autumn. Autumn's sections may be difficult to read (at least at first) as they are written at her level. The dynamic between these two characters is amusing and
intriguing. While readers may not be able to relate to the characters they may still sympathize with them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pieces of Me

by Amber Kizer

Five teens tell a joint story from their own perspectives. Jessica is a shy girl who, after a bullying incident, becomes a little different. Samuel has kidney disease, and is stuck with a short life prognosis and dialysis, so he blogs about miracles everyday. Vivian has cystic fibrosis and is obsessed with the colors in her life. Leif is a football star brought down by terrible injuries. Misty has liver failure, but may finally have something to live for.
One teen dies and is the organ beneficiary to the others. This is their story, all together and their stories, separately. If you like books that are very serious and a little sad, this fits the bill. Nothing too graphic happens, and those who like Lurlene McDaniel or other books about dying teens may really like this.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The League

by Thatcher Heldring

Wyatt is small for his age. His father makes him play golf, and Wyatt is completely uninterested in the summer "golf camp" his father has forced upon him. While at the movies with his best friend ( a girl), he spies the high school football star who does whatever he wants and attracts a lot of attention. Wyatt wants that kind of attention.
His brother introduces him to the "League of Pain," a secret league of high school football with no coaches and few rules. Wyatt learns his strengths and weaknesses, but can he keep the secret and become a different guy?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Catch Rider


by Jennifer H. Lyne

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

Sidney “Sid” Criser is a poor kid from a troubled family with a love and knowledge of horses. She’s learned about horses from the bottom up, and is on her way to being a catch rider, meaning she can ride any horse anywhere. When her Uncle Wayne gets her a job at Oak Hill, the fancy show barn, Sid takes it because the money can help her family. Little does Sid know that this job leads to a new and exciting opportunity to be more than a poor farm girl.

If you are a horse lover, this book is for you.If you aren't a horse lover, you may still enjoy this book if you like stories about characters trying to overcome poor odds. Sidney is a sweet character and readers will find themselves rooting for her to succeed.