Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welcome, caller, This is Chloe

Title: Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe
Author: Shelley Coriell
Pages: 299
Content: PG13
Language: PG13 (10+ swears, no "F")
Level: High School
Recommendation: Okay Read

Summary: Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

Review: Not a bad book, a pretty easy read for teens.  Touches on a few sensitive subjects like drinking and drug abuse.  Chloe has to deal with her share of problems while learning how to be a friend.

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Title: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Pages: 288
Content: G
Language: G
Level: Upper Elem. Middle School
Recommendation: Good Read

Summary: Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.   In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

Review: LOVED this book!  So fun!  Lots of twists and turns, and excitement.   Loved all the references to Literary Works and realized there were a few I need to read!  Kids who like mystery, games, excitement, fun, puzzles, etc.  will love this book!!  GREAT book!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Title: Mudbound
Author: Hillary Jordan
Pages: 328
Language: PG13
Content: PG
Level: High School/Adult
Recommendation: Good Read

Summary:  Prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

Review:   I'm not always a fan of novels that tell a story from different characters' perspectives but Jordan made it work.  Great book for those interested in the history of the southern states, or for more mature readers.


Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 328
Language: PG13
Content: PG
Level: High School
Recommendation:  Good Read

Summary: Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

Review:  What an original story!  I had to keep turning the pages to find answers. The characters were developed and I was emotionally attached to their stories.  Although probably not for everyone, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the 2nd installment when it isn't checked out!!

A Mango Shaped Space

Title: A Mango Shaped Space
Author: Wendy Mass
Pages: 276
Language: G
Content: G
Level:  Middle/High School
Recommendation:  Good Read

Summary: Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she's keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Review:  A fan of Wendy Mass, I was excited to read this boo and was not disappointed. There's a lot that happens within the story, and the character has many challenges to face.  Mass is able to portray the way in which young teen girls react to turmoil in their lives. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will recommend it.

Paper Covers Rock

Title: Paper Covers Rock
Author: Jenny Hubbard
Pages: 192
Language: R
Content: PG13/R
Level: High School
Recommendation: Not In This Library

Summary: At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick. Caught in the web with Alex and Glenn is their English teacher, Miss Dovecott, fresh out of Princeton, who suspects there's more to what happened at the river when she perceives guilt in Alex's writing for class. She also sees poetic talent in Alex, which she encourages. As Alex responds to her attention, he discovers his true voice, one that goes against the boarding school bravado that Glenn embraces. When Glenn becomes convinced that Miss Dovecott is out to get them, Alex must choose between them.

Review:  Although there are a lot of literary elements in this book, I would not recommend it to our patrons - especially the conservative ones.  This is not a story that will suit everyone, particularly with its fragmented voice, symbolic representations, and references to homosexuality, drinking, etc.

Bald Headed Princess

Title: Bald Headed Princess
Author: Maribeth Ditmars
Pages: 96 pages
Language: G
Content: G
Level: Middle School/High School
Recommendation: Good Read

Summary: What is a girl with cancer to do? Will her friends still want to hang out with her now that she has cancer? Can she play soccer? How will she deal with being out of school? How will she manage homework from home and the hospital? Can she please get back to a normal life? A life with hair and without chemo? Discover with Isabel that having cancer doesn t have to change who she is a budding teenager and an awesome soccer princess. Her strength and courage, and fabulous sense of humor, helps carry her though it all. 

Review: A great story for anyone who is or knows someone who has been affected by cancer.  Fast and easy to read, I enjoyed the story.