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Archive for January, 2012

Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita!

It’s prom night, but Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much anticipated gig with his band in the city . . . New York City. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, very geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete jungle with a trained assassin in his father’s beloved Jag.
Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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This debut novel is a murder mystery set in a vastly different landscape – the High Arctic, home of the Inuit people, bitter cold, and vast expanses of snow and ice. Half Inuit and half qalunaat (outsider), Edie Kiglatuk is the best Arctic guide around. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her. Though these events are seemingly unrelated, Edie’s Inuit hunter sensibility tells her otherwise. With or without Derek’s help, she is determined to find the key to this connection-a search that takes her beyond her small village, and into the far reaches of the frozen tundra.

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Divergent by Veronica Roth!

One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions — Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) — each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses to become Dauntless but does she really have all the Dauntless characteristics and no others? After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” Is she Dauntless or is she Divergent and doomed to live outside society completely?

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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