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If you’re as frustrated as I am with unseasonably warm weather so close to Christmas then I suggest you cool off with Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the story of seventeen year old Grace who has spent years watching a pack of wolves living in the wintry Minnesota woods behind her house, feeling inexplicably connected to them. One yellow-eyed wolf, “her wolf”, watches back. Sam is no ordinary wolf. He is actually a werewolf who spends the cold months in his wolf form, silently watching Grace, and in the warm months he is simply a quiet boy who works at the local book store. The only constant: his unusual yellow eyes. When the two finally meet in human form, their love blossoms beautifully. As if teen relationships weren’t difficult enough, this one is tested constantly by the slightest drop in temperature. Action packed without a lot of gore, this romantic tale is a sensory delight. You’re guaranteed to feel the chill of a cold Minnesota morning, to smell hot chocolate in the air, to visualize the light dappled woods as the wolves run through it. For mature teens and adults alike, I definitely recommend this one to be enjoyed in front of a fire, under a soft blanket, with a hot cup of cocoa preferably.

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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After devouring two of Oliver’s books (Delirium and Pandemonium), I had to go back and read her debut novel, Before I Fall. In a Glee mash up, this would be Groundhog Day meets Thirteen Reasons Why. It was witty and poignant, but also unnerving and annoying as the main character, Sam, has a go at the same day over and over (and over) again. Chock full of valuable lessons, this is a great young adult read if you can get past the repetition. I was going to write a plot synopsis, but in preparing for next week’s conference presentation all about utilizing technology to promote young adult reading, I found this great book trailer that *hopefully* does the trick! Let me know what you think and what you’re doing with book trailers yourself!

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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The contestants of The Miss Team Dream pageant thought their only problems were going to involve wardrobe malfunctions or the regular pageant drama, but when their plane crashes they are left on a mysterious island to fend for themselves. With little water, food and hardly any hair-care products the girls soon learn that it is going take more than a killer smile and show-stopping walk to survive until they are rescued. What these pageant princesses don’t know is that this island isn’t quite as deserted as they thought. Filled with crazy dictators, evil corporations, love, fake pirates and a lot of girl power this satire is recommended for anyone who loves a good laugh!

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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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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Laugh and love! Novella length, no one’s heard of it and it is my favorite Tolkien. Great adventure, hilarious fairytale/swashbuckler parody, and really, perhaps the best old annoyed-with-the-world dragon ever written, the terrifying and oh so bored, Chrysophylax Dives!

Reviewed by Mrs. Bolden

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Funky, unconventional, sharp and warm, full of great stories of true faith and messy lives. Here’s an example that is all that needs to be said:   “It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do. ”

Reviewed by Mrs. Henegar

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Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were next door neighbors and best friends at their young age. But as they go through their middle and high school years, Margo grows in popularity immensely while Quentin… well… he’s just kind of a dork. They didn’t speak to each other for years until one night when Margo comes climbing through Quentin’s window in the middle of the night to ask for his help with a night of diabolical pranks on her enemies. The next morning Quentin trudges into school to discover the Margo is absent. The same thing happens the next day… and the day after that… and the day after that. The detective on the case blows it off as another runaway since Margo has been known to disappear for days or sometimes even weeks at a time. But when a strange photograph appears on her bedroom window, Quentin gets suspicious. One clue leads to another and Quentin starts to worry she might have committed suicide, motivating him to find her that much more. Before long, he’s in his minivan with his two best friends and Margo’s right hand girl, all of them dressed only in graduation gowns, going 90mph down the interstate on a last minute road trip from Florida to New York without a minute to spare or any clue in his mind whether Margo is alive or dead.

Reviewed by May May ’13

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