Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Not my usual type of novel, but I was pleasantly surprised! Suspenseful and eerie as it depicts a futuristic society divided into twelve districts in which 2 representatives from each district are chosen by a lottery, and compete in an annual game of survival - to the death. The book is narrated by Katniss, a sharp, no-nonsense young girl from one of the impoverished districts. She takes the place of her younger sister, Prim whom she is devoted to. Katniss competes in the competition, which is considered 'entertainment,' readers will find her experiences make for a gripping, and at times, tender story. Read the sequel, "Catching Fire."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi

A tense, exciting novel that intertwines basketball, betting, friendship and murder into an action-packed urban suspense story. Mackey and J.R. grew up together playing basketball in Rucker Park, where the neighborhood watched professional NBA players go up against street legends. When they both get picked to play in a big tournament, J.R. is the victim of a fatal stabbing and only Mackey knows the truth. Will he do the right thing? Read the book and find out!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Paper Towns by John Green

Another winner from one of our favorite authors! Green has an unusual knack for portraying realistic experiences and honest dialogue among his characters - and making it both profound and amusing. Set in Orlando, Florida, it is the story of the enigmatic Margo Roth Spiegelman, as told by her classmate Quentin, who worships her from afar. When Margo goes missing again in senior year, it is up to Quentin to unravel the mystery and find her.

Artichoke's Heart: a novel by Suzanne Supplee

This was one of the most charming books I've read this year! The story is set in Spring Hill, Tennessee and features the smart and funny Rosemary Goode - a self-conscious, overweight teen whose single mother owns Heavenly Hair, the most popular and gossipy beauty salon in town. The plot is a thoughtful and humorous look at Rosemary's senior year of high school as her social life and figure transform.