Ms. Sanchez does an amazing job of bringing the reader into the mind and culture of the main character, Julia Reyes, who recently lost her sister in a tragic accident. The way Ms. Sanchez navigates the grief of Julia and her family is beautiful. I truly wish this book would have been around when I was a younger!
This book is awesome. The prose is beautifully written, and wonderfully placed on the page. A quick read that blossoms like a flower as you are reading it. If you want an extra special treat, listen to the audio book while reading it-the author reads it!
If you are looking for a pure, easy to read, light and entertaining teen mystery, look no further. I liked this book and couldn't put it down. It was fun to try to figure out who the killer was. I was wrong! Such a fun easy read.
This book is a #1 Best Seller for Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races, but fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Julianna likes Bryce, but Bryce doesn't like Julianna. Six years pass. Julianna stops liking Bryce. And—wait for it—Bryce now likes Julianna. Each chapter switches off between Julianna and Bryce which allows us to understand the story as it develops from their different perspectives. This is a very quick read that is amusing, sweet, heart-warming, and fun.
Willowdean Dickson (nicknamed Dumplin' by her beauty queen Mom) is a big girl and she is almost totally comfortable with her size. The book takes her through romantic encounters that test her confidence, but the big challenge is entering the "Miss Teen Blue Bonnet" beauty pageant and parading across the stage in a bathing suit.
Willowdean is a hero and this is an excellent book for everyone - not just teens. It is filled with humor and a sprinkling of teen angst.
“You’re aware that the things called ‘books’ used to be stored in libraries. That was long before you were born, so how did you know?” This phrase spoken by the character Ryter in The Last Book in the Universe is a reminder of how science and technology will change how and where books and libraries are available. Technology will not only affect access of information, but affect social interactions as well. For example, in our day in age, we see the change in how people socialize through social media. Tech is affecting us on a daily basis, assisting us with daily tasks, and furthering the way we take in information. Through online learning we are speeding up the way we can learn new skills and new information, but is this also opening the door to potential health risks or the breakdown of society and libraries? These questions were brought to my attention after reading a post-book era world written by Philbrick Rodman.
A 2007 National Book Award finalist, Sold tells the story of a thirteen year old girl named Lakshmi who lives with her family in the mountains of Nepal. Her life there is simple and beautiful, but when the monsoons destroy her family's crops, Lakshmi's step-father tells her that she must earn money to support the family. She is taken away by strangers, sent to India under the impression that she will become a maid in the city. Soon, however, she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. This book is written in incredibly powerful vignettes, an unusual poetic style that portrays extremes of both horror and beauty. Taken from interviews of women who have been rescued from sex trafficking, Sold is a devastatingly real account of slavery as it exists today in our world.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob no longer believes the stories his grandfather told him when he was a little boy. Fairy tales about children with mysterious abilities, such as a girl who could levitate, a boy with bees living inside him, and a girl who can start fires with her hands. He decides that Grandpa's sepia-toned photographs of his strange friends must be fake. When his grandfather is mysteriously murdered, Jacob travels to the island where the stories took place and finds, not only the children, but the truth about himself. This first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies with a touch of horror. Grade 8 - adult.