Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Trailer for THE POISON APPLES, by Lily Archer Trailer created by Kristy Unger

Check out this trailer for the book POISON APPLES, by Katy Archer. It was created by Kristy Unger. This book has an AR quiz and is appropriate for middle grades and up. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trailer for SKELLIG, by David Almond Trailer Created by Miss Briggs

Check out this amazing trailer for the book SKELLIG, by David Almond, created by Miss Briggs who is the librarian at Dexter and Brownville-Glen Elementary Schools, which are located in Brownville, New York. There is an AR quiz available for this book and it is appropriate for middle grades (4th-6th) and up.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Book Trailer for MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP by Katie Speck Trailer created by Teacher Tube member "Mubarama"

Check out this trailer for the book MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP, by Katie Speck. The trailer was created by Teacher Tube member "Mubarama" and I will post more info about her as soon as she sends it to me. Enjoy! This book is appropriate for Elementary students and there is an AR quiz.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Book Trailer for SCARY STORIES created by Rebecca Baker

Check out this book trailer for SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, created by Rebecca Baker. This book is appropriate for middle school students and there is an AR quiz available. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

RULES, by Cynthia Lord Trailer Created by Jill Suarez

Check out this book trailer for the book RULES, by Cynthia Lord. The trailer was created by Jill Suarez, who works at Whittier Health Science Academy, in San Antonio, and the book is intended for middle and high school students. Enjoy!
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED TRUTHS, by Julie Schumacher

Check out this trailer for THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED TRUTHS, by Julie Schumacher. There is an AR quiz available for this book, and the intended audience is 5th grade and up. Enjoy!
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LUV YA BUNCHES by Lauren Myracle Posted by Mrs. Schauer

LUV YA BUNCHES
by Lauren Myracle
AR: Yes
Interest Level: 4th Grade and Up

I was EVER SO fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of Lauren Myracle's newest book so that Ashlynn and I could read it. I have to be honest and say that I loved, loved, LOVED this book and think it will be a hit with every 4th-7th grade girl who gets her hands on it. (I think some of the older girls will love it too--I am 42 and I thought it rocked!) As soon as it is published, I will order a couple of copies of it for both of the Pettus libraries. (Psssst for now, though, if you ask nicely, I'll let ya borrow my ARC!)

This is the story of four fifth grade girls named Violet, Katie Rose, Camilla and Yasaman. They don't have a whole lot in common with each other, but they are each going through their own private misery, and drama ensues when their paths cross and their stories merge.

It's also the story of Modessa and Quin, but I don't want to talk a lot about them, because they are SO INCREDIBLY hateful that I don't want to waste my time on them! (If you've seen the movie "Mean Girls" think Regina George and you've got the idea)

I don't want to give away any of the story, and if I write too much, then that's exactly what I'll end up doing, so I'll just say that this book is for you if:
  • You are a "tween" girl or older
  • You have ever had to deal with a mean girl
  • You have ever felt like you don't fit in because of your family, your religion, the color of your skin, or for any other reason at all
  • You are clumsy and awkward (even just a little)
  • You are popular, but you're afraid people will find out you're really a dork on the inside
  • You like chatting online with your friends
  • You want to have a MySpace of Facebook but you're not old enough and your parents won't let you
  • You've read TTYL, TTFN, or L8RG8R (There's a tiny cameo appearance by one of the minor characters from that series)
  • You like to laugh
I have already said it, but I really loved the book. Lauren Myracle is one of my favorite authors of books for teens and tweens. She does such a fantastic job of capturing the voice and emotions of her characters that the reader develops a personal relationship with each and every one of them.

I predict this one will be a HUGE HIT! You did it again, Lauren!! You rock!!!!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

WILLOW, by Julia Hoban posted by Mrs. Schauer

WILLOW, by Julia Hoban
AR: Yes
Interest Level: Upper Grades

This is another one I picked up at Barnes and Noble because I was drawn to the book cover. (I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I am often guilty of it) I took it home and added it to my "to read" pile. Then Hailee had Cat over to spend the night. Cat, who can never resist picking up a book, started reading it so I let her take it home. Since I didn't have the book in my possession, I decided to download the audio book and listen to it on a trip to East Texas. (By the way, Cat says she's read it four times--guess that means she liked it!) Man, I'm glad school's starting again so I can get recommendations from my kids! But I digress...

This story centers on Willow, a 17 year old high school junior, whose parents were killed in a horrible car accident months earlier. Willow is consumed with guilt over the fact that she was the one driving the car the night her parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. Since their death, she has moved to a new town to live with her older brother and his wife. Everything in Willow's life has changed since the accident, but the thing that's changed the most is her relationship with her brother. Once extremely close, now there is only discomfort as they each try to adjust to their new roles--he as a parent, and she, as his charge.

Willow has a secret--She has descended into an extremely self-destructive addiction that is as honest and sincere to her as it is deceitful and insidious . Willow is a Cutter. She has found that the only way she can block out her emotions surrounding the accident is to slice her own skin with a razor blade. She compares the pain that floods her body to the way she imagines an opiate addict must feel as heroin seeps into their veins.

Willow manages to hide her wounds from everyone...until she meets Guy while working part time at the University library. From their first meeting, Willow is drawn to Guy, and they bond over a shared love of eccentric literature. Guy "gets her" like no one ever has. Early on in their friendship, Guy discovers Willow's secret and becomes the one person on Earth that Willow can almost imagine trusting with her heart--almost. At her request, Guy preserves her secret, but it tears him apart inside. While her cutting causes real, physical scars on Willow's skin, the emotional wounds they inflict on Guy are every bit as painful. Can she stop cutting? If she stops, will she be able to face the pain, grief, rage, sorrow, sadness and guilt that she's struggled to keep at bay for months? If she decides to face her demons, will she survive them?

It doesn't feel right to say "I loved this book" because the subject is so jarring. I did become emotionally attached to Willow, though, and reading her story gave me a better understanding of Cutting. People who cut do so because it is a way for them to control their pain, rather than facing a pain that they can't control. Willow's story will resonate with many readers--of that I'm certain. I am on the lookout for more books by Julia Hoban!

Book Trailer for WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell Trailer by Robin Henry

Check out this trailer for WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell Trailer Created by Robin Henry. Mrs. Henry is the librarian at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Visit their blog at: http://wakelandlibrary.wordpress.com/
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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Book Trailer for WAKE by Lisa McMann Book Trailer by Robin Henry

Check out this book trailer for WAKE, by Lisa McMann. The trailer was created by Robin Henry. Mrs. Henry is the librarian at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Visit their blog at: http://wakelandlibrary.wordpress.com/

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Book Trailer for WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson Trailer created by Jace Daily

Check out this book trailer for WINTERGIRLS by Jace Daily. Mrs. Daily is the librarian at Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas. Visit her library website at: http://elklibrary.glogster.com/BHS-Library-Web-site/
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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HOMEBOYZ by Alan Lawrence Sitomer Trailer by Christine Acosta

Check out this trailer for THE AFTERLIFE by Alan Lawrence Sitomoer. The trailer was created by Christine Acosta, the librarian at Taft High School. Visit her blog at: http://tafthslibrary.blogspot.com
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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THE AFTERLIFE by Gary Soto Book Trailer by Christine Acosta

Check out this book trailer for THE AFTERLIFE by Gary Soto. The trailer was created by Christine Acosta, the librarian at Taft High School. Visit her blog at: http://tafthslibrary.blogspot.com
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades
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PLAYING WITH MATCHES by Brian Katcher Trailer by A. Brewster

Check out this book trailer for PLAYING WITH MATCHES by Brian Katcher. The trailer was produced by Aleathea Brewster, who is the assistant librarian at the high school in Canadian, Texas.
AR: Yes Interest Level: Middle and Upper Grades

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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins Trailer by Robin Henry

Check out this book trailer for THE HUNGER games, produced by Robin Henry. Mrs. Henry is the librarian at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Visit their blog at: http://wakelandlibrary.wordpress.com/
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

HARMLESS, by Dana Reinhardt Created by Christine Acosta

Check out this amazing trailer for the book HARMLESS, by Dana Reinhardt. The trailer was created by Christine Acosta, the librarian at Taft High School, in Texas. Check out her blog at: http://tafthslibrary.blogspot.com/
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by Suzanne Severns

Check out this book trailer for THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE, by April Lurie. The trailer was created by Suzanne Severns, who is the librarian at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Visit her library pages at: http://bowielibrary.wetpaint.com/
AR: Yes Interest Level: Upper Grades

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