Monday, September 21, 2009

BATTLE OF THE BANDS posted by Addie B., Senior

by K.L. Denman
AR: Yes
Interest Level: Upper Grades

One band's dream to rule the stage, one romance gone bad, one romance that may or may not happen, and jealousy rule the plot of Battle of the Bands, as well as death, soul-searching, and friendship. It is easy and fun to read. Whether you are a boy or girl, you will find yourself laughing at the thoughts of Jay, the main character.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Trailer for LUV YA BUNCHES by Lauren Myracle Trailer Created by Mrs. Schauer

Check out this book trailer for Lauren Myracle's newest book, LUV YA BUNCHES, which will be available in bookstores on October 1st. The target audience for this one is "tween girls," but heck, I'm 42 and I LOVED it!

For a detailed review of the book, click on the following: Review of LUV YA BUNCHES

It is also viewable in full screen at: Full Screen of Trailer

I had a fantastic time creating this trailer, because I was fortunate enough to be able to get the author's input along every step of it's creation. Lauren Myracle is a brilliant author who knows exactly what teens and tweens are looking for in books. I am honored to say, "Hey! I know her!" I hope you enjoy the trailer, and that you'll read this book once it's published.

ON VINEY'S MOUNTAIN by Joan Donaldson Blog Entry by Amannda Murie, PHS Sophomore

ON VINEY'S MOUNTAIN, by Joan Donaldson
AR: Not Yet--book is slated to be published on October 1st
Interest Level: Middle Grades and Up

I was twitchy all day Saturday because I was busy most of the day around the house when all I wanted to do was go out to our barn and sit atop the hay and have this book with me.

ON VINEY'S MOUNTAIN, by Joan Donaldson is a tale about Viney, a sixteen year old girl who has the odd view for the era that she can take care of herself and her mountain without the help of a man. This changes whensettlers start coming to builda town, which has an effect on Viney's mountain. At first she looks at this negatively becasue they are ruining her home. Then, she meets Charlie--and falls in love.

This is one of the few books that are entwined with history that I've truely enjoyed and it left me thinking about the lesson of Viney's experience. Viney...many people (including me) can relate to her easily because at some point in life, everyone goes through the confusion and turmoil of trying to figure out exactly what they want.

Donaldson's setting and plot are in essence simple. A beginning settlement and the trouble that follows, and Viney's love story in the mix make it easy to follow; but how she describes this through a first person perspective gives it the complexity that makes this book unique. Her writing is fluent and clean, never being being so simple that it becomes boring, or so complex that it requires the reader to have to fully concentrate on deciphering the vocabulary. This book was slow only in the first chapter, but then it had me until I finished it. I hope to see this book , published and on the shelves at PHS so others can enjoy this wonderful story that Joan Donaldson has created.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

THE CHOSEN ONE, by Carol Lynch Williams Trailer created by Sherry Thompson

Check out this FANTASTIC book trailer for THE CHOSEN ONE, by Carol Lynch Williams. The trailer was created by Sherry Thompson, librarian at Flower Mound High School, in Flower Mound, Texas. There is also a blog entry for this book: There is an AR quiz available, and the interest level is for Upper Grades.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ON VINEY'S MOUNTAIN by Joan Donaldson Blog Entry by Carol Riley Cain, PHS English Teacher

by Joan Donaldson
Blog Post: Carol Riley Cain, PHS English Teacher
AR: Not Yet
Interest Level: Middle Grades and Up

Take a 16-year-old “spinster”, drop her smack dab into the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee in 1879, and you have the premise of On Viney’s Mountain by Joan Donaldson. In spite of it being a Young Adult book, it is engaging and captivating for all readers. Told completely from the point of view of Viney, the spinster in question, this story will capture your interest before you finish the first chapter.

Viney, the youngest of three siblings, has been raised by her aunts after her mother dies in childbirth and her father leaves the mountain. Now that they are grown, these three teens live in their father’s cabin and work hard to support themselves. Viney is unusually independent for a girl of the 1800s, and does not think all women have to marry. She is determined never to be like her older sister, who can’t wait to marry, and has hopes of finding a suitable mate in the group of settlers.

Filled with a deep love for her mountains and the nature around her, Viney harbors strong opinions when that nature is encroached upon by a group of English immigrants, intent upon creating an Utopian settlement practically in Viney’s back yard. Determined to do what ever it takes to rid her community of these encroachers, Viney is quite taken aback when she finds herself with feelings for one of the settlers.

The author’s realistic writing style combined with the use of authentic dialect throughout the story made me feel as if I was watching a movie. I was sad when it ended, as you will be if you read this book. I wanted to read more. Will we find a sequel in the future? Do we get to discover if Charlie returns to wed Viney? Only the author can tell.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Trailer for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman Trailer created by Dayna and Karin Greene

Check out this trailer for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman. The trailer was created by Dayna and Karen Green of Comstock ISD in Comstock, Texas. Click on the following link to visit their library page: Comstock ISD Virtual Library This book has an AR quiz and the interest level is upper middle grades (6th-8th) and up. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Trailer for THE LAB by Jack Heath Trailer by Robin Henry

Check out this trailer for THE LAB, by Jack Heath. The trailer was created by Robin Henry. Mrs. Henry is the librarian at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Visit their blog at: AR: Yes Interest Level: Middle Grades