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“Dunk” by David Lubar

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

Chad lives on the Jersey shore, where every summer the boardwalk becomes a tourist-filled amusement park. But only a few things catch his eye. First, the Dunk tank, which he hopes to occupy one day soon. Second, a girl named Gwen. He has always dreamed of asking her out, but when the time comes can he really find his way out of a sticky situation? When Chad’s best friend suddenly gets sick and no cure is available for the rare disease, Chad’s perspective on life is looked upon in an extremely different way.

"Dunk" is a great book. I finished it in a matter of hours.

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Posted by on August 31, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Open Ice” by Pat Hughes

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

Nick is an all-star hockey player and one of the most respected players and students on his high school hockey team. However, he never looks up when he handles the puck. This creates a problem when the other team decides to check him. The first time he gets a grade one concussion, the second time he gets a grade two, and the third time he gets a grade three and is completely knocked out. Nick is in the hospital getting analyzed and has trouble remembering things. He is told to hold off on hockey, stay home from school, and rest. When the doctor calls him back for another visit, things are not looking so great, and Nick’s life might have to change forever.

"Open Ice" is an awesome novel, a must-read, and very realistic.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Flip” by David Lubar

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

At first when I looked at the cover, I thought that two twins would change lives. Hence the title "Flip.”

But this book is way more involved than just two twins switching lives with one another. These twins switch lives with legendary heroes. This causes conflict in the lives of Ryan and Taylor, and they end up digging themselves a huge hole. How is Miss Smartypants (Taylor) going to dig herself and her brother out of this story? It’s up to you to find out.

Definitely worthwhile, unique, and pleasantly surprising.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Boyfriend List” by E. Lockhart

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

Ruby Oliver has had fifteen boyfriends, or so she thinks. Some don't really count, but to her shrink each little hello can make a world of a difference.

However, because of these boyfriends, Ruby lost her best friend, hurt people’s feelings, and now feels alienated.

"The Boyfriend List" is a very interesting, different book that is funny and sad at the same time. Definitely worth reading, but definitely a “chick flick” kind of book.

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S NOTE: The sequel, "The Boy Book," will be published on September 26th. I've ordered a copy for the Library, so please keep a look out for it!

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“A Crack in the Line” by Michael Lawrence

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

Alaric has lived lonesomely with his father for the past two years, ever since his mother died in a horrible train crash. Their Victorian mansion, Withern Rise, is slowly deteriorating. One day when Alaric is alone he stumbles into a parallel world in which his mother is still alive. There’s a problem, however, because someone else is living his life – a girl called Naia.

"A Crack in the Line" was extremely slow in the beginning when you are meeting the characters and learning their background. However, when these two characters meet, it is a novel full of mystery and suspense. After this book is finished it makes you think whether this scenario can actually happen. Very well-written.

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S NOTE: The second volume in this series, "Small Eternities," is out now, and we own a copy at the Library.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:

"Elsewhere" will be the second book we discuss in our Moms & Daughters Sunday Book Club (see below for more info).

This story is unique. 15-year-old Liz is killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bike to the local shopping mall. Before she knows what has happened, Liz is on the USS Nile sailing to Elsewhere. Not quite heaven, not quite Earth, Elsewhere is a place where the dead live, have jobs (and pets!), and form new relationships, all while aging backwards. As you might imagine, Liz has a hard time adjusting to her new existence on Elsewhere, at least until she makes an ill-advised trip to The Well to contact her dad back on Earth about a hidden birthday present. After she is fished out of the water by the adorable Owen Welles (Elsewhere Bureau of Supernatural Crime and Contact), Liz starts to take a different view toward Elsewhere and its inhabitants.

This book is both funny and serious at the same time … after all, it has talking dogs and six-year-old ship captains! This very different take on life after death will make you laugh, but it will also leave you with lots of interesting issues to think about afterward. Definitely recommended.

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

I liked how you got to see a girl deal with her own death and see her change. This book was also very different from other books I have read.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" tells the story of 17-year-old Ginny and the series of mysterious, clue-filled letters her Aunt Peg left before she died. Each letter contains a task that Ginny must complete before she can open the next envelope. The letters take Ginny from her home in New Jersey, into Manhattan, and on to a European adventure. On her own, Ginny must figure out clues related to paintings and architectural sites in places like London, Scotland, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and the island of Corfu. Along the way, Ginny struggles to overcome her natural shyness, believe in her own strength and independence, and decide exactly how she feels about zany British performance artist Keith.

This is a fun book, since it takes the reader through so many interesting spots throughout Europe, and, along the way, you get art, romance, and adventure.

By the way, we're starting a Moms & Daughters Sunday Book Club at the Library this fall, and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" will be the first book we discuss. Kinnelon teens in grades 6 and up — and their moms, grandmoms, sisters, etc. — who sign up starting September 1st will get two copies of the book. Come pick up the book and join us on Sunday, September 24th at 3pm.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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