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Friday, August 27, 2010

YA Wire...Back to School Reading

So it's back to school and there's a whole library waiting for the first books of the year to be checked...a dream come true because everything you wanted to check out last and couldn't (they always seemed to be checked out) are actually on the shelves! Get out there and start depleting the shelves of great books you have to read!

Well, at the top of your list should be Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins. Hopefully your library is up-to-date enough with this definite best seller.

But here some spectacular books dealing with school in one way or another:

Looking for Alaska and Jellico Road are both built around a boarding school...

Looking for Alaska by John GreenMiles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. (from author's website)

Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta
"What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.(from Harper Teen website)
Of course, there are those books that deal with typical high school experience as well.

Books like Geek Magnet by Kieren ScottEveryone loves KJ Miller, especially the geeks. She's pretty, smart, and super nice to everyone, which has made her the geek pied piper of Washington High. If only Cameron, the star of the basketball team, would follow her around and worship her the way her dorky entourage does.
As the stage manager of the spring musical, Grease, KJ has to deal with a few geeks, but she also gets to hang out with Tama, queen of the popular crowd and star of the play. Tama has the solution to all of KJ's problems: get cruel. After all, the nice girl never gets the guy. Can KJ actually pull off a transformation into a mean girl?
(from Fantastic Fiction website)
My Mini-Review on Geek Magnet RIGHT HERE!!!!

When it Happens by Susane ColasantiAt the start of senior year, Sara wants two things: to get into her first-choice college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him.

Dave, the boy Sara was hoping would realize she exists, moves in on Sara first. But Tobey is impossible for Sara to ignore. He gets the little things that matter to her and, most importantly, he feels like something real. Can a slacker rock star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?
(from author's website)