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The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore -Tween

Rating: 4/5 Stars About the Book: Twelve year old Willa Havisham reads classics, eats cherry cordials and dreams and wishes for her mom Stella to fall in love. Stella is a glamorous wedding planner, but after the tragic death of her true love and Willa's dad, Stella can't seem to get close to fallng for anyone. When she does, she moves herself and Willa to a new home. This time to duo has made their home in Bramble, Cape Cod and just happen to move in next door to the very handsome and eligable Sam, who is Willa's english teacher. Willa loves Bramble and is making friends, and even finds a crush-worthy boy at her school! She also schemes to get Sam and Stella together. But before long, all the wishing, hoping and dreaming backfires. Can Willa save the day and find her happy ending? GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Willa is such a wonderful charming girl-I think she earns a spot up there with Anne Shirley for big dreamers and hopeless romantics. This book is a good old fashioned

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee

Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel-TEEN

Rating: 5/5 Stars About the Book : Echo looked up to her popular, beautiful sister Zoe. But when Zoe is brutally murdered, Echo is left feeling lost and confused. Now a year has passed and the world is moving on around her. Friends are growing up and changing, her parents are still mourning and Echo's not sure how to manage the awkwardness that is high school. Zoe isn't there to guide her, until one day Zoe's boyfriend shows up with her diary and gives it to Echo. Through her sister's diary, Echo learns secrets, lies, what led to her sister's death and ultimately how to move on and grow up. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was originally interested in this book because of the cover that said fans of Veronica Mars would love this. As a VM fan, I had to pick it up and I'm so glad I did! This book is amazing. I feel very passionately that this is a must read. The writing is excellent and the story draws you in. Saving Zoe is a blender book (it's got a little b

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan-TWEEN/TEEN

Rating: 4/5 Stars About the Book : Percy Jackson has been labled as a bad kid. He's been kicked out of numerous schools, has ADD, and can't seem to stay out of trouble. All this changes when he discovers he's not a bad kid at all-he's just got different wiring because he's actually half greek god and half human! Yep, those ancient greek gods are alive and well and living in New York. So what's newly discovered demigod to do? Spend summer at Camp Halfblood of course! But things are not perfect on Mt. Olympus-Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Can Percy stop the brewing war, clear his name and still make it to seventh grade? Green Bean Teen Queen Says: This was one of my top picks for 2007. It's action packed, full of humor, and the modern twist is a great introduction to greek mythology. This is also a great pick for all you readers who say "but I don't really like reading!" Give the first chapter a try

Book Reviews

Here is a list of the books I have reviewed on my blog: (listed in alphabetical order by title) -Numbers- 1st and Ten: Top Ten Lists of Everythin in Football 3 Willows by Ann Brashares -A- The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro Across the Pond by Storyheart The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey Airborn by Kenneth Oppel Airhead by Meg Cabot The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Annie's Adventures (Sisters 8) by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri Anya&#