Monday, May 19, 2008

Coraline by Neil Gaiman-Tween/Teen

Rating: 3/5 Stars

About the Book: Coraline is having a boring Summer. Her family has recently moved into a large house where the occupy one of the floors. Her neighbors are interesting, but a little strange, and Coraline finds herself getting more and more bored as Summer draws on. One day, while searching through the house, Coraline discovers a locked door. When she asks her mother about it, she finds it actually leads to nowhere and opens it to see a brick wall blocking the way. But later that night, Coraline is awake and hears noises coming from the doorway. This time it's not blocked and Coraline finds herself in another world. At first this new world is exciting and interesting. None of her father's strange cooking experiments and everyone calls her by the correct name-no more Caroline. She even has an other mother and other father on the other side-even if they are not quite the same as her real parents and have buttons for eyes. When Coraline tries to go back to her real world, her other mother is not happy. Coraline makes her way only to find her real parents kidnapped. Coraline must travel back to the strange other side, where she make a deal with her other mother to set her parents free. Before that can happen, Coraline has to find all the souls of the children the other mother has lured to the other side. Coraline is in for an adventure and the other mother wants to be sure Coraline fails.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you like scary or creepy stories, this is one to check out. It's a very short chapter book that's for children, but is great for teens and adults as well. I'm a scaredy cat of the biggest kind and wasn't totally creeped out by Coraline's story, so it is a great read, even if you're not a scary story fan. This is also a book to be keeping on your radar as an animated 3-D movie will be coming out soon with Dakota Fanning as the voice of Coraline.

School Visits Shout Outs

Sorry for the looong break in the blog. Summer Reading Program is gearing up at the library, so I've been making school visits like crazy getting tweens and teens pumped about the program this year. A big shout out to the students of Cherokee and Wilson's Creek-thanks for being so awesome and lots of fun. Be sure to stop by the library and say hi this Summer!:)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

If you liked Twilight...

What to read after Twilight? Here's some books to help you get through until the release of Breaking Dawn in August!

Vampires:

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Marked by P.C. Cast
Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Look for me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hawn
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
Vampire Knight(Manga Series) by Matsuri Hino

Not Vampires, but Paranormal Romance:

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Tithe by Holly Black

Camelot & King Arthur Booklist

Thanks for the comments! Here's a list of books you might enjoy if you like King Arthur and Camelot:

I Am Morgan le Fey by Nancy Springer
I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
The Book for Mordred by Vivian Van Velde
The telling pool by David Clement-Davies
The lioness & her knight / Gerald Morris
The quest of the Fair Unknown / by Gerald Morris

Suggested by Readers:
Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
 
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