Thursday, June 30, 2011

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey



Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Historical Mystery/Ghost Story

Release Date: 6/21/11

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About the Book:
Violet Willoughby has grown up around spirits. Or at least pretending to see spirits. Her mother is one of the most famous spiritualists, but Violet knows it's all a sham. Until the day Violet starts to ghosts herself. While visiting the estate of a wealthy Lord for a spiritualist performance, a very persistence ghost appears and needs Violet's help. Her drowning accident a year before was anything but an accident and Violet is in danger. Violet may not believe in ghosts, but they believe in her.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you're looking for a good historical ghost story, add Haunting Violet to your reading pile!

Violet is an engaging character who I liked from the very beginning. I think what I liked most was her distrust in ghosts and spiritualists. For me, this made her a more interesting character because of the transformation she has to go to as she accepts her abilities after long believing spiritualism is fake. Violet's navigation of this new ability and new world gave the book an extra layer which I really appreciated. Violet is funny and smart and she loves to read-what's not to like about her?

Violet is surrounded by a fun cast of characters. At times there were a little too many to keep track of, but the main supporting characters I fell in love with. Violet's best friend Elizabeth is hilarious and charming and accepting of Violet no matter what. Colin is Violet's potential love interest, but they can't be together because he is poor and Voilet and her mother are trying to break into society and peerage keeps them apart.

The mystery kept me reading and guessing and the large cast of characters gave readers a large list of suspects to pick from. While the book can stand alone, but I would be happy to read more of Violet's ghost hunting and mystery solving. A great pick for readers looking for a ghost story and mystery.

Book Parings: We Hear The Dead by Dianne Salerni, Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC picked up at ALA

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Imaginary Girls Blog Tour: Secret #3



Please welcome Nova Ren Suma to GreenBeanTeenQueen! Nova is visiting blogs and spilling secrets about her new book, Imaginary Girls and I've got secret #3! Check out Nova's Twitter for all her tour stops! Be sure to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of the book!!



I’m here spilling secrets about my book Imaginary Girls. As the cover says, “Secrets never stay below the surface.” I guess not, because here’s another one bubbling up now…

Secret #3: I don’t always know my characters’ full names. And sometimes I steal names from questionable places.



I know everything about Ruby and Chloe, the two sisters in Imaginary Girls. I created them, I built them up from nothing, and I know what they’d say, what they’d think, and what they want for breakfast. But there’s one thing about them I’ll admit to you I don’t know, something I never decided. Their last names.

All I know is that Ruby and Chloe have different fathers—they’d slap you if you called them half-sisters, so don’t do it; they’re sisters, wholly and completely—but because of who their fathers are, they don’t share the same last name. For a long time, I kept cycling through last names for them, giving one to Chloe, another to Ruby, taking both back and changing them up, until finally I realized that their full names didn’t need to be in this story for them to be full characters. I guess their true last names are the one secret they kept from me, even after all the time we spent together.

Now I admitted that, I have one more secret to reveal about my characters’ names in Imaginary Girls. Sometimes I’ll borrow a name from somewhere I shouldn’t, with the intention of changing it later. That’s what happened with London. She got her name because while I was writing a draft of this novel I was also nursing a serious reality-TV addiction. America’s Next Top Model was on… And one of the girls on that particular season was named London… And you guessed it. I liked the way it sounded for my London, so I used the name as a place holder. Unfortunately, when the time came to change it, I couldn’t do it. London Hayes was London Hayes, and she refused to be called anything else. I guess this is one of the dangers of using temporary names while writing, and also one of the great risks of watching too much television.




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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Time For Kids Big Book of How: 501 Facts Kids Want to Know

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. Join the fun and add your post below!



Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Non-Fiction

Release Date: 6/7/2011

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About the Book:
Answers to questions kids want to know! An illustrated guide with facts and info in various subject areas, Big Book of How has the answer!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Working in the children's department of my library again, I'm reminded every day how tweens are very inquisitive! They love non-fiction and I love when that non-fiction is easily accessible to wide audience. That's one of the reasons I think Big Book for How is a book that will be an easy booktalk to tweens.

The subject areas in the book range from animals and science to survival and transportation. The book is arranged with lots of pictures and facts in boxes throughout each page. The various boxes are for different things like factoids, an introduction, and information boxes. This arrangement gives the book a very browsable feel which I love. This is a book you can pick up and read any page and flip to anything that holds your interest. You don't have to worry about reading every page cover to cover. This is a book you can pick up and browse through. I also liked how each subject is color coded, which adds to the browsability-you can flip pages and easily see what subject area your in.

There's a lot of information on each page, but it's broken up into smaller bits of information, so it never feels overwhelming. Each chapter ends with a question that includes a craft or activity-like how to make a survival kit, how to find the sweet spot on a baseball bat, how to find your dominant eye, and how to build a planetarium. The book really does have something for everyone!

I would recommend for libraries looking for good middle grade non-fiction that's browsable and easily accessible, especially for readers who might shy away from non-fiction.

Book Pairings: Pair this with other browsable non-fiction like Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know, One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia, and Cool Stuff and How It Works.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy sent by publisher for review

Monday, June 20, 2011

So You're Going To ALA




ALA is my favorite event of the year! I get to hang out with my favorite people, meet other librarians, network like crazy, learn new things to take back to my library, and of course meet authors! As a librarian and book lover, what's not to love?? This year's ALA will be my fourth conference, so I thought I'd give some advice for conference newbies (or even conference oldies!) because it never hurts to hear someone's take on the massive event that is ALA!

-Make a schedule, but don't be strict about sticking to it. There is a lot to do and there's no way you can do it all, so schedules help a lot. Even if you're not normally a schedule person it can be a lifesaver. It helps to make a schedule before you get to ALA and then look over the conference booklet and add anything else you want. I'm obsessive and color code mine and add times and locations of everything I think I'm interested in attending.

-Don't worry if a session is not for you. Like I said, there's a ton going on and very often there are two or three things going on at the same time that I want to attend. If a session isn't for you, leave and check something else out. If you can only attend part of a session, go ahead. It's better to be there for half of it than miss out on it altogether.

-Take time to relax. ALA is HUGE and overwhelming, so be prepared to be overwhelmed and bogged down. Also expect to be exhausted. I didn't expect to be so tired my first ALA and I got back and went to bed early every night! So make sure you take time for yourself to relax before each days events.

-Wear comfy shoes. Everyone says this over and over but it's so true. I've even stashed flats in my bag just in case my shoes for a nicer event don't work out and I want flats to walk back to the hotel in. ALA is spread out, so there's lots of walking, so be nice to your feet!


(Me getting my network on!)

-Network like crazy! One of the things I love at ALA is that you can just go up to people and start talking. See someone reading? Ask what they think of the book. Standing in line? Introduce yourself and chat away. Exchange business cards (make sure to have some on hand-Vista Print will make some for free!) and try to e-mail everyone from the cards you collect saying how great it was to meet them. Networking is HUGE and you never know where it can lead you! Want to serve on a committee? Network! Looking for a job? Network! Don't just talk to your friends and people you know, meet new ones. I love that you don't have to be shy at ALA-you can talk to everyone, everywhere and it's so great to talk to people who share your passion and exchange ideas.

-Stand Out. This one might not be easy for everyone, but it can help when people are trying to find you or meet you in person after meeting online. I have pink hair, which helps me stand out a bit and also helps people remember me. Now, I know not everyone is going to dye there hair for ALA (but that would be awesome!) So bring a business card that's unique, wear a t-shirt with a fun logo for your library or blog, wear an awesome hairpiece, anything that makes you a bit memorable and helps you stand out among the sea of librarians is good.

-Attend Meetups. I have the ILOAs-a group of librarian friends that make it a point to meet up at every ALA we attend. I also have groups of friends that I've met at ALA and I try to meet up with them for drinks, dinner-whatever! Catch up with the people you know as well as meeting new ones. Attend meetups that are already organized as an easy way to network and meet other librarians. The blogger meetup is a great way to meet other blogging librarians!

-Take a Tote Bag for Goodies. Yes, you can get tons of tote bags on the exhibit floor, but very often these aren't very strong and start to hurt after loading them up with goodies to take back to your library. So instead, I bring my trusty tote bag that has nice shoulder straps and I make sure to carry that one as my good bag. The less my shoulders have to endure the better! If you can, bring a book sherpa! Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan is usually mine and boy is it nice to have a tall, strong man to carry everything for you! Sadly, this year I'll be on my own, so my poor shoulders will have to hurt a bit, but if you can't bring a book sherpa, get him to stay home and install hardwood floors in your house!;)

-Mind Your Manners. Getting galleys and meeting authors is exciting, but don't push people out of the way. The exhibit floor is crowded, everyone is loaded up with bags, so watch where you're going and if you bump someone (which most likely will happen!) say sorry. And don't be a book hog-share the wealth. Librarians use galleys for their school or public library-as prizes, for teens to read as part of a review program, and also for themselves so they know what books to purchase and spend the wee library budgets on. So remember your manners and remember it's nice to take one book (or poster, or bag, or whatever goodie it is!) per person.

-Take Advantage of the Mail Room/Spot. Just like it's good to relax, it's nice to get off the exhibit floor, collect yourself and the various things you must now ship back to your library. The mail room isn't always a room, but a spot off the exhibit floor, but it can provide a much needed break to unpack, unwind and relax before you go back in!

-Be a Tourist. ALA is held in awesome locations, so be sure to take time to explore the city you're visiting. Eat not just at touristy attractions, but try a great local place. Visit local attractions, go on a tour-do something! This is a great way to relax and unwind between conference happenings.

If you're going to ALA, try to find me! Remember, I have pink hair!:) Have a blast and enjoy the trip!

Any other tips for ALA? I'd love to hear them and add them to the list!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pottermore



I'm sure you've all seen the news about Pottermore! I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so you can imagine my excitement. Plus, I work in a library with lots of other HUGE Harry Potter fans, so the library staff were all abuzz yesterday with what it could mean!

My guess is that this will be the announcement about the Harry Potter encyclopedia. Since there's a website waiting to come, I'm wondering instead of publishing the encyclopedia in book form, we'll get an online, interactive version instead.

Since her publicist says it's not another Harry Potter book, I think a website encyclopedia is the best guess. Although, you could say that a book set in the Harry Potter world isn't exactly a Harry Potter book....:)

I also love that this announcement happens right before ALA-you know what librarians will be talking about!!!

So what do you think? Will you be staying up to watch the announcement on YouTube? Any guesses on what it will be?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Library Programs: Geek Prom



Last year my teen library council came up with a program idea called The Moonlight Masquerade Ball. It was tons of fun and I wanted to repeat something similar this year, but I also wanted something with a broader appeal, since the Ball was very girl heavy (meaning only one boy showed up!)

This year I hosted Geek Prom. Held in May (just like the Ball) on a Friday night, Geek Prom was our big Spring/welcome Summer Reading bash. Geek Prom had a better turn out (around 40 teens showed up) and while it was still girl heavy, I had around 10 guys this time.

I made a geeky playlist on playlist.com and had that playing through the auditorium computer and speakers. The playlist included songs like the Doctor Who theme, Time Warp, The Mysterious Ticking Noise by The Potter Puppet Pals, White and Nerdy by Weird Al, Buddy Holly by Weezer and other random geeky songs and theme songs. I also mixed in popular songs and lots of Lady Gaga since the teens love dancing to anything Gaga!

I decorated our auditorium with Christmas lights strung around the room. We also have two sets of lights, so I turned off the main lights and turned on the track lighting so it felt more like a dance. I put up a screen saver (see photo above) since we had the projector turned on to see the playlist.

Since it was prom, I had a punchbowl and I bought sugar cookies and frosting to give the teens a craft/snack. For stations I put out chess and checkers at various tables and I made a big poster of Harry Potter to play "pin the scar on Harry" (we did the same thing for the Ball). I had a table with tape and construction paper so they could make their own scars to use. This worked great since I didn't have to pre-cut anything and it gave them a craft to work on if they weren't dancing. I also made a "Name That Geek" quiz that I hung up around the room. I had photos of various geeky characters or celebrities (The cast of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck from Chuck, The Mythbusters, etc) on papers around the room and asked the teens to name each photo.

The most popular station was the duct tape table. Wal-Mart had a great selection of crafty, funky duct tape (they usually do around April/May because of the duct tape prom dress contest). I bought two rolls of the regular tape and then some neon colors, tie-dye and zebra tape. I had a pattern for duct tape wallets and provided pipe cleaner stems to make duct tape roses. I also suggested the teens could make duct tape pocket protectors.

The teens danced and crafted for about an hour and a half and then we held a prize drawing. I had books, book bags and a small stuffed dragon I had won in a contest and re-gifted for teen prizes. The geekier the prize the better!

Everyone came dressed up in some sort of geeky outfit. Either they dressed as a geek (this was most popular) or they dressed in a fandom outfit. I had Doctor Who, Hogwarts students, Duct Tape Man (he had duct tape all over his shirt that spelled "I Can Fix It") and a zombie. The teens had a blast walking out into the library and getting strange looks from the adults since they were in knee-highs, suspenders and geek glasses.

The best part of the night was seeing the teens get excited about the event. They danced to various songs and sang along. Doctor Who, a normally quiet teen, jumped up and yelled "THANK YOU" when the Doctor Who theme came on and ran across the room in geek glory. The teens asked for a slow song (Taylor Swift of course) so they could dance with their friends. Me, thinking they would actually couple dance, turned one on and instead they all acted too shy and danced with their friends in groups next to their crushes. Two teens who had dressed up in Harry Potter gear danced together and I overheard them saying "you like Harry Potter? Me too" "That's so cool!" (Sweet, geeky, library romance!)

It was a lot of work, but totally worth it! Now I'm thinking about a good theme for next year's bash!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern



Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 6/7/2011

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About the Book: When Lilian receives an early morning phone call from her sort-of friend Penny saying "I did it" and Lil knows that Penny has faked her own kidnapping. Now the police are looking for Penny and asking Lil questions! Lil has an idea that Penny might be in Portland, so she enlists the help of her friend Josh to go on a quest to find Penny and bring her back. Josh isn't just Lil's best friend-he's Lil's long time crush. But Josh doesn't want to "ruin" their amazing friendship. Will a cross-country road trip help Lil figure things out?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I really think Julie Halpern's books get better with each one she writes-which is saying a lot because I think all of her books are pretty awesome!! I swear Ms. Halpern looked into my road trip dreams and wrote this book. I've always wanted to take a massive road trip stopping at cheesy tourist attractions (we did this when I was a kid and I loved it!) I loved that she used real places for Lil and Josh to visit. Some of them I'd been to or heard about and the descriptions and banter between Lil and Josh made it feel as though I was there with them.

The banter between Lil and Josh is awesome. They are both witty and hilarious and I wanted to hang out with them. This isn't just a road trip book, this is a story about navigating that tricky time between high school and college and facing and uncertain future. How can your past self and future self collide and what will happen to the relationships in your past as you move on and grow up? The emotional ride of growing up and feeling in limbo is captured perfectly.

I really liked that while there is a romance aspect to the storyline, it's not the main focus of the book. This is more about Lil and figuring out how to move on. I also liked that the romance wasn't a fairy tale but instead felt very real-both are questioning what will happen to their friendship not only this summer but once college starts.

We get glimpses of Penny throughout the story and I liked this added element. This wasn't just a story about Lil and Josh, but Penny as well. I would have liked to see more about Penny-why was she so interested in Gavin? I liked the picture we got of Penny-she's such an interesting character and I wanted just a bit more. I also thought things ended a bit too easily for her.

Don't Stop Now is a perfect road trip, summer read. Add it to the top of your "read every summer to get into a summer mood" pile because it's one you'll want to read again!

Book Pairings: Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from an ARC sent by the author for review

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. Join the fun and add your post below!



Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical

Release Date: 10/12/2010

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About the Book: Abilene has just arrived in her father's old stomping grounds, Manifest, KS. He doesn't think hopping trains and traveling is a good life for a young lady, so he's sent Abilene to Manifest, a town he stayed in as a boy. In her room she stumbles across a box with mementos and a box of letters from a boy named Ned, who lived in Manifest the same time as Abilene's father-and who claims a spy once lived in Manifest. As she gets to know the town, the people and Manifest, Abilene uncovers the truth she is looking for and more. Told in various time periods with different narrators, Moon Over Manifest is the story of a girl and a town and how the two can change each other.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I wasn't familiar with this book until the January ALA when it was announced that Moon Over Manifest was this year's Newbery winner. The crowd was stunned and confused since this was a quiet little book that didn't receive much attention when it was released. I'm so glad it caught the Newbery committee's eye! It's a fantastic debut that deserves lots of attention.

The book is told mainly from Abilene's point of view (in the 1930's), but we also hear from the past (1917-1918) through newspaper articles, letters and Miss Sadie's "divining". The stories connect and it was a bit predicitable how the stories would weave together, That didn't matter though-I still enjoyed the book and was eager to see how everything would tie together. I loved the flashes to the past and how the author would relate what was in Abliene's present to what she had learned about.

This book had the feel of a classic and is a lovely old fashioned book that I want to read again and share with others. I listened to this on audio and I loved that the audiobook featured different narrators for different aspects of the book. This added to the richness of the story and made the whole book really come alive.

I'm glad this one won the Newbery so it's getting attention it deserves. A wonderful pick for the Newbery!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire



Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Science Fiction/Mystery/Time Slip/Romance

Release Date: 6/14/2011

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About the Book:
Emerson Cole sees things. People that just appear that no one else around her seem to see or hear. She's tried everything to make them disappear and be normal, but the people keep appearing. When Michael Weaver, a member of an organization called the Hourglass arrives, he tells Emerson that she isn't the only one who sees these visions of people and that she belongs to a special group of people with special powers and abilities. Michael also claims that Emerson has a power that he needs to save his mentor and without her, the Hourglass and their future is in trouble.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It's hard to write a good synopsis for Hourglass because it's a book that has several twists that are better left uncovered while reading. Hourglass is a book I think most people would categorize as Science Fiction, but I'd give it to readers who say they shy away from science fiction because there's so much more. There's mystery, romance, humor, adventure-I think it's a book you could book talk to a wide range of readers and find something to hook them on.

Emerson is a great main character. She's snarky, funny, and she says what's on her mind. She's the type of character that I would want to be friends with and hang out with in real life. She has a steamy connection with Michael and the romance between the two a nice subplot to the story. I do think that the romance between Michael and Emerson was a bit too lust at first sight, but part of me could also brush that off because of the electric connection shared between them thanks to their powers and abilities. Or maybe I just thought Michael was crushworthy enough I didn't care! At times the book is a bit romance heavy, which might be a turn off for some readers, but readers who stick with it will be rewarded with a great mystery storyline as well.

The story is engaging and kept me interested and reading. There's a lot about the Hourglass that reminds me of X-Men, so I hope we get more books that feature the other members of the Hourglass because I want more of their stories. Emerson and Michael are great leads and the supporting characters are interesting, I just wanted them more fleshed out.

This is a book that is leading up to a sequel. While it's not a cliffhanger ending and some things are resolved, there are still many things left unanswered. I'm eager to read more about the Hourglass!

Book Pairings: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, The Quantum Prophecy by Michael Carroll

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by the publisher for review

Friday, June 10, 2011

YA Movie News



-Jace has been cast in The Mortal Instruments movie! Fun fact about Jamie-he's been in both the Harry Potter and Twilight movies and he's engaged to Bonnie Wright aka Ginny Weasley. I think he's becoming a go to actor for books to movies!

-Divergent by Veronica Roth debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and there's a movie in the works already. The movie recently got a writer attached-Evan Daugherty who has also written the script for the upcoming Snow White and Huntsman. MTV's Hollywood Crush has a wish list of possible Tris actresses. I kind of like their pick of Emma Roberts-mostly because like MTV Hollywood Crush says, she's an avid YA reader and it's about time she got a book to movie role!

-MTV's Hollywood Crush also posted some behind the scenes photos of The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman!

-What does everyone think of the rumor that The Hunger Games movies might be split into four? I know it's all about making money and all, but do we really need to split every book series? Some books have the detail, others don't and I'm not sure I could justify two Mockingjay movies, as much as I loved the series!

-Speaking of splitting movies, the trailer for Breaking Dawn: Part 1 was released. Sorry Twilight fans, but I really think this is going to be the most boring movie ever. Wedding, honeymoon then oops-vampire baby. I need more plot and action in my books and movies!



-I do love this Harry Potter featurette though-don't they all look so young?



-And not YA, but I have lots of young readers excited about this movie: Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Thursday, June 9, 2011

GreenBeanTeenQueen Reviews Picture Books!

Remember when I mentioned my new job a few weeks ago? Well, now that I'm the Youth Services Manager, my reading has expanded. I've always read picture books, but now I'm reading them even more! When I mentioned picture book reviews on the blog, there was lots of positive feedback, so here are a few of my favorites I've read recently.



Press Here by Herve Tullet

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About the Book: Press Here-right here-on the yellow dot. See what happens? Another dot appears! Follow the instructions in this interactive, imaginative picture book.

Green Bean TeenQueen Says: I LOVE Press Here! One of my favorite picture books of the year! I loved what the Booklist review said "without so much as a single tab to pull or flap to turn, this might be the most interactive picture book of the year."-so true and I couldn't agree more. The book encourages readers to use their imagination and believe in the magic of the book. Tilt the book left and the dots fall to the left side of the page, shake the book and the dots spread all over, clap and they enlarge. It's too much fun and I couldn't help myself from wanting to play along and take part.

I also read this one with my niece, who loved it. The text is simple and instructs the reader on what to do next. It's also congratulatory and encouraging and praises the reader for doing a good job.

With fun, creative, interactive books like Press Here, who needs ebook apps?




Forsythia & Me
by Vincent X Kirsch

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About the Book: Chester's best friend Forsythia is amazing-at everything! She can make the tallest birthday cake, she can win awards for anything, she can even play piano while backwards and standing on her head! But when Forsythia falls ill, it's Chesters turn to amaze Forsythia.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Forsythia and Me is an adorable picture book about two best friends. What I loved most about the story is that Chester never is jealous of Forsythia but instead is supportive and caring and is happy for his friend. There's never any idea that Chester isn't as amazing as Forsythia. Forsythia is a great friend as well-she never brags about her talents and she is just of supportive of Chester as he is of her. They have a fantastic friendship and it makes for a great story. It's all about admiration and support, not jealousy and bitterness, which really made the book stand out.

The illustrations are bright, colorful and full of detail. I love the spreads of various trophies that Forsythia has won! Plus, give Forsythia a fantastically retro style and heart shaped glasses and I was in love.

A great picture book with a sweet story about two unforgettable friends.



Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw

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About the Book: A cat's tale told all in haiku. Won Ton (not his real name!) was a shelter cat until he was adopted by a young boy. At first he's not sure what to think of his new home, but he learns his new owner isn't as bad as he thought.

GreenBeanTeenQueen says: How you can resist a book about a cat written all in haiku? Very clever and so much fun! The haikus are hilarious-I especially like the one that cries "let me out!" over and over again only to respond with "no, let me back in." Any pet owner will relate. The artwork is great and the book is fun to read. It can also be a great introduction to haiku, especially if you pair with Guyku by Bob Raczka.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder



Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 6/28/2011

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About the Book:
Amber's life is spinning out of control. All she wants is one day to herself. So Amber takes off to the beach is search of her one perfect day-the day before her world comes crashing day. There she meets Cade, another teen in search of a perfect day. Amber is instantly drawn to Cade and they decide to spend their perfect days together-no talking about the past or the future-just now. But Amber and Cade have secrets-and Amber is noticing that Cade's secrets seem dark and that he's living this day as if it's his last.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I will try not to say anything about the plot for this book, because I think not knowing anything makes the book that much better. I went into this book not really knowing what it was about-just that it was by Lisa Schroeder, who I think is fantastic. I really think part of the wonderfulness of this book is going in blind and discovering Amber and Cade's secrets along the way. So give yourself that treat when you read it!

Lisa Schroeder again writes an emotional novel in verse. Amber and Cade's journeys are heartbreaking and honest. I kept finding myself what I would do in their situations. Honestly, I hate sequels (for the most part anyway) but this is a book that I would eagerly gobble up a second helping for! I want to know what happens next, how they handle each journey and path, what was the outcome of their decisions? I didn't want this book to end.

I will admit that it took me awhile to get into this book-I think partly because I didn't know what to expect. But not knowing ended up making this book that much sweeter, so stick with it and discover the gem that awaits.

I'm a bit annoyed that every time I would think-"hey, this book reminds me of this book or movie" it would be mentioned on the next page! It was a bit fun though-Ms. Schroeder knew the comparisons and acknowledged them in the story in a creative way.

If only perfect days like this really happened! But instead we can read about them and get lost in Amber and Cade's story. A sweet, memorable story about hard choices, confusing paths, and perfect days. Another winner from Lisa Schroeder!

Book Pairings: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (and yes, it's mentioned in the book, but really, I came up with it before it was mentioned-really!), An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Movie Pairing: Before Sunrise

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from e-galley sent by the publisher

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Blogging Vacation

This time, it's a friend's wedding weekend and I didn't get my posts scheduled like I wanted too! You all forgive me, right? Be back soon!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I don't always post Waiting on Wednesday posts, but I like to post them around ALA so I can keep track of my most anticipated books. These are books that my librarian self are very excited about and I can't wait to see if they live up the hype!



Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman

About the Book: Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

About the Book: Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.
 
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