New Book Reviews
Reading Level: Grades 6 and up
Tory Brennan, like her famous aunt Temperance Brennan (who you may know from the TV series Bones), is headstrong, determined, and smart. When Tory finds out that scientists on a nearby island are doing illegal and inhumane experiments on a wolfdog, she and her three best friends Hi, Shelton, and Ben, break in to the lab and rescue the pup.
The poor dog's been infected with parvovirus, a disease common in puppies that can be fatal to dogs, but is harmless to humans. But as Tory and her friends nurse Coop back to health, they begin to notice some changes in themselves. Could Coop's strain of parvovirus have been an experimental version? Could the four kids have caught it themselves?
Other books you might like are: Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment
Reading Level: Grades 7 and up
18-year-old Lexi's life spins out of control when she is offered a lucrative job as pop star Kari Kingsley's body double. Lexi's resemblance is not accidental. She herself has just discovered she is Kari's half-sister, a fact that only her mother and grandmother knew.
Determined to meet her father, Lexi takes the job despite her mother's objections. But as the wild swirl of Hollywood threatens to engulf her, Lexi wonders what price she will have to pay to meet the father she has never known.
If you enjoyed this story of a teen's attempt to connect with her celebrity father, try:
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
For other stories of ordinary teens thrust into the world of celebrity try: One of Those Hideous Book Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones, Airhead by Meg Cabot and Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Reading Level: Grades 7 and up
Once you tell one lie, it gets easier and easier and easier. All it takes is just one little lie.
Emma, Anna, and Mariah weren't supposed to be at a party with senior boys, but they were anyways. Emma wasn't supposed to fall in love with one of them, but she did. Anna wasn't supposed to be a bad girl, but she was. And Mariah wasn't supposed to even be friends with Anna and Emma, being a popular girl and all. But she was.
All of these things culminate in the lie that Emma was attacked by a masked man at the riverside but the three fended him off. That's why the girls were late coming home from the 'play' they went to see.
The girls think that once the police hit a dead end in finding the attacker, they won't pursue it any further. But they're sorely mistaken, and their lie snowballs and snowballs until it is beyond any control.
Other books you might like are: After by Amy Efaw, Touch by Francine Prose For older readers: Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan
Reading Level: Grades 8 and up
17-year-old Lisabeth Lewis is fat. That's what the "thin voice" she hears inside her head tells her. Despite eating only lettuce and the constant exercising, the "thin voice" still tells Lisa that she is disgustingly fat. On the day Lisabeth considered ending her life, she heard a new voice...Death.
Death, who looks like a super cute dead rocker dude, gives her scales, a really cool horse and tells her she is now Famine. As Famine, she has horrifying powers. Lisabeth sees suffering and hunger like she's never imagined. Lisa hates being Famine, but Death informs her it is that or...well, death.
Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8
"Why would her parents send a young girl alone through a woods that was obviously infested with wolves?" This is one of the questions Vivian Vande Velde asked herself before writing these eight entertaining retellings of the Red Riding Hood tale from various viewpoints and with many surprising twists.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5
The Green children are nanny repelling specialists. They have driven away every person who has responded to their father's "Nanny Wanted" sign. Their father is so desperate that when a well-dressed pig inquires about the sign, he hires her on the spot.
This is not a story of naughty children taught to be good by a firm but fun nanny. After all this nanny is a pig who knows nothing of manners, bedtimes or the importance of homework. As a matter of fact, this chocolate loving nanny has to be talked out of some of her wilder ideas by her delighted charges.