Friday, December 7, 2012

Hi Guys! Just wanted to let you know I finally have Reached by Ally Condie on order. You know, whenever you think I'm slacking off in the update dept., feel free to remind me when the next book in a series is coming out.  I'll be grateful for the heads up!

Because you know, I only have one thing on my brain right now:

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Banned Books

Good  news! I went to pull the Ten Most Banned Books for 2011 to display them, and you had already checked them all out! Way to go!

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Missing The Hunger Games??

I just watched The Hunger Games last night. It was so well done! Click here for your a readalike:  need more Hunger Games books!

And the winner is....Kathryn Brown!!!

Congratulations Kathryn, on winning the Kindle! Even though she was out of town for most of the summer, Katie managed to submit book reviews before she left and as soon as she got back! Enjoy the reading machine! I know you will!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Still thinking of winning that Kindle?

Turn in your book reviews NOW!  The date for drawing is next Friday, August 17th!  So you still have a few more days! Hope to hear from you. I will accept emailed reviews sent to me at

Monday, June 25, 2012

Interested in downloading the free 

YALSA's Teen Book Finder

Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now!
App features include:
  • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
  • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook
An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2012.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Anime next Friday, June 15 @ 4:00 ???

Hey Teens! Anybody out there?  Are we going to see anyone for a little anime next Friday?  I got some new manga in (xxxholic, etc.) 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Florida Teen Reads 2012-2013

The Teen Reads for 2012 - 2013 are posted. Here's the list:

Bedford, Martyn. Flip. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-385-73990-0
Alex is not expecting to wake up in someone else's body, and doesn't know how to convince his "new” family that he is not their son Phillip (Flip). He discovers that he and Flip have switched souls, but what happened to his original body and is there a way back home?
Condie, Ally. Matched. New York: Dutton Books, 2010. ISBN: 9780525423645
Cassia looks forward to her matching ceremony where the Society will reveal the man she will marry. Her match seems perfect until a computer error causes Cassia to question the trust she has in the Society's choice for her as well as the other aspects of life and death that are controlled by them. She now has many dangerous secrets to keep including an illegal poem and her growing love for someone other than her ideal match.
de la Pena, Matt. I Will Save You. New York: Delacorte Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780385738279
Kidd has run away from a group home and his past. He finds a job at the beach and meets rich girl Olivia. Devon has a death wish and follows Kidd to the beach; Devon's not leaving until he teaches Kidd some lessons about life, and about Olivia.
Flinn, Alex. Cloaked. New York: HarperTeen, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-06-087422-3
From being an average teenager working at his family's shoe repair shop in the South Beach area of Miami, Johnny is all pulled into a fairytale world. He meets talking animals, giants, witches, a princess, a prince, giants and the girl of his dreams. Based on several obscure fairytales, Johnny's travels take him from Miami to the Florida Keys, to Europe, and Manhattan as he tries to do what is right while he saves the day.
Grennan, Conor. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. New York: William Morrow, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-06-193005-8
Conor Grennan takes a year-long trip around the world with plans to volunteer for three months at an orphanage in Nepal. At first he is surprised to find that he really cares about the children. Then he figures out that they are not really orphans, but instead children who have been stolen from their homes. Conor makes it his mission to reunite the children with their families.
Hautman, Pete. Blank Confession. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010. ISBN: 9781416913276 (lib. bdg.)
Detective Rawls is going to be late for dinner. Sixteen-year-old Shane Blank has just calmly walked into the police station and said he killed someone. Shane won't get to the point though. Who? Where? So, the detective must listen as Shane tells his confession, but is that the whole story? Mikey, Shane's unusual friend, also has a suspenseful story to tell about drug dealing, bullies, the killing, and a high school superhero.
Herbach, Geoff. Stupid Fast. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Fire, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-40225-630-1
Felton Reinstein's sudden growth spurt transforms him from a geeky loner into a popular athlete--strong, fast and stupid. Dazed and confused, Felton is busy with hisnew friends, sports, and beautiful girlfriend. Meanwhile, his younger brother is obsessed with their father's suicide, and his mother is sliding into mental illness. Can Felton get smart in time to save his family?
Johnson, Maureen. The Name of the Star. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011. ISBN: 9780399256608
Rory is from rural Louisiana and is very different from her peers at their London boarding school. Her main issues include having to play field hockey and avoiding Charlotte, the head girl, until a series of gruesome murders makes headlines for copying the Jack the Ripper crimes from over a century ago. Her school is located in the middle of the Ripper's territory and Rory is only one who has seen the killer. She wants to help the police, but how do you catch a murderer who is a ghost?
King, A. S. Please Ignore Vera Dietz. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. ISBN: 9780375965869 (lib. bdg.)
Vera has kept her best friend Charlie's secrets for years; she secretly loves him. Charlie betrays Vera then dies under mysterious circumstances. Will Charlie quit haunting Vera as she tries to grow up and make the best of the mess that is her life? Will Vera share the secrets that will clear Charlie's name?
Maberry, Jonathon. Rot & Ruin. New York: Simon Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-44240-232-4
Newly apprenticed zombie hunter, Benny Imura, discovers that love and life aren't always what they seem while on an adventure with a super hot "wild" girl, the girl next door, and his loser older brother. Fighting through valleys of zoms, tracking several rogue zombie hunters, and experiencing his first kiss make Benny's first few weeks on the job unforgettable.
Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-41699-065-9
After the death of her father Amy must travel to a new city. Enter Roger to do the driving. As Amy and Roger travel across the country from California to Connecticut trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, their road trip ends up being a series of detours. As they travel from place to place and meet a series of other characters they learn more about each other which leads to discovering more about themselves.
Nelson, Blake. Recovery Road. New York: Scholastic Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-545-10729-7
While in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment. While there, they fall in love. Once released, Maddie tries to rebuild her life, but Stewart struggles with staying sober. In the end Maddie has to decide what she really wants from life and how Stewart fits into her plans.
Resau, Laura. The Queen of Water. New York: Delacorte Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-385-73897-2
When Virginia is taken from her poor farming village in Equador to work as a servant for an upper-class family, she dreams of getting an education and a new life. However, the opportunity is not what it seems, as she is treated like a slave and has to study in secret as she struggles to find her place in the world. Based on a true story.
Revis, Beth. Across the Universe. New York, Razorbill, 2011. ISBN: 9781595143976 (lib. Bdg)
Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen for their 301-year journey on the ship Godspeed to start life on a new planet. Something goes wrong and Amy is "unplugged" early. It appears someone on the ship is trying to murder the frozens. Elder has been raised on the ship and he will one day take over leadership of the crew and the important mission of getting the frozen colonists to the new world. Amy and Elder must unravel the mystery before her parents and others are left to thaw and die.
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-06-202402-2
In this dystopian society, each person is forced to join one of five factions, determined by taking a personality test. Sixteen year old Beatrice "Tris" Prior chooses the physically daring Dauntless faction, and embarks on a gruelling initiation reminiscent of "The Hunger Games." Meanwhile, Tris must keep secret that she is actually a Divergent, a misfit, who would be targeted for death by the dangerous ruling class.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sunshine State Winner, Grades 6 - 8

I think that the fact that Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper, was the top choice of both grades 3 - 5 and 6 - 8 shows that young people today are a very thinking, feeling bunch. Empathy for others is an excellent quality.

And for next year:

Grades 6-8

Allen, Crystal     How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-sized Trophy
             Balzer + Bray      2011    AR 5.4 Lexile 550
Carmichael, Clay    Wild Things                          
             Front Street     2009         AR 5.7   Lexile 890
Catanese, P.W.   Happenstance Found
             Aladdin      2009 AR 5.4   Lexile NC700
Flores-Galbis, Enrique     90 Miles to Havana  
              Roaring Brook Press      2010 AR 4.8    Lexile 790
Gaiman, Neil     The Graveyard Book
              HarperCollins      2008 AR 5.3   Lexile 820
Grant, Katy     Hide and Seek
              Peachtree      2010 AR 4.6   Lexile 700
Greenwald, Tommy     Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading
             Roaring Brook Press      2011 AR 5.8   Lexile 830
Korman, Gordon     The Juvie Three
             Hyperion      2008 AR 4.9   Lexile NC730
Park, Linda Sue     A Long Walk to Water : Based on a True Story
             Clarion Books      2010 AR 5.0 Lexile 720
Patterson, James     The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
             Little, Brown      2008 AR 6.3   Lexile 680
Philbrick, Rodman      The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
             Blue Sky Press 2009   AR 5.6   Lexile 950
Rallison, Janette     My Fair Godmother
             Walker      2009                      AR 5.2   Lexile 760
Rorby, Ginny      Lost in the River of Grass
              Carolrhoda Lab      2011               AR 4.2   Lexile 750
Vigilante, Danette     The Trouble with Half a Moon
              G.P. Putnam’s Sons 2011       AR 4.4   Lexile 600
Woods, Brenda     Saint Louis Armstrong Beach    
              Nancy Paulsen Books      2011             AR 4.1   Lexile 660

Legos needed!

We are looking for


for our summer reading program
so if you know any


Please bring them in
and we’ll give them a good home.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Banned books

If you're not supposed to read it, it's GOT to be good, right?

ttyl Series Tops List of Most Challenged Titles 

The ALA has released its list of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. The most challenged books were as follows:

1. ttylttfnl8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle (offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins (anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence)

4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint)

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit)

8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones (nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit)

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar (drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit)

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (offensive language; racism)
A few trends among these and other singled-out titles:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hungering for a new book to read over Spring Break?

First of all, congratulations to the 
Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School Booktalkers! 

 Every single one of you did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you.  I really love sitting in judgment on people, but even so, I had a tough time deciding finally what numbers to give out.    

Looking for a new book? Welllll, you could come in and browse through my beautifully reorganized and relabeled bookshelves. I've moved everything around so that the paranormal doesn't contaminate  sit next to the Sarah Dessen realistic books, etc. 

But in the meantime, I suggest you check out the online reading community at Reading is such a matter of personal taste. There are 7,380 ongoing reading groups there. Maybe you'll find somebody who likes the same bizarre stuff you do.

So enjoy spring break!