Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Nancy Drew Girl Detective: The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrcha (Graphic Novel)
This is a modern day version of our old favorite girl detective done in a graphic novel format for the young hip independent-minded girls of today. It was cute and fun to read in this format, but at the same time not super exciting. I guess if I was a 9-12 year old, I would have found it more exciting!!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
In just nineteen short minutes, the town of Sterling, New Hampshire was changed forever. Peter Houghton, bullied endlessly from day one of first grade on, cannot take the humiliation any longer. He walks into Sterling High shooting. Josie Cormier, beautiful, popular, dating the school's most popular hockey star, is knocked unconscious during the ordeal. Should she protect her status and reputation or help her one-time best friend Peter as his fate is decided through the trial that brings the town of Sterling to a standstill?
I was really engrossed in this book right from the beginning. No shocking ending like I usually get with Picoult (I kind of saw it coming) but enjoyable non-the-less.
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
In 1977, an innocent and trusting sixteen year old CeeCee Wilkes falls for an older college boy named Tim Gleason. He comes to the diner where she works everyday and over time, earns her trust, adoration, and loyalty. Many years later, CeeCee no longer exists. She instead lives under an assumed name. The missing Genevieve Russell's body is discovered and the search is on for the missing baby she was carrying. Can CeeCee/Eve keep her secrets buried? Or should she come clean, destroying the idyllic life she has worked so hard to build.
I really liked this book a lot and will definitely try more by this author.
Cassie Binegar by Patricia MacLachlan
I read this book with one of my students about a young girl named Cassie dealing with the death of her father, her first crush on an older man, and the trials and tribulations of discovering just who you are.
The Drinking Gourd by FN Monjo
Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern