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What We’re Reading {August 27 2010}

The Bookshare team reads avidly. And we read a lot of books every week. And so do our children, friends and families. Among those, there are always a handful of standouts — the shortlist, the books with buzz–perfect for children, tweens, teens, college students, and young adults. “What We’re Reading” brings you picks of the most interesting recent reads, along with short descriptions; sometimes we’ll even include candid comments and notes from the team. We’ll be bringing you “What We’re Reading” every Friday, be sure to look for it and download some great books!

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy #3) by Suzanne Collins – Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss.

The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil – It all began with The Scream. And ended with . . . well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery!

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan – A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely read poets in the world. Includes bibliographical references.

Talent Show by Dan Gutman – Dan Gutman brings us another humorous and action-packed adventure for the middle-grade set.

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1) by Eoin Colfer – Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon.

The Clique #13: My Little Phony by Lisi Harrison – Sugar, spice, and everything lice. Massie Block: The holidays are just around the corner, and the only thing Massie doesn’t want for Christmas is a lip-kiss from her ninth-grade crush, Landon. Not that she’d ever admit it, but she’s nervous!

The Gecko & Sticky Sinister Substitute by Wendelin Van Draanen – Dave’s most despised teacher, a gleeful frog dissector named Ms. Veronica Krockle, is absent. Her students are psyched! But Sticky is suspicious. Especially when the substitute teacher turns out to be strangely interested in geckos.

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