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What We’re Reading {September 3, 2010}

The Bookshare team reads 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!

This week our recommendations come to us from our tweens! All books are appropriate for grades 5 – 9. Be sure to download these books today so you have them ready for those rainy days when you find yourself with nothing to do, the perfect time to read a great new book!

The Monstromulogist by Rick Yancey – With a roaring sense of adventure and enough viscera to gag the hardiest of gore hounds, Yancey’s series starter might just be the best horror novel of the year. Will Henry is the 12-year-old apprentice to Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant and self-absorbed monstrumologist–a scientist who studies (and when necessary, kills) monsters in late-1800s New England. The newest threat is the Anthropophagi, a pack of headless, shark-toothed bipeds. The corpse of one is delivered to Warthrop’s lab courtesy of a grave robber.

The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon–and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart – Sixteen-year-old Ruby brings readers up to speed on her dramatic history, in which a love triangle, a misplaced boyfriend list, and a dented reputation have left her almost friendless (aka a “roly poly,” to use her coined term for a social pariah) and in therapy. The book chronicles her social dilemmas, including ambiguous signals from former boyfriend Jackson, growing conflict over would-be boyfriend Noel, a lost job, a new pet, and panic attacks.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm – Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm is an adorable tale of a “spunky” eleven year old named Turtle who goes to live with her wild cousins and stressed aunt in Key West.

Anna Maria’s Gift by Janice Shefelman – A wonderful story of a young girl who is passionate about her violin. Anna Maria is sent off to an orphanage after her father dies and continues her study of her violin there. She misses her father greatly, but believes she can hear his voice through the instrument and plays often.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – In Perfect Chemistry, where you were born defines who you are. From the outside, Alex Fuentes, a south sider, and Brittany Ellis, a north sider, seem to be nothing more than stereotypes: Alex appears to be a bad-boy, gang-banger druggie, while Brittany “Ms. Perfect” Ellis appears to be a superficial, brainless popular cheerleading princess.

Food, Girls and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff – Andrew Zansky is the second fattest kid in the class. Weighing in at 307 lbs, he is constantly worried about what others think of him. He doesn’t really understand much about popularity and how the connections work but he sure does understand that there are winners and losers.

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