[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Teen Scene July 2008

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  • Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 11:09:51 -0400

Teen Scene July 2008
"He doesn't seem to realize that I no longer wear romper suits. I feel like 
yelling at him, 'I am fourteen years old, Uncle Eddie! I am bursting with 
womanhood,
I wear a bra!'"
~ from Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
New and Recently Released!
Little Brother - by Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Pub Date: 4/29/2008
ISBN: 9780765319852
ISBN-10: 0765319853
Fiction. Marcus, a 17-year-old computer hacker, spends most of his time 
outwitting school surveillance until the day that San Francisco is bombed by 
terrorists--and
he and his friends are arrested, taken to a secret prison, and brutally 
questioned for days. When he is released, Marcus--known online as "w1n5t0n," or
"Winston" (a wink to those who've read Orwell's 1984)--is warned by the 
authorities that they will come for him if he tells what they've done. 
Meanwhile,
America has become a police state where everyone is suspect. For Marcus, the 
only option left is to take down the power-crazed Department of Homeland 
Security
with an underground online revolution. The Los Angeles Times calls this scary 
and technologically riveting book "pretty freaking cool."
The Last Exit to Normal - by Michael Harmon
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Pub Date: 3/11/2008
ISBN: 9780375840982
ISBN-10: 0375840982
Fiction. Ben Campbell has been angry and getting into trouble ever since his 
dad came out of the closet and his mom left three years ago--but he never 
dreamed
that his rebellion would result in his dad moving them from Spokane, 
Washington, to Edward-The-Boyfriend's tiny Montana hometown. From gruff and 
countrified
Miss Mae (Edward's mama) to Ben's devoutly Pentecostal new neighbors, Rough 
Butte is full of memorable characters who--to Ben of the spiked hair, sarcastic
sense of humor, two dads, and penchant for skateboarding--might as well be 
aliens. As he tries to figure out how to survive in Big Sky Country and gets
to know the neighbors' son, Billy, Ben becomes convinced that the boy's family 
is keeping a dangerous secret...and he's determined to do something about
it.
Wake - by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Pub Date: 3/4/2008
ISBN: 9781416953579
ISBN-10: 1416953574
Fantasy. High-school senior Janie Hannagan has the strange, unwelcome, and 
uncontrollable ability to enter other people's dreams. Since she was eight, 
she's
been drawn into the dreams of anyone sleeping near her (on a train, in study 
hall, wherever) and has been witness to people's subconscious fears and 
fantasies.
It's frustrating and, at times, frightening. Normally, Janie is just an 
observer in others' dreams, but when she gets pulled into bad-boy classmate 
Cabel
Sturmheller's nightmares, she learns that she can actually influence the dreams 
she enters...and that Cabel has feelings for her. If you like suspenseful
stories of the supernatural that have a healthy dose of romance (like, oh, say, 
Twilight), you'll stay up late reading Wake.
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Sunrise Over Fallujah - by Walter Dean Myers
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Pub Date: 5/1/2008
ISBN: 9780439916240
ISBN-10: 0439916240
Fiction. Instead of going to college like his parents want him to, 18-year-old 
Robin Perry from Harlem (nephew of Richie Perry, the main character in author
Walter Dean Myers' Fallen Angels) enlists in the army after 9/11 because he 
wants "to do something, to stand up for [his] country." Soon he is in Iraq
as part of the Civil Affairs Battalion, a supposedly low-risk unit of men and 
women tasked with building trust between U.S. troops and the Iraqi people.
But as they are increasingly involved in violence, Robin ("Birdy") and his 
fellow soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and
the war more random, confusing, and horrifying. This powerful book "takes 
readers behind the headlines to the everyday life of a soldier" (Horn Book).
The Adoration of Jenna Fox - by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Pub Date: 4/29/2008
ISBN: 9780805076684
ISBN-10: 0805076689
Science Fiction. Jenna Fox awoke from a coma two weeks ago, but she doesn't 
remember the accident that nearly killed her. In fact, she doesn't remember
being Jenna Fox, nor does she understand why her family suddenly moved to 
California, and her parents dodge all her questions. Watching the many videos
of her childhood, Jenna can't remember the moments they capture--yet she can 
recite information from her high school curriculum perfectly. She starts 
snooping,
trying to figure out who she is and what happened to her...and eventually 
discovers her family's horrible secret. Now the question isn't "who am I," but
"am I human?" This gripping exploration of identity and biomedical ethics is a 
must-read for fans of Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion or Peter
Dickinson's Eva.
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The House of Djinn - by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Pub Date: 4/1/2008
ISBN: 9780374399368
ISBN-10: 0374399360
Fiction. Fifteen-year-old Mumtaz lives in modern-day Pakistan and has been 
raised by her abusive aunt since the supposed death of her mother, Shabanu, ten
years ago. When she learns that Shabanu is alive and in hiding nearby, Mumtaz 
falls into an emotional tailspin. The love of her grandfather, Baba, and
summer visits from her cousin and best friend Jameel, who lives in California, 
keep her going until Baba suddenly dies. His will decrees that Jameel must
take Baba's place as leader of the tribe, and that Jameel and Mumtaz must 
marry--immediately. Readers will be captivated by this rich family saga tinged
with intrigue and adventure whether or not they've read the exquisite previous 
volumes, Shabanu and Haveli.
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Saturday Night Dirt - by Will Weaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Pub Date: 4/1/2008
ISBN: 9780374350604
ISBN-10: 0374350604
Fiction. The many members of this book's car-obsessed cast are all out to prove 
themselves, both on and off the quarter-mile, small-town Minnesota dirt
track speedway that is the center of their lives. As they move through one day 
on a collision course to meet at the Saturday night race that could make
or break the financially struggling Headwaters Speedway, all of them are hoping 
to win--and praying that the predicted rainstorm will pass them by. Exciting
race scenes, colorful characters, and mechanical details that will enthrall 
gearheads make this fast-paced 1st entry in the Motor series a winner.
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If You Like: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
A movie based on Louise Rennison's book Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal 
Snogging is scheduled for release in the UK on July 25, 2008. If you've read all
of the books featuring English teen Georgia Nicholson and want more humor, more 
drama over sex-god boyfriends, and more British slang--but you can't wait
for the movie to come across the pond--check out one of the books listed below.
LBD: It's a Girl Thing - by Grace Dent
Publisher: Speak
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Pub Date: 5/1/2004
ISBN: 9780142401828
ISBN-10: 014240182X
Fiction. Barred by their overprotective parents from attending the Astlebury 
Music Festival, best friends Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude (also known as "Les
Bambinos Dangereuses," or the LBD) decide to stage their own music festival at 
Blackwell School. While they won't get to drool over a "million totally
lush festival-going boys," they will get the hottest local bands lined up and 
everything will be brilliant--that is, if they can keep their nemesis, Panama
Goodyear, from ruining it all. Georgia Nicholson fans who are keen on her 
English slang and pop culture references (music, fashion, etc.) will love this
1st of three books in the LBD series.
Girl 15, Charming but Insane - by Sue Limb
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Pub Date: 5/10/2005
ISBN: 9780385732154
ISBN-10: 0385732155
Fiction. Fifteen-year-old Jess is consumed with her flaws--a distinct lack of 
boobage, for starters, and a bum that looks huge in everything--and is jealous
of her perfectly gorgeous best friend, Flora. But Jess is a positive, can-do 
sort of girl, so she comes up with schemes for improving her chances with
cute boys like Ben...trouble is, Jess' schemes nearly always go wrong. Take her 
decision to use minestrone soup in plastic zip-bags instead of 
cleavage-enhancing
silicone bra inserts--the soup-bags work great until one of them explodes at a 
party. Plenty of outrageous humor, a cast of oddball family members and
good friends, and a sweet romance make this 1st book in a series perfect for 
Georgia Nicholson fans.
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Pulling Princes: The Calypso Chronicles - by Tyne O'Connell
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Pub Date: 9/23/2004
ISBN: 9781582349572
ISBN-10: 1582349576
Fiction. No matter how hard she has tried to fit in, 15-year-old California 
girl Calypso Kelly is decidedly not part of the cool crowd at the posh English
boarding school she attends. Desperate to gain some social capital, Calypso 
invents a fake boyfriend by pretending that her Hollywood mom's gay personal
assistant is her older man. Her plan works--she makes gobs of new friends--but 
having a boyfriend (fake or not) complicates matters when Calypso's skill
at fencing attracts the attention of a real-life handsome prince! Readers who 
are fond of both Georgia Nicholson and the Gossip Girl novels will enjoy
this opener for the Calypso Chronicles series--it features a rivalry between 
Calypso and a truly despicable mean girl.
Breakfast at Sadie's - by Lee Weatherly
Publisher: David Fickling Books
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Pub Date: 7/11/2006
ISBN: 9780385750943
ISBN-10: 0385750943
Fiction. Sadie has a lot piled on her for a 13-year-old, particularly one who's 
considered less than brilliant. Her mother is in the hospital and has put
Sadie's aunt in charge of running the family business, a bed-and-breakfast in 
the Welsh countryside. When Sadie's aunt runs off (with her only explanation
being a note saying that she has to "get away for awhile"), Sadie is left to 
manage the B and B by herself, all while going to school and keeping her mom
from worrying. A touch more on the serious side than the Georgia Nicholson 
books, this quick and easy read still offers great humor and a heroine who goes
from being a mess to surprising everyone--including herself--with how capable 
she is.
My Cup Runneth Over: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts - by Cherry Whytock
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Pub Date: 9/1/2003
ISBN: 9780689865466
ISBN-10: 0689865465
Fiction. Angela Cookson Potts--known to her friends and family as "Angel"--has 
a bubbly personality, great friends, and a career plan (she wants to be a
chef), but she's afraid she'll never have a boyfriend. Angel's ex-model mother 
and her best friends are all twig-thin, which makes Angel, who has an enormous
bosom and can't seem to keep her "wobbly bits" under control, feel all the more 
like "a walloping whale." After an all-cabbage diet and kick-boxing lessons
fail to help her catch the eye of bad-boy Adam, big, beautiful Angel is conned 
into participating in the school fashion show...and gets a big, romantic
surprise. This tasty morsel of British chick lit is the 1st of three books (so 
far!) that feature Angel, each of which includes recipes from her culinary
repertoire.
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