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What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

cassmcbrideGail Giles has done it again. If this book is available, check it out! Guys, girls, you will not want to stop reading.

David Kirby is a super-dork who took a chance by asking out Cass McBride, a popular high school cheerleader who can talk, flirt, or manipulate her way into getting anything she wants. She rejects him, then writes a note to a friend wondering how dare he even try to ask her out. David finds the note.

The next day David Kirby is found hanging in his front yard. David’s older brother Kyle is bent on revenge, so he kidnaps Cass and BURIES HER ALIVE. The main part of the book is the conversation between Kyle and Cass, where you learn what really caused David’s suicide. The question is, can Cass talk her way out of her coffin before it’s too late?

Check this out right now!

~Mrs. Frilot

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | 1 Comment

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

cirque du freak coverFreak shows – not for me. But these Cirque du Freak books (there are 12) seem to be very popular with the guys, and I just watched the trailer for the movie coming out in October; it looked pretty good, so I decided to check the first book out.

I understand its appeal to some – weird, freaky stuff, a spider that paralyzes people with one bite, a snake boy, a controlling vampire, and some major mishaps for our young main character who shares his name with the author. It’s a fast read with a cliffhanger ending that makes you want to read the next one. So, if simple writing and freak shows sound like something you’d enjoy, by all means, come and check these out! The first one is Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare.

~Mrs. Frilot

PS: The trailer I watched is at this link. Of course, watch it with earphones on! http://www.trailerspy.com/trailer/4882/Cirque-du-Freak-The-Vampires-Assistant-Trailer

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann

wakeGREAT books. Couldn’t get enough of these two. Go check out Wake right now, and then come back and get Fade.

Melinda is a high school student who falls into people’s dreams. Weird, right? But oh, so interesting as well. Whenever Melinda is near someone who falls asleep, she is sucked into his or her dreams and has no power to stop it. While it can be a fascinating event, it also exhausts Melinda and complicates her life. Sleepovers were awkward when she was little, and now in high school, more kids fall asleep in class. No wonder Melinda has a reputation for being a little strange – running out of class, passing out, and looking more than a little tired – aren’t easily explainable. There are some things she sees in dreams she’d just rather not know about people, but the nightmares are the worst.

When she falls into the nightmares of Cabel, resident mysterious hottie, things take a strange turn and she becomes a participant in dreams. Can she help Cabel fight his demons? Can she change the course of dreams? Can she figure out a way to control this ability? Melinda knows she has to, otherwise it might just kill her.

Come get Wake and then continue the story with Fade. You’ll probably stay up late reading these two. I did!

~Mrs. Frilot

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | 2 Comments

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

thirteenreasons22If such good things hadn’t been said about it, I wouldn’t normally pick up a book where a kid commits suicide. The very idea of it just shakes me to the core with grief, especially now that I have kids of my own. However, I must say that I thought this book was interesting and captivating. Clay is a shy, studious, but well-liked high school student with a crush on Hannah Baker. He found it difficult to talk to her because he never felt good enough. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance to pursue a relationship with her because she committed suicide.

One day Clay comes home from school to find a package on the front steps. In it are cassette tapes on which Hannah recorded the thirteen reasons why she took her own life, each connected to a person or event. Clay must listen to all the stories, then pass it on to the next person. They are painful, honest, emotional, and Clay is forever changed after listening to them.

I can definitely recommend this book. It’s on the Georgia Peach Award list this year, so look for it on the display near the windows in the library. It’s powerful and gripping – you want to read more because Hannah’s words are captivating, and at the same time your heart breaks for what will never be.

~Mrs. Frilot

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

The Hand You’re Dealt by Paul Volponi

thehandyouredealtGentlemen, this one’s for you. Ladies, of course, you can read it too; it’s just that I have a tendency to read a lot of “girly” books, but this one is really geared toward guys. Huck Porter is a high school students who is dealing with a lot – the unexpected death of his father, a flaky best friend, a jerk math teacher, and a girl he can’t quite seem to talk to. But Huck is getting good at one thing – cards – poker, to be exact. Huck’s dad was a master card player and taught him a few tricks before his untimely death. Good thing, too, since Huck’s decided to enter into the local poker tournament underage with a lot to prove.

This is a quick read – 168 pages – and Volponi writes well and honestly and with suspense. The opening scene is a robbery in an elevator! I can definitely recommend this one because it’s got it all – angst, pain, a little romance, jerk teacher, and the suspense of a poker tournament. Gentlemen – check this one out!

~Mrs. Frilot

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , | Leave a comment

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

wintergirlsIf you haven’t read Speak by this author, then stop reading this and go check it out. It’s that good, and that’s what prompted me to pick up Wintergirls, the latest from Laurie Halse Anderson. She has published several other books that are still on my long list of books to read. I almost didn’t read this because of the topic – teenage girls and eating disorders, specifically anorexia. I have painfully watched two very close people to me suffer from anorexia, and it is horrible. So this book was a little too close to home, and that’s probably why I can’t enthusiastically say I loved this book.

But I don’t review books on here that I think aren’t worth reading, so with the caveat of the topic known, I do think this book would be a very good read for many high school girls, whether you’ve known somebody with an eating disorder or not. It’s well-written, honest, disturbing, and an emotional journey, as Lia, the main character struggles to become thinner and thinner while dealing with her best friend’s death. Right now we only have one copy, and I have a feeling it’ll be checked out quite a bit this year.

~Mrs. Frilot

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment