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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Word Nerd by Susan Nielsen

Ambrose is a misfit, he's quirky, a nerd. He is tormented by a few kids at school, and the last stunt they pulled nearly killed him. You see, Ambrose has a peanut allergy. The kids told him to close his eyes, and then put a peanut in his sandwich. After this incident, everyone thought it best if Ambrose enrolled in correspondence-school, which means he takes his classes at home, on-line. This is when things start to get interesting for Ambrose. He meets his landlords’ son, fresh out of prison. His overprotective mother insists he keep away from him, but Ambrose is a curious kid. He always asks the question you’re thinking, but are too afraid, or too polite to ask; he has no filter. Isn’t it great having a friend like that? Well, it’s great having a narrator like that too. This book is a funny story about a kid who’s different.
Recommended for grades 6-9

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

Welcome back to the quirky and charming imagination of the author/illustrator of the (rightfully)award-winning The Arrival. This collection of very short stories and inspired illustrations will go down easy and leave you thinking. From Eric,the unusual exchange student, to the annual celebration of the Nameless Holiday, Outer Suburbia will seem eerily similar to your neighborhood--turned inside out and viewed through a funhouse mirror. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Celeste, Nanette and Taviana live in Unity--a religious compound in which it is believed that salvation for men results from having at least three wives and salvation for girls and women depends on becoming one of those wives. Celeste is about to turn 15 and is rebelling at the thought of being given in marriage to someone as old as her father. Her younger sister, Nanette, on the other hand, can hardly bear to wait another year before she's deemed ready. And Taviana is not of Unity, but has found refuge there from a terrible life outside. When Taviana is expelled from the community and Celeste falls for a boy her own age, all three girls must choose what they are and aren't willing to sacrifice for their future happiness. For high school.