Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Hildy is your average small town high school student who works on her school paper and dreams of journalism but still appreciates her town's apple industry. When mysterious things start happenning at the old spooky Ludlow house, she starts investigating. And the local 'adult' paper only seems to be adding wood to the flames of fear. Hildy and the rest of her friends from her high school paper are determined to get to the truth. Right now this is the best of what I've read so far. It was a good book, with some humor, suspence and a little romance. The mystery brings a smile to my face. so for now I vote yes.
This a sequal to First Daughter: extreme makeover. Sameer is the daughter (adopted from Pakistan) of a woman who was just elected president. she is trying to adjust to living in the spot light while sneeking off on her own using a Burka she had pruchased from an ethnic store. but there is so much more to it. I did enjoy this book but I'm not sure how well it could stand on its own. A fun read and timely but I vote Nay for thumbs up.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Hubert girls: Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn (ages 17-11) each have distinct personalities. Their family is low on money, their father has been hurt and can't work, and they are being watched. These girls have caught the eye of "the man" who considers them his birds, and spends the time he watches them deciding which one he likes best. This man will change the lives of these girls forever.
I found the premise of the story interesting, and enjoyed the chapters being told in alternating narration from the different sisters, but this book read as though it was set maybe 50 years ago instead of today. Mention of current technology (like blogs) disrupts the story instead of creating setting. The ending seemed almost anti-climatic and I felt as though we are introduced to some of the sisters but their stories are never given a resolution. For me, this is a mild Thumbs down.
Ann and her mother have just moved back to the small town where her mother grew up because her mother and father have split up. Her mother worked too hard in Tokyo and ended up exhausting herself. After Ann's mother kills herself Ann must rely on her friends to get her through. This volume takes place during the winter that Ann is 12 and the summer she is 14.
This story really engaged me. Ann was cute without being too precocious, a problem I tend to find with shojo manga I've read. The story moved quickly and had excitement. Thumbs up.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and I would have read it in one day if I hadn't had to go to sleep so I could get to work the next morning. Thumbs up.
For being a companion to an earlier book, this story stood remarkably well on its own. I liked how the family's faith played strongly into the story but yet I didn't feel preached at, and the characters felt alive and authentic to me. Equal parts thought-provoking and heartwarming and gut-wrenching. Not necessarily the best book I've ever read, but I'll give this one a Thumbs Up for now.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Welcome to the blog for the Thumbs Up! Committee of the Michigan Library Association, where we read a bunch of teen books and, with the teens' help, decide which title is the best teen book! Everyone is welcome to post and/or comment as you read your book. I've done a couple already.
I ask that we follow the following format:
Title: Title of book followed by author's name
Include a picture of the book's cover in the post, if possible.
Indicate in the post whether you give the title a Thumbs Up or a Thumbs Down.
Thanks everybody! Looking forward to reading your opinions.
This memoir details the life of Ashley Rhodes-Courter, who was in the foster care system from age 2 through 12, when she was adopted by a bestselling author Gay Courter and her husband. Ashley's story is a fairly typical of the flawed foster care system, but Ashley herself is very unique. She is smart, spunky, and determined the live life to the fullest. I've read a lot of memoirs, and I really liked this one. I think it would appeal to many teens. I give it a Thumbs Up!