Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rant: Colin Fischer

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz

I admit it: I picked up Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz because they wrote the screen plays for X-Men: First Class and Thor, two superhero movies I very much enjoyed. If it hadn’t been for that piece of trivia, I probably would have said “Oh, that sounds like a ripoff of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and moved on. Instead, I read it, and now I will write about it.

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November New Books

Let’s give thanks for these new books.

Game for Swallows by Zeina AbirachedStruck by Lightning by Chris ColferTen by Gretchen McNeilSpeechess by Hannah HarringtonMy Life, The Theatre, and Other Tragedies by Allen ZadoffNecromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

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Rave: Candor

Candor by Pam Bachorz

In Candor by Pam Bachorz, Oscar is the mayor’s son in a so-called perfect town. So Oscar is often the poster child, the role model. Everyone wants to be Oscar. There’s something the citizens don’t know about Oscar. He actually isn’t perfect.

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Be All that You Can Be

In honor of Veteran’s Day, this month we’re highlighting teen books about the armed forces, both fictional and nonfictional.

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean MyersNever Fall Down by Patricia McCormickThe Warrior's Heart by Eric GreitensSoldier's Secret by Sheila KlassCode Name Verity by Elizaneth WeinLeviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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Rave: The Princesses of Iowa

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

The Princesses of Iowa was written by M. Molly Backes, who went to the same small Iowan college as I did. I don’t actually know her, but Grinnell College is small enough that we’re basically one degree of separation apart. So that’s cool, right? Librarian cool? Totally. However I think you will like this book even if you don’t have a soul bond to Iowa like I do.

The Princesses of Iowa is a story about a girl named Paige, who is nothing like what I was in high school–she’s beautiful, popular, and a homecoming princess (and if she’s lucky, will be named queen)! I didn’t necessarily want to be like Paige in high school, either–my friends and I all pretty much thought the homecoming court was dumb. That was one thing I liked so much about Princesses of Iowa, the chance to get into the head of a girl who actually wants to be on the homecoming court. But it turns out that Paige cares about more than just homecoming court. She cares about her friends, who she’s been drifting away from ever since they were all in a drunk driving accident at the end of their junior year. Paige’s image-obsessed mother sent Paige off to Paris to be an au-pair for the summer in the hopes that everything would blow over, but instead her friends ended up jealous of her trip and Paige feels excluded from them. Then, for her elective she takes creative writing with a cool new teacher  while the rest of her friends take film studies. At first she feels left out he turns out to really like creative writing, though, and ends up making some new friends in the class–even though she’s embarrassed that they’re not as “cool” as her other friends, she has fun with them and admires their talent as writers.

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