6.24.2006

New Books...
High School's Not Forever by Jane Bluestein & Eric D. Katz
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"Your survival guide to the maze that is the high-school experience"
From the back of the book...
"We all experience high school differently. Some love it, some hate it, and some are just doing time.
With real-life stories from teens across the country -- as well as high school "survivors" -- this book paints a real picture of how teens like you feel about the struggles and triumphs of the daily grind and how they get through it.
If you ever feel like you're on the sidelines or that the pressure to perform, conform or maintain appearances gets to be too much, this book is for you."


The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
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From the book jacket...
On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. She has the hippest friends, the hottest boyfriend, the trendiest clothes, and the most easygoing parents. But on the inside, Libby is dying -- of boredom. And then one day Libby surprises everyone, including herself, when she signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo. Her friends think the zoo is for losers, but for Libby, at least it's something to do, something different. Unfortunately, working as an intern is not exactly glamorous, and worse, it means Libby has to team up with two nerds -- Tina (aka "Tiny"), a Little Person and aspiring actress, and Sheldon, an introverted boy with a brilliant, inquiring mind.But what happens when Libby realizes she actually enjoys working at the zoo... and may even like Tina and Sheldon? Will the Queen of Cool have to give up her crown?


Shock Point by April Henry
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From the book jacket...
"It was the rough hand over her mouth that convinced Cassie Streng that what was happening was real.
Without warming, Cassie is thrown in the back of a ban and shipped off to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp in Mexico for troubled teens. Her stepfather, Rick, has convinced Cassie's mom that Cassie needs help and that Peaceful Cove is a wonderful place.
But Cassie knows the real reason why Rick wants to get rid of her. Rick, a child psychiatrist, has been prescribing Socom, and experimental drug, to his teen patients. She knows Rick will make a lot of money if Socom is approved by the FDA. And she's unearthed the fact that three of Rick's patients have died after taking it.
Now Cassie has discovered the truth about Peaceful Cove, too: it's really a brutal prison, where the only way out is to make it to graduation. But by then, many more kids could die. How can Cassie escape and tell the world what she knows? And even if she does, will anyone believe her?"


And lastly, Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
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From the book jacket...

"Julie's best friend, Ashleigh, is an enthusiast. Julie never knows what new obsession will cath Ashleigh's fancy, but she does know she's likely to be drawn into the madness.
Ashleigh's latest craze is Julie's own passion, Pride and Prejudice. But Ashleigh can't just appreciate it as a great read; she insists on emulating the novel's nineteenth-century heroines, in speech, dress, and most important of all, their quest for True Love. So Julie finds herself with Ashleigh, dressed in vintage frocks, sneaking into a dance at the local all-boys prep school, where they discover some likely candidates. Maybe this obsession of Ashleigh's isn't so bad if it leads to love -- but for whom?
What follows is equal parts romance and comedy as a series of misinterpreted messages and super-awkward incidents, not to mention some rather mystifying poetry tacked to a tree and even a valiant foray onto the stage, makes Julie wonder whether she's cut out for enthusiasm -- or True Love -- at all."

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