March 29, 2010


by Eoin Colfer
YA Colfer E
412 p. 2008 Fiction
Grade: A+

Eoin Colfer is my favorite author, and I would recommend any of his books. I really liked Airman because it had a lot of action and an exciting plot.

reviewed by teen volunteer Danny F.

Artemis Fowl series

by Eoin Colfer
277 p. 2001 Fantasy
Grade: A+

The Artemis Fowl series has action, intrigue and a good plot with the occasional joke. It is the best series I have ever read.

reviewed by teen volunteer Danny F.

Bloody Kiss

by Kazuko Furumiya
YA Graphic Novel Furumiya K
2009 Manga
Grade: C+

In Bloody Kiss, the emotions were too chunky. On one page she's crying and the next she is ecstatic.

Reviewed by Anime Anonymous member Sofia F.

March 23, 2010

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

by Gabrielle Zevin
YA Zevin G
271 p. 2007 Fiction
Grade: C

I liked the idea that losing your memories changes you, but I didn't like the way Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac was told.

Reviewed by Book Club member Liz F.

March 15, 2010

Deadly Creatures

Deadly Creatures
for Wii
Grade: A-

Deadly Creatures keeps the player on the edge of his or her seat. With an arsenal of moves and two alternating characters, the powerful scorpion or the agile tarantula, you progress through chapters, unlocking moves and uncovering new areas. But you also need to keep an eye out for grubs & crickets, which help unlock concept art. And with a variety of enemies like lizards or beetles, you don't get bored easily. But the fights get a bit repetitive, and I ended up using the same combo on EVERY enemy EVERY time. Nevertheless, Deadly Creatures is a fun game with a few minor flaws. Try it out!

reviewed by TAB member Tanuj B.

March 11, 2010

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver
YA Oliver L
470 p. 2010 Fiction
Grade: A+

Before I Fall is beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I had a hard time reading the last chapter because my eyes kept welling up with tears. It made me want to rethink my life and what I'm doing or not doing with the time I have.

Reviewed by teen librarian Lisa B.

March 10, 2010

The Lost Children

by Carolyn Cohagan
Coming soon to WPPL
313 p. 2010 Fantasy
Grade: B

This is a book that's about a girl named Josephine as she enters the door to a world she's never known. When this book comes out you should put it on the top of your list.

reviewed by TAB member Kyra B.

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March 1, 2010

Want to win $1000?

Lisa McMann's final book in the Wake trilogy, Gone, was just released! Woo! As if that weren't cool enough, she's also got a contest going until March 8 where you could win $1000 just for vlogging about your dreams and goals. Here's the info:

The “Don’t Let Your Dream Fade Vlog” Sweepstakes

Are you dreaming big like Janie? Prove it!
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How are your dreams and goals like Janie’s?

Answer this question via vlog in less than two minutes and see below to learn how to enter your vlog in the “Don’t let your dreams Fade” vlog contest!

Lisa McMann will choose a winner, who will receive $1000 toward furthering his or her life goals!

No purchase necessary. Starts on 1/5/10 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Ends on 3/8/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Open to legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia who are between the ages of 14-18 as of date of entry. Contest may only be entered in or from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. Subject to official rules.