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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: July Recommendations for Teens

Monday, June 30, 2008

July Recommendations for Teens

Metamorphosis @ Your Library - Teen Summer Reading Program 2008, June 2 to July 26!


Tamar by Mal Peet - In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Red Glass by Laura Resau - Sixteen-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey through Mexico, where the six-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Peak by Roland Smith - A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells - As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld - description: "It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules."


Girl in a Fix: Quick Beauty Solutions and Why They Work by Somer Flaherty - Describes how to handle such beauty problems as surprise pimples, rough skin, bad dye jobs, and renegade hair.

Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness by Mario Lopez - description: "Mario's cutting-edge workout program provides easy-to-use, enjoyable methods for sculpting muscle, melting fat, and looking great. Unique exercises will keep you focused in and out of the gym, and creative meal plans will satisfy. You'll also learn the value of endurance activities like dancing, swimming, and running; discover 10-minute tone-ups and tips for a healthier lifestyle; and begin the quest for a better you in three simple, proven phases."

The A-List Workout: Top Celebrity Trainers Reveal How You Can Get a Hot Hollywood Body by Alyssa Shaffer - From the back cover: "In The A-List Workout, ten of the most in-demand celebrity trainers have come together to give you their favorite exercise plans and tips--the same advice superstars pay top dollar to get."

Total Body Plan by Bill Hartman - description: "Few people - even top fitness experts - ever learn the concepts presented in this book. So, if you're a beginner, consider yourself lucky. You will be far ahead of the game from the start, and that will translate into quick increases in muscle size and strength. If you are an experienced lifter, be prepared to make the best gains of your life."

Weight Training for Beginners by Tony Gallagher - description: "Weight Training for Beginners is a full body workout for either home or gym featuring step-by-step full color instructional photos and a unique hands-free design. All exercises can be done using the minimum of special equipment, and the book presents two fully comprehensive programs of exercises, one for those with no prior weight training experience and one for those looking to improve their skills."


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