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

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Recommendations for Teens


First Kiss (Then Tell) by Cylin Busby - Remember your first kiss, or are you still impatiently waiting? In this unique collection, writers and illustrators share their stories, poems, remembrances, and cartoons. Writers and illustrators divulge details of their first kiss. Funny, sweet, romantic, and gross (think extreme, unexpected nausea)—but always entertaining!

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen - Eli is 9 when he and his family seek shelter from the nuclear war. Now 15, Eli and his family still live in the Compound, which is a state-of-the art extravagant bomb shelter built by his billionaire father. When miscalculation and contamination affect their food supplies, his father hatches a morally reprehensible plan to supplement their needs. Spoiled Eli is haunted by his guilt over the part he played in his twin and grandmother being locked out of the compound. By discovering an old laptop and finding an Internet signal, Eli comes to doubt the destruction of the world. Why would Eli's father want to keep his family underground? A creepy, psychological thriller!

Beanball by Gene Fehler - Luke "Wizard" Wallace, a talented high school baseball star leans into a fastball pitch and gets beaned. The pitch is hard enough to crack his skull and cause him to lose his vision in one eye. Told from 28 different points of view: the coaches, Luke, his girlfriend, a new crush, good friends, teammates, nurse, parent, umpire, among others express their thoughts regarding the accident and the following events. Luke discovers what is important to him, and embarks on a new life.

Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen - Evangeline's parents are divorcing, and when she discovers her mother's secret stash of steamy romance novels, she embarks on her search for the perfect 'crimson kiss'. As her reputation as a serial kisser grows, Evangeline comes to realize it is not really just the kiss she desires. Kissing her best friend's secret crush only adds to the aumsing mess.

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper - The story opens with Anne slowly realizing she is in a coffin and recounting the events which placed her there. This historical novel, based on a true story, relates Anne Green's life in 1650 England. She is a servant in a wealthy household, and was convicted of murdering her stillborn child and subsequently hanged. She did not die from the hanging, but gradually regained consciousness in her coffin while surgeons were preparing to dissect her body. She reflects on her days as a servant, her seduction by a young lord, and the accusation of the murder of her baby. A well-researched, riveting read concludes with an afterword explanation of how Anne could survive such a hanging.


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