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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Recommendations for Teens


Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson - Fire rages hot, gives life and takes life. This series of five tales encompass ancient to modern life and five creatures who live and die by fire. There is the Phoenix who allows people to live their lives backwards, and "First Flight" features a reluctant first son destined to become a dragonrider, yet is afraid of heights. Turn up the heat this summer with these imaginative tales.

The Girl with the Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron - Beautiful, rich fifteen-year-old Sukie is obsessed with beauty and perfection and is thrilled when her mother gives hers an antique mirror which belonged to her grandmother. As her mirrored life becomes addictingly more real than reality, and her family life splinters, Sukie’s lonely life spirals downward. Sukie’s father’s infidelity and her mother’s facelift are a backdrop to Sukie’s alienation with life. Senor, the dog, provides comic relief, and when Sukie reconnects with old friends, she discovers that reality is superior to her life in the mirror.

The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander - Why would a fourteen-year–old want a rooster for Christmas? Austin Gray’s plan is to raise a banty rooster, enter him in the Prosper County Fair poultry competition, and become the next Future Farmers of America Sweetheart. Along with her feisty rooster, she makes entertaining new friends and comes to terms with the bully of her small Texas farm town.


Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures by J.C. Amberlyn - This title is brimming with instructions and tips to create manga style characters. Included are the basics from eyes, heads, faces and expressions, down to their feet, legs and claws. It also covers manga creatures based on real animals, and how to use the computer to create manga art!


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