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

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Recommendations for Teens


Dead Girl Dancing by Linda Joy Singleton - Amber is in the wrong body again! As a temp lifer, she switches bodies with other humans in crisis and provides a time-out from their lives so they can recover. This time she is in her boyfriend’s sister’s body, and being stalked by a psycho!

The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli - Don Giovanni, a handsome 19 year old nobleman squanders his wealth and is ruined when an earthquake and a tsunami leave him destitute. He is offered a wager with the devil if he does not wash, change his clothes, or comb his hair for three years, three months and three days. The consequences of losing the wager, is the loss of his own soul. Equipped with a magic purse from the devil, he endures the humility and hardships these conditions impose. He misses most the delight of human companionship, since his person is so physically repugnant, and learns what is most important to him.

Middleworld by J. & P. Voelkel - Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is mysteriously summoned to San Xavier where his parents are involved with an archaeological dig. Max unlocks ancient secrets and must attempt to rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld. Can Max’s talents as a video game expert save the world from the Lords of Death while he faces haunted temples and zombie armies?

Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor - Sixteen year old Katie’s terrific summer plans include a fiction writing class and plenty of tennis, both poised to distance her from her parent’s fights. Suddenly, Katie finds herself and her mom at Cape Cod, her plans awry and awkward situations abounding. Katie manages to secure a job teaching tennis, and cultivates friends with other teens and cute Adam. As Katie’s feelings for Adam deepen, she contemplates her initial plan of enjoying a summer fling, and wonders if she is girlfriend material.


In the Driver’s Seat: A Girl’s Guide to Her First Car by Erika Stalder - So you are getting your first car! Check out this basic guide to how to choose a car, maintenance, and common troubleshooting. Well illustrated, it even covers what do when someone stuffs a banana in your tailpipe!


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