Sunday, August 31, 2008

Meyer, Stephanie. Eclipse #3

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Meyer, Stephanie. Eclipse [Vampire Saga #3] Little, Brown, 2007 [0-316-16020-2 // 978-0-316-16020-9]

In book three of Myers saga, Bella falls deeper in love with Edward, the vampire while trying to maintain her “longtime friendship” with Jacob, a werewolf. Because of Bella’s attraction to these two, the local, age-old treaty between the vampires and werewolves may be in jeopardy. Meanwhile, in nearby Seattle, the city is being ravaged by a mysterious serial killer (or killers.) Bella, Jacob, and Edward know it is vampire related. The situation has to be handled. Can this new group of young vampires be killed? Who “started” this new group? This 629 page book is along read. It is a love story with the vampire and werewolf things thrown in… some gore. Edward and Bella and struggle over whether they should sleep together before they are married. There are some very passionate kissing scenes. While this is a long read, your Middle and High School students who are into this series will eat it up. The anticipated big battle was actually very short, page-wise and this may disappoint some readers. The book has a complete and satisfying ending but it leaves open the possibility for more. I think I have heard of a movie in the future.. which would make sense since this series is soooo popular.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Clippinger, Carol. Open Court

Clippinger, Carol. Open Court. Knopf, 2007 [978-0375-84049-4]

Hal’s entire life is centered around tennis. She is the best in her state and her parents want her to one of the exclusive tennis schools which they are not sure they can afford. Her best friend Janie as gone away to a tennis school and has had an emotional breakdown. Meanwhile, Hal is also dealing with her non-tennis friends and the first boy who has taken interest in her. This 262 page book shows what it is like for a young lady to devote her life to a sport and the pressure from parents, a coach, and herself. What does this all mean to Hal’s emotional stability and her other non-sport friendships. This is an important book, especially for student who have been watching the Olympics this summer.

Carbone. Elisa. Blood on the River : James Town 1607

Carbone, Elisa. Blood on the River : James Town 1607. Viking, 2006 [978-0-670-06060-3]

Samuel Collier was an orphan who becomes servant to Captain John Smith when he goes to the new world to establish James Town. This 237 page book is tells the story of the harsh journey, conditions and situation the colonists met in this new land. It is the tale of two proud cultures and strong personalities hitting head-on. What is nice in the narrative is that neither side is held up to be better than the other. This book is an important piece of historical fiction. There are also some excellent historical notes by the author at the end of the book.