Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Childs, Tera Lynn. Oh my Gods

Childs, Tera Lynn. Oh my Gods. Dutton, 2008 [978-0-525-47942-0]
Phoebe's mom comes back from a Greek vacation with news that she's marrying someone from Greece and they will be moving there for. Phoebe will have to spend her senior year away from all her friends only to join them in college the following year. Once on the island Phoebe encounters the usual teenage girl problems, fitting in with her classmates at school, boy problems and of course, step-sister problems. This is all accented by the secret of the island. This is a hideaway for descendants of Greek Gods. Not only does Phoebe have have to deal with new friends but they also have supernatural powers. To top it all off, this is all a big secret so Phoebe can not tell her two best friends at home. Toppnig this all off, there is a GREAT surprise ending. This 254 page book would be a good story without the Greek God thing, but that bounces it up a notch. It would be a good book for girls who have read the Percy Jackson series.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Selzer, Adam. How to get suspended and influence people

Selzer, Adam. How to get suspended and influence people. Delacorte, [978-0-385-73369-4]
Leon's eighth grade gifted and talented class (a bunch of smart wise-guys) are given an assignment to make health and safety films for the 6th and 7th graders. Of course Leon chooses the topic of sex education so he can make a dicey film. Suddenly he gets serious though, trying to pattern his film after a Fellini masterpiece. His which explains that going through puberty is tough, is not accepted well by the school and he is suspended. Now he and the school get embattled in a censorship war. This is a fun book about a bunch of smart rebels. Be careful that although the book is only 184 pages, it is not for elementary readers. There is discussion of masterbation. The book would be a great one for high-interest, low level readers.