Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Hunger Games

(Image Credit:

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. 

Annotation: Katniss Everdeen is a young hunter from District 12.  When her younger sister is selected for the deadly and annual Hunger Games, Katniss decides to volunteer in her place. 


Georgia Peach Book Award (2009),
Amelia Bloomer List (2009), 
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009)
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009), 
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), 
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), 
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2011), 
Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), 
New York Times Notable Children's Book (2008), 
Publishers Weekly's Best Books of The Year,South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), 
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2010), 
Teen Buckeye Book Award (2009), 
Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010),
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2010), 
ALA Teens' Top Ten (2009), 
Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010),
Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), 
Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), 
Florida Teens Read (2009),
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (2010), 
Iowa High School Book Award (2011),
 ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009), 
The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2009), 
Abraham Lincoln Award (2011) 

Book Talk:  It isn’t easy living in District 12.  Here, coal miners work day and night, barely making money, barely surviving.  For young Katniss, surviving means sneaking outside of the guarded community to hunt for wild game.  It is all she can do to provide for her mother and younger sister since her father died. To make things worse, each of the twelve districts must participate annually in a game with deadly consequences.  Two are selected, one boy and one girl from each district, twenty-four contestants in all, but only one may win.  When Katniss hears her sister’s name selected for this game of death, she immediately volunteers in her place.  Now she must fight her way through twenty three opponents in order to see her mother and sister again.  Will Katniss find the will to survive when the hunter becomes the hunted?  Life will never been the same once she enters The Hunger Games!

Rachel - Age 17: "I have read The Hunger Games and absolutely loved it. I loved the plot, I loved the characters. The character of Katniss is strong and fierce and was an awesome fighter. Finally they have a heroine instead of a hero."

Catherine - Age 17: "I enjoy reading "dystopias " because these types of books let you use your imagination. My favorite book is "The Hunger Games" because the whole book makes you think, and It was so suspensful, I was always tempted to read more."

The Tomorrow Code

(Image Credit:

Falkner, Brian. The Tomorrow Code. New York: Random House, 2008. 

Annotation:  Tane and Rebecca are two teenagers that discover the secret for sending messages through time.  Once they begin to receive cryptic messages from their future selves, a desperate adventure begins to save the world. 

Awards:  2009: New Zealand Post Book Award

Book Talk:  What if you could send messages through time and space to warn yourself of future events?  Tane and Rebecca find the secret that unlocks the mystery of time travel so they can receive, just like an email, messages from the future.  Upon decoding their first message, it seems that good fortune as smiled upon them as they receive a set of lottery numbers! After they accept their good luck, more messages arrive, this time in a form of a warning.  What could the warning be?  For Tane and Rebecca, their good luck is about to run out and the fate of the world lies within their hands, but only if they can decipher The Tomorrow Code

Saturday, December 3, 2011

how i live now

(Image Credit:

Rosoff, Meg. How I live now. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2004.

Annotation: Daisy is a teenage girl visiting her relatives in England.  As she finds love, war breaks out and splits her family and new love apart.


Orange Prize Nominee for New Writers (2005) 
Printz Award (2005)

Branford Boase Award (2005)

Book Talk:  Daisy can’t stand her new stepmother.  Her father feels it’s best for her to go live with her aunt and cousins over in England.  Upon arriving, Daisy notices that life in England is a lot different than in New York.  She immediately is taken with her new family and feels a new responsibility for her little cousins.  Life seems to be grand living in England, on a farm, surrounded by family that love and respect her.  On top of that, it seems that Daisy is finding love in all the most unusual places.  When war breaks out within England, Daisy’s new life is ripped apart by circumstances beyond her control.  With her new sense of responsibility for her cousin’s safe, Daisy sets out to be reunited with her family and her new true love.  Will Daisy’s life ever be sane again?  


(Image Credit:

Anderson, M. T. Feed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2002. Print.

Annotation:  Titus and his friends are living in a future world where their brains are connected to the “Feed,” a constant connection to texting, internet browsing and advertisement.  When Titus meets Violet, a girl who views the world and the Feed in a different light, he begins to question what he knows.


National Book Award Nominee for Young People's Literature (2002)

Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2002)
ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2003)

Book Talk:  Titus and his friends seem to be your average teenagers.  They look forward to hanging out and going to the latest parties, buying new cars and dating.  They also enjoy being connected by “the Feed.”  The Feed allows constant communication, instant downloading, instant purchasing all by just thinking.  It is the internet within your head…no mouse, no keyboards, just think it and you can get whatever information you would like.  There is one small problem… While humans are busy buying and consuming over the feed, their world and their bodies are dying.  Titus meets Violet, a girl his group views as strange but “cool.”  Violet easily fits in with Titus and his friends however, she sees things for what they really are.  Will Titus join her in seeing the world for what it is or will he forever be lost within the feed?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

(Image Credit:

Dick, Philip. Do androids dream of electric sheep. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. 

Annotation: Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter on the look-out for rogue androids.  He faces against a group of the most intelligent and deadly androids mankind has ever known.


1968 - Nebula Award nominee
1998 - Locus Poll Award, All-Time Best SF Novel before 1990 (Place: 51)

Book Talk:  The world has changed.  People live off-world on Mars and Earth is inhabited by the rejects that no longer fit into society.  Androids were developed by humans to carry out less than desirable tasks.  The Nexus-6 are the most advanced androids created by man.  So advanced they live among humans undetected.  When a rogue group of androids causes more trouble than their makers are willing to admit, Rick Deckard, bounty hunter, is called in to “retire” them.  It is a dangerous ride of twists and turns as Rick tries to solve the mystery behind who is a human and who is an android.