Saturday, February 24, 2007

New Books

Princess on the Brink: Princess diaries volume 8 by Meg Cabot

At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Genovian, why has Lilly nominated her for school prez again? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. On top of all the mathematical strife, her beloved boyfriend is leaving for Japan for a year. Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!
Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won't she?

The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer

Twelve-year-old Gabe Culligan's had a rough life, but things have evened out really nicely for him lately. You see, for years Gabe was a foster kid, shuttled from place to place without a home. Then his social worker found his long-lost Uncle Vernon and things were looking good. Sure, Uncle Vernon's kind of crusty. He has a prosthetic leg and a gruff manner, but it's obvious that he and his nephew get along really well. You can't blame Gabe for not knowing that Vernon would have secrets. So one day, Gabe comes home from school and Uncle Vernon's dead on the floor. Well what would you do? You can't blame the kid for not wanting to deal with the situation. The next morning he goes to school like usual and tries not to think about what to do. When he gets home, there's a note in the mailbox. On one side it says, "I have a secret". On the other side it says, "Do not be afraid". But when Gabe comes into the house and finds his uncle's body has disappeared, he is afraid. Very.

"The Boy Book" by E. Lockhart.

It's the sequel to The Boyfriend List, and in it, Ruby Oliver confronts the secret about Noel, mysterious notes from Jackson, the interpretation of boy-speak, the villainy of Cricket, the horrors of the school retreat, and the exploitation of hooters everywhere. There are fruit roll-ups.There is upper-regioning. There are so many boys to choose from!And there are penguins.

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories. True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.

All of these books are available now! Just ask at the front desk.

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