Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ball Don't Lie

Ball Don't Lie Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks Jen for recommending this book. Yes, it's gritty, and maybe more of a boy book than a unisex YA book, but as de la Pena's first novel, I really liked it.

Sticky has been in 4 foster homes, perhaps because he is still holding in the guilt of his mother's suicide. Either way, he feels broken inside, except when he's at Lincoln Rec playing basketball.

de la Pena once again does a good job of taking flawed characters and making the readers root for these boys turning into men.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Borders Rewards Kids Reading

Borders is offering a reward for kids (12 and under) who read any 8 books. Just print out the worksheet, kids read 8 books and write it down. When a parent/guardian signs the worksheet, bring the form to your local Borders between May 26 and August 31 to save 50% or more on selected iems.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Books to read before the movie comes out this summer

I really abhor novelizations of movies, but this summer there are a plethora (choke in Hawaiian) of great novels coming to the big screen, so read or reread them before they come to your neighborhood. Some of these are NOT young adult novels, but I still am excited about them.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (book 6) by J.K. Rowling
Unless you've just learned to read, I really don't need to explain the plot of this one, do I? Harry Potter continues to battle Lord Voldemort. Enough said. Look for the movie to come out in mid-July.

2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
When Kate was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, her parents started to try and genetically produce a perfect match for her. Through in vitro fertilization, Anna was born. Anna was conceived to save Kate. Anna medical emancipation from her parents, who until now have relied on Anna to save Kate's life. The movie, starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin comes out at the end of June

3. Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment by Julie Powell is the author's attempt to revitalize her marriage and regain her confidence by cooking all of Julia Child's recipes in her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking within the span of one year.
The movie, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams comes out in August. Foodies rejoice! And if you'd like to see the trailer, here's the link.


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