Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Willow by Julia Hoban

Willow is a cutter. She cuts herself to cope with the pain and guilt of .... as she puts it...."killing her parents." Willow was driving her parents home from a restaurant on a rainy night. She only had her temps and her parents had too much to drink. There was a horrible accident. It was just that, an accident. But in the blink of an eye everything changed.

Willow now lives with her brother, sister-in-law and her baby niece. How do they cope? How does Willow continue to live with the pain? Read the book and find out.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Furnace Penitentiary is a prison located miles underground. Only the worst offenders are sent there. Fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder and sent there for life!!!

The prison is ruled by gangs, the guards are sadistic, furless deformed dogs are unleashed to attack the inmates....but the worst is the "middle of the night" raids when the "wheezers" come. Wheezers are human-like creatures with a gas mask stitched onto their faces. Wheezers mark cells with a red "X". After that the "black suits" come to take you away.....forever. Are you a fan of horror? If so, you'll like this book.

Alex discovers there might be a way out. Will his plan work? Will he be able to escape the black suits? The sequel Solitary comes out December 21. Hopefully that will answer some of the questions.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

Eagan is a 16 year old competitive figure skater from Milwaukee. Amelia is 14 and dying of congestive heart failure. After a freak accident where Eagan dies, Amelia receives her heart. Eagan had checked the small box on her new driver's license that listed her as an organ donor. Amelia has no idea whose heart she has received, yet she starts to take on some of Eagan's personality. The story is heart-breaking --- two girls, two families --- and one heart.