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Greenwood TAB has your Book Horoscopes! September (Premier) Edition.

book starsMonthly Book Horoscopes: September

Are you at a loss for what to read this month?  Well, you’re in luck!  This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one.  Happy reading!  🙂

 

Aries  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex ThomasLoners

This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you!  Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers.  The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door.  The first book of a series.

Taurus  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England.  When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power.  Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.

 

Gemini  Stickman Odyssey: Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher FordStickman

Your curiosity might get the best of you this month.  The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.

 

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Teen Review: Eleanor & Park (Book)

Eleanor & ParkTitle:  Eleanor & Park
Author:  Rainbow Rowell

This was a wonderful romance infused with punk rock, indie rock, and true love. The novel kicks off with Eleanor, the shy redhead, and Park, the shy popular kid. They meet, and at first they disgust each other, Park dislikes how awkward Eleanor is, while Eleanor dislikes how hostile Park is to her. Then something happens, they start sharing comic books and end up developing a friendship and soon a romance.

Things aren’t perfect in Eleanor’s home life – her father is abusive and her mother won’t do anything about it. Park’s family is a perfect, normal, suburban family. Park makes Eleanor feel better about herself, and they have a great time together throughout the whole novel. A favorite moment of Eleanor and Park was when Park was trying to save Eleanor from her awful family, this showed that he would go to great lengths to save Eleanor. At the end, there is a shocking denouement which you will just have to read to find out about it.

Overall, this was a great book and I look forward to reading more by the author.

Peter D, Teen Blogger

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Today, to show how much we love New York City, we’ve got stories from that indomitable city.  Some present, some past, and some from a future we hope never arrives!  Any way you cut the Big Apple, there’s a slice for everyone!

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.  In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack.  Hannah Ward, 19, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company’s corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

The Diviners by Libba Bray. Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.  Marcelo Sandoval, a 17-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  HS student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, The $20,000 Pyramid, a 12-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Do you have a favorite NYC book?  Or movie?  Tell us about it!

Teen Review: The Boyfriend List

Boyfriend ListTitle: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1)

Author:  E. Lockhart

Three Sentence Summary (despite the fantastic subtitle):  There is no female YA protagonist more honest than Ruby Oliver.  After being forced into therapy by her parents, Ruby begins to tell a story of previous events- including boys, her relationship with her parents, school, etc.  It’s the kind of stuff any Seattle fifteen-year-old (guess what- Ruby lives in this very same city) has to cope with but she manages to retell it with humor, charm, and plenty of footnotes.

If I were trying to get a friend to read this book, I’d be sure to mention: That The Boyfriend List is always good.  I read this book in middle school, when being fifteen seemed incredibly old and the epitome of cool.  Now that I am that age, and after re-reading it over a long weekend, it still made me laugh and completely relate to Ruby’s words and thoughts.

If I could give Ruby some advice, I’d tell her to:  Be friends with me and we can hang out at the Birkenstocks store in where she works, whiling away the day with our sarcasm and angst.

If I were stuck with Ruby on a deserted island, I would probably:  End up having a lot of fun, which is unusual with most characters!

I would especially recommend this book to readers who like:  A bit of a quirky, unconventional style of writing.  The plot isn’t exceptional, it’s more about how the story is told.

The cover was awesome because: It’s NOT your typical cheesy image (“What does that lock necklace mean? Is it symbolizing her soul?!”). Instead it’s a cute ceramic frog (it makes sense after reading).

Greta, 15, Teen Center Adviser

Book Shorts: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will GraysonTitle:  Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author:  John Green & David Levithan

 Summary: When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

I started reading it because… truthfully, one of my library colleagues recommended it to me as part of a challenge.

I kept reading because… It’s good and funny.  And confusing.  (Okay, I read it cold, not bothering to look at a review or the back jacket to know anything more about it.  I went with my gut and trusted my colleague that it was good – hey it was a recommendation.)  And I’m just a tad bit obsessive in wanting to figure things out so I was determined to make sense out of the confusion.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Tiny Cooper
Try to Be Your Friend, Make it to Broadway & Become a Talk Show Host.

Will Grayson 1 – 
Become a Defender of Rights of the Unloved and Unprotected.

Will Grayson 2
Become a Relationships Columnist for the Lovelorn.

Six Word Recap: Two different Will Graysons unexpectedly meet.

This book reminded me of …nothing I can remember but seems so familiar because what happened actually happened to me.  I lived in the same city as another Marcellus Turner!

Websites of interest: John Green Books

Marcellus Turner (MT), City Librarian

Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Dating Tips for the Google User Part 4

Here at Push To Talk Headquarters, we are dedicated to helping you get your homework done! We also have some advice for you about dating.

Previously on Dating Tips for the Google User: We recommended that you brainstorm before you start searching, change your search as new ideas come up, and not just say yes to the first option that comes up.

Tip #4: Keep digging—first impressions can be deceiving.

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Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Dating Tips for the Google User Part 3

Here at Push To Talk Headquarters, we are dedicated to helping you get your homework done! We also have some advice for you about dating.

Previously on Dating Tips for the Google User: We recommended that you brainstorm before you start searching and change your search as new ideas come up.

Tip #3: Find out as much as you can about your options before you say yes.

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