Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Twin girls, one lives in a modern society that all people over the age of 18 are sterile so now teen pregnancies and the girls to carry these babies are prized, paid and sought out. The other lives in a cloistered society where teen girls are married young to produce more children. They are pledged young by their families and are kept in a subordinate role.
Interesting controversy. The author did do a good job of showing the cons of both society. Did feel like an automatic setup for “book two”. That often bothers me. I am a little tired of “this is a series and you are going to love it and read all the books” formula. Definitely a high school book due to the controversial topics covered. It had pretty good flow except for the issues I have already pointed out.
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Kilough McClafferty
Loved this book but I am a science geek at heart. This book publishes the work done at Mt. Vernon, to give a more accurate picture of our First President. Through research of both paintings and sculptures to the remaining personal physical artifacts of his teeth the author and photographer have help put “flesh” on an often wrong picture of George Washington’s appearance. Really enjoyed the science and care taken in the recreations. The photographs were awesome.
What are you so Grumpy about? By Tom Lichtenheld
Funny, funny, kids love this book and so did I. Gives laughter and realism to the reasons kids are grumpy and a way to get out of it. Illustrations were great and make the story.
Virals by Kathy Reichs
In this intelligent sci-fi mystery for teens the story builds in a great way. Our heroine. Her mother’s recent death has Tori now living with a father she never knew. Taking place largely off the Carolina coast on an island devoted to research Tori and her friends get involved in saving a dog and solving a mystery that has drastic effects on their future. I really like how the story developed in a natural progression with out the rush I sometimes feel many young adult novels have.
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