THE TRUTH-TELLER'S TALE, by Sharon
Shinn, Viking, paperback $7.99; ages 12-14.
Eleda and Adele are mirror twins,
daughters of innkeepers living in medieval times. Eleda cannot tell
a lie and Adele is burdened with the secrets of others.
The story takes us through the girls'
teen years to the time when love and romance enter into the
In some ways, this story is a simple
teen romance. But in other ways it is more like a fairy tale, full
of kings and queens, princes, dances, deception, riches and
HALF MOON INVESTIGATIONS, by Eoin
Colfer, Miramax, paperback $7.99; ages 10-13.
Fletcher Moon is 12 and not the most
popular kid in school. Though he is small, he is an official
private detective, a graduate of a private detective academy.
April hires him to prove one of the
Sharkey brothers stole something from her. Fletcher is happy to
take the case because the Sharkey brothers are bullies.
But Fletcher discovers the brothers are
not the bad guys in this case. Fletcher finds himself hiding from
his parents, hiding from the police and using the Sharkey brothers
to help him solve the case.
TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES, by Michael
Hoeye, Putnam, $15.99; ages 9-12.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that
my old friend Hermux is back. In this third book in the series,
Linka and Hermux plan their wedding, but Hermux is having a hard
time getting into the mood. Then rose magnate Androse deRosenquil
has a job for Hermux. Linka is excited because Androse lives in
Thorny End and she wants to check out the hotel there for the
While Linka is trying to plan a
wedding, Hermux is fixing a clock, saving the roses, trying not to
get stung by killer bees, finding a missing squirrel and solving a
COVER-UP: MYSTERY AT THE SUPER BOWL, by
John Feinstein, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99; ages
This is the third book in John
Feinstein's sports series. Our two top teen reporters, Steve and
Susan Carol, are reporting at the Super Bowl. With their press
credentials, they are able to have access to almost any part of the
Super Bowl, including the players.
Susan Carol finds herself at a late
night press party, where an executive whispers a secret about
players and steroids. Susan Carol and Steve now have a huge story
on their hands. They need proof.
Feinstein is able to put us behind the
scenes of professional sports and make us feel as if we are really
ECLIPSE (Twilight, Book 3), by
Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Young Readers, $18.99; ages 13 and
The series is about a typical high
school love triangle-Bella, Jacob and Edward.
But that is not really what it is about
at all. Bella and Edward are in love. Jacob is in love with Bella.
Bella has feelings for Jacob. Edward and Jacob hate each other.
Enough said? Well not exactly.
There is still the part about Bella
being the only human of the three. Jacob is a werewolf. Edward, who
seems to be 17, is really a century old vampire. Who will Bella
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