BORN TO ROCK, by Gordon Korman,
Hyperion, ages 12 and up; paperback $8.99.
Leo is a high school senior, president
of the Young Republicans Club and headed to Harvard.
By accident, he learns his biological
father is King Maggot, leader of the punk rock band Purge. Leo
fears King Maggot is like a time bomb waiting to go off inside him.
Leo is accused of helping another student cheat on a test and loses
his scholarship to Harvard. He decides he must meet and confront
King Maggot. In the short time Leo spends with the band and its
leader, he learns about friendship, love and life. Punk rock
doesn't always equal bad.
SMILES TO GO, by Jerry Spinelli,
HarperCollins Publishers, ages 10 and up; $16.99.
For Will, it all began the day he heard
the proton was dead. Some people remember where they were and what
they were doing when Kennedy died, for Will it was the proton.
Everything is made up of protons, which are smaller than atoms, and
now the news is out-protons can decay. Where does that leave Will?
He thought he had his life all planned out. Should he make new
plans? Perhaps he should just let life and love take over and let
whatever happens happen?
EVER, by Gail Carson Levine,
HarperCollins Publishers, ages 9-12; $16.99.
Kezi lives among the mortals of earth.
Olus lives among the gods. Kezi is a terrific weaver. Olus is the
god of the winds.
Kezi's fate is death. Olus's fate is
loneliness. In order to chance fate, Kezi and Olus embark on a
dangerous quest. If they pass, the possibility of forever is
theirs. If they fail, death is the only answer.
If you are looking for a sweet,
heartwarming love story, you can't go wrong with a book by Gail
THE SQUAD: PERFECT COVER and THE SQUAD:
KILLER SPIRIT, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Knopf Delacorte Dell, ages
12 and up, paperback $6.99.
At Bayport High, the cheerleaders rule
the school. No surprise there. But these cheerleaders are really
CIA agents working for the government. Cheerleaders are assumed to
be ditzy, blonde, beautiful, boy crazy fashionistas so no one would
expect them to be brainy, athletically fit espionage experts. It's
the perfect cover.
While their holograms are in the gym
practicing, our girls are in the secret room planning their next
mission. One is a computer hacker, one has two Ph.D.s and one is
the weapons expert. Their bobby pins can pick locks, their cheer
pins are razor sharp weapons, their bras are bullet proof and you
would never believe what they can do with their bobby socks.
THE 13TH REALITY: BOOK ONE, THE JOURNAL
OF CURIOUS LETTERS, by James Dashner, Shadow Mountain, ages 9-12;
It was already late when I started
reading. I promised myself only a couple of chapters. But then I
read another and another and I didn't want to stop. The next day, I
couldn't stop thinking about this book. I couldn't wait to get home
When you get your hands on this book,
make sure you have a flashlight ready, and make sure you have extra
batteries just in case. Then when your mom tells you to turn off
the light and go to sleep, you won't have to make any noise when
you turn on your flashlight and keep reading. Yes, this book is
really that good.
Sandi Pedersen is the mom of four
and the Web
mistress for Chicago Parent.
See more of Sandi's stories here.
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