Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Beginning with "Don't You Forget About Me", book titles will be linked directly with the Edgewater Books website. If you are interested in a book that is featured here, then you just have to click on the title to order that book. Simple!

My Apologies

My apologies for slacking a bit. I wasn't able to finish the June pick before it was published and I am now just starting to read the July pick and it was published 1 July. In order to get back on track, I will not have a book pick for August and will continue in September with "Skink-No Surrender" by Carl Hiaasen for ages 12 and up which is due to be published 23 September. Thanks for everyone's understanding.

Don't You Forget About Me

By Kate Karyus Quinn

Ages: 13 and up
Grade: 8 and up

The first word that comes to mind after reading the last page, closing the cover and setting the book down Very rarely does a book's plot surprise me, but this one took some twists and turns that I was simply not expecting. The imagination and inventiveness was just spectacular. 

Here's a little summary. Now that I know the "secrets", I'll try not to give out any spoilers. The town of Gardnerville has a reputation of healing the sick. People from all over who are sick and can't find cures come to Gardnerville where the sickness goes away and people live virtually forever. 100 years old is still considered young! There is a catch though. Every 4th year, the teens kinda go a little crazy. One of them (they never know who) will get overemotional by something quite trite and literally cause something catastrophic to happen. The book opens up with that same scenario and Skylar is explaining her sister's, Piper, 4th year when she led the town's youth across the trestle bridge just as a train was coming. As with all the "troubled" youths, she is taken to the reformatory that sits looking over the town. The reformatory seems to be responsible for everything that happens in Gardnerville and the closer you get to the actual grounds that it sits on, then the stranger one feels. When kids come back from the reformatory, they are never the same. Skylar knows that Piper has been taken there and spends the entire book not only getting confirmation that she's really there, but hatching a plan to get her out. Along the way, we learn that both the sisters (Skylar and Piper), being direct descendants of Gardnerville founder Lachman Gardner, have special powers. Yes, I know it sounds corny, "special powers", but it's not like they can fly or anything. Skylar has the ability to see and take secrets from people's minds and Piper has the ability to bend people's will just by suggesting that they do something. Their father had the power to make people either love him or hate him without reserve. 

In the beginning of the book, Skylar seems to be very immature and is on a never-ending quest to forget. Forget everything. She keeps on a regular diet of "forget-me-nots" which are little pills manufactured from the flower of the same name that puts her in a fog. As the story lingers on, Skylar uses them less and less and realizes how important her memories really are. She begins to learn the truth about how Gardnerville came to be. She learns the truth about Lachman Gardner. She learns the truth about Piper.

A small bit of warning, the book bounces from past to present A LOT! At first I was really confused and had a rough time keeping track, but keep in mind...the chapters named with song titles are stories from the past and numbered chapters are present day. I highly recommend "Don't You Forget About Me" by Kate Karyus Quinn especially if you like strange to dystopian stories. Let me know what you think!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 8 to 12

My first attempt at a book trailer!! Some of the images are too big for the frame, but all-in-all I think it looks pretty swell. In case you didn't catch the books see below!

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberly Griffiths Little

Summer At Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Forget Me Not by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

Holes by Louis Sachar

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell