Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

17 again

DPL Rating:
4

I've found another guilty pleasure movie! 17 Again is a fresh take on the old "grown-up suddenly becomes teenager" theme. Matthew Perry plays Mike, a washed-up, soon-to-be-divorced father who suddenly, you guessed it, is 17 again, and looks just like Zac Efron. The twist here is that...

The age of miracles : a novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

DPL Rating:
5

Sometimes, the disaster that could end the world isn't a meteor, or zombies, or a deadly virus. Something that we all take for granted, like the turning of the earth in its 24-hour cycle, when disrupted, can cause more devastation that we would have thought possible. Join 12 year old...

The monster variations

by Daniel Kraus

DPL Rating:
4

The Monster Variations follows Willie, Reggie, and James during a summer that will change all of their lives forever. Someone in town is killing young boys by running them down with a menacing silver truck, and there is nothing to protect them except for a curfew and some not so...

Santa Olivia

by Jacqueline Carey

DPL Rating:
5

Loup Garron is the product of an affair between a genetically modified soldier and a local in the town of Santa Olivia, an unofficial town in the DMZ between Texas and Mexico. Orphaned at an early age, she spends time with her brother, who is training for a boxing match...

Rushmore

DPL Rating:
5

15-year-old Max Fischer loves Rushmore (his prestigious private school), is the star of extracurricular activities, and has become friends with millionaire Herman Blume (Bill Murray). Life couldn't be better until Max and Herman both fall for 2nd grade teacher, Miss Cross, and the battle begins. A strangely intelligent and very...

The dangerous lives of altar boys

DPL Rating:
3

A story of a group of catholic boys in the 70's causing trouble to keep from dying of boredom. Unfortunately, some of their antics have tragic results. This film has a great cast, including Jodie Foster as a nun, short segments of animation scattered throughout, and interesting dialogue, resulting in...

The President's daughter

by Ellen Emerson White

DPL Rating:
4

What would it be like to be the daughter of the President of the United States? Not to mention the daughter of the first FEMALE President! Meet Meg Powers. She's grown up around politics and politicians, sure. Her family is used to being home near Boston while her mom is...

13 little blue envelopes

by Maureen Johnson

DPL Rating:
4

Ginny's Aunt Peg may have died a few months ago, but she still has a few lessons to teach her. Aunt Peg has left Ginny a quest--13 envelopes, to be opened 1 at a time, and only after she follows the instructions on each. The instructions and revelations in the...

Empress of the world

by Sara Ryan

DPL Rating:
5

Battle Hall (her parents named her after a building) and Nicola (Nic to her friends) meet at a summer program for gifted students. While Nic thinks she'll be spending the summer learning how to be an archeologist, she learns a lot more from her new friends and from her relationship...

Persépolis 2

by Marjane Satrapi

DPL Rating:
4

This graphic novel is Satrapi's memoir of her adolescence in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Entertaining and educational, the text and the illustrations are memorable and fascinating.

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