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FEEDING THE MONSTER by Seth Mnookin

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Since the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to their hated rivals, the New York Yankees, thus starting the so called “Curse of the Bambino”, they hadn’t won a championship. Time after time, the Red Sox had their championship hopes taken away from them. However, when the team goes on sale, a group of men become determined to turn that around, and take the team to the promised land once again.
From page one, author Seth Mnookin chronicles the team’s past, to their victorious present, and their title chasing future. The author’s exclusive clubhouse access provides the reader with hundreds of never before seen interviews. From struggles to triumphs, the reader gets an in depth look at how every member of the team felt about it.
I’d recommend Feeding the Monster for sports fans in 9th grade and up.
Damien Whikehart
Grade 7
Woodland Middle School

LAST CHANCE: A ROBYN HUNTER MYSTERY by Norah McClintock

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Robyn Hunter has been assigned to do community service at an animal shelter as punishment for breaking a store window during an animal rights protest. The problem is, she is afraid of dogs. She arrives at the shelter to find that one of the other volunteers is Nick D’Angelo a boy that she had turned in for stealing money several years ago. Soon, Nick is arrested for a different crime, but Robyn doesn’t think he is guilty. She sets out to prove that Nick didn’t do it.
Last Chance by Norah McClintock is the story of how Robyn overcomes her fears – both of dogs and of Nick. She is a smart girl who gets to the bottom of the mystery of Nicks alleged crime faster than her police office father or her criminal defense attorney mother.
I recommend Last Chance for teens and tweens grade 6 and up.
Mrs. Rosenberg
YA Librarian
East Meadow Public Library

PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales

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All’s fair in love and war, right? This book has plenty of both. Chelsea works summers as a historic interpreter at the Essex Historical Colonial Village. This summer her ex-boyfriend Ezra is working there too. She’s unsure how she will be able to get over him when she meets Dan, an interpreter from the Civil War reenactment village down the road. But she can’t really see Dan either because Essex is at war with the Civil War village and she would be considered a traitor!
Although the premise of this book may seem a little odd, it is a very entertaining read. It is well written, providing a lot of detail on the world of historical reenactment ( A world I knew nothing about). Chelsea is an excellent narrator who will keep you laughing through the book.
I recommend Past Perfect to students in grade 8 and up
Mrs. Rosenberg
YA Librarian
East Meadow Public Library

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr

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Nothing in Jill MacSweeney’s life is normal. Her father has died. Her on-again off-again relationship with her boyfriend is on the rocks. And her mother has decided to adopt a baby! When Mandy Kalinowski, the teen girl pregnant with Jill’s soon-to be sibling arrives at the MacSweeney house, Jill suspects she is hiding something. Jill enlists new friend, co-worker and love interest Ravi to help her find out Mandy’s secrets.
Told in alternating chapters by Jill and Mandy, How to Save a Life is a compelling story of two girls trying to make sense of the curveballs that life has thrown at them. It has all the components of a great book: humor, drama, well drawn characters and a great ending.
I recommend How to Save a Life to teens grade 9 and up.
Mrs. Rosenberg
YA Librarian

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

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Ben Bright, a promising high school senior, with a talent for singing and acting, a fiance, and a loving family suprises everyone when he enlists in the Army. He is shipped out to Iraq, where his convoy comes under attack and Ben suffers a traumatic brain injury. When he wakes up from his coma, he doesn’t know who he is or what happened. He doesn’t even recognize his family.
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am is the powerful story of Ben’s journey to regain his life when he returns home. Although nothing will be the same as before, Ben struggles to remember his former life and put the pieces back together
Not just a war story, I recommend this book to all readers grade 8 and up.
Mrs. Rosenberg
YA Librarian
East Meadow Public Library

LIE by Caroline Bock

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“Everybody knows. Nobody’s talking,” runs the mantra among the Long Island high-school crowd that knows full well Jimmy beats up Latinos every Saturday night. LIE is a book about group mentality and how they protect their hero and deny their own moral touchstones to defend their friend.
LIE is told through the point of view of ten different voices. This is not a fun and easy book to read. Much of the book you will find yourself screaming at the characters wanting them to stand up and do what you believe they know to be right.
What makes LIE such an important book is that it depicts the thought process of everyday kids, kids who do well in school and who are involved in sports and after school activities. It is so scary because it reveals how they can so easily be convinced to go along with the crowd and do what they know to be wrong. The fact that LIE is a fictionalized story inspired by a brutal attack that took place in Suffolk County in 2008 makes this book all that more essential of a read for teens here. It is perhaps only Long Islanders who will get that LIE stands for our famous Long Island Expressway.
I recommend LIE for teens in grades 9-12.
Mrs. Sayan
Young Adult Librarian
East Meadow Public Library

THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

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The year is 1996 and the internet is pretty new to most teenagers. When 17 year old Josh gets a free AOL CD-Rom in the mail, he brings it to his best friend Emma’s house where they pop it into her computer. What comes up on the screen is not AOL, but a blue and white website they have never seen before. The site is Facebook and it won’t be invented for another 8 years. At first Emma and Josh think the website is some sort of prank, but they eventually realize they are getting a glimpse of their lives 15 years in the future. Josh is thrilled with the future he sees, but Emma’s future does not look so bright. When she realizes that the decisions she makes today can change her tomorrow, she is determined to change her future for the better.
The Future of Us is a funny book full of pop culture references and a look at life before the Internet, texting, and Facebook.
I recommend this book to students in grades 8 and up.
Ms. Cea
Head of Young Adult Services
East Meadow Public Library

COME JUNETEENTH by Ann Rinaldi

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COME JUNETEENTH by Ann Rinaldi is a historical fiction novel about a girl, Luli, and her friend, Sis Goose. This is Sis Goose’s journey when she finds out that she is free. Since Sis Goose, whose real name is Rose, lived with Luli and her family her whole life, she and Luli are more than friends they are like sisters. When Sis Goose finds out that she has been free for more than two years and Luli and her family didn’t tell her, she was shocked. Yankee soldiers took over the house and were the ones who told Sis Goose, Luli’s pa is dying, and Sis Goose wants to live in the house with the Yankees where trouble erupts. To find out what happens to Sis Goose, Luli and her family, read COME JUNETEENTH by Ann Rinaldi.
I RECOMMEND COME JUNETEENTH AND ALL THE OTHER BOOKS BY ANN RINALDI TO MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WHO LIKE HISTORICAL FICTION.
Lauren Moerler
Grade 6
W. Tresper Clarke Middle School

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares

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This is the first time that best friends Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby don’t spend their summer together. But how do they communicate? Through the Pants. Not just ordinary pair of pants, the Traveling Pants. They will also write letters to each other. The Pants surprisingly and magically fit everyone even though everyone had a different body shape. These Pants will help make the girls more confident, make the girls look very good, and the pants are very lucky. They also make the girls fall in love.
Carmen will be going to her father’s house in South Carolina, but finds out a surprising secret her father kept from her until her visit. Lena will be going to Greece to her grandparents, but her grandma is trying to force her to do something Lena doesn’t want to do, until something bad happens. Bridget will be going to soccer camp in Baja; she shows her soccer skills and finds a forbidden love. Although Tibby will be staying home and getting a job, she will also find a friendship that will last forever, even after death.
The girls will have their ups and downs, but things will always be resolved. Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby will meet new friends and see old friends. They will get angry, frustrated, find love, and a bunch of other emotions. Perhaps the Pants will keep them together when they are separated, and maybe the pants will work their magic. Who knows what the pants will bring.
THIS BOOK WAS INSPIRATIONAL AND FUNNY, SO I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO 7th, 8th AND 9th GRADE READERS.
Cynthia Johnson
Grade 7
W. Tresper Clarke Middle School

SCANDALS, RUMORS, LIES by Jessica Burkhart

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Do you love horses and drama? If you do then you should definitely read “SCANDALS,RUMORS, LIES” from the series “Canterwood Crest” by Jessica Burkhart. Everyone is going crazy when the anonymous gossip blogger featuring Sasha & Co. is turning secrets into campus-wide scandals. The big question that everyone wants answered is who’s the hater? The suspense is probably killing you now, but after reading the book we still don’t who the hater is. So, after this book try the next book in the series and try to find out who the hater is.
Lauren Moerler
Grade 6
W. Tresper Clarke Middle School