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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

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS JACKET COVER.jpg Cynthia Johnson reviews Ann Brashares’ SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS.
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

THEODORA TWIST by Melissa Senate

THEODORA TWIST JACKET COVER.jpgTHEODORA TWIST by Melissa Senate is an exciting novel about a teenage movie star’s journey to clean up her bad girl act by living with a regular teenage girl and her family in her old house and going back to her school for a reality T.V. show. In “Theodora Twist” Theodora learns how to go back to her regular life even with the other students treating her like the celebrity she is. Also Emily learns to live her regular life with a twist. The story goes back and forth between the two girl’s point of views adding another twist. I recommend this book to middle school girls who aren’t looking for a regular novel, they’re looking for one with a twist.
Lauren Moerler
W. Tresper Clarke Middle School
Grade 7

LISTEN TO BOOKS OVER THE SUMMER

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2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 23 – August 17, 2011
Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 23 – August 17, 2011, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.
The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, the first book in a popular series with strong allusions to Romeo & Juliet, will be paired with Shakespeare’s classic.
To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit www.AudiobookSync.com or text syncya to 25827
Summer 2011
6/23/11 – 6/29/11
Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
6/30/11-7/6/11
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Trial by Franz Kafka
7/7/11-7/13/11
Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
7/14/11-7/20/11
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
Beowulf by Francis B. Gummere [Trans.]
7/21/11-7/27/11
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
7/28/11-8/3/11
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and Sea by Dorcas S. Miller [Ed.]
8/4/11-8/10/11
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
8/11/11-8/17/11
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Cay by Theodore Taylor

US AND IT WARS

The United States has fought many wars over the last one hundred and thousands of books and movies retell their stories. Here is a short selection of books and movies selected by Andrew Wilmarth, a history buff and available at the East Meadow Public Library.
SHOOTER by Jack Coughlin
Shooter is an autobiography of Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin one of the top ranked Marine Snipers. In the book, Jack tells us of his time he spent in the Iraq war and a few operations before, including some sniping duty he had in the Philippines. He is able to describe in detail how he prepares for a kill, how he is able to actually do it, and how he is able to deal with what he has done afterward. Although Jack very often tries to play the “tough guy” routine he is able to make an emotional story out of a job that requires you to be as emotionless as possible. Another plus is that it doesn’t cover the usual war biography cliché of whether war can be justified. A good read for those who enjoy learning of others accounts of war.
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This is a rather interesting book as it is written by various historians and history professors. It is a very factual book of the invasion of Normandy in 1944 as it tells the story of D-Day through the actual tactics used by both sides. Interestingly, the German account of the battle is also able to seep its way in and gives the book an interesting character. A good read for those who are looking for a more interesting look into the invasion of Normandy and the rest of World War 2.
CHICKENHAWK by Robert Mason
Chickenhawk is a very detailed biography of a Helicopter pilot, named Robert Mason, during the War in Vietnam. He is able to tell his journey from when he started in flight school, into the war itself, and how he had to deal with himself after the war. It uses very harsh language throughout the novel and is able to depict what life was like for some in Vietnam. Out of all Vietnam books I have read, this one is the most personal and most emotional.
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The Green Berets is a book that grabbed my attention quickly. It is an account of a journalist who joins the Green Berets and trains with them, even though he is a civilian. He then goes to fight in Vietnam with the forces there, specifically the Green Berets. Although he changes some characters’ names and their personality he is able to preserve the realism and paints a picture of what the Green Berets are all about. Interestingly, it was written in 1965, a climax in the war’s fighting.
SINGAPORE: THE JAPANESE VERSION by Masanobu Tsuji
This book is a Japanese story about Japan’s capture of Singapore before World War 2 and tells of their side of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is obviously different from most war books and novels because it is entirely comprised of accounts from the Japanese side of the battle at Pearl Harbor, and their campaign against the UK in Singapore. It is told by Japanese POVs during the time of World War 2.
HELMET FOR MY PILLOW by Robert Leckie
This book is one I have read before this project. It is perhaps one of the best accounts of a soldier during World War 2. Robert is able to make a gritty image of his time he served in the United States Marine Corps while keeping it on a very realistic level. In fact, much of the story for the HBO Miniseries, “The Pacific” (which I recommend watching), is based off of events that Robert Leckie experienced. It has fantastic storytelling and remains one of my favorite books I’ve ever read.
In addition, there are a lot more resources that cover the topics of World War 2, Vietnam, The Civil War, and other 21st century wars in the reference area of the Library. Unfortunately these books can’t be taken out of the library, so if you want to read them you need to read them in the library. It is worth it though, as many of the books are 1st editions and have been written during or immediately after these wars. Another bit that is interesting is the Time magazines you can find there. It is always interesting to see the points of view that were popular back then.
If you can handle viewing a bit of gore, I also recommend seeing the movies “ENEMY AT THE GATES” (A story of a Russian sniper in battle torn Stalingrad) , “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” (The historical fiction story of a squad at Normandy, “APOCALYPSE NOW” (A great film that focuses on the state of mind of a soldier in Vietnam), or “THE HURT LOCKER” (An Academy Award winner focusing on Iraq).
Andrew Wilmarth
Grade 12
East Meadow High School