April 2011 Book Buzz

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Popularity Papers: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Change by Amy Ignatow
Lydia and Julie are excited to put all they’ve learned about popularity to use, when out of nowhere Lydia’s mom announces that the Goldblatt family will be moving to London for six months! WHAT?! Now Julie will be navigating the halls of Hamlin Junior High on her own, while Lydia finds new friends in England. They keep in touch online and Lydia sends her own (terribly drawn) pages to add to the girls’ notebook.  Lydia and Julie both deal with cliques, cool kids, and outcasts as they find their own places in the popularity hierarchy.  A story told through hilarious drawings, e-mails, and chats, this is book two in a series that doesn’t disappoint! Meghan (J Fiction)
*Don’t miss author Amy Ignatow at the Cherry Hill Library on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

Around the World in 100 Days by Gary Blackwood
This adventure starts with our hero, Harry Fogg in jail overnight for causing in accident in his new motor car. Set in 1891 in England, everyone uses horses for travelling and most people have never seen a motor car! When he goes to his father to explain and apologize for the accident, young Harry gets in deeper and makes a bet with his father’s friends that he can travel around the world in 100 days in his new motor car! So, off Harry goes on this adventure; join him for the ride of a lifetime.
Kristin (J Fiction)

The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin by Michael D. Beil
For those of you who like a well written who-dun-it, here is a series for you. The Red Blazer Girls are a group of 12 year old “Nancy Drews” who are out to solve their second case in The Vanishing Violin. Set in the fun backdrop of New York City, these not so gossipy girls are all about having fun and getting their case solved. A very famous violin is missing and the girls need to solve many clues to figure out its whereabouts. The book is a quick read with fast paced dialogue. Great book for the tweens! Jacquie (J Fiction)

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins
Jackson is looking for a way to get out of a summer job at the local junkyard, so when Mrs. Nelson proposes a deal that involves cultivating her apple orchard, it doesn’t take long for him to sign on. With promises of soda and future riches, Jackson secures his sisters’ and cousins’ involvement. Taking care of an apple orchard turns out to be a LOT of work, and Jackson hasn’t exactly told his family the full story.  The kids can keep any money they earn from the orchard above the first $8,000 that’s due back to Mrs. Nelson. Is it possible to even make $8,000? Will all of their hard work be for nothing? Meghan (J Fiction)
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