The world is soon going to know Samira Armin Hodges.  She is new to the YA lit scene with a book called Milestones that is coming out in August which I am dying to read

This is a blurb  from the authors website:

One day. That’s how long it took for fourteen year-old Faye Martin’s
ordinary life to take a dramatic and unexpected turn. First, she gets struck
by lightning. Second, Benjamin Parker, the object of her obsession,
witnessed her near-death experience. Finally, her parents force her to
leave her hometown of Seattle to attend a summer camp, aptly named
‘Camp Milestone’.

Only, Camp Milestone is no ordinary camp. Before she knows it, Faye finds
herself caught in a whirlwind of uncertainty, torture, calamine lotion and
romance….All in the name of summer camp. But as the summer unfolds,
she realizes there is much more to Camp Milestone than meets the eye.
Will she be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds this unusual camp?
And more importantly, will she be able to survive the madness long enough
to put the pieces together.

Tell me you not going to rush out to your local bookstore on August 1st to get this book, I know I will!!!!

Check out the book trailer:


The Absolutely True History of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman                                                                                                                        Exploring Indian identity, this book is about a boy named Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Washington. Jr is 14-year-old and was born with water on the brain who is regularly the target of bullies and loves to draw. He expects disaster when he transfers from the reservation school to the rich, white school but soon finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students and starting on the basketball team.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Frankie Landau-Banks has gone from geek to hottie over the course of the summer, and attracts Matthew Livingston, the senior she had a crush on from the year before. In the course of them getting to know each other, Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of the school’s exclusive–and male-only–secret society. This does not sit well with her all. Wanting to be worthy of him and worthy society, she finds herself getting wrapped up in the society’s business of sneaking and pranking – without any of the boys suspecting a thing.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a “living impaired” boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Mick Johnson works hard for a placement on the varsity team during his freshman year, and decides to use steroids in order to hold onto his edge, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Homeboyz (Mature Themes) by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Seventeen-year-old Teddy Anderson, who is known on the streets as T-Bear, decides to seek revenge on the person responsible for his little sister’s death, which was caused by a stray bullet from a semiautomatic handgun.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.

The Last Exit to Normal by Michael B. Harmon
Yanked out of his city life and plunked down in a small Montana town with his newly outed father and his father’s boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to figure out what is going on.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

The Market by J. M. Steele
When Kate Winthrop learns that she is ranked seventy-first out of 140 high school senior girls on a popularity scale called the Millbank Social Stock Market, she and her two best friends set out to change her from a “junk bond” to a “blue chip,” and win some money in the process.

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened

Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
When 15 year old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family’s historic hotel, but her brother’s attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.

Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Ashley Rhodes-Courter provides an account of her life, focusing on the nine years she spent in Florida’s foster care system after being removed from her mother at the age of 3 and explaining how her life changed after she was adopted.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Three teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages thirteen to eighteen

Very Cool contest from Penguin: 

They are giving away 11 + YA books

I know I can’t resist a book giveaway….can you? 

You have until April 5th to enter

Check out Presenting Lenore for more information: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-giveaway-penguin-prize-pack-11-ya.html 

Good Luck!!

 One year the YA market is saturated with chick lit books, another year it’s vampires; this year, it seems that the trend is toward books with a futuristic theme.  Just recently I read 4 books, Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Declaration, Unwind and Hunger Games plus there are a few more on my bookshelf waiting to be read.   I have never really been a fan of sci fi books mostly because I had trouble with the concept of aliens and civilizations on other planets but there is something about these books with the dysopian theme that grabs my attention. Personally I think it’s because this theme plants the seed in a reader’s mind that these situations are not out of the realm of possibility. It’s definitely a great way to get the juices in your brain flowing when you start thinking about “what if”.  Perhaps these books also serve as a wake up call to what could happen if we keep abusing the world we live in and maybe now not later we work on fixing our wrongs.


Maybe one day there will be a drug like Longevity that people could take and not worry about aging and dying like in Gemma Malley’s Declaration.  Of course then you can have a whole host of other issues such as being a “surplus” like Anna was in the book.  Or maybe one day like in the Neal Shusterman’s book, Unwind we will see a law in place like the Bill of Life, which ends abortion but allows parents tobe able to have their children “unwound” between ages 13 and 18. “Unwinding” is the transplanting of every part of the teens’ bodies; since every bit of their bodies is still “alive.  Let me tell you the part where they describe the unwinding in detail is truly creepy and disturbing. The world we live in now is technologically savvy so stepping it up one notch like Suzanne Collins does in Hunger Games is not that unrealistic.  Hopefully there will never be Hunger Games per say where the only way to win is to survive but who knows maybe one day big brother and the rest of the world will really be watching you 24/7 and taking bets on what you will do. I can’t wait until the sequel Catching Fire to come out…only…sigh..6 more months.  Let’s move on to James Patterson’s book Dangerous Days of Daniel X . His book is just a fun book to read. You really can’t go wrong when your plot contains people who have super hero abilities and combine it with extraterrestials, machines and loads of sci-fi adventure. Pulitzer prize winning literature? Nooo but that doesn’t mean that you should pass by this light quick read. It will suck the reluctant boy reader in who constantly says “I hate reading” and “reading is boring”. 
These books just suck you in. Next on my list to read is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. 

I read all the Harry Potter books and when the series was coming to a close I panicked thinking there could never be another series that would capture my imagination and then Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight came out and I breathed a sigh of relief because I realized that there was going to be life after Harry Potter.  Now the Twilight series is coming to an end, the countdown is on for the last book, I’m sure people are wondering what they are going to read next. The good news is that the YA literary scene is exploding with a lot of talent producing many great books. Here is a few: Ellen Hopkin’s Identical is coming out at the end of August. We can look forward to Brsingr, Christopher Paolini’s book hitting the shelves in September. Then we have to wait almost a year before the last installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument trilogy.  I’m not worried I’m sure I will always find something good to read. I already have a list a mile long.