Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume, YA, 2011, Hardcover, audio CDs, 5hrs, Rating=3
Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.
Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.
Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?
What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman, YR, 2000, Audio CDs, 1.5hrs, Rating=3
"When Jamie saw him throw the baby, saw Van throw the little baby, saw Van throw his little sister Nin, then they moved."
"Nin's okay-Jamie knows that because his mom was there to catch her. And then Jamie and his mom and Nin moved into Earl's little trailer that loos like a silver toaster up in the hills in the middle of nowhere. Jamie imagines they are the only survivors of some catastrophe, them and Earl, who brings them food and makes sure they're okay. But then there's the county fair and Jamie wants to go. And there's the school and Mrs. Desrochers, Jamie's teacher, who keeps trying to get close. There isn't enough money for Christmas presents and the car doesn't always start and Jamie's mom is worried lots of the time. Jamie just practices his magic tricks and takes things as they come...until one day Van shows up.
"This chillingly rhythmic opening scene left me breathless and hooked...[this] story could have been bleak...instead, it comes laced with spiritual and literal magic."-"The New York Times Book Review.
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop, YR, 1996, Hardcover, 64p, Rating=4
The classic story about five clever brothers, each with a different extraordinary ability is "a dramatic retelling of an old Chinese tale". (The New York Public Library)". . . . when Bishop makes the tall brother stretch, the sea-swallower work, or the robust one hold his breath, young children will laugh and laugh".--New York Herald Tribune Books.
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, AF, 2003, Audio CDs, 8.5hrs, Rating=3
Nicholas Sparks expands on the romantic world he brought to life in THE NOTEBOOK, in which the enduring love of Allison and Noah transcended all barriers. Wilson Lewis is their son-in-law. When his daughter plans a wedding, Wilson contemplates his own thirty-year marriage - and is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of it. Although he is aware that his love for his wife, Jane, has only intensified over the years, Wilson realizes that he is close to losing her. But he wants nothing more than to make their marriage work. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' inspiring life together as a guide, Wilson pledges to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him again.
Starters by Lissa Price, YR, 2012, Audio CDs, 10.25hrs, Rating=3
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . .
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