Friday, January 29, 2010

Mare’s War, by Tanita S. Davis

She wears high heels, a pushup bra, drinks bourbon with lemon, and drives her sporty red car like a “bat out of hell.” Grandma Mare is definitely NOT your average grandma! And this summer her granddaughters Tali and Octavia will find themselves driving cross country with her on their way to a family reunion. They quickly strike a bargain: the girls won’t plug themselves into their radios if Mare doesn’t smoke. Taking advantage of the silence in the car, Mare then begins to tell the girls her life story . . . .

This is an exciting read! Mare helps her sister and herself escape her mother’s lecherous boyfriend, followed by her quickly joining an African-American regiment in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. The narrative switches between her early life adventures, and their modern-day cross country trip, so you don’t get bored.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

L8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle

It's their last year in high school, and Zoe, Maddie and Angela keep the IM messages flying about their adventures, plans after they graduate, senior prom, and (of course!) their boyfriends. Told exclusively in instant messages and chat room sessions, L8r, g8r is a funny book that will appeal to anyone who has spent moments on their cell phone anxiously typing out messages to their friends!

And if you like L8r, g8r, don't miss the two earlier books in this funny series: Ttyl and Ttfn!