Thursday, 30 April 2009

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It is 1946, when Memphis bred and educated Laura McAllan reluctantly moves to a cotton farm with her husband, Henry, two daughters and mean-spirited father in-law, Pappy, on the Mississippi delta. Everyday is a struggle with no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. But the real turmoil starts when Jamie, her brother in-law and Ronsel Jackson, a sharecropper's son, return home from fighting the Nazis with demons of their own.

Jordan captures each character's voice with poetic prose, while exposing the racial hatred of the deep South. An unforgettable ending will leave readers thinking about social injustice.

In her debut novel, Jordan won the 2006 Bellwether Prize, which is given to novels addressing social issues. Mudbound also won a 2009 Alex Award, which is given to books written for adults with teen appeal.

Audience - Adult and mature teens


Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Chick Lit for Teens

Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your mug planted on the tabloids, to be trailed by the never ending paparazzi and to be mobbed by gawking autograph hunters? Read Audrey, Wait and find out.

In one afternoon, 16-year old Audrey goes from being an average teen to an instant celebrity. When Audrey dumps her hunky, handsome boyfriend, who just happens to be the lead singer for the popular Do-Gooders, he pens a sensational song about their relationship, which becomes #1 on the Billboards.

Find out how Audrey handles the instant fame and reclaims her life.

Audience - Young Adult


Monday, 27 April 2009

Book to Movie

For all you Alice Sebold fans, her best-selling novel The Lovely Bones will debut in theatres December 2009. In this eloquent and mesmerizing story, 14 year-old Susie is raped and murdered. Like a fly in a wall, Susie watches over her family and her killer from heaven.

Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan star in the much anticipated film. Bring a hankie and just in time for an Oscar nomination.



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