Jolene’s May Roundup
Here’s my monthly round-up for May:
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt was a National Book Finalist for YA Lit. in 2006, and rightly so. This book was recommended last year at a YA meeting, and I forgot about it until I saw the cover in a catalog. The reason why I remembered the book, is because the YA librarian who recommended said that whenever she lent it out to friends it never came back. (So it must be good right? And it is!) Leavitt does a mesmerizing job of weaving a sort of mythological fable about a girl who finds love while outwitting death. Keturah is a young maiden who after meeting lord death in the forest has 24 hours to find her true love, and create the greatest love story every told. Does she cheat death? Or will death claim her as a bride? Gotta read the book to find out.
Girl of the Moment by Lizabeth Zindel (who is the daughter of Pulitzer prize winner Paul Zindel) is this 30 year olds first YA novel. Lily a highschool sophmore is elated when her dad offers her a summer internship with “it-girl” starlet Sabrina Snow. (Snow is a cross between Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan) At first Lily is starry-eyed by Sabrina’s glamourous lifestyle of free gift bags, designer clothing, expensive jewelry, hot guys, fame, and endless premieres and parties. However, as the days go by Lily soon learns that Sabrina is nothing but a self-centered pill popping, alchoholic party girl. (Sound familiar? Refer to any tabloid, or just watch the E! channel.) Zindel does a great job transitioning Lily from an over-eager intern to a self-reliant young woman. The pace of the book and dialogue would catch any teen’s attention. I often found myself comparing the incidents that happened in the book to today’s starlet’s lives. A very funny and entertaining read indeed!
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kristen Miller is a non-stop thrill ride through the mysterious underground of Manhatten. Ananka Fishbein is a mousy bookworm until she meets the new girl Kiki Strike, who is pale, blonde, and slightly resembles a beautiful troll. Ananka is then asked to join a rogue troupe of deliquent girl scouts whose mission is to explore the mysterious Shadow City, which is an underground city used by thieves during the 1800s. The deliquent girl scouts fight giant rats, asian gansters, and haughty foreign aristocrats to find the real mystery behind the Shadow city. This book is a thrill ride from start to finish! It’s a great cross-over book for tweens to Young Adult. (Since Ananka is twelve at the beginning of the book.) There’s mystery, adventure, cool characters and gadgets all wrapped up in this book!