Pop by Gordan Korman

New in town, and training for his upcoming football tryouts, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan meets Charlie, an older man who is great at helping him train. Marcus is amazed to discover that Charlie is Charlie Popovich, or the “King of Pop,” as he had been called during his career as an NFL linebacker. Marcus soon discovers that Charlie has a big secret, and his family is desperate to keep it.


Beastly by Alex Flinn

There's a new movie coming out this summer, based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn. Check out the official movie website here, and watch the trailer!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you think it will make a good movie?


Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

This exciting account of President Lincoln's assassination and the 12-day search for his killer reads like a historical thriller. The dialogue all comes from original sources, which adds a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy! The book takes the reader on a journey, almost hour by hour, following the brutal murder scene at Ford’s Theatre. While the President lay dying, John Wilkes Booth’s accomplices attempted to assassinate Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Booth had to convince or trick friends and strangers into helping him escape. The text is accompanied by abundant period photos of the key players in the conspiracy and historical documents. This is the young adult version of Swanson’s bestselling Manhunt.

*Note that the Waupaca Area Public Library will be hosting a traveling Lincoln Exhibit August 16-September 24 and is one of only 25 sites nationwide to host this traveling exhibit! Stay tuned for more details about events including a Lincoln impersonator!


Fire by Kristin Cashore

In a kingdom called the Dells exist monsters—gorgeous and highly-skilled versions of a variety of animals. Fire is the last human monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her. Fire is so beautiful that she must disguise herself and conceal her hair to avoid both attacks by other monsters and the attention of men. Although she prefers privacy, Fire is pulled into the inevitable war brewing in the Dells. Young King Nash wants her special skill on his side of the battle, just as her father supported his father, but Fire knows the two were the most feared men in all of the Dells. The ill-effects of her father’s abuse of his power are still affecting Fire—the King’s brother, Brigan, doesn’t trust Fire and makes no secret about it. Will she use her skills to help? And why are Fire and Brigan so drawn to each other, in spite of his distrust?

Don't miss Kristin Cashore's first book Graceling!


Red Glass by Laura Resau

Sixteen-year-old Sophie and her family have taken in Pablo, a six-year-old Mexican boy who is the only survivor from a group that attempted to cross the border into Arizona. After a year, Sophie and her family have become very attached to the young boy, but his remaining family in Mexico made contact, and want Pablo back. Sophie, her Aunt Dika, Dika’s boyfriend, and his son, Angel, travel to Mexico to take Pablo to his family so he can make a big decision. To make things even more stressful for Sophie, she thinks that Angel might really like her. When they arrive in Mexico, Pablo must decide—will he stay with Sophie’s family, or remain in Mexico? And will Sophie be strong enough to support his decision? And what are her real feelings for Angel?


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A guest review from Teen Room Staff Brandon!

The Maze Runner offers little background knowledge at the beginning of the book. The reader, as well as the main character, Thomas, is thrust into a strange environment with no knowledge of Thomas’s former life. The book begins with Thomas waking up disoriented in an enclosed space known as the Glade. He soon meets the local populace, a group of boys ranging in age from around thirteen to seventeen. They call themselves the Gladers. Like Thomas, none of them remember anything from their lives before the Glade.

Slowly, Thomas learns about the Glade and the maze that surrounds it. The Gladers have been searching for two years for an exit, and still haven’t found one. Of course, their progress is hindered due to the fact that the maze is prowled by the deadly Grievers, monstrous mutations made of metal and flesh that kill anything in their path.

The next day, a new phenomenon occurs in the Glade. A girl arrives, via the same route all the boys have arrived. This is tremendous because there has never been a girl in the Glade. Ever. Thomas feels a strange connection to the girl, but keeps this knowledge to himself. That night, two of the Gladers, Minho and Alby, are trapped outside the walls which protect the Gladers from the Grievers at night. Thomas tries to rescue them but is also trapped outside the walls. Since nobody has ever survived a night in the maze, prospects are looking slim. But through some miraculous feat, they manage to survive, and Thomas then leads a crusade to escape the maze with the help of the girl, Theresa.

The Maze Runner is an exciting book from front cover to back. Just when the reader thinks the action is slowing down a little, Dashner incorporates some interesting twist. This book certainly keeps the reader guessing. For me personally, it was a bit too sci-fi for my taste, but it came highly recommended from my good friend Melissa. :)


P.S. from Melissa: watch for the next book in this trilogy in October 2010!