Book 'n Tea Break

{December 9, 2011}   Brave New World

Title: Brave New World

Author: Aldous HuxleyBrave New World bookcover

MLA Citation: Huxley, Aldous. Brave new world,. New York: Harper & Bros., 1946. Print.

Awards/Honors: American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit (1959)
Modern Library’s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century

Annotation: Taking place in 2540 AD, Brave New World depicts a world where individuals are bred to fulfill specific roles in society and are conditioned to never challenge their roles or long for the roles of others. Some, however, see the downfall of this world.

Booktalk: What would you do if you knew people behave a certain way because they had been bred, conditioned, and drugged to be? Bernard, a psychologist, knows the truth – the ingrained beliefs of the society come simply from repeating phrases to children while they have been asleep. Challenging those beliefs, however, have resulted in threats of reassignment to desolate locations. When an 18-year-old man is brought to the World State, a man raised amongst the savages, the World State will be challenged. How would you react if you saw this Brave New World?

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{December 9, 2011}   Ship Breaker

Title: Ship Breaker

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

MLA Citation: Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship breaker. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Print.

Awards/Honors:National Book Award for Young People’s Literature  Nominee (2010)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominee (2011)
Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel  (2011)

Annotation: Nailer works breaking down old ships, pulling copper with his crew as they struggle to meet quota and stay small enough to keep their jobs. After a city killer comes through, however, Nailer makes a discovery that could end his days hauling copper.

Booktalk: Nailer works for Bapi’s light crew, scavenging metal from the inside of ships. After a city killer blows in, Nailer and his friend and crew boss, Pima, make a discovery that would allow them to quit light crew for good – a swank’s clipper ship that crashed ashore. There is another surprise waiting for them within the clipper, however, complicating things beyond gathering their scavenge before others move in.

Straight from the Teen: Danny (17) says, “I liked this book a lot because the dystopian society is believable and it takes place in the U.S.”

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{November 20, 2011}   A Wrinkle in Time

Title: A Wrinkle in TimeWrinkle in Time bookcover

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

MLA Citation: L’Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time. New York: Square Fish, 2007. Print.

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Newbery Medal Recipient 1963
Sequoyah Book Award 1963
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book 1963
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award 1965
Locus Poll All-Time Best Fantasy Novel 1987
Locus Poll All-Time Best Fantasy Novel Before 1990
ALA 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000

Annotation: Meg, her brother, and friend travel through time to rescue Mr. Murry and save their family – and the universe.

Booktalk: If time travel was possible, how would it work? Meg, her genius litter brother, Charles, and their newly made friend, Calvin, learn how it works through the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which by using a tesseract. They set off on an adventure through time and space to rescue Meg and Charles’ father who went missing while researchaing tesseracts. Yet evil exists, even in other times and dimensions, and it will take all of Meg’s love to save them all and return through A Wrinkle in Time.

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{November 13, 2011}   The House on Mango Street

Title: The House on Mango StreetHouse on Mango Street Bookcover

Author: Sandra Cisneros

MLA Citation: Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books, 1984. Print.

Awards/Honors: Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award

Annotation: A series of short vignettes that tells the story of Esperanza’s life as a Latina girl in the Latino section of Chicago.

Booktalk: “The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and their isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom. But even so, it’s not the house we’d thought we’d get.”

Through a series of vingettes, we learn about Esperanza – her friend Cathy who will only be her friend until Tuesday, her Mama with her hair that looks like candy circles and smells like bread, her job matching negatives to their photos where she had to lie about her age, and so much more.

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{November 13, 2011}   Rapunzel’s Revenge

Title: Rapunzel’s RevengeRepunzel's Revenge Bookcover

Author: Sean and Dean Hale

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

MLA Citation: Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. Rapunzel’s revenge. New York, N.Y.: Bloomsbury, 2008. Print.
Awards/Honors:ALA Notable Children’s Book (ALA)
Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (ALA)
An Al Roker Today Show Book Club Pick
An IndieBound Next Pick
Cybils Award (Graphic Novels)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens (YALSA)
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (YALSA)
Texas Maverick Graphic Novel List
Utah Book Award
Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

Annotation: Hale and Hale present us with a different Rapunzel story – one where Rapunzel rescues herself and goes on a truely Western adventure to rescue her real mother and punish Mother Gothel.

Booktalk: Do you know the story of Rapunzel? Well, take everything you know about it and throw it out the window – Hale and Hale stand the story on its head! Turning Rapunzel into the heroine and replacing medieval castles with the Wild West and a tree ,tree that serves as Repunzel's tower they re-imagine the tale that everyone knows.

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Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsSisterhood of the Traveling Pants Bookcover

Author: Ann Brashares

MLA Citation: Brashares, Ann. The sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001. Print.

Awards/Honors: ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2002)
Indiana Young Hoosier Award (2004)
Iowa Teen Book Award (2004)
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award (2002)
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award (2004)
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (2003)
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award (2003)
Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List (2003)
Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (2004)
Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award (2004)
Missouri Gateway Readers Award (2004)
Arizona Young Readers Award (2005)
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2004)
Book Sense Book of the Year (2002)
Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List (2002)
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2004)

Annotation: Four teenage girls set out for a summer apart – Tibby is staying home, Lena is going to Greece, Carmen is going to South Carolina, and Bridget is going to Baja, California. They will stay connected and support one another through a pair of jeans that fits each one, different as they are, just right.

Booktalk: What would you do without your best friends? This is the question Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are asking themselves as they prepare for a summer apart. Before they all head off and leave Tibby behind, however, they discover something amazing – an ordinary pair of thrift-store jeans somehow fits all of them  – despite their different body types – perfectly. They agree the pants must be magic and to send them to one another over the course of the summer. The pants will keep them together, witness their adventures, and offer support as they make their way across the US – and Europe – for their summer apart. How much will they see, learn, and grow over the course of the summer?

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{November 6, 2011}   Upstate

Title: UpstateUpstate Bookcover

Author: Kalisha Buckhanon

MLA Citation: Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005. Print.

Awards/Honors: ALA ALEX Award (2006)

Annotation: Antonio is doing time for murdering his father. While in prison, he and his girlfriend, Natasha, exchange letters.

Booktalk: When Antonio goes to jail and is charged with murdering his father, Natasha swears she will wait for him. When the trial starts to head south, Antonio’s lawyer suggests entering a plea, which saves Antonio from possibly life in prison, but now there is no chance for appeal, no chance of getting out back to his life in Harlem, his life with Natasha. Time on the outside doesn’t stand still, though. Will Natasha still be there when Antonio has finished his time Upstate?

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{October 30, 2011}   The Giver

Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

MLA Citation: Lowry, Lois. The giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Print.

Awards/Honors: ALA’s 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000The Giver bookcover
ALA’s Best Book for Young Adults
Newbery Medal (1994)
School Library Journal “Best Book of the Year”
William Allen White Award (1996)

Annotation: In Jonas’ world, you do not decide what you want to be when you grow up – it is decided for you. When Jonas is given the job as the Receiver of Memories, he learns from The Giver the secrets of the community he believed was perfect.

Booktalk: What happens when you realize the world isn’t perfect? For Jonas, this idea has never crossed his mind. Yet when he is assigned the job of Receiver of Memories, The Giver opens Jonas’ eyes to the sacrifices the community makes to live in a perfect world. What would you do when you learned the price of perfect?

Straight from the Teens: Glen (17), says “This is one of the best dystopian novel I’ve read. I recommend it every chance I get!”

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{October 30, 2011}   Streams of Babel

Title: Streams of BabelStreams of Bable Bookcover

Author: Carol Plum-Ucci

MLA Citation: Plum-Ucci, Carol. Streams of Babel. New York: Harcourt, 2008. Print.

Awards/Honors: Margaret A. Edwards Award

Annotation: When two women in Trinity Falls, a small southern New Jersey town, die within two days of each other from a brain aneurysm after suffering  from flu-like symptoms for weeks, the question of coincidence arises. A teen in Pakistan acts as a virtual spy, capturing script about poisoning water supplies moves to New York in order to better capture the chatter. As more people in Trinity Falls become ill, can the simple sipping of tap water be killing them?

Booktalk: When a morphine addict dies from the flu, it is chalked up to a weaken immune system. When a lawyer dies from the flu as well within a day of the addict, people begin to question the coincidences. Autopsies turn up more coincidences, naming the cause of death as “Brain Aneurysm”.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Shahzad, a 16-year-old virtual spy works to learn more about the ominous message he found  – “Waters will run red in Colony One…Waters will run red three hours from Home Base in December…They will drink in December and die like mangy dogs in April”.  As the chatter increases and more people become sick, can Shahzad help the USIC find Colony One through Streams of Babel?

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{October 23, 2011}   Annie on My Mind

Title: Annie on My Mind

Author: Nancy GardenAnnie On my Mind bookcover

MLA Citation: Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1982. Print.

Awards/Honors: Margaret A. Edwards Award

Annotation: Liza and Annie meet at the Metropolitan one rainy November day. They quickly become friends, spending every moment as they can together the week of Thanksgiving. When their quick-forming friendship develops into more, both must sort out their feelings and their relationship.

Booktalk: Have you ever questioned something that is the status quo? Annie and Liza meet at the Metropolitain Museum of Art and form a friendship that makes Liza question where her thoughts are coming from. When Liza and Annie unexpectedly begin kissing one another on the beach, their relationships moves into a new dimension. Over spring break, though, something happens that brings an end to their relationship. Now away at college at MIT, Liza can’t get Annie off her mind. How would you come to terms with your feelings going against the status quo?

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