Tag Archives: Social Issues

A Deadly Christmas (Sweet Valley High)

Author: Francine Pascal Publisher: Sweet Valley Product Description Jessica is convinced that her fiance+a7 Jeremy is a two-timing criminal and plots to get even, but she could get caught in her own trap and burn to death unless her sister Elizabeth can help her.

The Christmas Killer

Author: Patricia Windsor Publisher: Scholastic Trade Product Description At Christmastime, as young girls are disappearing, Rose is having disturbing dreams that reveal where their dead bodies can be found.

Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy Novel

Author: Lauren Conrad Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description How Sweet it is? Jane Roberts was the average girl next door until she and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, landed their own reality show, L.A. Candy. Now the girls have an all-access pass to Hollywood’s hottest everything. But there’s more to life on camera than just […]

Legend of the Christmas Tree Board Book, The

Author: Rick Osborne Publisher: Zonderkidz Product Description In this adaptation of the best-selling story of The Legend of the Christmas Tree, little ones ages 4 and under can discover the wonderful story of how the evergreen tree first became a symbol of Christmas and a way to tell people about God.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: Mcdougal Littell Literature Connections (HRW Library (Holt))

Author: Publisher: Holt McDougal Product Description A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

Prairie Christmas

Author: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Product Description Eleven-year-old Emma is disappointed when her mother, a doctor, has to deliver a baby on Christmas Day. But when she arrives with Mama at the house, Emma realizes she isn’t the only one whose Christmas has been interrupted. With warm pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, this […]

Two-way Street

Author: Lauren Barnholdt Publisher: Simon Pulse Product Description there are two sides to every breakup. This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for […]

This Lullaby

Author: Sarah Dessen Publisher: Speak Product Description When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. […]

City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Product Description Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the […]

Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer

Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood’s four prettiest girls. Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made […]

The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life

Author: Lauren Myracle Publisher: Puffin Product Description “Out of all the people in the world, why do I have to be the freak who went to school on the very first day of the year with a pair of PANTIES stuck by static cling to the leg of my pants?!!!” Seventh grade was supposed to […]

Sugar and Spice: An L.A. Candy Novel

Author: Lauren Conrad Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Sugar and Spice . . . Not everyone’s nice. Fresh from being betrayed by one of her closest friends, new reality-television celebrity Jane Roberts has learned a few lessons. Most important: know who to trust. And in Hollywood, that list is short. Although the press is intent on […]

Fallout

Author: Ellen Hopkins Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Product Description Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with […]

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Author: Rachel Renee Russell Publisher: Aladdin Product Description New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so Nikki can spill about all of it…

Crescendo (Hush, Hush)

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!  Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt […]

Torment (Fallen)

Author: Lauren Kate Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Product Description Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the […]

Arousing Love

Author: M. H. Strom Publisher: Marstro Press Product Description Zach knows Joanna is too young for him, but he has never felt like this about anybody before. She’s so sweet and passionate and flirty and free, and the most beautiful girl Zach has ever known. Joanna is swept away by her feelings for Zach as […]

Awakened (House of Night)

Author: P. C. Cast Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Product Description “My love, speak to me.  Tell me everything.”  Neferet went to Kalona, kneeling before him, stroking the soft, dark wings that unfurled loosely around the immortal. “What would you have me say?”  He didn’t meet her eyes.   “Zoey lives.” Neferet’s voice was flat, cold, lifeless. […]

Life or Death (Little Secrets, Book 4)

Author: Emily Blake Publisher: Point Product Description One family. Two sides. A whole town caught in between. In this soap-opera series, the twists keep coming–and no secrets are safe. Chad is in a coma, fighting for his life. Will he pull through…or take his secrets to the grave? Tom blames himself for what happened to […]

Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas

Author: Antonie Schneider Publisher: North-South / Night Sky Books Product Description Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she’ll tell him a story—twenty-four stories all about another little bear and […]

Baby Boy, Bundle of Joy: The Christmas Story (Child Sockology)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Damon J. Taylor Publisher: Kregel Kidzone Product Description After this knock-your-socks-off Christmas pageant performed by Coleman’s sock buddies, Christmas will never be the same again for delighted young readers. (20041224)

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel (Bk. 2)

Rating: (146 reviews) Author: Richelle Mead Publisher: Razorbill Product Description Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with […]

Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar (Best Behavior) (English and Spanish Edition)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Martine Agassi Ph.D. Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Product Description Little ones learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

Roller Coaster

Rating: (16 reviews) Author: Marla Frazee Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Clickity, clackity. Clickity, clackity. The roller coaster car is going up, up, up to the highest spot. And at least one of the people in the car has never ridden on a roller coaster before . . . ever. Wheeeeeeee! Amazon.com Review All sorts of […]

Pretty Little Liars #5: Wicked

Rating: (26 reviews) Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperTeen Product Description In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can’t help but be bad. . . . Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood’s queen bee. Spencer’s digging up her family’s secrets. Emily can’t stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little […]

The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Rob Goldblatt Publisher: Magination Press Product Description A boy who doesn’t want to be sad tries eliminating all sources of sadness from his life, including toys (they can get broken), pets (they can’t live forever), friends (what if they don’t call?), even his own family (sometimes they get mad at him). […]

Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces (Mrs. Mustards)

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Jane Wattenberg Publisher: Chronicle Books Product Description Nothing is more enticing to a baby than another baby. Now in a bigger sizeand with brand-new vibrantly colored backgrounds, Chronicle’s groundbreaking board book is better than ever! The 12 pictures of darling baby faces help infants and toddlers explore a complicated range of […]

The Chocolate War (Readers Circle)

Rating: (387 reviews) Author: Robert Cormier Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Product Description IN 1974, AFTER SUFFERING rejections from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut. An uncompromising portrait of conformity and corruption, it quickly became a bestselling—and provocative—classic for young adults. “Masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well […]

It’s Not Summer Without You (A Summer Novel)

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Jenny Han Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach? It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and […]

The Boys Next Door

Rating: (21 reviews) Author: Echols, Jennifer Publisher: Simon Pulse Product Description Cute, available, and one cabin over Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends — including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the […]

Uh-oh, Calico!

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Karma Wilson Publisher: Little Simon Product Description Calico is having a bad day! She falls while chasing a bee, tramples a flower garden, and even spills her milk! Poor Calico! She feels like she can’t do anything right… until her mother reminds her that everyone makes mistakes, and she still loves […]

Smiles to Go

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Everything changes the day ninth-grader Will Tuppence learns one startling fact: protons-those tiny atomic particles, the building-blocks to the building-blocks of life-can die. The one thing that was so certain in this world to Will has an expiration date. And Will′s carefully planned-out life? Not […]

All-of-a-Kind Family

Rating: (94 reviews) Author: Sydney Taylor Publisher: Yearling Product Description A heartwarming story of five little girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century. They have simple but happy times as they share adventures, holidays and surprises. When Mama tells them her big news, it’s the most wonderful […]

Christmas Lizard

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Cory Edwards Publisher: Cook Communications Product Description Join Oscar, Charlie’s bright green pet igunana, as he takes a midnight adventure to find out why Charlie’s mom has placed glittering greena nd red decorations all around the house.

One Morning in Maine

Rating: (32 reviews) Author: Robert McCloskey Publisher: Viking Press Product Description “As we follow the story of Sal and his lost tooth we feel as refreshed as though we had spent a day with his family on their island”.–Saturday Review. Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.

The Christmas Cup

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Nancy Patterson Publisher: iUniverse Product Description Eight-year-old Ann Megan McCallie impulsively bids all of her hard-earned money for a worthless milkshake cup she sees at an auction. Her grandmother Nannie comforts her when other children tease her for buying “junk.” As Megan and Nannie secretly find the perfect use for Megan’s […]

Christmas Treasure (Saddle Club Super #7)

Rating: (23 reviews) Author: Bonnie Bryant Publisher: Skylark Product Description Christmas is coming and Max wants Horse Wise to get in the holiday spirit. Heannounces that they are going to have Secret Santas, but there’s a catch: Youcan’t “give” something; you have to “do” something. It sounds like fun, untilthey draw names.

Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas (Dell Young Yearling)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Publisher: Yearling Product Description Seven-year-old Vicky Austin thinks the 24 days before Christmas are the best days of the whole year. Vicky is practicing for the Christmas pageant and decorating the house. She hopes her new brother or sister will be born soon so mother can be home for […]

Evermore: The Immortals

Rating: (299 reviews) Author: Alyson Noël Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Product Description Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded […]

City of Glass

Rating: (174 reviews) Author: Cassandra Clare Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Product Description To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, […]

Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Novel

Rating: (151 reviews) Author: Richelle Mead Publisher: Razorbill Product Description Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in […]

Pretty Little Liars #4: Unbelievable

Rating: (21 reviews) Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Behind Rosewood’s grand façades, where the air smells like apples and Chanel No. 5 and infinity pools sparkle in landscaped backyards, nothing is as it seems. It was here, back in seventh grade, that five best friends shared everything—Seven jeans, MAC makeup, and their […]

Blood Promise: A Vampire Academy Novel

Rating: (192 reviews) Author: Richelle Mead Publisher: Razorbill Product Description The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die […]

Hatchet

Rating: (1229 reviews) Author: Gary Paulsen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson’s survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing […]

Pretty Little Liars #7: Heartless

Rating: (19 reviews) Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers—and it’s all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can’t keep their mouths shut. […]

Ink Exchange

Rating: (119 reviews) Author: Melissa Marr Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey […]

The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2)

Rating: (59 reviews) Author: Rachel Caine Publisher: Signet Product Description Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains; homicidal girls in her dorm, and finding out that her college town is overrun with the living dead. On the up side, she has a new boyfriend […]

Spells (Aprilynne Pike)

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Aprilynne Pike Publisher: HarperTeen Product Description “I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said. “And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper. “Then I guess I’ll be waiting […]

Monster

Rating: (709 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady […]

Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Martine Agassi Ph.D. Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Product Description It’s never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions. In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important […]