Friday, February 27, 2009
What better way to teach teenagers how to cook than by starting with desserts? The authors of Teens Cook (Ten Speed Press, 2004/VOYA December 2004), create another delightful compilation of recipes for teens to try out. They start out with the all-around favorites, like classic chocolate chip cookies. There are holiday recipes for Halloween dirt pie, complete with cookie tombstones and gummy worms that seem to crawl out of the chocolate "earth." The final chapter has fancy foods like vanilla soufflé with chocolate sauce or fresh raspberry napoleons. (Are you hungry yet?) Not only do the recipes sound delicious, they look delicious in glossy color pictures. This book is a beauty just to look through, but it will make one's sugar-craving levels rise. The instructions are easy to understand, but often crammed into one or two large paragraphs. Beginning cooks will need some guidance when it comes to the terminology and techniques used. For a teen who already knows a little about the kitchen, this book will be a delight. There are tons of handy sidebars filled with helpful cooking advice or neat historical facts. This book is a must for any library with teens who have the slightest interest in making their own sweets.-
Adult/High School This book is a strong entry in the DIY genre. The projects and accessories are all made almost entirely from inexpensive items one can buy in a hardware store. Each chapter focuses on a different type: washers, rope, metal connectors, nuts, vinyl, plastic, and rubber. Materials lists are complete with illustrations, and the clear instructions are numbered and illustrated. Finished products are modeled in fashion-forward color photographs.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Terra seems to be a typical high-achieving high-school student. Under her heavy makeup, though, she hides a port-wine colored birthmark on her cheek that makes her feel like an outsider. During yet another attempt to remove the birthmark, Terra runs into Jacob, a gorgeous Goth with a cleft-palette scar. That encounter initiates a transformation in both Terra and her subservient mother. Headley has written an exquisite book that explores the difference between physical and true beauty. Copyright 2009 Booklist ReviewsCheck Our Catalog
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- The cusp-born 1900-2010
- Signs of the Zodiac
- Character analysis
- Love, romance, and marriage compatibility guide
- Moon tables
- Planting and fishing guides
- Influence of the moon and planets
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
VOYA Reviews 2008 December
When Zara shuts down after the sudden death of her stepfather, her mother sends Zara to live in Bedford, Maine, with his mother. Zara finds that she is not only unaccustomed to the cold temperature and ice but also not used to life in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's story. As Zara begins to make friends, she discovers that many unusual things have been happening lately, from strange accidents, boys going missing, and gold glitter on the ground to a tall, pale guy who seems to be following her. Things in Bedford are actually a whole lot more strange and far creepier than Zara could ever have imagined. The woods around Bedford are populated by pixies and the King-without a queen-is no longer able to control his powerful need or his subjects Jones masterfully blends paranormal fantasy, suspense, and romance to craft a new supernatural tale that is certain to appeal to fans of dark urban fantasy like Marr's Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007/VOYA June 2007) and paranormal romances like Meyer's Twilight books. A likeable cast of engaging and interesting characters combines with a plot that grabs readers and refuses to let go. At times slightly predictable, there are enough surprises to keep readers guessing and a creepiness factor that will keep them on the edges of their seats. This book is an essential purchase for any library whose teens devour the supernatural and a must-read for any young reader who is ready to move beyond faeries and vampires.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
An amalgam of familiar Shakespearean plot elements, character names, and devices make up this delightful, light, and romantic read. Kate has sworn off love after being dumped by her boyfriend. She heads to Verona for the summer for an intensive institute on Romeo and Juliet. There she meets Giacomo, a boy she immediately dislikes and who happens to be the son of her father's arch-rival Shakespearean scholar. When the two discover that other students are plotting a trick to make them fall in love, Kate and Giacomo decide to turn the tables and stage a romance. The other four participants in the seminar also find themselves smitten during their time at the institute, with most subplot emphasis on the boys trying to figure out how to woo and win the affection of the girls. In true Shakespearean fashion, the couples overcome romantic obstacles and find their way to each other. The chapter titles are each given act and scene designations to keep the structure of a play. Following the formula of a Shakespearean comedy, the novel ends with a grand ball where misunderstandings are resolved and couples are revealed in a magical evening. Readers with knowledge of Shakespeare's works will be reminded of various plays as they read; however, readers who do not catch the allusions and nods to the plays will still enjoy the story.
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Would-be architects and engineers will enjoy this introduction to the art of making pop-ups. Unlike many books on the subject, this one does not offer elaborate projects. Instead Barton explains the mechanics behind basic forms and techniques. Although today pop-ups and "movables" are often associated with children's books, the author points out that as early as the fifteenth century, such constructions were used in scientific texts for fields like astronomy and human anatomy. Included in the spiral-bound volume are simple but sophisticated projects that can be cut out and constructed, designed so that "the beauty of their underlying geometries can be readily comprehended and appreciated." Judging from this promising beginning, readers who work through them patiently will be able not only to construct pop-ups but to understand the principles underlying their constructions.
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