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Bone Gap / Laura Ruby PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:17

altThe little Illinois town of Bone Gap is the kind of place where things just up and disappear, falling through cracks you didn't know were there. Sometimes you find them again and sometimes you don't.


Finn O'Sullivan has always been a little off. People call him all sorts of things on the count of him always being lost in thought. Maybe that's why Roza disappeared so easily. Finn was the last one to see her and claims that a mysterious man took her. But Finn can't remember his face and everyone in the town thinks Finn's just making up another story. After all, Finn and Sean have been deserted before--by their mother, no less, who left them to be with an orthodontist in Oregon. So, while the people of Bone Gap move on with their lives after Roza disappears, Finn and Sean stay put, stuck tip-toeing around each other's feelings. 


Laura Ruby's Bone Gap trips back and forth between Finn, Roza and the people of Bone Gap. She weaves a tale of heartbreak, mystery, whimsy and uncertainty--a tale of magical realism about discovering who you really are. 


(Ashley, The Loft)

An Awesome Teen Book Review Blog PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:27

altAnastasia  is a sophomore at Maine South High School in Park Ridge. She has created a great website full of reviews of YA books called Young Adult Fiction Universe.  She has been writing book reviews for several years, and has posted nearly 60 reviews of her favorite young adult novels. Anastasia's goal  is to encourage high school and middle school students to read, and also to provide book recommendations. Often students are assigned outside reading, need books for a project, or are just looking for a good read.  She describes her reviews as "engaging,  [with a] journalistic style that [guides] students towards authors and genres beyond the widely-read titles." Make sure to check out her amazing site today and get some ideas for what to read next!  

The Swap / Megan Shull PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

altThe Swap, is a great take on the whole Freaky Friday waking up in someone else’s body storyline.  Ellie is having a miserable start to seventh grade. Her best friend decided Ellie’s just not up to her standards and prefers to humiliate Ellie instead of being the friend she’s used to be.  Jack is constantly under pressure from his father to perform, to be tough as nails and a hockey all-star. He never feels good enough and he feels like he might just break under the pressure.  Everything changes for Ellie and Jack when they cross paths in the nurse’s office and after that somehow they’ve switched bodies.  Now Ellie has to take on Jack’s father, brothers and learn how to play hockey .  Jack has to manage Ellie’s mom and navigate the onslaught from the girls Ellie used to call friends. Plus they don’t want to screw each other’s lives up too bad.  Ellie and Jack’s experiences give whole new meaning to walking in someone else’s shoes. The Swap has some great twists, humor and issues we can all relate too.


(Renee, the Loft)

Rust: Visitor in the Field / Royden Lepp PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

altA beautiful mix of the familiar and future come together in the first volume of Royden Lepp’s graphic novel series Rust.  The first volume unwraps a very intriguing past that involved war and the rise of robotics and machinery.  Then you meet Roman, a farmer and a tinkerer, who runs into one of the great machines of the past and Jet Jones out in his field.  Jet Jones isn’t your average guy. He flies around with a jet pack.   Jet and Roman have to use all their tricks to bring the massive beast machine down.

Rust: Visitor in the Field has action and little by little pieces the past unfold as you work through the story and graphics. But everything is still clouded in mystery. Who are these characters, really? What lies in each one of their pasts? Each little bit gets the reader more intrigued and the ending leaves you wanting to grab the next volume to figure who or what Jet Jones really is. 


(Renee, the Loft)

Tomboy / Liz Prince PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 March 2015 14:07

Cover image for TomboyLiz Prince's autobiographical graphic novel, Tomboy, tells the story of her childhood in New Mexico dealing with the obstacles of not conforming to the norm when it comes to gender expression. Her story is filled with romance, heartbreak, betrayal, humor, curiosity and growth as she stumbles through bullying and friendships, Catholic private school to the punk DIY scene. Prince does a great job of exposing readers to a nuanced perspective on gender performance without alienating the reader or drifting into too-academic territory. There was so much to relate to in her story of struggling to be accepted on her own terms, and navigating the space in between what girls and boys are "supposed to be". Prince is able to capture an emotionally fraught subject with so much humor and silliness that the reader can see his or herself in Liz's Chuck Taylor shoes.


- Kayla, Loft staff

The Winner's Curse / Marie Rutkoski PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015 00:00

altKestrel is the daughter of a general in the Valorian army, and she inherited his gift for military strategy and tactics. Kestrel, however, doesn’t want to join the military--she spends her time playing the piano and subtly undermining the social rules of her world.

Because the world that Kestrel lives in is full of rules. She’s Valorian, a part of the ruling class who conquered the Herran Peninsula long ago. They took the homes and wealth that were there, and enslaved the Herrani people to whom it all originally belonged. Slaves are used both in the household and in manual labor, and are treated as lesser life forms. Women are expected to be accompanied by an escort when in public, and must either join the military or marry at 20. Kestrel is content to use only her sharp insights to fight the status quo until she stumbles upon a slave auction.Though she’s never bought a slave before, she’s drawn to the young man for sale and brings him home.

This starts a chain reaction of changes in Kestrel’s life and in the world she lives in. The Winner’s Curse features a world that is meticulously built, with enough political intrigue and adventure to satisfy even the most discerning fan. The romance is well-developed, with a slow build-up that seems realistic. When you finish this book, you’ll be begging for the sequel. Luckily, it was just published a few days ago!

(McKenna, the Loft)


Once Upon A Time... PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 March 2015 00:00

Classic fairy tales get turned inside out in these modern retellings. Check out the Loft bulletin board and book display for more titles.

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Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale

Based on "Rapunzel" and "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Rapunzel is raised by Gothel in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. One day she climbs over the wall and learns the truth: her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.    

Cover image for Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Based on "Snow White," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Sleeping Beauty," and many more

This powerful free verse poetry collection explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends--as consumers, as objects, as competitors. From Snow White's cottage and Rapunzel's tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations.  

Cover image for BirdwingBirdwing by Rafe Martin

Based on "The Six Swans"

Prince Ardwin, known as Birdwing, the youngest of six brothers turned into swans by their stepmother, is unable to complete the transformation back into human form, so he undertakes a journey to discover whether his feathered arm will be a curse or a blessing to him.

Cover image for Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Based on "Cinderella"

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

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