SEPTEMBER

Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Rafe is back at school being bullied by Miller the Killer. Until he finds out he's fast and can play flag football-on Miller's team. Lots of complications including being in an IEP support group for tutoring, and posting his funny and effective art. I like this series. It has comic relief but also some touching meditation. And Rafe's dead brother is still there for good advice. Good. 4th+

Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
These are cute short chapter books about a rather naughty little girl. In this case Lulu is going to get her babysitter fired and make her parents want to never leave home again. But this is another type of baby sittler and the tables turn. 2nd+

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
This was in YA under 398.2. which caught my attention. It's classic retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon where the lass, whose mother never named her, seedks to rescue her Isbjorn (ice bear) from the Queen of Trolls. Quite complicated with many clues but also necessary pure heartedness. I really enjoyed it as a romantic adventure. YA for ?--maybe the man who crawls into her bed every night.?

Terminal by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
The final (?) story of the Virals. The pack finds themselves being attacked by another pack of red-eyed virals. Chance Claybourne has joined them, or has he? And there are the Men In Black. This is action and stress packed and races to a satisfying conclusion. I raced through this in two days. YA for romance and violence.

Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
At the autopsy of an Orthodox Jew who may have been murdered, Temperance Brennan is slipped a photo of a skeleton from an archeological dig which the purveyor indicates may have caused the murder. Complications and sleuthing follow. Are these the bones of Jesus? Or is the second set of bones discovered in Jerusalem the bones of Jesus? Lots and lots of history and Israeli geography here. But it drags pretty badly. And of course they are not the bones of Jesus. Duh. Not as much fun to read as Virals. The murder mystery got buried in the dust.

The Scam by Janet Evanovich
Another Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare story. They are trying to put away a money laundering casino owner who is especially sadistic. Using her regular support people--military genius dad, buxom Wanda the wonder driver, and a few others, it's a pretty complicated scam. I like this one better than the last. Still not as good as Stephanie Plum. Adult.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Read this to see if it should be only high school. It's really well written, but I would recommend it for 8th graders and up. There are a couple of explicit sexual scenes that are important to the story. This is a good story defending the marginalized and meek. There is also use of weed, although the main character recognizes that it wasn't good for him. I'd put it in an 8th grade classroom. Not the library. Excellent.

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig
Read this on my Kindle while I had the flu. Appropriately fluffy chick lit. Girl returns to hometown and old flame but they are just old friends (right). Murder take place in coffee joint she has started managing that day. Handsome stranger knocks her off her feet but he's suspicious--but exceedingly hot. Sex, food, murder. Light reading. ADULT

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This took me awhile to get into, (see preceeding review--flu reading) but I ended up really liking it. Sadly it's a first in a series and leaves us hanging!! Etta Spencer is ripped from her own city and time to find herself somehow being used by a powerful family patriarch. At the same time Nicholas Carter who thought he was free of the family is pulled back in. But he is Black and she is a woman and it's 1776 which puts incredible limits on both of them. This reads much like the Tigers' Curse. Lots of desire and longing. And sex eventually. Discreet. It will be frustrating for anyone who knows they have to wait a year or more for a sequel. YA Very good.