Reviews by Alice J.
Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.
Saving the Planet & Stuff|
Typical suburban teenager who goes to spend part of his summer working as an intern at the magazine offices of his grandparents old hippie friends. These folks are strong environmentalists who don't drive their car, don't waste energy, and always reduce, reuse and recycle. Quite a shock to Michael who is hoping to gain something since his summer job with his uncle ended. See who changes the most while Michael is living with Walt & Nora. Ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Gauthier
Ten year old Rachel tries to find out why her father is so sad when he looks at her baby brother. Her mother tells the girls about their firstborn son who died at 2 months without a proper Christian burial. Rachel doesn't believe that this is fair and wants to help her father. This story shows how hard the family's life was on a farm in South Dakota in the 1950's. For ages 9 and up.
WPL Call Number: J Geisert
As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President|
As the daughter of Florida governor Elyssa Rothrock, Vanessa adjusts to living with constant publicity and security details. Once her mother decides to run for president, Vanessa realizes their time alone together is gone. Secret Service protection is always around her. Messages from her mom are delivered in emails, phone calls or from her mom's assistant. Not wanting to share her mom with the rest of the country and feeling neglected, Vanessa thinks her mom should quit the race. An interesting look at an election campaign from a twelve year old's perspective for ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Gephart
The Liberation of Gabriel King|
K. L. Going
In a small Georgia town during the summer of 1976, Gabriel and his only friend, Frita Wilson decide to do something about all of Gabe's fears. He makes a list of all his fears, including spiders, cows, starting fifth grade, and especially the two bullies in sixth grade. Frita also makes a list of her fears, but brave Frita, the first to integrate Gabe's school, decides they should spend their summer conquering their fears. She starts by catching a big spider as a pet for Gabe. How the two friends accomplish this with their families' support is a great story. For ages 9 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Going
The Truth About Twelve|
Theresa Martin Golding
Lindy would rather be back in the city of Philadelphia instead of the fancy suburb with its huge houses. She lies to her classmates about where she lives and what her parents do. Afraid of telling the truth about their rundown house by the highway and keeping the family secret, she wants friends to like her. Her thoughts frequently return to the life they had before the incident with her beautiful younger sister the year before. School and softball keep Lindy busy until the truth is revealed. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Golding
Will the Real Raisin Rodriguez Please Stand Up?|
Fans of the Clique series will appreciate Raisin's situation when she returns to visit her father in Berkeley over winter vacation. Nothing has stayed the same. Her two best friends replaced her with a new friend, her father has a new lady friend, and her favorite pie restaurant has a new menu! Raisin is hoping that the boyfriend she left in Philadelphia will miss her even though he doesn't talk much. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Goldschmidt
The Red Umbrella|
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
As Cuba changes with Castro and the communist revolution, Lucia's family starts to lose their freedom. Jobs and possessions are taken from them. Their happy middle class family life is shattered. Her parents choose to send Lucia and her brother to the United States where they will be able to continue with school in the care of strangers. Unhappy with the separation, Lucia promises her parents to do her best and take care of her brother. Based on actual events in the author's family, this story reveals a sad chapter in history. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Gonzalez
My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel|
Forced to vacation on Cape Cod in a special program with outings for divorced families, Tracy is prepared to hate it all. This experience changes her and the others over their few weeks together. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Graham
Eve & Adam|
When Evening Spiker's leg is severed in an accident, her mother insists on moving Eve out of the hospital to her own Spiker Biopharamaceuticals research facility. While recuperating, Eve is given a computer with a program that she can use to design the perfect person. An amazingly quick recovery forces Eve to accept the information a young worker there gives her explaining that her mom used her as a guinea pig. Young Solo Plissken explains that his parents were scientists who were Spiker's business partners before they were killed in a car accident. Solo tells Eve about all the bizarre and illegal experiments performed at Spiker. How Eve deals with this info and with Solo makes for an exciting saga. A great read for ages 12 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Grant
A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era |
David T. Greenberg
Greenberg writes about his life during the 1960s. His father was a civil rights lawyer who was working to break down the racial bariers in the South. While his father took risks in Alabama and Mississippi, Jack fought his own battles against curly hair and his poor sports skills. Fact is mixed with fiction in this view of a young boy's life. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Greenberg
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