Here are the books from last week! Right now I’m reading Broken Memory and Room. Both are extremely sad. 😦 What I need is a cheerful book! Got any suggestions?
1. Vampirates Book 3: Blood Captain by Justin Somper
While Connor faces trouble in the form of an obnoxious new crewmate, Grace, his twin sister, seeks out a vampirate guru who might be able to heal their dear friend Lorcan’s blindness.
2. Broken memory : a novel of Rwanda by Élisabeth Combres
Hiding behind the old sofa, five-year-old Emma does not witness the murder of her mother, but she hears everything. And when the assassins finally leave, the young Tutsi girl somehow manages to stumble away from the scene, motivated only by the memory of her mother’s last words: “You must not die, Emma!” Taken in by an old Hutu woman, Mukecuru, Emma is still haunted by nightmares long after the war ends. When the country establishes gacaca courts to allow victims to face their tormenters in their villages, Emma is uneasy and afraid. But through her growing friendship with a young torture victim and the gentle encouragement of an old man charged with helping child survivors, Emma finds the courage to return to the house where her mother was killed and begin the journey to healing.
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful–and attempts a nail-biting escape.
4. Idiots Guide to Cool Jobs for Teens by Susan Ireland
With U.S. unemployment the lowest it’s been in 25 years, the job market for teens has never been better. But even in good times, it can be hard for teens to find jobs that are right for them. They still must be able to interview with confidence, stick with the daily grind and figure out how much money will be paid in taxes. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cool Jobs for Teens teaches job-finding skills (resumes and cover letter writing and interviewing techniques), job-keeping skills, being an entrepreneur, spending and saving on a salary and exploring internships and volunteering. Ideal for 12-18 year-olds.
5. Boys R Us: a Clique Novel by Lisi Harrison
Massie, hurt that friends have caught the eyes of boys she was interested in, hires actresses to pretend to be her new friends while Claire, who feels somehow responsible, makes a dramatic move to set things right.