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1. Grant, Michael. The Magnificient 12: the Call.
"A lighter than usual fantasy action adventure that is sure to win many fans and fly off the shelves."
Kirkus Reviews, 2011
"Abundant action and humor".
Publishers Weekly Review, 2011
2. Riordan, Rick. The Son of Neptune.
"It's the ultimate toga party. #1 Best-selling series-the Heroes of Olympus."
The New York Times Review, 2011
3. Ferraiolo, Jack D.Sidekicks.
"Bright Boy, a sidekick of Batman-like superhero Plantom Justice, aka Trent Clancy, rescues a beautiful female hostage from the clutches of evil Rogue Warrior, but is powerless to conceal his affections....His nemesis Dr. Chaotic, escapes from prison with his sidekick, Monkeywrench...Allison..long story short, they fight and flirt. ... This is a fast-reading, cleverly told, entertaining tale, sort of a graphic novel without pictures. Although loose ends abound, the fun is in the boy meets girl story. Readers will be entertained and will hope for a quick sequel to fill in the gaps."
SLJ Review, 2011.
4. Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens.
Grades 9 & up
"Whip smart social commentary, surreall plot elements, and feminist themes come together in this bizarre and brilliant story about a group of beauty pageant contestants stranded on a remote island after a plane crash. Undanuted by disaster, the teens hone their survival skills as they practice dance routines and pageant interviews, while a ruthless corporation secretly plans to use them as pawns in an arms deal with an insane dictator. Beneath an entertaining veneer of witty dialogue and comic absurdity lies a thought-provoking exploration of society's expectations for how young women should look, feel, think and act. ... Bray rises admirably to the challenge of developing a large cast of characters. Each pageant contestant possesses much more than surfact-level beauty, and even the most stereotypically ditzy girl offers unique and unexpected strength. Readers from all backgrounds willidentify with the representation of various religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations among the charactors. ... The empowering theme of self acceptance and the affirming message that women should underestimate themselves or others makes this novel a potentially life changing book for budding feminists.
SLJ Review, 2011.
5. Brooks, Martha. Queen of Hearts.
"It is 1940, and Canada, along with the rest of the world, is at war. Marie Claire, 15, lives on a farm with Maman, Papa, and her younger brother and sister. Never easy, life gets much harder after down on his luck Oncle Gerard comes to stary and then dies from tuberculosis in the local infirmary. Soon, Marie Claire and her siblings are diagnosed with TB and consigned to the same institution. Adventuresome and headstrong Marie Claire is confined to a bed next to painfully cheerful Signy and told to be a "patient patient." When her brother dies just before Christmas, Marie Claire must come to terms with the blame she has placed on herself for having taken him to visit their Oncle, as well as her father's inability to deal with what has happened to his children. The novel provides an intriguing glimpse into the now unfamiliar world of TB sanatoriums. ... A well drawn, innocent, yet compelling work of historical fiction."
SLJ Review, 2011