Reluctant Reader Awards
2003

Top 10

Cohn, Rachel. Gingerbread. 
Rachel Cohn's debut novel balances acerbic humor with a cutting-edge sensibility and introduces an author to watch in this tale of trouble maker Cyd and her wild summer of reckoning.

Fontaine, Smokey D. E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX
Simmons's rise from impoverished child in Yonkers, NY, to successful hip-hop artist DMX known the world over is indeed an inspiring tale. But here the performer, aided by Fontaine (former music editor of The Source magazine), puts a bit too much emphasis on his violent formative years. Readers must wade through endless accounts of fights, beatings, and compromising positions involving the subject before reaching DMX's later critical and commercial success. Curiously, his artistic accomplishments are given only cursory treatment when they deserve much more; only serious fans will be interested in all the minutiae of his life revealed here. Although this is the first book devoted to DMX, libraries would do better to wait for a more balanced treatment. Not recommended. [DMX will release a new album in December, which may generate some demand for this book; because it will attract many YAs, librarians should take into account its graphic content.

Fujishima, Kosuke. Oh, My Goddess! Wrong Number. 
At long last, the "lost" Oh Mh Goddess" stories are collected for the first time, in this new, remastered first volume of the popular manga series, the first of three new volumes that restore the complete Oh My Goddess storyline and fill in early details of this delightful, funny, and exciting tale of college student Keiichi Morisato, who accidentally dials the Goddess Technical Helpline and is delivered the living, breathing, literal goddess Belldandy...and one wish. When he jokingly asks for Belldandy to stay with him forever, he gets his wish, and one hilarious headache after another as Keiichi and his Goddess-out-of-water adjust to the inevitable clash of the Spiritual Plane and the Material World. Also includes material from the previously published 1-555-Goddess.

Hart, Christopher. Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation. YA 741.5 HAR
A successful contributor to MAD magazine, the "Blondie" cartoon strip, and various film and TV productions, Hart previously brought us Manga Mania: How To Draw Japanese Comics. In this follow-up, he demonstrates anime, the unique Japanese animation style of heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects, most popularly known to U.S. audiences through series like Digimon and Sailor Moon. Based more on character than action, these anime include high-tech cyberpunks and teen characters with troubled relationships, as well as monsters, fantasy warriors, and giant robots. Hart covers storyboarding, sketching, perspective, the basics of animating, and the functioning of an animation studio. Rounding out the book are interviews with two anime directors.

Hawk, Tony. Between Boardslides and Burnout: My Notes From the Road. YA 921 HAWK, T. Haw
Hawk took readers by surprise with his bestselling autobiography, "Hawk, Occupation: Skateboarder." Now, through action-packed photography taken on tour, he illustrates each of his diary entries to provide an exclusive look at the ups and downs of life on the road and in competitions. 200 full-color photos.

Horowitz, Anthony. Point Blank: An Alex Rider Adventure. YA Horowitz, A.
Sixteen boys in a remote boarding school are suddenly all acting well-behaved and studious, but something's not right. Full of heart-pounding adventure, this sequel to "Stormbreaker" is a thrill ride and mystery all in one.

Korman, Gordon Son of the Mob. YA Korman, G.
Gr. 6-8. The Sopranos meets Romeo and Juliet in this briskly comic romance, costarring a crime kingpin's son and an FBI agent's daughter. Tony and Kendra are mad for each other, but that doesn't mean that Tony is ready to tell Kendra who his father is--especially after his horrifying discovery that her father is on the listening end of the bugs and wiretaps scattered through his house. Realizing that it wouldn't be wise for either dad to find out what's what, Tony has to do some fancy footwork to keep the fathers, and Kendra's suspicions, at bay--a task considerably complicated by his unwilling involvement with a pair of petty hoodlums. Stubbornly battling to preserve his illusion that the family «business» has nothing to do with him, Tony presents a winning mix of good instincts and innocence that will have readers cheering him on as he weathers a succession of amatory and ethical crises, to emerge at the end of this expertly plotted escapade with relationships, self-respect, and even conscience more or less intact. 

McCafferty, Megan. Sloppy Firsts. 
In her fresh fiction debut, first-time novelist McCafferty takes readers through a year in the life of smart, sarcastic Jessica Darling as she copes with the perils of high school.

McPhee, Phoebe. Alphabetical Hookup List A-J
How 3 girls tried to hook up with 78 guys in 1 semester: the second installment. So. Maybe freshman year isn't all it's cracked up to be. Jodi won't be joining a sorority any time soon. Celeste isn't so innocent anymore. Ali is on the verge of flunking out of PU. But who cares? Our heroines are hooking up with all sorts of Andys and Busters and "Captains" - slowly but surely making their way toward that elusive Z. And when they decide to take the Alphabetical Hookup List on the road.

Von Ziegesar, Cecily. Gossip Girl. 
A hot new novel that explores the scandalous and sophisticated lives of youngwomen at an elite private high school.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 

Basketball's Best Shots
Dorling KindersleyRelive spectacular moments from the history of basketball that illustrates the grace, speed, and power of the game. 
Whether its Michael Jordan's last jump shot as a Chicago Bull, Dr. J's spectacular baseline moves in the 1980 Finals, or a jaw-dropping dunk by Kobe Bryant, Basketball's Best Shots shows some of the greatest athletes in the world performing the most stunning, gravity-defying feats ever caught on film. Brought to you by NBA Entertainment photographers, this is basketball at its most thrilling. Including more than 300 photographs and a foreword by Walt "Clyde" Frazier, this book captures the grace, passion, and energy of one of the world's most popular sports. 

Kim: Empty Inside: Diary of an Anonymous Teenager. Edited by Beatrice Sparks. 
Grade 7-10-Kim, a high school senior, is on a downward spiral into anorexia. Speaking through her journal, she confides the hopes, fears, and pressures typical of a teenage girl. Her weight figures prominently in her wish to be accepted into the UCLA gymnastics program, and eventually she blames food for most of the bad things that happen to her. Kim progresses from not eating to the use of laxatives. Her rapidly changing emotions ring true, as do her feelings of helplessness-even though she is ashamed of her actions, she cannot stop herself. However, her willingness to admit her problem and accept help seems artificial and diminishes its severity. This book may encourage readers to search for additional material in the resources listed.

Mad About Super Heroes. Edited by Nick Meglin and John Ficarra. 
Superman and Batman appear on the cover of "Mad About Super Heroes," along with Alfred E. Newman, because most of the parodies found within have to do with those two comic book icons. For the Man of Steel the fun goes all the way back to Harvey Kurtzman's classic "Superduperman!" from "Mad" #4 (back when it was still a comic book) to "Smellville" from Mad #415. However, "Superduperman!", the parody of the comic book, is not to be confused with "Superduperman" the take off on the first movie, which were followed by "Spuerduperman II" and "Stuporman ZZZ," which is not to be confused with the television series "Lotus & Cluck: The New Misadventures of Stuporman." One of the things I found interesting reading through these stories was how hard it must be after several decades to come up with a new name for Superman's secret identity, from Clark Bent to Cluck Camp. 
The Caped Crusader receives similar treatment, from the classic Wally Wood drawn "Bat Boy and Rubin!" to "Bats-Man" the television show to the blockbuster "Battyman" movie and its "Buttman Returns" and "Buttman and Rubbin'" sequels. This collection comes courtesy of "the usual gang of super-idiots," and includes classic artwork by Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, Al Jafee, Angelo Torres, and Don Martin (these guys must have worked for nothing because this book is, by its own admission, priced "Cheap!). There are two sections in the volume that offer up the stories in full-color, but, of course, these are restricted to offerings from the comic book days of "Mad" (e.g., "Plastic Sam" and "Woman Wonder") and back covers (e.g, "Famous Artists' Paintings of Comic Book Characters"). 
There are other full-length movie parodies as well of the "X-Men" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies, although I liked the "Upcoming Movies Based on Comic Books," which simply offered up quickies on "Human Torch Song Triology," "Hulk Fiction" and "JLA Confidential." Another favorite is the "Real-Life Superhoeres at Comic Book Conventions," which uses the names of familiar heroes from "The Amazing Spider-Man" to "Wonder Woman" to describe the fans who read such literature. So there is a nice mix of formats to these comic looks at the comic books as the world's greatest super heroes are "mercilessly mocked and ridiculed by the world's dumbest artists and writers." Of course, if you did not read the original comics or see these movies, then you will never ever get all of the jokes. But then that is the whole point of satire, right? 

MTV Photobooth. Universe
Over 200 celebrities. 61 sunglasses. 44 tongues. 28 goofy faces. 14 blown kisses. 12 heavy metal signs. 8 threesomes. Made famous on TRL (Total Request Live), MTV's #1 daytime call-in request show, on DFX, and other MTV programs, the MTV studio photobooth has captured today's biggest celebrities as they've never been seen before-vamping, posing, giggling, and mugging for the camera in strip after outrageous four-photo strip. Now for the first time these photos have been collected in one phenomenal book: from Jennifer Lopez to Janet Jackson, Ben Affleck to Blink 182, Madonna to Muhammad Ali, MTV Photobooth will bring fans face-to-face with their favorite stars.

Thrasher Presents: How to Build Skateboard Ramps. Ed. by Kevin Thatcher. High Speed Productions, Inc. 
Many of the methods described in this book are basic carpentry techniques that you may already be familiar with. The beauty of building any skateboard ramp is that it involves simple construction techniques using everyday tools. Many subheads, sidebars, and boxes throughout the book explain or show more detail where needed.

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Midnight Predator
Assigned to assassinate the evil vampire Jeshikah, Turquoise Draka must go undercover as a slave in the mythical city of Midnight and the experience makes her relive her past spent in servitude. In an ironic twist of fate, Turquoise's master may hold the key to releasing her demons in Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

Beale, Fleur. I Am Not Esther.  Grade 7-10-
Kirby, 14, comes home from school to find her usually good-natured "dizzy flake" of a mom crying. The mystery deepens when her mother announces her intention to leave New Zealand almost immediately to work as a nurse in Africa, and ships the teen off to live with an uncle she's never met. Caleb and his family are members of a sect called the Fellowship of the Children of the Faith, and their house has no mirrors, no TV, no radio, no newspapers, and virtually nothing to read but the Bible. Her uncle renames her "Esther" and though she is by turns feisty and irreverent, she quickly learns that everyone suffers when she breaks the rules because discipline consists mostly of grueling prayer sessions that all family members are required to attend. Beginning to find her place among the six siblings, Kirby cannot understand why no one will talk about another sister, Miriam, who died just four weeks earlier. She enjoys increasingly unguarded conversations with her cousin Daniel, who secretly wishes to continue his education and become a doctor, but is horrified by the rigidity and brutality of this male-dominated fundamentalist society. The author builds tension well, introducing layers of conflict, revealing elements of the plot realistically and plausibly. The climax shocks and the resolution feels right. While understanding the comfort and peace that some believers feel, in the end it is clear to Kirby that such strict beliefs limit people, dictating too much of what can't be done instead of allowing personal initiative and creativity to flourish.

Bechard, Margaret. Hanging on to Max. YA Bechard, M.
Sam's girlfriend is pregnant -- but Sam is keeping the baby. Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with his best friend, Andy. Instead he's up to his ears in diapers and formula, caring for his baby son, Max. Will Sam now have to make a gut-wrenching decision about Max's future -- and his own? A poignant and humorous look at an old problem . . . with a new twist.

Cabot, Meg. All American Girl. YACabot, M.
From the author of the bestselling Princess Diaries books comes a brand-new tale of teenage mayhem. Samantha Madison is just your average gal when she's appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations. "All-American Girl" has been optioned for a feature film.

Cabot, Meg. Princess Diaries, Volume III: Princess in Love. YA Cabot, M.
Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo may seem like she's the luckiest girl ever. All she wants is a little peace and quiet . . . and a certain someone else to be her boyfriend. For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy-tale it's supposed to be . . . or is it?

Clarkson, Mark. Battlebots: The Official Guide
View the metal-crunching destruction from the front lines with this fully authorized guide to one of today's hottest TV shows. Browse through photographs of every major BattleBot--including construction diagrams--and get details on weight, speed, and weapon type. Meet the people behind the crowd-pleasing, spark-flying robot demolition and get step-by-step instructions for building your own fierce fighting machine. Informative and entertaining, this book kicks BOT!

Cobain, Kurt. Journals: Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings, and writings about his plans for Nirvana and his thoughts about fame, the state of music, and the people who bought and sold him and his music. Over twenty of these notebooks survived his many moves and travels and have been locked in a safe since his death. His journals reveal an artist who loved records, who knew the history of rock, and who was determined to define his place in that history.

Conniff, Richard. Rats! : The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Gr. 3-5. 
Informative color photographs and a stylish design accompany many facts and anecdotes about rats in this lively book. In addition to introducing the biology of these ubiquitous rodents, the accessible text describes their roles in history, in science, and as pets, debunking several myths along the way. Squeamish children will want to avoid some of the grimmer photos and facts, but other kids will relish the stories about a temple where rats are worshiped and pictures of rats on sale for eating. Though Outside and Inside Rats and Mice (2001), by Sandra Markle, includes more biological fact than this book does, children looking for report material will find general information here. However, the real audience will be kids who simply enjoy reading about scary animals.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Thieves' Paradise. 
Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey is back with a sexy novel about making ends meet on the wrong side of the law as he introduces an unforgettable cast of grifters and con artists--brothers and sisters looking for fulfillment, love, and a chance to succeed in a city that can be a true "thievesU paradise."

Flinn, Alex. Breaking Point YA Flinn, A.
Invited to join Charlie Good's elite inner circle at school, newcomer Paul doesn't mind doing a few small things in return. And then one day, Charlie wants something big--really big. Now Paul has to decide how far he'll go to be one of the gang.

Fornay, Alfred. Born Beautiful: The African American Teenager's Complete Beauty Guide
This guide to achieving and maintaining great skin and beautiful make-up is by an internationally acclaimed expert on health and beauty for women of color. Illustrations. 

Frank, E.R. America YA Frank, E.
At age 15, a boy named America has spent years lost in the system. Dr. B., a psychiatrist at Ridgeway Hospital, nudges America's life story from him. Dr. B. learns America was abandoned twice by his mother, about his bad brothers, and others in his life who care more than America does whether he lives or dies.

Gaiman, Neil, et al. 9-11: September 11th, 2001 (Stories to Remember. Volume 2). 
YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5 9-11
Like it earlier companion volume, this is a gift to cherish and to help remember those endless, tiresome, exhausting, horrific, and heroic days of September 2001. This time there are lots of recognizable characters in the stories as well as the heroic hordes the book so lovingly honors. It is very hard to pick favorites. Some of the stories produce small, winsome chuckles, while others open up the tear ducts we thought we'd never turn off again last fall. There's an absolutely delightful Krypto story where Superman's best friend brings his own enormous water dish to share with the rescue dogs at Ground Zero. There's also an amazing, but very brief tale of Death and Destruction of the Endless by Neil Gaiman. This is such a beautiful and unforgettable tribute; truly awesome. Even better, all profits from the sale of this and its companion volume go to aid the victims, families, and communities. An essential addition to any collection of graphic novels.

Gerard, Jim. Celebrity Skin: Tattoos, Brands, and Body Adornments of the Stars. 
What did Johnny Depp do with his Winona Forever tattoo after she dumped him? What is the ritual surrounding the Dixie Chicks and the little birdies on their feet? How many times does Angelina Jolie have Billy Bob tattooed on her body and where? Celebrity Skin has the answers and much more in this ultimate photo collection of the tattoos and body art of celebrities--from Drew Barrymore, and Sean Connery to Dennis Rodman, the Backstreet Boys, and Eminem. With over 100 pages of full-color photographs, Celebrity Skin gets the inside story (and inside look) at the beauty marks of the beautiful people.

Giles, Gail. Shattering Glass. YA Giles, G.
Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a textbook geek, and all three of Rob's posse hates him, each for his own reasons. But Rob is driven by the need to prove his power, and so he decrees that they will take on the seemingly impossible task of making Simon popular. They take him shopping for a better look, get his hair styled, teach him how to behave. Rob extracts painful sacrifices and uneasy moral compromises to achieve the goal, but each of his followers has a hidden empty place and a related secret that holds them in bondage to his manipulations. Soon Simon is on his reluctant way to becoming Class Favorite, but then he begins to show a dark, cruel side, and an ability to do what the others can't--defy Rob. The complex interlocking motivations of these five move the story inexorably to a startling bloody catharsis. 

Godfrey, Rebecca. Torn Skirt. 
Adult/High School-As a teen in the mid-'80s in British Columbia, Sara Shaw has two lives. At home, she is the responsible daughter who cleans, launders, and manages the bills for her feckless, addicted father. At school, aptly nicknamed "Mount Drug," she hangs out with a group of stoned delinquents. When her father suddenly abandons her, she leaves home for the back alleys of Victoria where she is swept into the world of runaways, pimps, prostitutes, and addicts. Despite the graphic sexual situations and language, this is a touching book about a sensitive, articulate teen who longs for security while recklessly courting danger. She misses her mother who still lives in the commune Sara and her father had left. She regrets not befriending a girl at her school, and tries to compensate by helping the young women she meets on the streets and in a shelter. She imagines life with the kind foster family she is offered, but can't make herself leave the streets and go to them. This first novel is suspenseful, surprisingly funny, and thought provoking. Godfrey's portrayal of the anguish and hope of troubled teens has a searing authenticity.

Goobie, Beth. Sticks and Stones YA Goobie, B.
Everything was going just fine for Jujube at the Valentine’s Dance. She was there with a guy she liked, and aside from a botched makeout session in the back seat of his car, the evening was fun. Then when she walked into school on Monday, all the guys looked at her and laughed. They referred to her as “backseat baby” and even the girls started getting in on the jokes. Soon her name was written on the bathroom walls paired with names like “slut.” She knew she hadn’t done anything to earn the names, but could she do anything to stop it?
This book was a quick look at the way reputations are made and broken by others and how it can affect someone’s life. A definite read for all teens.

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. YA Grimes, N.
Eighteen students in a high school English class open up and take the risky challenge of self-revelation in weekly poetry sessions. Through their poetry and narratives, they share their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their lives, and what lies beneath the skin and beyond the masquerade. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for 2003.

Groening, Matt. Simpsons Comics Unchained. 
The Simpsons are busting out the bindings in one of their wackiest books yet, and no one is safe from their maniacal comic madness! See Grampa Simpson, Bart Simpson (a.k.a. El Barto), Homer, the Comic Book Guy and local celebrity Krusty the Clown act out their wildest schemes in the new comic collection--"Simpsons Comics Unchained."

Haddix, Margaret Peterson
. Among the Betrayed. YA Haddix, M.
Nina Idi has been arrested for falsely accusing some classmates of being illegal third children--a capital crime in their society. Now she is being asked to betray others--or risk being executed.

Hart, Christopher. Mecha Mania: How to Draw the Battling Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles of Japanese Comics. 
From basic robot constructions and transformations to hidden weapons, the robot cockpit, blueprints for classic spaceships, and intense space battle scenes, everything is covered. A section on special effects will help you add further excitement to your images. Plus, there's an exclusive interview with a top industry insider.

Hoffman, Mat with Mark Lewman. The Ride of My Life.
Adult/High School-It's no exaggeration to say that the sport of BMX freestyle couldn't exist as it does today without the efforts of Hoffman, the first rider to "pull a 900" (rotate the bike in the air two and a half times after escalating off the ramp). At age 17, he bought a semi truck and put together a touring team of trick riders. Two years later, he started Hoffman Bikes (it still exists) with a loan from the Small Business Administration, a few friends, and an immense amount of desire. He helped ESPN2 produce the early X Games. He's broken countless bones, had several concussions, and undergone an experimental ACL reconstruction without anesthesia. Hoffman tells his story from the time he dropped out of school to ride in BMX tournaments professionally until late 2002, when he was 30 and he, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and many other extreme sports superstars took the "Boom Boom Huck Jam" music and sports production on the road. Nearly every page of the book has at least one black-and-white photograph showing Hoffman in action; a few color photos are also included. An appendix defines the more complicated tricks. Though Hoffman's tale will be enjoyed mostly by extreme-sports enthusiasts, anyone could find inspiration from the success and pleasure he has gotten from hard work, passion, and desire.

Hogya, Bernie. Milk Mustache Mania. YA 659.1 HOG 
Tweens, teens and other dairy devotees will drink up Milk Mustache Mania by Bernie Hogya and Sal Taibi, which collects images from the popular Got Milk? advertising campaign, with photographs by Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle and others. The paperback original contains reproductions of more than 65 ads and features stars as varied as Kermit the Frog, Britney Spears, Mike Myers and '70s rock icons Kiss whose photo shows frontman Gene Simmons dripping the liquid from his legendary tongue. Ages 11-up. 

Hrdlitschka, Shelley. Dancing Naked. 
When sixteen-year-old Kia finds she is pregnant, she finds that the choices she must make are never easy.

Irons, Diane. Teen Beauty Secrets: Fresh, Simple & Sassy Tips for Your Perfect Look. YA 646.7 IRO
This must-have guide gives teen girls the edge they need to handle every fashion emergency, from breakouts and bad hair days to makeup mishaps and wardrobe calamities.

Jemas, Bill. Origin: The True Story of Wolverine. YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5 JEM
One of the things that makes wolverine a great character is his mysterious past. Marvel and he rest of the comics world would have been fine leaving him alone, but heres the thing... Hollywood has struck gold with the X-men more specifically wolverine and the longer his origin was left undefined the better the chances were a group of committee thinkers at FOX would have given us their version. Better for us Marvel Editor and Chief decided to set the record straight and do it the marvel way. I for one am very happy they did. Origin is a touching twisting tale that nails down the underpinnings of a complicated hero.

Johnson, Kathleen Jeffrie. Parallel Universe of Liars
Grade 9 Up-The cover photograph of two condoms in their wrappers gives fair warning of the content of this book. Overweight Robin, 15, is surrounded by dreadful role models. Her mother, father, stepmother, and neighbor Frankie (an actor wanna-be) are obsessed with physical appearances. In addition to their rather manic pursuit of sex and beauty, which Robin witnesses inadvertently or by design, she finds her own social life in upheaval and is devastated when her best friend moves to Alabama. Frankie has sex with her stepmother and seduces Robin. Meanwhile, the teen begins dating a new boy, and the contrast between his maturity and the reckless disregard of the adults in her family is well delineated. Robin's concerns and her language are frequently crude, but sadly believable. Not every element of the novel is equally successful: the letters Melissa writes to Robin are so poetic as to be nearly incomprehensible and the typeface is difficult to decipher. Still, this is the work of a promising writer and will be undeniably interesting to some teens.

Johnstone, Mike. Nascar: The Need For Speed. YA 796.72 JOH
Grade 5-7 Wildly busy pages present text on boldly colored backgrounds accompanied by screaming-yellow "Stat File" inserts and fire-engine-red "Fact File" boxes, all superimposed on large photos of monster trucks in roaring action or NASCAR racing. The texts themselves are simple to read and brief enough to lure reluctant readers into taking a chance, and the lively presentation of factoids and racing history should keep them involved. A glossary of technical terms and sport-specific lingo; some racing organization names, addresses, and Web and e-mail addresses; and an index round out the presentations.

Jukes, Mavis. The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual. 
Loaded with information about puberty, personal hygiene, dating, sex even the prom Mavis Jukes's The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual puts boys in the driver's seat. Cheeky chapter headings (e.g., "Under the Hood" and "Ignition System"), funky '50s photographs and loads of phallic car parts pump up the volume. Honest talk about the opposite sex and tips on respectful behavior plus a discussion about homosexuality and homophobia are included.

Kemp, Kristen. I Will Survive. 
Poor Ellen. Her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. Her other (male) best friend is in love with her when he really shouldn’t be. Her beauty queen sister is on a rampage. And her mom is having an affair with one of her teachers. At first, Ellen wants to climb into bed and never get out again. Then she decides she¹s not going to take all of this lying down. She¹s out for revenge a very comic revenge with some very unintended consequences.

Knapp, Jennifer. Cheap Frills: Fabulous Facelifts For Your Clothes. YA 646.4 KNA
You want the beaded skirt but you don't want to surrender your life's savings. You own several so-so sweaters that lack a certain je ne sais quoi and are better left in the closet. Cheap Frills is guaranteed to solve these fashion crises and more. With over forty simple ideas that use ribbons, beads, sequins, and other easy-to-find trimmings, the projects in Cheap Frills will have readers converting their humdrum garments into one-of-a-kind fashion statements before they can say avant garde. From the I Dream of Genie Top accented with sparkly sequins to a Snow Bunny sweater trimmed with soft faux sheepskin, these great do-it-yourself couture ideas range from sophisticated to whimsical, but always wearable. A practical resource guide offers a host of good ideas for where to get the materials used in the book, and an illustrated techniques section makes it a snap to learn all the basic stitches. Illustrated throughout with colorful photographs and drawings, Cheap Frills has something for every mood, be it hot or haute.

Knowles, Beyonce. Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny's Child
They're beautiful, they're talented, they're bootylicious . . . 
From first kisses and broken hearts to pillow fights and legal battles to losing friends and finding strength in God, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams share it all. Their example of survival has made Destiny's Child one of the most beloved, bestselling female groups ever. 
Here for the first time, the three share the struggles that have made them stronger, from Beyoncé's battles with weight loss and shyness, Kelly's coming to terms with growing up without a dad, and Michelle's triumph over grade-school bullies. They've grown up under the media microscope, and have had to deal with lineup changes and media rumors. Now they set the record straight. 
The demands and drama, the schedules and scrutiny -- from the tour bus to the dressing rooms to backstage at awards shows, Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle talk about what it takes to be successful. Whether it's changing outfits in the rain, changing their hair color, or changing a name, they've done it. 
Don't be mistaken, they're not a prefab group of young girls -- they're smart, independent women with a lot of soul. When these ladies had only minutes of studio time to work with Wyclef Jean to remix one of their songs, they didn't stress, they just started singing faster -- and the result was a unique sound that put them on the map. Everyone has caught on to the Destiny's Child groove -- Whitney Houston, Bono, and Michael Jackson have all given them props, and the King of Pop himself serenaded them with a rendition of “Bootylicious.”  Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle take you behind the scenes of a video rehearsal at which Aaliyah rewound their practice music, to the set of Austin Powers 3, where a starstruck Beyoncé felt anything but foxy before auditioning for the part of Foxxy Cleopatra, and backstage at the Grammys, where a last-minute costume change fiasco nearly kept Michelle from going onstage. 
With total honesty, these soul survivors not only dish the details of their past, but share their hopes, plans, and dreams for the future. 

Knowles, Tina. Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Secrets from Destiny's Child
You know the words to all their songs and you've got all their dance moves down. Now you can learn how to bring one-of-a-kind style -- Destiny's Style -- into your own world. Tina Knowles, Destiny's Child stylist and Beyoncés mom, shares the stories behind the seams, screens, smiles, and songs. Whether it's customizing a T-shirt, changing your hairstyle, or adding some sparkle to your makeup, she gives tips to look bootylicious for a big night out.
Tina inspired her Independent Women, Beyoncé and Solagne Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, to embrace their own individuality, creativity, and style. Now, for the first time ever, get shopping and decorating tips as well as secret family recipes from on of the best-loved groups around -- and from the woman who single-handedly created their recognizable -- and sought-after -- look.

Koertge, Ron. Stoner + Spaz YA Koertge, R.
Starring an unlikely teenage pair--a sheltered cinemaphile with cerebral palsy and a tattooed, straight-talking stoner--this funny, in-your-face novel shows that the incentive to follow one's passion can be set into motion by something as simple as a human touch.

Krulik, Nancy. Lisa Lopes
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas came together in Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1990s to form TLC, a group that blended hip-hop, dance, and R&B music so successfully that it went on to be one of the bestselling female groups of all time. 
This is the story of how Lisa Lopes, the self-proclaimed "crazy" member of TLC, rose above her difficult childhood to attain superstardom. With her funky raps and her vivacious personality, Lisa pursued her dreams and became known as the most energetic member of TLC, who went on to pave the way for many female groups that followed. 

Lahaye, Tim and Jerry Jenkins. Left Behind: A Graphic Novel of Earth's Last Days
YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5 LAH
Created by a leader in graphic novels for the general market, this collection in the bestselling "Left Behind" series ushers in an entirely new format for Christian product. Not the comic books many readers may remember, this series is a new way to communicate with readers ages 12 and older.

Manoy, Lauren. Where to Park Your Broomstick: A Teen's Guide to Witchcraft. 
Grade 7 Up-This guide begins with a substantial section on the history of paganism and witchcraft, but there is little mention of the torture and killing of witches throughout history. Commonalities with and contrasts between Wicca and 11 other religions are included. The bulk of the work deals with rituals, tools, principles, devotions, holidays, celebrations, and (positive) spells. Self-discovery and self-expression are encouraged throughout. Potential teenage witches are urged to introduce family and friends to their beliefs gently and gradually. They are reminded to respect house rules such as not lighting candles if this is not allowed by parents. Some of the practices mentioned, such as jumping and yelling into the wind during a lively storm and leaving bowls of water on the windowsill to gather moon rays, might cause parental concern. However, discretion and respect for others are mentioned frequently as are safety precautions. Basic meditation techniques are described, as are a few techniques of divination. Advice, elucidation of the text, and personal experiences from four teenage Wiccans, ages 13 to 17, appear in shaded boxes. Ink drawings are informative, but scant. Web sites and contact information for organizations such as the ACLU and "The Witches League for Public Awareness" are included in relevant chapters; more sites and lists of "correspondences" for "magickal" connections are appended.

Marron, Maggie. Stylin': Great Looks for Teens. YA 791.43 MAR
Glossy color photographs of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry fill the pages of Stylin': Great Looks for Teens by Maggie Maron. As girls read make-up tips and "celebrity style secrets," view different hairstyles and learn how to "dress to impress," they can see examples on their favorite stars.

Masoff, Joy. Snowboard! Your Guide to Freeriding, Pipe and Park, Jibbing, Backcountry, Alpine, Boardercross and More. National Geographic YA 796.93 MAS
The edgy, high-action winter sport of snowboarding is explored in this adventurous book being released to coincide with the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Includes full-color photo, fun-to-read text filled with hip terms and lingo, sample drawings of techniques and special moves, and how-to tips from the pros.

McDonnell, Nick. Twelve. MCD
From a gifted and assured 17-year-old author comes a stunning portrait of hisgeneration, set among wealthy kids in Manhattan.

Milan, Garth. Freestyle Motorcross 2 Air Sickness: More Jump Tricks for the Pros. YA 796.7 MIL
This follow-up to Freestyle Motocross: Jump Tricks From the Pros presents 25 new tricks in the same format done by the top freestyle riders (Mike Metzger, Travis Pastrana, Corey Hart, etc.) Like the first book, this edition shows each trick in step-by-step, multi-angle photography, with text describing how the pro does the trick. The front of the book features short, fun profiles of the riders and a section describing the bike step-ups preferred by current pros.

Nathan, M.M. Cribs: A Guided Tour Inside the Homes of Your Favorite Stars. 
Now you can see how the other half lives -- and get expert design tips to boot! Step inside the private domiciles of Destiny's Child, Tommy Lee, Ice-T, Mariah Carey, Moby, Snoop Dogg, Boy George, Master P, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Usher, Lil' Romeo, Pamela Anderson, O-Town, Rob Zombie, Joey McIntyre 
...and other luminaries in this revealing companion book to MTV's hit show Cribs. This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour takes you through the English estates, glam-rock living rooms, chic L.A. bungalows, Manhattan lofts, gothic mansions, French country bedrooms, playrooms, hideaways, and hangouts of the rich and famous. MTV's Cribs calls on architects and interior decorators to re-create their spaces on a less-than-celebrity-size budget. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can make a style statement or surround yourself in faux fabulousness -- when you get "home-schooled" by MTV's Cribs! 

Odes, Rebecca, Esther Drill, and Heather McDonald. The Looks Book: A Whole New Approach to Beauty, Body Image, and Style. YA 646.7 ODE
This title features a range of beauty archetypes to help young women redefine their concepts of beauty while emphasizing self-expression and a healthy irreverence toward traditional ideals. 

Olmstead, Kathleen. Girls' Guide to Tarot. 
"A primer for beginning enthusiasts. The text is accompanied by soft, flowing illustrations and detailed pictures of the most popular Tarot cards...This guide will be ideal for providing a solid base for exploration.""--School Library Journal. "There's nothing mystical about this straightforward treatment of centuries-old Tarot...One of the best parts of this is its crisp, bright artwork...The cards' familiar look will make potential Tarot readers more comfortable...Libraries wishing to include a book about the subject for young people will find this an attractive choice.""

Paniccioli, Ernie. Who Shot Ya? : Three Decades Of HipHop Photography..Pavanel, Jane. 
More than 25 years ago, Paniccioli, armed with a 35-millimeter camera, recorded the beginning salvos of hip hop, today the highest-grossing segment of the music industry.This collection of more than 200 color images represents and follows this sociopolitical art form from the streets of New York City to the billion-dollar industry hip hop has become. 

The Sex Book: The Alphabet of Smarter Love.
A former teacher, Canadian writer Jane Pavanel confronts difficult topics directly and candidly in The Sex Book: An Alphabet of Smarter Love. Encyclopedic entries and Q&A sections break down such issues as abortion, AIDS and peer pressure in language teens can understand. Funky graphics and a typewriter-like font frame the facts; "sex symbols" indicate items of particular interest to men or to women. 

Philobus. Twisted Yoga
Here's a book that's as funny and awe-inspiring as it is beautiful. An internationally renowned dance company presents its singular vision of what "yoga" might be through their wonderfully wild and imaginative eyes. Bodies twisted, bent, and balanced in the most extraordinary, eye-popping poses will leave readers amazed-even laughing-and asking "How do they do that?" From the "Bow di Sattva" and "Sitting Shiva" to the "Gordian Knot" and "Praying Mantis," this clever catalog of playful postures and beautiful body sculptures is a great gift for those who are fascinated (or mystified) by yoga as well as yoga devotees, dance lovers, fitness fanatics, and collectors of books of art and photography.

Pollack, Pamela. Ski! Your Guide to Jumping, Racing, Skiboarding, Nordic, Backcountry, Aerobatics, and More. National Geographic 
The first books in a thrilling new National Geographic series for sports lovers feature edgy, high-action X-sports that fascinate today's kids. Release coincides with high interest in winter sports generated by the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Full-color photos throughout.

Rain, Gwinevere. Spellcraft for Teens: A Magical Guide to Writing and Casting Spells.
A Wiccan teen writes a simple, step-by-step guide to following the Wiccan path and living a magical life - An innovative guide that outlines the eleven steps to writing and casting a bewitching spell - Contains a twelve-step guide to casting a magick circle - Provides fifty-five chants and incantations for fourteen magical purposes.

Rennison, Louise. Knocked Out By My Nunga Nungas: Further Further Confessions of Georgia Nicholson. YA Rennison, L.
The irrepressible heroine of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging" is back, and funnier than ever. In this third installment of her hilarious confessions, Georgia's "red bottomosity" is out of control. Whatever will happen next?

Schatz, Howard. Athlete. 
One of the great photographers of the human form turns his camera lens toward athletes from a variety of sports fields, capturing spectacular images of Alonzo Mourning, Alan Houston, Stephon Marbury, and many others.

Seate, Mike. Streetbike Extreme. 
Adult/High School-Teens will get a kick out of the thrilling color photos of daring motorcycle stunts captured in this book. The text is irreverent, streetwise, yet informative. Seate gives a brief history of streetbike stunts, dating from 1913, with accompanying photos. There is a 1978 black-and-white picture of Evel Knievel, father of street extreme, flying high above a row of 16 double-decker buses. Another photo shows one of his failed attempts at a trick. The history of the stunt team The Starboyz, known for its stand-up wheelie competitions as well as its frequent run-ins with police officers, is recounted in colloquial prose. Stunt riding is dangerous, and the author warns readers against trying it. With characteristically candid humor, he describes the activities in this book as "completely insane" and almost certain to "result in the destruction of property, death, dismemberment, and the loss of reproductive organs." In this disclaimer, he also absolves himself and his publisher of any legal responsibility for readers who try to perform the stunts. The pages of the book borrow from the graphic styles of slick Web pages with their colorful large-print quotes and quips by stunt riders. One chapter selects members from several teams including the Miami Warriors, Chaindrive, D-Aces, Wheelie Boyz, and others, then highlights certain riders to describe the videos they're featured in, the bikes they use, and their favorite stunts.

Seckel, Al. Great Book of Optical Illusions. YA 152.14 SEC + 152.148 SEC
Adult/High School-This visually stunning collection will appeal to illusion enthusiasts as well as to art lovers. It presents more than 270 classic examples and works of art that incorporate them. The book is divided into "galleries" and endnotes explain individual entries and how they work. One could spend hours exploring its thoughtful arrangement and the excellent-quality, full-color and black-and-white reproductions. There is factual information about the science behind the illusions, a bit about the artists, and about the types of illusion. However, this is, by and large, a sophisticated coffee-table book that young people will enjoy poring over and figuring out what they see or think they see.

Straczynski, J. Michael. Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home. YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5 STR
J. Michael Straczynski is a man who has made his mark in many ways whether in the world of science fiction and television with the hit Babylon 5 or in the comic book industry with such books as Rising Stars and Midnight Nation. Now his unique vision comes to the world of Marvel and the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Joining Straczynski is a man of equal legend -- John Romita Jr. Regarded by many as the definitive Spider-Man artist of the last decade, Romita's unique pace and superb storytelling perfectly complement Straczynski's vision.

Tanzman, Carol. Shadow Place.
Grade 5-8-Lissa's lifelong friend and next-door neighbor, Rodney, has been acting stranger than usual lately. His anger toward his verbally abusive father has increased, his lack of patience for Lissa's other friends has become a nuisance, and his obsession with guns has her frightened. Even her attempts to lure him into their secret "Shadow Place" game fail miserably. Rodney's mother, who left the family two years earlier, comes back into the picture just long enough to tell him that she has remarried and is moving to Saudi Arabia. This is the last straw for him. He disappears with some of his father's guns, and Lissa is forced to follow the clues he leaves behind to figure out where he has gone and what he is planning. The story unfolds through e-mail, chat-room dialogue, and narrative but the characters are never developed beyond their surface personas. Rodney's problems with his overbearing father are, unfortunately, all too realistic, and some young teens will easily put themselves into his shoes. Lissa's hesitance in deciding whether or not to stand by her friend is a true picture of what peer pressure can do. Readers seeking a gritty, dramatic story will be disappointed, but others content not to seek out deeper meaning will be satisfied with this quick if somewhat predictable read.

Traig, Jennifer. Accessories: Things to Make and Do. YA 745.5 TRA
A crafty girl knows that true style comes by way of vision and daring-along with a healthy dose of sequins, fake fur, and funky fabric. Enter Crafty Girl: Accessories, the next book in the winning Crafty Girl series, and the grooviest-ever guide to making bags, hats, hair-wear, and more. From the pretty to the punk, it’s positively packed with projects to brighten up any wardrobe. Too cool for school? Not too cool for the Bohemian Backpack. And Starlet Sparkle shades make it easy to go incognito on those days when a crafty girl just can’t bear the paparazzi. Kitten Mittens keep the paws toasty, and a Milkmaid Kerchief tames the tresses. With more than 40 projects and handy stencils at the back, Crafty Girl: Accessories is the ultimate handbook for creating sparkly, spangly fashion masterpieces.

Traig, Jennifer.
Crafty Girl: Slumber Parties: Things to Make and Do. YA 745.5 TRA
New in Chronicle Books’ winning series for tweens and teens, Crafty Girl: Slumber Parties answers the critical question: How to host a slumber party that isn’t a snore? Here, complete plans for fourteen fabulous themed fetes offer dozens of dreamy ideas for midnight munchies, hilarious games, clever crafts, fun sleepover flicks, and more. Guests will enjoy getting supercrafty at the all-night-long Beadapalooza, the sparkliest party around. The relaxing Bliss-Out Spa Party encourages attendees to chill, with beauty treatments and tasty refreshments fit for a film star. And the creepy Night on Haunted Hill will scare the squeals out of every girl in sight. The ultimate guide to partying in one’s PJs, Crafty Girl: Slumber Parties lets any hostess transform an ordinary sleepover into a spectacular slumberama.

Tucker, Reed. Osbournes Unf***ingauthorized: The Completely Unauthorized and Unofficial Guide to Everything Osbourne.
This is the completely unauthorized and unofficial guide to everything Osbourne. The book includes biographies on all family members including the daughter you don’t see! Plus, a full episode guide for the first 10 episodes; discography, Ozzfest information; over 30 photos with captions; fun facts. 

Von Ziegesar, Cecily. You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel. 
Grade 9 Up-In the spirit of Gossip Girl (Little, Brown, 2002) comes You Know You Love Me, which deals with the same New York City friends. The novel runs much like a soap opera, except that the main characters are all rich and snobby chic 17-year-olds who want what they want and let nothing get in the way. Blair's mother has just announced that she will marry a short, stubby man of high society, Cyrus Rose, after a two-month courtship, and Blair must deal with a whole new family life, including Aaron, a dreadlocked hippie stepbrother. She has disowned her best friend, Serena, who slept with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Nate. He has begun to return the affections of ninth-grader Jennifer, whose brother, a hopeless romantic, is pining over Serena. Gossip Girl is a chat room for relaying information to and about the group. A great read for those who like romance and drama related in a sassy manner, complete with obscenities and some alcohol, drugs, and sex.

Waid, Mark. JLA: Tower of Babel. YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5 JLA
Such a dismantling of the greatest team of superheroes on Earth...all by the mind of one of their own. This collects one of the biggest stories of the comic world in 2000. Also includes issue #42 and the JLA Giant 80 page edition. The story itself is top notch (Mark Waid at his finest...check out Kingdom Come if you want more proof of his finest). The story is logical makes sense (well, as much sense as you can be with this plot).The art can get bland at times, but it suits its purpose of moving the story along and conveying the action. And it's very economical, considering back issues would be twice the price (at least!). I would recommend this to anyone who has a interest in superhero comics or just want to read a interesting tale. 

Wilson, Jacqueline. Girls in Love. YA Wilson, J.
The first book in an exciting new trilogy! Ellie's starting ninth grade and she's got some very definite goals. She'll stay best friends with Magda and Nadine. She'll go on a diet and stick to it. She'll get a glamorous hairstyle. And she'll get a boyfriend. Even if she has to settle for one who likes her more than she likes him. Any guy will do, right?

Wittlinger, Ellen. The Long Night of Leo and Bree. 
On the anniversary of his sister's brutal murder, Leo has to get out of the house, away from his crazy mother. Seeing a girl on the street, Leo wonders why it wasn't she who was murdered rather than his sister. Leo grabs the girl, Bree, and takes her hostage. Soon the two begin to see each other not as captor and captive, but as real people who can help each other.

Worthington, Charles. The Complete Book of Hairstyling YA 646.7 WOR
There are easy-to-follow instructions for more than 100 hairstyles in this glossy and very user-friendly book.