Tuesday, September 3, 2013

1st Day of School

It's the first day of school here in Virginia! Here are some books to get you started! (I'm on vacation, so all annotations are from WorldCat this week.)


How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler. Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom."

Shadowland by Meg Cabot. After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah has to cope not only with her new stepbrothers, but also with the handsome ghost sitting in her new bedroom and the angry girl ghost haunting her new school. Suze is a mediator, a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations. But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind, and Suze happens to be in the way

We Are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah! by Fiona Rosenbloom. Eighth-grader Stacy Friedman will do anything to be accepted into the cool clique, even crashing the biggest Bar Mitzvah of the year.


Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt. With help from her best friend Ava and Ava's boyfriend Noah, Hannah is recovering from being dumped by her boyfriend Sebastian, but on the first day of their senior year in high school, Ava learns that Hannah and Noah betrayed her while she was away.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. When her best friend moves away, sixteen-year-old Jessica is devastated and finds it difficult to deal with the girls at school, her obsessive parents, and her lack of a love life. Jennie adds: the first in the super awesome Jessica Darling series, follow it with Second Helpings.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. Jennie adds: the first in a series, follow it with Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.


The Squad: Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. High school sophomore Toby Klein enjoys computer hacking and wearing combat boots, so she thinks it is a joke when she is invited to join the cheerleading squad but soon learns cheering is just a cover for an elite group of government operatives known as the Squad. Jennie adds: follow it with Killer Spirit.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. Jennie adds: the first of the hilarious confessions of Georgia Nicolson, follow it with On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God)

Schooling by Heather McGowan. Thirteen-year-old American Catrine Evans is sent to an English boarding school after the death of her mother.

What are your back to school reads?

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