Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Short & Sweet and to the point!

Top Ten Tuesday: Short, sweet and to the point.

Bogged down again with school work now that the holidays are over?  We know it can be hard to find time to read so this week we’ve picked titles that are short (less than 250 pages), but have lots of action, mystery, suspense, romance and humor.

10. Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore: A wealthy sorcerer's invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family's disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

9. The Juvie Three, by Gordan Korman: Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.*

8. Word Nerd, by Susan Neilson: Ambrose lives with his overprotective mom, who decides to home school him after someone slips a peanut into his sandwich – despite his deathly peanut allergy.  This self-professed “friendless nerd” meets Cosmo, the son of his landlords , who has just been released from jail.  The two form an unlikely friendship that includes self-defense lessons and Scrabble tournaments.

7.If I Stay, by Gayle Forman: While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

6. Take Me to the River, by Will Hobbs: When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.

5 .Z for Zachariah, by Robert. C. O’Brian: Seemingly the only person left alive after the holocaust of a war, a young girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don't panic written on the front. ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.")*

3. Trash, by Andy Mulligan: Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.*

2. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, by April Henry:  She woke up to hear two men arguing about killing her.  She doesn’t know who she is and why she is there, only that she must and escape and find some answers.

1. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber:  Perry is stuck taking Gobi, a geeky foreign exchange student to the prom.  Only he discovers Gobi has plans entirely different from dancing and punch – plans that take them all over Manhattan and are complete with car chases and hitmen.  (The ssequel is just as exciting and is only 224 pages!)

 What do you think?  What are your go to books for a read that’s short and sweet?

All summaries followed by an asterisk (*) are from the OSL Catalog.