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Book post – Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley

Molly has blue hair and an antisocial attitude. When she’s assigned to work on an assignment with perky blonde Cassie, she refuses and does the assignment on her own.

This starts a downward spiral that ends in a food fight in the cafeteria. Letting the punishment fit the crime, the principal assigns Cassie and Molly to work together in the cafeteria, but when their private war causes the head of the cafeteria to quit, Cassie and Molly are told that they’re in charge of the cafeteria until they get a vote of approval five times in a row from their fellow students.

But even then, Molly and Cassie can’t seem to work together.

Try this book if you like Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw or Leave the Cooking to Me by Judie Angell.

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Book Post – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie is used to being overprotected by her family, even though she hates it. When she discovers that her boyfriend is a member of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, a legendary secret society in her boarding school that doesn’t admit women, she sees a way to take control of her own life. Using a fake email address and her wits, she starts manipulating the society behind the scenes in a series of clever pranks.

Try this book if you liked The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian or The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

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Book post – Born for Adventure by Kathleen Karr

Tom Ormsby loves stories about adventures real and fictional, but his own life is boring and predictable until one day he happens to be in the right place at the right time and wangles his way into one of Henry Morton Stanley’s expeditions to the Congo, but he gets much more than he bargains for as he finds unexpected hardships and cruelties along the way.

Try this if you liked Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, or Sacagawea by Joseph Bruchac.

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Book post – The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan

Subtitled “Tales of New Tomorrows” this is an anthology featuring 16 of the best modern SF writers, including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Scott Westerfeld. Scientific vampires, alien invasions, virtual reality and the other elements of these stories may have been done before but the authors give all of them a new edge.

Read this if you like Bruce Coville’s anthologies, or R Is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury.

I’m not managing to post book recs every day, but that’s still my goal. Even if I only post 6 days out of 7, it will still keep the blog more active than it has been.

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Book post – The Mad Professor by Mark Frauenfelder

Make robot food and saucer slime, among other concoctions no mad scientist should be without. The author has assembled 24 recipes for traditional and unusual chemistry experiments for your edification and enjoyment.

Try this book if you like making messes, goops and slimes, but please remember to clean up afterwards. I don’t want your parents mad at me.

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Book post – Don’t Care High by Gordon Korman

At Don Carey High School, not caring is a way of life, until Paul Abrams arrives. As he finds himself succumbing to the inertia that pervades the school, his best friend, Sheldon, comes up with a plan. They’re going to put up the worst dressed, least interested student for student body president, just to see what happens and what follows turns out to be more than they bargained for.

Try this if you liked Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar or The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

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Book post – Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

The author of Stormbreaker turns his hand to supernatural horror, with the first of a series about five teenagers who just might save the world. Matt has always known he had unusual powers but when events conspire to bring him to a foster home in Yorkshire, he’s unprepared for the dangers he will face.

For those of you who are already fans of the series, Necropolis: City of the Dead will be published on October 30, 2008.

Try this book if you liked Coraline by Neil Gaiman or the Darren Shan series.

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