Teenzone's Booked

Reviews, book news, and all good things related to teen stuff at the Strathcona County Library.

Over The Wall By Chris Fabry July 19, 2011

Teen Review By: Ryan S.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

Jamie goes to driving school and Tim moves in with the Maxwells. Tim also tries to find out more about his dad’s crash.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I liked how determined Jamie was to get through school, and how persistent Tim was to find out more about his dad.

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone who likes NASCAR.


Young Reader’s Choice Award Winners May 11, 2009

pyjamasThe winners of the YRC awards were announced recently. Thanks to everyone who voted! No surprises with the senior division winner, which won in the Edmonton area by a landslide. I have to confess that I was pulling for The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, which is one of my favourite books. I was also quite thrilled that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne won. I imagine that the increased exposure from the recent movie helped it to get noticed…

Check out our website to find out about the 2010 nominees!

Junior Division:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Intermediate Division:
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Senior Division:
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer


Twilight Trailers March 20, 2009

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I’m really excited about the DVD release this weekend. Now, if only I could get my hands on a copy… In the meantime, here are a couple of trailers to satisfy your Twilight movie cravings.

Check out the official Twilight film channel on Youtube for more.


Twilight Gathering March 19, 2009

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Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob?

I’m going to share some trivia, links, read-alikes, trailers, & more about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer that we’ll be talking about at our Twilight Gathering program during Spring break.


Suite Scarlett January 28, 2009

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Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

I just finished reading the latest book by one of my favourite authors, Maureen Johnson, who is also the author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

You would think that when your parents own an historic hotel in the heart of New York city, life would be sweet and carefree. For Scarlett Martin, nothing seems farther from the truth. The family business is teetering on the edge of financial disaster, and she is facing a long, depressing summer working at the hotel with her quirky family. Her older brother, Spencer, is an out-of-work actor who has been given a week to find an acting gig or their parents will send him to cooking school. Her sister, Lola, is juggling a job and a high-society boyfriend, and managing Marlene, their younger sister who determined to be difficult and not let anyone forget her tragic past.

On Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, as per family tradition, she is given the responsibility of cleaning and taking care of the Empire Suite. She is also taken under the wing of their new guest, Mrs. Amberson, a former Broadway starlet, aspiring writer, and busybody who is determined to take over her life. Suddenly Scarlett’s summer starts to get a lot more interesting, once she factors in a play to save, an evesdropping little sister, a demanding client, and a romance with Eric, one of Spencer’s actor friends.

I know this sounds a bit odd, but one of my favourite parts of the book was the acknowledgements at the beginning of the book. Maureen Johnson thanks an incredible group of friends who supported her while she was writing – David Levithan, John Green, E. Lockhart, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Libba Bray, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare. It is so inspiring to think of this group of A-list teen authors working, laughing, and writing together!


Gods & Goddesses December 18, 2008

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quiverI just started reading Quiver by Stephanie Spinner, which tells the story of Atalanta, who in Greek myths was an accomplished hunter, swiftest moral alive, and fiercely determined never to marry. When her father commands her to marry, she swears an oath that she will marry the first man to outrun her in a race, but whoever she defeats must be put to death.

Spinner has also written Quicksilver, a teen novel about Hermes, prince of thieves and messenger to the Gods.


I’m excited about rediscovering these books, partly because they remind me of some other favourite titles set in the times of ancient Greece:

lightningThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesen
Troy by Adele Geras

Mythology by Hestia Evans
The Twelve Labours of Hercules by Rick Riordan
The McElderry Book of Greek Myths retold by Eric Kimmel


Dramarama iMix September 18, 2008

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I was just looking at E.Lockhart’s blog and noticed that she has an imix of the songs from her book, Dramarama. http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/e_lockhart_blog/

She writes,

“Listen before you read Dramarama to make sure you get every little musical reference. Listen afterwards to get a sense of Sadye and Demi’s musical world. In any case, these are some of my favorite showtunes of all time. Songs from Rent, Wicked, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jersey Boys, Grease, Fame, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, and more. “

How awesome is that?