Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Top 5 titles foraged from the processing trolleys (11 August 2010)

List by Danielle
There was a time before. There will be a time after.
Let us build a bridge. A bridge that will carry us over the unbearable.
I am certain that as we walk back and forth, we will find love on both sides.
~ Over a thousand hills I walk with you, Hanna Jansen (translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford)

We're going Teen today, because that's what's on the trolleys. Everyone must be working really hard, because there's not a lot of pickings out there at the moment, it's all out on the shelves! That said, there are a few juicy-looking Grimm and ghostly offerings, an intriguing graphic novel, and the unimaginable based-on-fact story of a young survivor of the Rwandan massacre.

The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman / Martin Rowson ; based on the novel by Laurence Sterne.
A graphic novel loosely based on Laurence Sterne's 18th Century classic, with a few embellishments thrown in (Oliver Stone makes an appearance, as does strip poker). We also have the Steve Coogan 2006 movie version of Tristram Shandy, if anyone's looking to collect the set. It looks crazy, funny, and fairly rude. Might read better if you've read the original - so here's the link to the free e-book.

The Grimm Legacy / Polly Shulman
New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.
Cool cover and swirly gold lettering... this teen fiction promises to combine magic, romance, fantasy and adventure - plus, the main character's kind of a librarian. Wish we had a secret magical collection hidden away in the Research Library... sigh...

Bad girls don't die / Katie Alender
When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.
Slightly creepy and oddly chicklit-ish cover on this teen ghost story (a barefoot girl sits in a pink slip-dress with her top half covered by what at first glance looks like a wedding veil, but is actually a lace curtain). One for all those who've ever suspected that their sibling might in fact be possessed by a demon!

Over a thousand hills I walk with you / by Hanna Jansen ; translated from the German by Elizabeth D. Crawford.
Before that fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne's family, all Tutsis fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety.
Based on a true story, this story is told by Jeanne's adoptive German mother and is a testimony to Jeanne's 'first family', all of whom died during the massacre. It certainly doesn't look like an easy read, but if you want to know more about this terrible time, what a powerful way to learn.

Illyria : a novel / by Elizabeth Hand
Teenage cousins Madeleine and Rogan, who share twin souls and a sexual relationship, are cast in a school production of Twelfth Night that forces them to confront their respective strengths and future prospects.
A short novel, just 135 pages, but it looks beautiful, and wonderfully moody. 'Illyria' is set in the dramatic, over-heated world of the theatre; Maddy and Rogan are descendants of a famous actress, and are caught up in school production of Twelfth Night. Having worked backstage as a teenager in theatre - Shakespearean theatre, particularly - I can totally vouch for the crazy emotional vibes that kind of setting creates. Reviewers sing the praises of this, and it looks great!

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