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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The corporations watch the students to spot the next trend and the kids vie with each other to be noticed and sponsored by the corporations. Being ’branded’ means celebrity status, not to mention financial freedom.
But what kind of freedom is it when you’re always being watched? And how important is it to be the coolest and most popular kid when your identity is owned by a corporation?
When Kid witnesses a mock suicide staged by an anonymous group calling itself the Unidentified she begins to ask herself those questions.
The Unidentified is a book about identity, freedom and integrity, a book that will lead readers to discuss the power of marketing and the media, our desire to fit in and be popular, and the importance of making a stand for what you believe in.
We're all reading this one here at the Younger Sun. It's very, very interesting. We'll pop a review up on the blog soon, once we've thought about it a little more.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
On Saturday 5th February the Teen Bookclub met to discuss Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati. Very excitingly Robyn was able to come along and be there to field questions and issues that the group had about her book.
Have you read it yet? It's a brilliant story about a young girl called Ditty who has grown up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish family and who wants to learn to dance ballet, even though her parents disapprove and will not allow her to take lessons. Ditty takes lessons in secret, even though disobeying her parents makes her feel unbelievably guilty and she becomes aware of the world outside her community. It's sensitive and sweet and you should all go out and read it now.
We had a great chat, with everybody asking questions and having a say - everyone really loved the book and connected with Ditty. It was also our biggest bookclub by far, filling the long table in the Sun Theatre's Hogwarts room. Above is a teeny selection of awesome bookclubbers with Robyn in the Younger Sun afterwards.
Thanks for coming Robyn!
Click here for Robyn Bavati's blog (where she says nice things about us).
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic, which branded her hands and arms with iron tattoos. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the vicious wood elves - the darkest outcasts of Faerie - abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries-old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend - even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to protect.
I've only ventured a little way in to this, but so far so good. It's got family secrets, attractive boys and killer fairies.
Hold me closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Meet Sam, just your average guy rocking that fast food career.
Meet Douglas, not just your average guy but a powerful and violent necromancer who immediately recognises the threat Sam poses to his control of the Seattle paranormal scene.
Suddenly Sam's life takes a distinct turn for the weird. He has an undead friend on his hands, powers he's not sure how to use and a family history that's all news to him.
What's a grill cook to do? With the help of his new were-hound girlfriend, a bratty harbinger and a skill set he never knew he had, Sam battles it out to the bitter, crashing end.
Sherman Alexie's quote on the front sums it up perfectly; This is a SCARY funny book OR a FUNNY scary book. In either case, it is a GREAT book. I LOVE it.
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe. This was weird. But fun. I liked it! For the fans of atmospheric paranormal stories with a comic twist.