Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Finds #24

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Friday, you share the great books you heard about or discovered over the past week: "books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased."

by Lucy Christopher

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Publisher: The Chicken House
Publication date: October 1, 2011
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"If they saved the swan together, could she then save her friend?

At the hospital, upset and scared after her dad has suffered a heart attack, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry. He's the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry's window. Isla believes that if only she can save the injured swan, somehow that will help both Harry and her dad, too. What she doesn't realize is that her actions will change not just their lives, but hers.

For tweenage readers, a touching novel about hope and healing by the award-winning author of

Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
by Erin Dionne

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 256
Publisher: Dial
Publication date: February 5, 2009
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn't entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she's forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can't be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.

A hilarious debut featuring friendship, family, mean girls and even celebrity crushes, Celeste's story is a delicious treat that doesn't add a pound.

My Life in Pink and Green
by Lisa Greenwald

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication date: March 1, 2009
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the pharmacy. If only she could find a way to make the pharmacy the center of town again—a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?

This book is a funny and sweet debut featuring an unforgettable narrator who knows what she wants, whether it’s great makeup, a killer business plan, or a better world.

The Woman in the Wall
by Patrice Kindl

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 192
Publisher: Puffin
Publication date: September 28, 1998
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy

From Goodreads:
"Anna is more than shy. She is nearly invisible. At seven, terrified of school, Anna retreats within the walls of her family's enormous house, and builds a world of passageways and hidden rooms. As the years go by, people forget she ever existed. Then a mysterious note is thrust through a crack in the wall, and Anna must decide whether or not to come out of hiding. Patrice Kindl's astounding, inventive novel blends fantasy and reality -- and readers will not forget it."