professornana (professornana) wrote,

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home for a day

Well, the laptop crashed and burned while I was gone, so updating had to wait until I returned home for a day. Heading out tomorrow to Chicago for ALA, so this will be brief. I finished reading 3 books last week (seems I was expected to attend my nephew's graduation and my niece's wedding and that cut into reading time). Loved EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP by Rick Yancey, another adult author entering into the lucrative YA market. Alfred is the typical anti-hero hero. He and his uncle are recruited to steal an object, believing that the owner has it under false pretenses. Alfred ends up stealing Excalibur and opening the proverbial Pandora's Box of evil. Now, he must join the last knight to help retrieve this incredibly powerful weapon. The book is fast paced, full of acerbic wit. Alfred's observations are slyly witty as well. Kids who have grown tired of waiting for HP's latest adventure would do well to read this clever novel.

Another adult author entering the fray is David Baldacci. FREDDIE AND THE FRENCH FRIES: FRIES ALIVE is his effort. It is a short chapter book (with short chapters, too) that is frothy and fun, a perfect read for reluctant boys in 3rd and 4th grade.

Finally, the best for last: SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE by David Lubar. Can Lubar do no wrong in YA? This is a funny story of the downtrodden life of a typical freshman. Well, typical if most freshmen have mothers about to give birth to a sibling, friends who have multiple piercings and a wicked sense of humor, or teachers who cannot speak the foreign language they are hired to teach. Lubar manages to poke fun at almost every aspect of life in high school from the class system (jocks to nerds) to family crises, and even that bastion of comedy, the English classroom. Bravo to the author for bringing back Tom Swifties (she writes applaudingly), too. I almost hesitate to label this one as a "funny" book for fear that it might not receive the attention it so richly deserves.

Okay, I need to go pack for ALA. More when I return.
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