Library Ninja: Lone Star Books

Lone Star Books 2012 - Update

I wanted to update our lovely readers on the status of our Lone Star books for 2012.  We now have any books we didn't have on order!  Yay!  I also created this list so you can see all the Lone Star books together in our catalog.  It does include electronic materials and audiobooks too, if we have them.  Or if you want a specific book, click on the book cover below and place a request!

This post is meant to update Ninja Erin's original Lone Star blog post.

11/22/2011 by Jenny M. 1 Comment - Add a Comment Share this:

Lone Star Book List for 2012 Announced

The latest Lone Star book list has just been announced. I am totally jazzed to see some of my favorites on the list as well as many I've been dying to read.

For those of you out of the loop, the Lone Star list is chosen annually by public and school librarians across the state of Texas. The list encourages middle school students (grades 6th, 7th, and 8th) to explore a variety of genres.


Did your favorites make the list? Which ones are you most excited about? Let us know!

11/16/2011 by Erin S. 5 Comments - Add a Comment Share this:

Teen Review by Samantha H...Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Let me start by saying this book was phenomenal. Neal Shusterman is brilliant and I admire this book which is a mixture of action, suspense, romance, thriller. The second civil war was fought over reproductive rights. The resolution to it all is thirteen through the ages of eighteen their parents can choose to UNWIND you your organs and other body parts will be transplanted to different donors.

Connor and his parents are distant now and no longer get along (lets put it this way, he is no longer needed around). Risa is very talented. She is a ward of the state. They need their budget cut back. Lev is a tithe. He has waited for this moment his whole life and it is coming.

These three together are on the run to survive and live until eighteen. The question is will they make it. I stayed up all night wondering what was going to happen next. I was so pleased when I got to read it. You won't be able to wait, just to flip the page. I chose this book because for kids who like futuristic books, this is one of them.

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10/25/2011 Add a Comment Share this:

Teen Review by Amber C...The Season by Sarah MacLean

I have always looked for books that are well-written; one that can convey the feelings and emotions of several of the characters in the books.I love having a cast of characters that I can almost connect with. I completely love the Regency Victorian atmosphere of the book. I have always loved the 1800s.

Alex is a great protagonist and heroine to the book. She is fun, stubborn, hard-headed, independent,intelligent, and strong-willed yet willing to admit she is wrong. She rebels against her mother's wishes by doing what she thinks is best for her. She also has two amazing friends Eliza and Vivian who help her through everything; they make an absolute trio.

"Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year’s season begins!"

All the characters were well developed, each with characteristics of their own. Characters are strong, for example: Gavin, he was a compliment to Alex but could still hold his own strong right. Eliza and Vivian were great co-stars to Alex and just really improved the story plot and burden wise compared to what Alex would do if they were not there.

At times the book was predictable but there were some turns and twists here and there that kept me interested. The plot was light and fun and it all ran smoothly; it wasn't too overwhelming in some parts and lacking in other parts. The book overall is well-written, well-developed, swoon-worthy, and fantastic.

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7/4/2011 Add a Comment Share this:

Lone Star List 2011-2012 Update

A while back the Ninja announced the 2011-2012 Lone Star list.  Since then, Teen Services has been able to purchase at least one copy of all the Lone Star books so that the Arlington Public Library can better serve you.

Here are all the books in the 2011-2012 Lone Star list!

4/26/2011 by Jenny M. Add a Comment Share this:

Teen Review by Jenna D...The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If You didn't think you were ready for Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you will be after one read of this enrapturing novel. Similar to Hunger Games, The Maze Runner by James Dashner both makes pushes you away AND keeps you at the edge of your seat.

After sixteen year old Thomas wakes up in a place called the Glade, he soon finds himself trying to escape the horrors he never knew had existed. Along with other young adult male teammates, Thomas puts his survival will to the test in a wall-changing maze.

I started reading this one page per day when I saw that I was coming close to the end. I found myself DREAMING as if I were a character in Dashner's twisted world. This book is a MUST READ of a MUST GET ADDICTED TO SERIES if your in for adventure, death, survival, and plot twists. It's a wild ride, but are you up for it?

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4/7/2011 Add a Comment Share this:

The Ninja Reviews...Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Genevieve Welsh has a summer planned chock full of soccer and friends until her mother ruins it with the announcement that they are spending the summer in Wyoming at Frontier Camp. For two months, Gen’s family will live like pioneers—planting crops, milking cows and dressing circa 1890. For two months, there will be NO television, video games, texting or Facebook (Oh, the Humanity!). Angry about having her plans changed and upset for having to go without her creature comforts; Gen sneaks her cell phone into her family’s log cabin so she can communicate with her friends back home. Gen begins to regale her friends with stories of life on “Little Hell on the Prairie”—having to share a bed with her brother, being taunted by Nora-know-it-all, and hanging out with Cutie-Pie Caleb from the settlement next door. OK so maybe it is not ALL bad. In fact, Gen actually begins to reconnect with her family and discover that there are definite advantages to a simpler life. However, everything may come crashing down when Gen’s friends post her texts to a blog and suddenly EVERYONE knows all about what she did over her summer vacation.

Ok, Ok. I admit it. Little House on the Prairie is my dirty little secret. I LOVED this show growing up and never missed an episode. I can still see Half-Pint, Mary and Carrie frolicking down the hill with Jack. And I especially loved hating Nellie. So, I was very excited when I saw this book listed on the 2011 Lone Star Reading List and I snagged it as soon as possible. I was not disappointed. Seeing the pioneer way of life through the eyes of modern teens was especially humorous and enlightening. I actually laughed aloud while reading this book. So if you are looking for a lighthearted and fun read, check out Little Blog on the Prairie. This is Cathleen Davitt Bell’s second YA novel.

3/8/2011 Add a Comment Share this:

The Ninja Reviews...Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a future where drastic climate changes and environmental disasters have reduced the land mass of the Earth, gangs of people survive through scavenging shipwrecks and abandoned buildings. Copper, iron, gold and silver are the favored currencies and the “crews” who procure these items have replaced the family unit. Nailer is a Gulf Coast teenager who spends his time pulling wire on Bapi’s crew and avoiding his abusive addict father. Hope is nonexistent to someone like Nailer until he finds a wrecked clipper ship tossed into the Gulf by a huge hurricane. Nailer and his best friend, Pima, claim the wreck as their own and plan to part out the ship until they discover a beautiful girl on board. Nita wears the diamonds and gold of a “swank” (wealthy upper class) and swears she will reward them if they help her return to her father. Suddenly their “lucky strike” has become a flight to safety and a fight to the death as they face opposing warlords and Nailer’s brutal father.

Ship Breaker is an action-packed, fast-paced adventure ride from start to finish. Nailer is a very likable character who is trying to survive in a harsh world without losing his humanity. Nita is a spoiled rich girl who has to learn quickly how to adapt to her reduced circumstances and survive on her wits. The slang language used by the crews is a little difficult to understand at first but becomes second nature by the end of the book. The larger issues of global warming, genetic engineering, and gang violence are interwoven in this futuristic coming of age story. Paolo Bacigalupi is an award winning Science Fiction writer. Ship Breaker is his first Young Adult novel and has been awarded the Prinz Award for Young Adult Literature. Ship Breaker is also on the 2011 Lone Star Reading List.

Review by Angela J.

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Teen Review by Christian K...Slob by Ellen Potter

This is a gut-busting comedy with a heart warming twist. Owen Birnbaum is an overweight genius, but nobody else can see that. He is constantly picked on by his classmates. He can't walk down the hall without someone calling out "Fattie" or making farting noises behind him. And to top it all off he has a PE coach who just loves taunting him with balance beams and somersaults.

Then came the dreaded day when someone stole his 3 Oreo cookies from his lunch box. His mouth wide open with awe. He had his suspisions. His first suspect was the evil AWOL named Mason Ragg, the one who carried a switchblade in his sock and a razor blade under his tongue. The one who almost hung that girl by her necklace. But there was something more important on his mind. A few years ago his parents were shot and killed in their deli shop.

This is a rolling on the floor funny and heart wrenching novel Ellen Potter has made. The big Owen Birnbaum is determined to find out who took his Oreo cookies and his parents lives.

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The Ninja Reviews...Matched by Ally Condie

Life isn’t perfect. But what if you could find a place which would provide you with that perfect life? Where all your worries are gone? Live to a ripe old age of 80 free from disease and crippling ailments? Where everything will be decided for you? Even whom you will love, marry and have happy healthy kids with?

Cassia has it all, a loving family, a slightly annoying younger brother, and a bright future working for The Society. On her 17th birthday, Cassia will attend her Match Banquet. After a rare feast, she will be shown, for the first time, the face of her future husband. For after all, if The Society knows what’s best for your future job, leisure activities, and nutritional health, wouldn’t they know who your perfect Match is too? Cassia can’t wait for her turn to stand and see the face of her match on the screen. Nervous, but afraid to show it, she waits, but the screen remains dark. Shock ripples through the group as it is announced that her match, rare but not unheard of, is someone she already knows. Her best friend, Xander.

Cassia holds on to the small silver box holding a microcard with her match’s information. She just wants to see Xander’s face (her match!), one last time. Cassia glances at the screen and catches her breath. It’s not Xander, but someone else. And she knows him too.

Matched by Ally Condie is a superb dystopian tale. Set in a future where committees sort human beings like so many eggs, Cassia must figure out whether the bright, safe future The Society has laid before her is worth giving up the possibility of true love.

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