Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Books ~ August 2014 ~ Part 7

Followers by Anna Davies
To tweet or not to tweet . . . what a deadly question. When Briana loses out on a starring role in the school's production of Hamlet, she reluctantly agrees to be the drama department's "social media director" and starts tweeting half-hearted updates. She barely has any followers, so when someone hacks her twitter account, Briana can't muster the energy to stop it. After all, tweets like "Something's rotten in the state of Denmark . . . and a body's rotting in the theater" are obviously a joke. But then a body IS discovered in the theater: Briana's rival. Suddenly, what seemed like a prank turns deadly serious. To everyone's horror, the grisly tweets continue . . . and the body count starts to rise. There's no other explanation; someone is live-tweeting murders on campus. With the school in chaos and the police unable to find the culprit, it's up to Briana to unmask the psycho-tweeter before the carnage reaches Shakespearian proportions . . . or she becomes the next victim.

The Giant by Jonathan Mary-Todd
In 1874 Manhattan, Luc, sixteen, at nearly seven feet tall and seemingly impervious to pain, has become a local boxing star but when kangaroos are introduced to the ring, Luc's tender heart leads him to run away to save a joey.

Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle with my Brain by James Patterson & Hal Friedman
Follows a family's long struggle with their son's mysterious medical disorder that induced violent physical tics and prompted traumatic treatments, a situation that pitted the family against a disheartening medical establishment.

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry by Harvey Frommer and Frederic Frommer
This signature book by the father-son team of Harvey Frommer and Frederic J. Frommer on the "Great Rivalry" features exclusive interviews with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former governors Mario Cuomo of New York and Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, congressmen, reporters, broadcasters, and especially former and current players, coaches, managers and front-office execs from the Red Sox and Yankees.

Swim That Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano
Clinging to hope after his father goes missing in a fishing boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake teams up with local quahoggers to raise money and save his family's diner from loan sharks.

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