Booktalks: Round 2

I am about to break one of the cardinal rules of booktalking: never booktalk a book that you didn't like. The first two booktalks below are books that I didn't like--I didn't hate them, though, so if the topic sounds interesting to you then you might want to give them a try. The last two, however, are exceptional books that I loved. And now without further ado, the next 4 books I promised to booktalk:
Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

Every teenager knows that taking a job the summer you are 15 is totally optional. Sure there are some teens that need to start working that summer to help out with family finances but, for the vast majority, that summer is a sacred time of bike rides, camp outs, and just fooling around. And that is exactly what Dave, Curtis, and Victor expect of their summer. Or, that was what they expected until their fathers joined forces and forced them to get summer jobs. Now faced with this most horrible of all horrible situations, the three boys decide that they can’t let their fathers win and so a plan is formed to pretend to have taken summer jobs, earn all the money they should earn over the entire summer in one quick, easy job, and then sit back and enjoy the rest of their summer. Of course things don’t go exactly as planned, but nothing is going to force these teens to admit defeat and abandon their plan—code named: “Project Sweet Life” by Brent Hartinger.
Compound by S.A. Bodeen

With just minutes to spare, Eli and his family are shepherded into an underground bunker just as the world was destroyed in nuclear war. Now, six years later, Eli is beginning to think that all is not what it seems. But, with food running out and their sanity pressed to the limit, can he figure it out in time? And most important, after surviving a nuclear war, can they survive the “Compound” by S.A. Bodeen.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

It is 1776 and the fight for freedom is on in the Colonies in America. But it is not just the Colonies who are fighting for their freedom. Meet Isabel, a 13 year old slave in New York City, and her little sister Ruth. Owned by British loyalists, Isabel first believes her loyalties, and best chance of eventual freedom, lie with the often cruel Locktons. But when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel decides to fight back any way she can. Join Isabel in this adventure of war, cruelty, and spies as she does her part to break the chains that bind her country and the chains that bind her life. “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson.
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

It, like, hardly ever happens. The perfect game. A complete game pitched by on pitcher with no one reaching first base. Some of the best pitchers who have played the game never pitch a perfect game. But in 1981, when Michael Flint steps on the mound in the 9th inning with 2 out and a full count, he is just one pitch away from a perfect game. Then the catcher calls for a curveball—a pitch that, for Michael, is much more likely to bounce in the dirt than it is to make it over the plate. But some days are just perfect. Some days just offer themselves up like a special gift. Some days the sun smiles and the grass laughs and a boy in Brooklyn just might pitch a perfect game. Follow Michael and his family on a trip through time and history as they experience American life and play baseball through nine generations in nine innings. “The Brooklyn Nine” by Alan Gratz.

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