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Friday, July 29, 2011

[The Teen Book Scene Blog Tour] Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou: Will's Book PIcks

Hi everyone! How's your weekend so far?

Today is my stop on the Siren's Storm Blog Tour and I have him here to say something about the books he likes to read! A guy who reads... how cool is that?

Age 5:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: I was never a very cranky kid, but we all have a bad day once in a while. This book made bad days better and made good days rock. It’s funny, and I always loved the illustrations.

Incredible Cross Sections: This book is really amazing. It shows you the insides of different kinds of structures. It’s perfect for kids who like to see how things work, or who wonder what goes on inside the hull of a ship.

A Street Through Time: I was really interested in history as a kid, and this book shows a specific place change over hundreds of years. It’s amazing.

Age 10:

Frindle: I always liked funny books as a kid, so I read a lot of Andrew Clements. This book is about a kid who tries to irritate his teacher by calling a pen a “frindle.” I guess I liked the idea of getting on your teacher’s nerves, but doing it in a way that can’t get you in trouble.

Hatchet: This book is about a boy that has to survive after the small plane he’s in crash lands. It’s really intense, and I love how the boy stops feeling sorry for himself and figures things out.

Island of the Blue Dolphins: I don’t know why I love this book, but I do. I guess it’s another survival story, and I love how smart the heroine is. She’s tough, too. And I love how much she loves her brother.

Age 16:

The Chocolate War: I didn’t read this for a long time because the title made it sound lame. I imagined people throwing chocolate at each other. But it’s actually a gritty, realistic book that can tell you a lot about human nature.

Monster: This is about a boy who is accused of murder. He claims he was just the lookout for a robbery gone wrong, but the prosecution says otherwise. It’s told in journal and screenplay format, which makes it different to read, and the main character is really fascinating.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: This is kind of dated, I guess. I found it on the shelf recently and picked it up. Anyway, I still thought it was funny, and I really loved the relationship between the brothers, even though it’s nothing like me and my brother.


Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?

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