Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
As suggested by the title, Somebody Up There Hates You is the completely irreverent tale if Richard Casey’s final days in a hospice unit where he is dying from cancer. Told from the first-person perspective of Rich, aka “The Incredible Dying Boy,” a horny, sarcastic and foul-mouthed (read: typical) teenager, the story breaks new ground with its honest depiction of the physical realities of a body’s deterioration in the final stages of disease and the teenage male mind’s inability to discontinue thinking about sex and mouth’s ability to stop spewing sarcastic comments and curse words. Single scenes go from describing physical pain to dirty thoughts (and actions) and back again. And then there’s the romantic element: Rich isn’t the only teenager in hospice. He and the spunky, beautiful (and totally out of his league if not for the whole cancer thing), 15-year-old Sylvie strike up a mostly physical relationship as the two are hell bent on getting the most out of what little life they have left to live. Relationships are never easy, and lack of privacy and reliance on others to bathe and move you around and other realities of hospice care make for quite a challenge. If at first a little corny, this is where the characters personalities are fully realized and the conflict begins. At turns funny, others devastatingly sad, the unflinching narrative will keep readers feverishly turning pages until the last. There is strong appeal for male and female readers alike and enough sex and grittiness to make this a choice for an older teen audience. Fourteen and Up. Alicia Blowers
When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.
Teens Hazel and Augustus meet in a cancer support group, each attracted to the other’s sharp wit and intelligence. Their poignant love story, filled with humor and pathos, reveals how much they care for life, family, and friends.In the audio, narrator Kate Rudd gives each character a unique voice that elevates the text.
Jeffrey Alper is probably the most famous kid in his town. Even though eight years have passed, most still know him as the boy with leukemia. Now in remission, and eighth grade, Jeffrey is dealing with the aftermath of his cancer treatment and trying to navigate life as a teenager. Podehl embodies Jeffrey, obsessing equally over the new girl Lindsey, his older brother's sudden disappearance into Africa to "find himself", his parents' sudden fighting, as well as the real possibility he may never get out of the eighth grade. Fortunately Tad, Jeffrey's best friend, keeps him anchored to reality. Tad's acerbic voice and black humor is the perfect contrast to Jeffrey. This sequel to "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" stands on its own. Audio forTen to Fourteen. Paula Langsam