Waiting for Doggo by Mark Mills

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Dan’s live in girlfriend Clara abruptly leaves him without a trace after four years.  She leaves her dog, named Doggo, that she rescued from the shelter. Dan is pretty distressed. Doggo is an extremely ugly dog. Dan tries to return the dog the shelter but changes his mind and takes him back home.

Dan is between jobs but his reputation is good and he gets a great offer. He will only accept if he is allowed to bring Doggo to work with him. The boss makes the unpopular decision to allow this as long as Doggo behaves.

Dan is happy in his new job. Doggo seems happy too.

This is a light, funny read with dastardly co-workers, a dog that seems smarter than he looks and enough of a story to satisfy.

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99 Flavours of Suck by Tania Hutley

A while back I reviewed 99 Flavours of Suck by New Zealand author Tania Hutley.  Since then our Year 8 teacher has read it to his class.  They loved it!  Afterwards I asked them to give me 5 words to describe the story.  This is the Wordle word cloud that resulted:

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99 Flavours of Suck by Tania Hutley

99 Flavours of Suck by Tania Hutley

New Zealand author alert!

From the cover:  Embarrassed on national tv, freakishly ugly and doomed to a life of itchy shame, Kane is convinced there’s just one person who can save him.  If only she didn’t hate his guts…..

Kane is a teenager with a capital T.   He has all the insecurities, miscommunications and misunderstandings that come with the territory.  When the chips are down, things tend to get worse. The story is filled with humor and all the jokey things that adolescents find funny.  It has an unexpected and quirky twist which pokes fun a the current explosion of werewolf genre.

I thought it was well written, had a good pace, lots of laughs and the ending suited the story.  Recommended to age 12+

Lauren Kate – the girls love her

Fallen Torment, Passion and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove are new favorites in my library.  I hadn’t even heard of them when a non-reader who had been given Torment, asked if I could get Fallen for her. As I never want to miss the opportunity to hook  a new customer I ordered straight away.  Before it had arrived I had other girls coming to ask about the series, so the book was reserved before I even had it.

I now have the first three of the Fallen series and Natalie Hargrove and they are never on the shelves. Some prefer Natalie but most are completely taken by the romance of the Fallen Series.  My readers and non-readers are all enjoying the series, which is a great accomplishment for an author and makes the experience more enjoyable for the readers being able to share a book.

I finally took Fallen home for the weekend.  I’m sorry to say that I didn’t love it. I wish I had.  While it is much more fun to enthuse about a book and fan the flames, I just can’t do it.  I do understand why the girls love it, I think this is a case where I am just too old to fall for the drawn out “will he won’t he, does he doesn’t he”.

That hasn’t stopped me from recommending the book- I just say  “so and so loved this”  and it hasn’t stopped the books from flying off the shelves because many times the students are better at recommending to each other and a word of mouth sensation doesn’t need the librarian to sell it.

So the countdown begins, they can’t wait for the conclusion to Fallen, titled Rapture due out in June 2012,  I will pre-order and encourage them to try other authors while they wait. Thank you Lauren Kate for grasping the teenage girl mind and talking to them, they do appreciate it.