Jocelyn Recommends

How to Read Shakespeare Like a Professor—for Kids by Thomas C. Foster

"This book can be enjoyed on more than one level, so it could be read multiple times and give the reader more each time. I'm going to send a copy to a gifted 3rd grader, but i am serious when i say most middle and high schoolers would learn something from it, too. 2 thumbs up"! ~Jocelyn


Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman,

Somehow Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman combine the serious subject of cancer with the humor of well-meaning, hormonal teenagers that results in a feel-good book that is better than the sum of it's parts.

For all those teens out there that are tired of vampires and dystopian angst- or who just want a break from it." ~Jocelyn, one of our most knowledgeable Children's section staffers


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"Even with many many awards to it's credit, I hesitated to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I am a wimp when it comes to violence....My 16 year old son is the one who recommended it, which is what pushed me over the edge....The Book Thief expertly tells a tale of love and support in an ugly racist time. I would never have believed I could be so touched by a fictional Young Adult book about Nazi Germany, but I was. I am grateful to Zusak for writing this book. His characters were captivating. Since I don't have Zusak's magic touch with words, I think you should judge for yourself if it is the book for you or your teen." ~Jocelyn



How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062200853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2013

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Zits: Chillax Cover Image
By Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062228512
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Harper Teen - May 21st, 2013

The Book Thief Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375842207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007