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Looking for a great book to read? Want one that somebody thinks you shouldn’t be reading? Try one of these, reviewed by CLP Staff.

ttyl by Lauren Myracle

Whispers From the Dead by Joan Lowery Nixon

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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ttyl by Lauren Myracle

Reasons for Challenge: Descriptions of sex and drug use.

ttyl

18r

omg

g2g

If you spend a lot of time online you probably know, or can guess, what these shorthands mean.  If you don’t ask a teenager.  Teens these days spend a lot of time IM-ing and texting.  They use these short hands even in day to day conversation.  One of my favorite commercials recently is the Cingular commercials where the daughter talks to her mother in these shorthands (idk, my bff jill!).  It’s a hilarious commercial and speaks to how obsessed we have become with IM-ing and texting.

Lauren Myracle’s novel ttyl is as series of online conversations between three teenagers girls.  The girls talk about everything from boys to classes to female ejaculation. Nothing is sacred while IM-ing.  Angela, Zoe and Maddie have promised to stay friends no matter what drama they encounter in high school.  As they begin to find their own identities away from each other they begin to struggle with keeping this promise.

A breakthrough novel that is perfect for teen readers who can relate not only to the format of the book, but also the struggles to maintain friendships while navigating the perils of high school.  The author manages to define each character, each in her own font and screen name, and also with her own voice.

Review by Julie Helt, CLP – Carrick

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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Banned or Challenged For: Racism and Offensive Language

TJ Jones is not your average high school student. TJ Jones is a super-athlete. He can play any sport and all the jocks want him to join their teams. But for a lot of reasons, he does not play any school sports. TJ (The Tao is his legal name) Jones is part black, part Japanese and part white in a part of the country where the majority of residents are pure white. And many of those same residents are racists. TJ’s learned to live with it. But just because TJ’s learned to live with it, it doesn’t mean that he accepts it. And just because he can take all the racists remarks that are directed at him, doesn’t mean that he will let anyone judge or degrade someone else. And because of this philosophy, he gets coaxed into joining the school’s swim team.  The school has no pool and only he is a real swimmer. Because letter jackets are the status symbol at Cutter High, TJ decides that he is going to assemble a bunch of misfits to join the swim team and get every one of his teammates a letter jacket.  Throughout the year, this band of misfits becomes somewhat of a family and hopefully, they will form friendships that last a lifetime. Whale Talk is packed with action, romance, drama, tragedy and comedy.  It’s a must read for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider looking in.

Barb Lawler

CLP – Allegheny

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