Tuesday Top Ten: Most Popular Sellers at Our Fall Book Fair

The fall Book Fair is in full swing in my Media Center.  We’ve been open for a full two days, and already I’ve had to order some title restocks, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow or else the natives may revolt!  This week’s Top Ten will list the ten most popular sellers at our fall book fair.

The Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

The NightMarys by Dan Poblocki

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Dowling Hahn

Killer Pizza: The Slice by Greg Taylor

39 Clues Cahills Versus Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Maximum Ride Manga #4 by James Patterson


Tuesday Top Twenty: I Know What you Read this Summer!

Well,  I don’t know what you read this summer, so I can’t write about that.

But, I do know what I read this past summer.  I was busy alright!  This is not a Top Ten today, it’s a list of the twenty (yes twenty) books I read this summer.

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

2. Rumors by Anna Godbersen

3. Dark Life by Kat Falls

4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

5. The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

6. Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid of Westminster by Berkley Breathed

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

8. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson

9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

10. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

11. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

12. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

13. Bystander by James Preller

14. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

15. Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arther Slade

16. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

17. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

18. One False Note by Gordon Korman

19. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

20. The Help by Katheryn Stockett  (The only adult fiction I read all summer!)


Don’t Be Afraid: Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

Something sinister is stalking the streets of Hidden Hills…

Fourteen year old Toby was just trying to find  a job to cure his summer time blues.  Little did he know that a simple job making specialty pizzas would turn into the most dangerous and exciting summer of his life.

Toby and two other teens, Annabel and Strobe, get hired at Hidden Hill’s brand new take out place, Killer Pizza.  The training is difficult,  as Toby and the others learn recipes, kitchen skills and team work.

In the meantime, people in Hidden Hills are being attacked by a creature they can’t describe.  Soon, Toby, Annabel and Strobe realize that what they thought was an average summer job is anything but.

Killer Pizza is a front for a secret organization of monster hunters.  The head of the whole operation, Harvey, wants to recruit all three teens as his newest MCO’s (Monster Combat Officers).  Toby and the others discover that monsters really do exist and a pack of them is currently terrorizing Hidden Hills.  What follows is a high energy monster hunt full of stakeouts, deadly crossbows, illegal breaking and entering car chases and  intense fight scenes.

I predict that this will be a popular read in my media center, as the title alone is enticing. Killer Pizza will most likely be enjoyed by boy or girl readers, especially those who enjoy reading R.L. Stine.  Its a very entertaining read and I kept wanting to read so I could figure out what would happen next to Toby and his team.

Greg Taylor has written an action packed first time novel and I really had fun reading it.  I could also see it as a movie in the future; totally has the movie vibe!  I also just found out that the second Killer Pizza novel Killer Pizza: The Slice, came out this past June.

On another note, the book even includes a recipe for Toby’s own Dragon’s Breath Pizza.  I may even actually try to make it!