Two more teen summer reading picks
Quite good fantasy set in modern-day Cambridge, MA (where we lived for many years). There are lots of references to familiar landmarks (the NECCO factory, Rosie's, Harvard Square) which made it extra-enjoyable for me, and the depiction of the struggling academic lifestyle is accurate. The wyverns are believably animal-like as well as magical and seem like great pets!
The Supernaturalist - Eoin Colfer, 2004
I've yet to read any of the Artemis Fowl books, so I was glad to try something by Colfer. I didn't like it much. It's got the choppiness/terseness I hate in much contemporary YA fiction, combined with a kind of macho action-overkill/emotional flatness; beyond-bogus "science" (viruses that reproduce in millions instantly, for example); and a future world so dystopian that I couldn't understand how the protagonists could even survive. Lots of the plot didn't make much sense. Some good satirical bits though--for example, in this future world lawyers are like a private police force and paralegals are the muscle.