Sunday, November 11, 2018

100 Best Reads

I LOVE book lists!! Here's a good one that was recommended to me from a lady I met at this year's book fair.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Fair Time!

I love the book fair and I hate the book fair. I love the book fair because the kids get so excited and it's a change up of the day-to-day route. By the end though, I can't wait to get to business as usual. BUT I usually get some really cool books.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Free Verse

Free Verse
By Sarah Dooley
This is another book that I saw while browsing the local library. I like to browse the shelves and bring home interesting books to share with you. I read the inside cover and related to the story because I used poetry as teen myself as...well...kind of a stress/emotional release. Writing has always freed my mind as well as reading. I found this in the Young Adult section so I would recommend this to teens.

Goodreads Summary:
"When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They’d always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she’s in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever.

But then Sasha discovers family she didn’t know she had, and she finally has something to hold onto, especially sweet little Mikey, who’s just as broken as she is. Sasha even makes her first friend at school, and is slowly learning to cope with her brother’s death through writing poetry, finding a new way to express herself when spoken words just won’t do. But when tragedy strikes the mine her cousin works in, Sasha fears the worst and takes Mikey and runs, with no plans to return. In this sensitive and poignant portrayal, Sarah Dooley shows us that life, like poetry, doesn’t always take the form you intend."

The Ninja Librarians Series

The Ninja Librarians Series
The Accidental Keyhand
By Jen Swann Downey

I was browsing through my local library and saw this and thought it was cute. I haven't read it, but maybe you could and tell me how you like it! Perfect for middle grades!

Goodreads summary:
"Just a little story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting ninja librarians

Dorrie Barnes had no idea an overdue library book would change her life. When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase her pet mongoose into the janitor's closet of their local library, they accidentally fall through a passage into Petrarch's Library -the headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians who have an important mission: protect those whose words have gotten them into trouble. Anywhere in the world and at any time in history.

Dorrie would love nothing more than to join the society. But when a traitor surfaces, she and her friends are the prime suspects. Can they clear their names before the only passage back to the twenty-first century closes forever?"

Don't forget book #2 - Sword in the Stacks!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Not Thrilled

Just not thrilled with the website. I'm not sure if everyone has had an opportunity to look at it, but I'm still not happy about the layout or basically anything about it. I feel like it needs a total wipe and I guess summer is a good time to do it. I'll have to do some sketches and try to find out where I'm going with this.

In the meantime, check it out if you'd like!

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Someday Birds

The Someday BirdsThe Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie was a bit unusual. Grams would call him Lysol Louie as he would wash his hands 12 times in a row. They’re not clean until they are washed 12 times you know. That would be the least of Charlie’s worries as his Dad is moved to a hospital on the east coast for a new doctor and brighter hope. Grams goes along with Dad and leaves in her place Ludmila, who showed up in their Dad’s hospital room out of nowhere and watches over him. One night Charlie’s sister, Davis, and her boyfriend decided that they are going to drive to Virginia to Grams and Charlie’s Dad. They never make it and this is where the adventure begins with Ludmila, Charlie, Davis, Joel, Jake, a 3-legged dog and a journal crowded together in a camper named Bessie heading cross-country on a journey they’ll never forget.

‘The Someday Birds’ by Sally J. Pla is just a good book. If you’re looking for a book that will just make you feel good by the end, then this is your book. The mystery behind Ludmila and her background explain her relationship with Charlie’s father. At first the kids were paranoid that she would rob them and kill them, but in the end she needed them just as much as they needed her. The characters were all very likable and true to their ages and Charlie’s transformation was heartfelt to watch as he learned that he could open up to people and new experiences. By the end, the letter from Dr. Tiberius Shaw was the perfect touch. This would be a great family read aloud as it’s perfect for everyone! I totally recommend ‘The Someday Birds’ by Sally J. Pla.

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2)Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sophie Quire is a little bookmender in Bustleburgh and as a bookmender in her father’s book store, she has a deep love for books. It’s only natural that Sophie gets upset every year on Pyre Day when books are burned to celebrate the No Nonsense Movement contrived by Inquisitor Prigg. One fateful day, a very powerful book found Sophie by means of two adventurers - Jack Nimble and his trusty companion Sir Tode. It was’t by accident. Fate brought the book to Sophie just as fate brought the book to her mother many years ago and her mother died defending that very same book. The threesome set out to find the book’s companions to complete the set and to unravel the mystery behind Sophie’s mother’s death. Facing that same fate, Sophie sets out to destroy the very thing that killed her mother so long ago.

I really can’t say enough good things about ‘Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard’. The inside cover sounded interesting and the other book I read by Jonathan Auxier, ‘The Night Gardener’, was amazing. Mr. Auxier has an amazing way of twisting a tale around so that you’re never quite sure where you’re going to end up which makes reading his books an adventure in and of themselves. By the end, I was as exhausted as Sophie, but it left me with a small smile and an ear listening closely for ‘the hushed song of a story waiting to be read.’ I highly recommend ‘Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard’ by Jonathan Auxier. It’s a perfect summertime read!

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