Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I Am Princess X

I Am Princess X
By Cherie Priest

I'm not sure why, but there are times I get a book pop up in my head and this morning I keep thinking about I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. It's kinda a hybrid chapter/graphic novel. Such a good book though! If you have some time, then give it a read. Summary below.

Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen; illustrated throughout with comics.

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. 

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.

Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.

Princess X? 

When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wolf Hollow

Wolf HollowWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Toby was quiet and kept to himself. He walked all over the land in a long coat carrying rifles on his back. Toby served in World War I and came back a different man. Annabelle’s mom won a camera and a lifetime supply of film and developing. Toby asked to borrow the camera and it more-or-less became his and accompanied him in all of his travels. Toby lived in an old smokehouse just beyond the borders of Annabelle’s family’s farm. One fateful day, a new girl came to Wolf Hollow. Her name was Betty Glengarry and from the start, she was trouble. After bullying Annabelle out of a penny and catching her brother on the forehead with a wire strung across a trail, Betty threw a rock at Mr. Ansel and hit Ruth in the face. Ruth lost her eye and never returned to school and Betty blamed it all on Toby. Annabelle fiercely believed that Toby was not responsible and she was determined to prove his innocence.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk was an amazing book of friendship and faith. I loved that Annabelle was so trusting of Toby. She had an instinct saying that he was innocent and desperately tried to convince the adults in her life the same. I also loved how trusting in Annabelle her parents were. They believed their daughter and supported her when Betty was being mean to her and when she told them Toby was innocent. Betty was a perfect example of how some children can cause so much misery and manipulate the adults around them. She was also a good example of how bad things can happen to people when they are mean and dishonest. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk was a good book that I would definitely recommend.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

GhostsGhosts by Raina Telgemeier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ghosts by Raina Telgmeier is a graphic novel about embracing the memories of loved ones who have passed on. Cat is moving to Northern California with her parents and her little sister, Maya. Maya has Cystic Fibrosis which effects her breathing and digestion. The family moves into a house by the ocean and when Cat and Maya venture out, Cat realizes the whole town is ghost crazy. They deeply believe in ghosts and there’s a huge town celebration on the Day of the Dead (Dia de la Muertos) on 1 November. Carlos, a boy Cat met while exploring the town, introduces Cat to his 8-year old Uncle Jose at the party. Jose is ghost and with a bit of borrowed breath he can speak. Cat realizes that those who we love that have passed on still love us and we shoudn’t fear them.

Ghost by Raina Telgmeier is a wonderful novel about preserving the past and honoring loved ones we have lost. I love the underlying theme of breath. Maya has a hard time breathing because of her medical condition. The ghosts need a bit of breath to speak. Even Cat catches her breath at times. Maya knows she may not be around for a long time and it’s important to her that Cat not be afraid of ghosts. I highly recommend Ghost by Raina Telgmeier to everyone, but especially kids who have lost a loved one. Ghost may help them realize that our friends and family may be gone, but their love will always remain.

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