Thursday, March 28, 2013
My favorite thing about this book was the voice of Nora. As a narrator, she was nervous, flawed, and incredibly vulnerable. I found myself physically invested -- as in, I would cringe with every awkward moment, and feel my face get red every time she experienced shame or self-consciousness. I enjoyed that for as well as the reader gets to know Nora, the Shahids remain really evasive as characters, so the reader is put in the same position as Nora -- curious, attracted, and completely unsure. I would recommend this to readers looking for contemporary fiction a few steps more complicated than your average beach read.
The Woman Upstairs will be available April 30, 2013.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
33 Minutes is about a boy named Sam Lewis. He is in 6th grade. He has 33 minutes before his old best friend beats him up. Sam doesn’t know what made Morgan mad enough to beat him up. Was it Chris a kid that just moved next door to him? Will Sam get his friend back or get beat up?
I recommend this book to 3rd-5th graders who like mysteries. I give this book 3 stars out of 5 stars.
33 Minutes is available now.
Buddy is about a boy named Lil’ T and his buddy, Buddy (the dog). Buddy and Lil’ T have a very friendly relationship, only it doesn’t start that way. In fact, he didn’t even start out as Lil’ T’s dog. After they meet by coincidence, they become best friends. They go through a lot together, VERY thick and thin situations. Buddy isn’t your normal dog either, but you will have to read why.
I would recommend Buddy to all junior high school kids because it is remarkably amazing. I give this book a 4.5 star out of a 5 star rating. I give it this because the book was near perfect. This book is so real you will see yourself in it. I really recommend Buddy to all ages from 11-18.
Buddy is available now.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
You would think that having your mother die would bring you closer to your best friend rather than drive you apart. Instead, Jules Clayton and Cricket Thompson go through what feels like the worst summer of their lives. For Jules, her summer is ruined by her mom's death, but for Cricket, it's having to spend the summer without her best friend. I loved this book! It was addictive!
Nantucket Blue will be available May 7, 2013.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This fairytale begins when Sophie Petheram’s dear father dies. Sophie moves from New England to the Wyndriven Abbey in the Mississippi, to live with her French godfather Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, who she never met. His enchanting handsomeness can only be matched by his mysterious life. Soon Sophie begins to unravel his past and becomes very disenchanted. Sophie goes from having daydreams, to nightmares. This great girl meets people and loses them, but stays strong.
This book is highly intriguing. It deserves 5 stars, and is mysterious yet romantic. And it tells how a shut-in girl can become brave and strong.
Strands of Bronze and Gold is available now.
Madeline Flynn Wade has never really spoke bird-tracker, even though her dad is like the best bird-tracker in the world. When her dad goes on a business trip (birdtracking) for seven months, the “creepies” start. That’s just the least of their worries.
I recommend this book because it brings this family together. It is a very descriptive and detailed book. It makes the flowers and jungle seem like fantasies from another world! This is a great adventure, but has the same twists and turns as a mystery! I would give it five stars.
Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green is available now.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
This review is about a book called Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy. The main characters of this book are dragonets named Clay, Tsunami, Starflight, Kestrel, Glory, and Sunny. There is a war taking place at this time and also a prophecy that supposedly can stop this war. Not all dragons believe in this prophecy. A group called the Talons of Peace is keeping the 5 dragonets who are the only dragons who can fill the prophecy trapped under a big mountain. These 5 dragonets have been trying all their lives to escape the mountain. What the 5 dragonets don’t know is that there is a reason why the Talons of Peace have been keeping them trapped in a mountain for so long.
I would give this book four stars out of five, because it was good but it wasn’t so good that I couldn’t stop reading or couldn’t wait to pick it back up.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is available now.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
submitted by: Linda Wilson
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The book is basically a series of short stories and is a good book for picking up and putting down instead of reading in one sitting. As a bird lover, I especially enjoyed the chapter that begins "There are three ways to inspect a bald eagle's nest." It includes a story about an eagle stealing a fisherman's fish, the man threatening to shoot the eagle, and the eagle's mate attacking the man. It sounds like it is based on a real incident the author observed. The author notes, "Contrary to popular conception, bald eagles have no diving scream. When you hear it in movies, it's a dubbed recording of the noble red-tailed hawk." I was pleased to see this in print as I tell people this frequently.
I have read the first Mysterious Benedict Society book, and while I liked it okay I was not persuaded to read the next one. I didn't realize this was a prequel until I had started it. In my opinion, it is better than The Mysterious Benedict Society. You definitely do not need to read the later books to enjoy this one.
Nicholas Benedict is a precocious nine-year-old orphan with genius intelligence. He is just arriving at a new orphanage, which has recently acquired a new director. There are many problems at the orphanage, along with a missing inheritance from the woman who used to live in the orphanage manor. The new director is furtively searching for the missing treasure, so Nicholas begins his own search. Like all book schools and orphanages, this one contains a gang of bullies. Nicholas get the better of them and is ostracized by all his fellow orphans, due to intimidation by the bullies. Eventually Nicholas makes some friends, solves the secret of the treasure, and fixes most of the orphanage's problems.
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict reminded me of the Lemony Snicket series, but it's better. (I enjoyed the first few Snicket books, but grew increasingly less impressed and loathed the final book in the series.) Extraordinary Education also has a Roald Dahl feel to it. Implausible but nonmagical things happen. Even though I easily predicted some of the plot developments, it was still fun getting there.
My opinion may be affected by the excellent audio edtion. It kept me entertained through two long car trips.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin is about a 12 year old boy who is very confused about himself. This story is set in the time of most fairy tales and the time of dragons, kings, and witches. Rump lives in a kingdom where your name is your destiny. Rump is worried about his destiny because he thinks, how can you know your destiny if you only have half a name? One night after much warning, Rump discovers a talent that will cause much trouble. Rump is then forced to go on a wonderful and crazy journey. Will Rump find out his destiny?
Rump will be released on April 9, 2013.
Set in the future, Revolution 19 is about three siblings on a hunt to find their parents. Their freepost is attacked by bots and, on their own in the woods, they fight for survival. They survive, just to come to a city where they are befriended by a teenage girl and her family. They have seen people die and be tortured just to protect them, “Are they monsters to do that? Should they have even gone into the city? What will happen next?” Those are thoughts that run through the children’s heads. The siblings plot against the bots. Will their plan follow through? This book has action, adventure, and a little bit of romance.
During Homesick, things get a little crazy! Calvin says he owns a splinter from the Holy Cross, but is he really just crazy? That’s how things get started. All because of the splinter, he loses his wife. The main character Benny is having a difficult time without his mom around. But when the house starts to clutter, can things get any worse? When Myron starts his own radio business, no one thinks he will have any viewers. But are they wrong? All when things start to get good, bad stuff starts to happen again. From girls to the radio shack to clutter, can Benny keep up?
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Using the barest of clues of where to look for the brother, Ellie, with mom and neighbor in tow, sets off across China and proceeds to get herself into one tight spot after another. She faces international corporate greed, bioengineering, ecological issues, danger and bodily harm. Mom and neighbor are left on their own, to their own devices, while Ellie travels to remote areas of great beauty as well as ecological decrepitude.
There are moments of wry humor as well as a few intense twists. Along with the nitty gritty, there is a softer element involving a little dog. The reader needs to suspend common sense along with Ellie, as she does some really stupid things. In the end, one is left a little unsure exactly who the bad guys really are, or more likely, who the badest of the bad really are. There are lots of candidates. The conclusion is a little weak and definitely leaves one feeling that Brackmann is going to continue with her character in yet another book.
This one includes elements of travel, food, danger, technology, animals and sex; perhaps a few too many elements. There is the usual 20-21st century collection and repetition of "four-letter" words. Ellie's frequent use of them makes her a little one-dimensional. Brackmann's improper use of prepositions and pronouns also makes me wonder if that is supposed to reflect Ellie's contemporary nature or the bad grammar of the author. Overall, the book was a superficial, but entertaining, fast read in spite of its flaws. If you like a tough, contemporary chick-novel, give this a try.