Monday, September 16, 2019

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

This has elements of history with in the story traveling back to a time when mental health was treated brutally.  The little girl makes friends with a women living in the woods. No one seems to know she exists.  People believe that she is making it all up.  She's a very clever little girl.  Perfect for any children's library or middle school library.

What Goes Up by Wen Jane Baragrey

It's a quirky story.  Fine for any young school library.

Float by Laura Martin

It's a cute story fine for elementary and middle school.  It's a fun read with kids who have special abilities but may not be able to control them yet.  Enjoy and makes you want to go camping too!

Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung

I wasn't really wild about this book.  I was hoping it would go one way but it went a completely different way.  Not my favorite book at all.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

This is filled with lots of life challenges.  Dunkin has to take meds to keep him from hearing voices.  Lily needs to take meds to block hormones.  These two young people have family that loves them but also in family relationships that change their lives forever.  It's a good read.

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

I enjoyed this book.  I know that I can easily recommend this book to my high school students. It is on my list to purchase.  The audio book also very good.  Enjoy!  And Stay Sweet

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J Krosoczka


This is a brilliant graphic novel about his life story.  Told in a moving way.  However there is a lot of  for mature reader moments.  His mom did drugs and was an addict.  His grandparents loved him but they could be real characters.  There is some drinking and smoking as well.  I am interested in getting this for my library.  I would say read before you get for your library but remember we have lots o students who are being raised by grand parents and there are not that many books about this situation for teens.  It's a good read.  Also a very good TedTalk  https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_krosoczka_how_a_boy_became_an_artist?language=en#t-561626

The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala


I am so looking forward to book 2.  It's a great story because of the sexual tension between the two but not overdone.  A good balance between the two main characters who discover secretes between the two as they go looking for who really killed the uncle.  Hurry up and publish book 2.  It's a good read.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser


This is written with such love, that you feel like you are a part of the family.  It's a large family and you have to adore how they are connected to their neighborhood.  You would want them to be your neighbors.  It's a great read and perfect for elementary and middle school.  enjoy.

Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley

This book will haunt me for a very long time.  It's based on true events set in a fictional account.  This story is a must for everyone to read about how girls are endangered and abused in China because they are from a minority culture.  They are basically slaves and trapped with no freedom what so ever.  Overworked and not even paid.  In fact they are charged for everything.  THIS STORY WILL STAY WITH YOU.  A must read. I'm adding this to my library.

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell


This is a brilliant book.  Sometimes hard to read because of the intense emotion which makes it brilliant.  Jessie tells the story in a timeline of what happened, her boyfriend just disappears.  No sign no clue.  Lots of secrets come out from around town.  It's an intense story.  A good one

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Want Ruse by Cindy Pon

In the future there is a terrible disease that has spread.  It's been controlled but another problem to health is the air that is so polluted, people are sick and dying.  A young girl invents an filter that helps people breath.  An evil wealthy man wants it all and will kill to get it.  A great series.  A bit sexy as well.  A good read.

Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins


You need to read the Bruce the Bear series.  The pictures are so entertaining and their facial expressions as events take place.  This one is another winner.  Big old Bruce learns about teamwork in this story as problems occur.  Add this one to your library.  Enjoy.

Yarn Retreat Mystery Yarn to go by Betty hechtman

I think I found a new favorite Murder Mystery series.  What I liked was that it was set in places I have lived in,  Monterey, Gilroy & even Fresno.  I liked the characters and I didn't know who did the crime even with lots of red herrings.  Great new series to entertain you.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Izzy Malone The Wonderous World of Violet Barnaby by Jenny Lundquist

I liked this story and it is fine for middle school.  It's a good story about grief and loss and a new family and fitting in.  A good read and fine for any school library. 

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

I think this is based on a play.  I listened to the audio book and they've done a good job presenting it.  I think it's a bit edgy but fine for high school library.

The Train of Lost Things by Ammi Joan Paquette

I liked this book.  It's a good book about grief in a fantasy story.  It was published in 2018.  Fine for any middle school library. 

Want by Cindy Pon

I liked this story.  The audio book was really good.  If you have a teen who likes futuristic stories this would be the story for your reader.  Enjoy.  I'm getting for my high school library collection.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Braced by Alyson Gerber


As I was reading this story, it reminded me years ago when one of my friends in middle school had a brace.  I really had no clue what she went through.  I do know it looked uncomfortable.  I think this book should be on shelves for students to either not feel like they are the only ones with braces or if they have friends who have a back brace to understand better what it is like to wear a brace and the emotions that go with it. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Temeraire His Magjesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

I liked this book.  If  you are ready to go beyond regular fantasy, try alternate history fantasy.  Besides it has dragons.  I enjoyed the relationship between the young dragon and his rider.

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Trying to figure out life when you are young can be challenging.  Delsie and Ronin are missing parents in their lives.  They have people who love them but they are filled with so many emotions.  Have you ever had young people that were filled with so many emotions that they may have a hard time processing the all?  Read the book.  It's good.

The Eldest Curses The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Cassandra Clare has partnered up with Wesley Chu to create this new series.  It's entertaining and fun to read.  Magnus is just a fun character with a heart of gold.  Enjoy.  Fine for high school to add.

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

It retells the legend of Robin Hood but Miriam has stepped into the role.  The conventions of being a woman and disguising herself as a an known to be dead was interesting.  Good for personal libraries.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

If you liked Fault in Our Stars, you will get this one.  It's a good book.  teens facing the mortality of their lives.  I'm getting for my high school library.

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum

I really liked this story.  I just got it and liked how things tied together.  I'm getting for my high school library.  Enjoy.

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Anything by Alan Gratz is going to be good.  Add this to your reading list.  It's an important read when racial discrimination against targeted groups hurt everyone.  It's a good read.

Aladdin Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed

I think this story is fine for personal libraries.  It was okay. 

Caraval Finale by Stephanie Garber

Lots of twists and turns in this series.  lots of surprises.  I don't want to give anything away.  If you are a fan of this series, you'll have to find out how it ends.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai

The writing is fine.  It's an important book to have students read to understand why people must leave their country and how they must survive.  I'm adding this to my high school library.

The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts

If you have a horse lover in your life, this would be a good gift.  Reminds me of Monuments Men as well.  It's a great book.  Maybe fine for high school.  A  lot of technical reading but well worth it to learn about this piece of history. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

A Witchcraft Mystery Bewitched & Betrothed by Juliet Blackwell

It was alright.  Not really my favorite.  Think Charmed, which is also set in San Francisco. 

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

After reading this book, I would like to read the youth version.  It is a good adult version.  If you have ever seen Trevor Noah's show, it's brilliant.  He's smart and funny.  He also speaks many different languages.  I feel this is an important read to not only learn about Trevor's life but also to learn how racial hate can pull a country and the diverse people apart and trap people in poverty.  Trevor has an amazing mother.  Read this book and understand better a different country and a different life.  It's a good read.

Bad Dad by David Walliams

This is one very funny story.  Fine for any elementary and middle school library.  Read it and laugh out loud.  Enjoy.  The audio book also very good.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning


Oh my goodness.  A well crafted story for adults to enjoy.  So many elements of tragedy, happiness, love, lies and betrayal make this  a powerful story.  Bringing history alive across two continents, the 1930's and 40's will bring a deeper understanding of what people had gone through.  It's a great story.
Two different time frames that tie in at the very end.  It's a brilliant story.

The Bone Witch The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

It's a dark world that takes place in the world of magic and political power gains.  It's an interesting read.  Enjoy

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Not to far into the future, is when this story takes place.  Thing Westworld meets Stepford Wives.
The girls are treated like property and that their lives are under the direction of the school administrators.  It's an awakening for the girls as they discover their truths. I'm getting this for my high school library.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

If you have to buy one book for your elementary or middle school library.  This is the book.  If you read this book, have a hanky ready.  It is excellent. 

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

It's a cute story and I am planning to get this for my high school library.  When teens ask for romance, this will be the book I hand to them.  A little predictable but definitely entertaining.  Enjoy.

Meg Langslow Mystery Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews

I do enjoy a good murder mystery.  The family is so quirky and fun.  It's a fun read and the audio book works well.  Enjoy.

Shadow of the Fox Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

I love this series.  It's perfect for middle school and high school libraries.  I like that it brings in Japanese elements in to the story.  The characters and plot is solid.  Enjoy.  Also audio book very good.

Fly On The Wall by E. Lockhart

This book is a good book of how people relate to each other when no one is looking.  Oh but to be a fly on the wall, and then Gretchen becomes a literally becomes a fly on the wall.  It's a great book.  I would say for mature audiences just because of some of the content.  There's some sexual discussions.  I liked the book, I would say read it before you add to your library.


York The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby


The adventure continues and the mystery just gets deeper.  This is a great series to add to your middle school collection.  Enjoy. 

York The Shadow Cypher by Laura Ruby


I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book to middle school libraries.  Enjoy

Friday, August 30, 2019

Ruby Oliver The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockart

I like this series.  Some maturity for this series.  I would add to my high school library.  It's about relationships at the peer level.  Also, Ruby is starting to mature and see other people's sides of things. I would add to my high school library.

Ruby Oliver The Boy Book by E. Lockhart


I liked this book.  Some mature themes but great for older teens.  Relationships can be complicated in teen world and this book is a good book for teens to read.  Fine for high school libraries.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ruby Oliver The Boyfriend List by E. Lockart

I have this in my library but haven't read it yet until today.  It's teen life in the relationship with adults and peers.  How best friends can become ex-best friends and dating can be a challenge at times.  It's a good read.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West

This book will be fine in any high school library.  When kids ask for romance.... hand them this book.  I'll get for my school library.  Enjoy.

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

Heads up there's a few f-bombs.  It's an interesting book.  I don't think it will be mainstream but I do think it will appeal teens who have a bit of a rebel streak in them.  It's a good read.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

House of Furies Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux

I was looking forward to book 3 since I loved the first two books.  I don't know.  I really couldn't get into this story as much.  It's alright. I was a little disappointed