Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Tourist Trap Mystery Rockets’ Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon


This novella, is a short murder mystery story.  It's an entertaining murder mystery series that I enjoy.  Clues are doled out and see if you can solve the mystery along with Jill.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Tourist Trap Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon


I enjoy this murder mystery series.  Set in a small coastal town, like Pismo or around that area.  A book store owner solves mysteries.  the characters and relationships in this series are fun to know. If you like murder mysteries, you'll enjoy this series.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sarah Plain and Tall Skylark by Patricia Maclachlan

Life in a different time brings us a short story about living on the prairies.  Natural disasters in any time can take homes away but it's the spirit of rebuilding and being a family that becomes important.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.  Fine for any library.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

I really enjoy Rachel Hawkins stories.  They are entertaining and fun.  If you enjoyed the Princess Diaries, you'll enjoy this new series.  Have fun.  Fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.  Oh and the audio book is fun to get a  bit of the Scottish accent.  Enjoy.

How I Resist edited by Maureen Johnson

I really liked this book.  I would say read or listen to the audio book before you purchase.  There are some political comments of our current government.  I think this is an important book in many ways, a better understanding of opinions, experiences and life views. 

Andy Carpenter Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt


Sometimes we just need a good mystery with a dog in it.  I'm hooked on this series.  It's smart and funny.  The audio book is also very good.  Enjoy this series if you like a good murder mystery.

The Traitor’s Circle The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty



I love this series, Sage is charming and delightful, there's romance, adventure and travel.  It's perfect for high school libraries.  Enjoy, this young woman who makes the most of life and enjoys learning oh and libraries. 

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta


Think Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games meets magic gone bad.  Power plays, political plays and treason all wrapped up in one gift of an intense story line.  I have already checked out the next sequel.  I'm getting this for the library.  It's a good read.  Oh heads up a bit of violence in the story.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Twisted Tale Part of Your World by Liz Braswell



Disney has a series of teen books written by young adult authors where a particular story is rewritten.  This one is Ursula is the one who gets the prince.  And she wants more.  Fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Jane Austen Mystery Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House by Stephanie Barron

If you are a fan of Jane Austen and also mysteries then this is the book for you.   I enjoy both and read for my own pleasure.  Not really high school library but fun to read.  Also audio book is good.  Enjoy and go back in time when you read this story.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Chronicles of Prydain the Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander



Go back to a magical time when people and the fair folk coexisted.  Start an adventure and find a lost creature and face an evil foe.  Have fun and enjoy.  I would say good for middle school age.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambian by Miranda Paul & illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

I am getting this book for my high school library.  Perfect for recycling units, Earth Day displays and also business opportunities.  A positive message illustrating what one woman does with changing trash into treasures that they can sell.  The illustrations are really great.  At the end of book, there are some good facts about the women who cleaned up their world.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Spindle Fire Winter Glass Lexa Hillyer



It's a dangerous fairy tale that continues from Spindle Fire.  Elements of the Cinderella story has been brought in.  It's a good story but I think it will be for a certain niche of readers.  Enjoy.

This Mortal Coil This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada



Science Fiction, dystopian world and teens using computers to save the world.  It's an intense read.  It's good and entertaining but I think this story will appeal to a narrow group of readers.  The audio book also good.  Enjoy.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek



I liked this book, there are many good examples of situations and leaders that illustrate concepts that help be better leaders.  Good for students, teachers, admin and business leaders.  I'm getting this for my high school library.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

This is a back story about Ursla the Sea Witch.  Way before she meets the famous little mermaid, she was a person who was friends with the prince.  She had a father, a powerful witch mother both who loved her very much.  She had a dear friend, named Anna and her young friend the prince.  Anna meets with a tragic end at the start of the story, life goes on and years later a new Anna arrives.  It turns out this new Anna is a mermaid and has fallen in love with the prince. 

This story is fine for high school libraries.  The audio book also is done well.  Enjoy.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Last Magician The Devils Thief by Lisa Maxwell

Oh this is a good series.  I'm looking forward to the next book.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton



A young woman travels to a whole new world, Scotland.  As she learns to navigate through Edinburgh, she makes friends.  It's an American in Edinburgh.  When her boss's sister is found dead and a rare book is missing, a mystery to be solved.  Enjoy. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Debutants Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



This is a pretty fun book to enjoy.  With a southern feel, a mystery and revenge it's a good story.  The audio book is pretty fun to listen to.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I could not finish this book.  It was not to my tastes.  I really wanted it to work and tried to finish but reading to see if I wanted this in my high school library and I said no and stopped.  The first part of the book is about girls taken from their families to be part of the king's girls to have sex.  The girls are scared and nervous and there are mind games being played along with power games as well.  I would say this is more for adults.  A mature audience. 

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker



I listened to the audio book and enjoyed it.  Fine for high school libraries.  I am looking forward to book two.  I'll be adding this to my high school library.  Enjoy.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Wolf by Wolf Iron by Iron by Ryan Graudin



I like this series and was happy that there are some back stories.  It's a smart novel.  You don't even have to read the rest of the series since it's a stand alone.  It's a good read and fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Beasts made of Night Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi



It's a magical story that is refreshingly different then so many magical stories.  It's a good read and fine for any high school library.  Enjoy. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi


I really liked this strange story.  It's different then traditional western stories.  A different feel to it.  It's going in my high school library.  Enjoy.

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil



I liked this book and it would be very popular at our high school.  I'm a bit concern about all the killing.  I think I will pass on a public high school because of the killing.  It really is a good book and a bit scary.  Reality TV gone bad.

Black Panther the Young Prince by Ronald L Smith



I liked this book.  I think it is fine for any high school and middle school library.  Enjoy.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson


I hope there is a sequel because this is brilliant.  I can see this being a movie.  I'm getting this for my high school library.  It's perfect!  Enjoy.

I've Been Thinking .... by Maria Shriver

This is a lovely book that would make a lovely gift for someone special.  Enjoy.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth



Think The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and merge it with Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty and you get this book.  It's fine for high school students.

American Like Me by America Ferrera and more

This book needs to be in every high school library.  It is so important to hear stories about the people finding themselves and their culture.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi



I think that this is an important story to add to high school libraries.  It brings in culture and bullying and growing and maturing.  A must read for all.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

This is a sweet story that will fit in perfectly for any high school library.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein



This was on sale at my book fair and I ended up listening to the audio book to see what kind of story line it was.  It was good.  I enjoyed it.  Entertaining and space travel while being chased by the Empire.  Of course I am a Stars Wars fan so there you go.  It'll be fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Everland by Wendy Spinale



In an alternate reality, a mash up of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz this series has been very interesting.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

This is an important graphic novel.  Can we even imagine what people go through to make a better life for their future.  It is based on a ship that was loaded with immigrants that capsized and many drowned.  The graphic novel is done well and the story told puts a face on the situation.  It's a good job.  Needs to be in all libraries.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez



It's a good read.  A bit on the sexy side.  A good personal book or a public library book.  I do like the first book in the series.  I don't think I'll get for the library but it's fine for personal collections.

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

Oh my goodness.  If you ever read: Life as We knew It and that whole series, then this should be the next book on your reading list.  It is intense.  And it read like it could happen.  The authors gave this story a lot of thought.  I'm getting this for my high school library.  It's scary because it feels like it could happen.

The Thing about Jelly Fish by Ali Benjamin


It's a good book.  Suzy reminds me of someone in the spectrum.  She has trouble relating to people, sharing facts that are ill timed or inappropriate.  When tragedy strikes, she and her former best friend had a huge falling out.  Now she is dealing with grief and students who bully her.  It's a good read.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Scottish Bookshop Mystery Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton

I love a good murder mystery.  And a good book store.  And setting in Scotland.  Enjoy. 

Saints and Misfits by S K Ali


I don't know a lot about the different cultures in the Muslin world.  This book is perfect to have any high school library to bring diversity of all cultures in to the access of reading teens.  It also deals with attempted rape and how the victim feels.  It's a good book.  I'm adding it to my library.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner



I liked this book because it is balanced with groups of people who live a life style that has naturally been part of their particular society.  Then groups of people in the US who is trying to live healthier lives as a community and the results of changing to a healthier life.  It's a good read.

Find Your Why by Simon Sinek


What is a adult book doing in a young adult blog?  I'm looking for books to help students but I am also looking for books to help me improve upon being a leader.  It's a good book.  Not for high school libraries because it would be over the students head.  But it is good if you have teachers, staff and other people that  you are working with.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey



I really liked this book.  It was inspirational and I know i would like to get for my high school library.  I'm adding it to my shopping list.  Oprah, if you catch this blog, would you write something personal in the book for our students?

How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

Have great books to help us grow and become better are important.  Finding books for teens to inspire them to become better people can be challenging.  I am planning to get this book to see if students might find this inspirational.  I'm adding this book to my books to purchase list for my high school.  Audiobook also good.

Andy Carpenter Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt


You had me at rescue dog.  And I love murder mysteries.  This is a new series to me and I am looking forward to reading more.  If you enjoy a good "who done it"  then add this to your reading list.

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith


I liked this book and will get for my high school library.  The characters learn a lot about life, relationship and the responsibility of money management.  There's romance and friendship.  There is the loss by death of parents and being raised by family, there is the dad with the gambling addiction that affects the lives of family as well.  The characters grow from teens to young adults and learn to see life with new lenses.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent


I ended up liking this book.  Part romance and all dystopian, imagine the government controlling every element in your life.  Imagine the government hiding everything.  Imagine having so many clones that look like you and you are the one that is completely different.  Imagine a new possibility.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Rosalind Thorne A Purely Private Matters by Darcie Wilde


I enjoy a good murder mystery and this one is a great read.  More for adults and the public library.  I kept guessing who did it and I was wrong.   It's a smart book to enjoy. 

Grenade by Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz brings history alive in his stories.  You care about his characters as you read about their lives.  And brings light to difficult situations.  He truly does a great job on his research.  History is important to read about so that the generations that follow understand and learn and grow from the readings.

Misty Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

It's a classic written in a different time.  The wild  horses are real and it's based on the history of the island.  It's perfect for young horse lovers.