Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

I listened to the audio book and was impressed.  Not for high school unless very mature readers who love historical fiction.  If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy this.  Again, audiobook very good. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Poldark The Angry Tide by Winston Graham


I love the PBS series.  This is the next book after the last season.  Yikes now I know what's going to happen and I don't want to spoil the story line.  Oh my goodness, it's a good one.  It's like family soap opera.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto


I liked this book.  It's not preachy but the story is good.  It's a blend of Angels and contemporary teens.  I think it's fine for high school libraries. 

Brooklyn Brujas Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova


This was a book that I saw at a Scholastic Book Fair.  I wasn't really impressed with the book.  It's okay and fine.  I think fine for personal libraries.

Rookie On Love edited by Tavi Gevinson


This is written by various authors about the topic of love.  All kinds of love.  With so many topics about love makes this an interesting read.  Some mature themes.  I don't think I'm getting this for my high school

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Very nice book and perfect for school libraries.  Also the audio book is good.  It's nice that different generations are featured in this story.  Also incorporated into the story is science information, cultural information and the natural curiosity of a boy who's about  to leave his home.  The family in this story is so welcoming and kind that you would want them for neighbors.   It's a nice glimpse in the world of the Middle East.  Enjoy.

Horizon A Warp In Time by Jude Watson


I like this series.  Different authors add their own book in the series to continue the story.  Think the TV show Lost with the TV show Survivor and Land of the Lost.  It's fine for any school library.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech


You will need a hanky with this story.  It's perfect for any elementary school library.  It's the story of a boy and his dog and poetry on the surface.  But it's also the story of grief and loss of a loved pet.  It's a good book.  The audio book also very good plus a bonus of Walter Dean Meyers reading one of his poems. 

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman


I found this book extra special.  There are so many life layers in this book.  An angry hurt girl who has her reputation ruined because she was taken advantage of.  The destruction of a special creature.  A life on the road just living on the land and meeting interesting or dangerous people and creatures.  Freedom is a gift and a responsibility.  It's a good read and a good audio book.

Hamish Macbeth Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

March Book Three by John Lewis


This is an important series to add to any high school library.  It's told in a graphic novel style.  It's an excellent graphic novel that portrays history in the words of John Lewis,who talks about the past and what he experienced.  I'm getting for my high school library. 

Valiant The Defiant by Lesley Livingston

It's a good read and audio books.  Lots of plot twists.  Go back to the Roman times and read this story of political and power struggles.  Enjoy.

A Rebel of the Sands Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

The audio book good.  Fine for high school.  Big time love interest, lots of danger and adventure.  A good fantasy set in an ancient desert world dashed with magic and an evil sultan.  Enjoy.

The Bone Witch The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco


Fine for high school libraries.  Audio book also good. 

Boy Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Oh this is such a charming book of the story of Roald Dahl.  Go back to the 1920's and see what life was like growing up.  It's a sweet story with boy antics and family love.  It's a short read and fine for any school library.  The audio book also good. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

I liked this book a lot.  There are a lot of layers to this story.  Told in Ryn's, short for Katheryn, viewpoint by alternating flashbacks and real time.  I can't imagine what it would be like to be trapped in a airport by a blizzard but the author does a good job of it.  It's a good read and I'm getting for my high school library.  Enjoy

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C Anderson


This book starts slow and that's fine.  Wait til you get to the end.  It's worth the read.  What I like is that the author worked with refugees and brought in their world of violence and life into the rest of the world.  Travel to the Congo and Kenya and solve a mystery as you read these pages.  Audio book also good.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo


So getting this for my high school library.  A must read to understand the brave people who sacrificed so much to save the Jewish people of Warsaw, Poland.  That evil must be stopped.  That ordinary people make the difference.  It's the true account of events surrounded by one special woman, Irena.  It's an important read.  The audio book also very good.

Monday, April 2, 2018

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I listened to the audio book and it was a rich layered story that traveled through time and countries.  How these people's lives entwined make this an impressive collection of stories threaded together. 

Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh

This is one strange book.  Psychologically creepy.  Yasmin is not a healthy girl both physically and emotionally.  The story is told in her words and you see what she is thinking.  It's a creepy story and I would not add to the high school library.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Dividing Eden Forbidden Fruit by Joelle Charbonneau


Its a novella from the Dividing Eden series and it's fine.  It gives a backstory of a brother and sister and the misfortune that they have.  Enjoy.

Austin Family Chronicles The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L’Engle


It's a good series and the audio book is also good.  I found this story a bit over the top but still entertaining.  Told in a few perspectives, new characters and various family members.  It is still fine for any library.  Over all it's a good read.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Austin Family Chronicles Troubling A Star by Madeleine L’Engle


The audio book is great.  This is a thriller meshed with murder, mystery, science and politics and throw in some of romance.  The story continues of the Austin Family Chronicles.  Fine for any middle or high school library and good for public and personal libraries.  Enjoy.

Austin Family Chronicles The Moon by Night by Madeleine L’Engle



I'm enjoy this audio book and the story is delightful.  Should be a required reading for middle or high school students.  It's about life and growth.  Romance and relationships.  Well written.  A bit vintage but still good.  Enjoy.

Austin Family Chroniciles A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’engle


I loved this book and am going through this series.  The audio book excellent.  It's part philosophical, part scientific, part environmental and all about life.  This series will be welcome in any library, middle, high and public libraries.  A great coming of age story.

Starcrossed Goddess by Josephine Angelini


It's okay.  I'm not going to add to my high school library but fine for public and personal libraries.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge


Just like Alice in Wonderland chasing a rabbit to destiny, Neverfall also chases a rabbit into chaos and away from her sheltered world.  Underground is not safe, wines that can make you forget, a master thief and lies that float around as truths.  It's a good read.  I think fine for middle school.  The beginning is slow but wait till you get to the end!  Enjoy.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Politics and magic,  power plays and duties make this an interesting story.  It goes beyond the looks and beauty as one mad princess is taking control over the palace.  The audio book is good.  Fine for any high school library.

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz


I listened to the audio book and decided to stick with it.  I'm glad I did.  It's not an easy story to read.  At first I thought Olivia was a shallow girl but then you can see that she is a teen in need.  Would I put it in the library?  I think I would.  It's an important read.

Zeroes Nexus by Scott Westerfeld


I already have the first two in my high school library, this will be another one to add.  It's a solid series and great various characters, each with their flaws.  Danger and mystery color this story intense.  Enjoy and also audio book very good. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


A friend told me about this book.  She said it was great.  I listened to the audio book and will get for my high school library.  It's intense and I love that it has all the 80's reference.  Enjoy this book.  Think Tron, Warcross, Ender's Game and other cybergame world books.  Enjoy. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ravenspire The Traitor Prince by C. J. Redwine


It's a good one.  Enjoy.  Fine for any high school library.  Audio book also good.

Legacy of Orisha Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi



This story line has been done many times but this is pretty special.  Will I get for my high school library?  You betcha.  It's a good read and I look forward to Tomi Adeyemi's next book.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold


It's a good story.  I would get for the high school.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

This book is up for the CYRM award  2019.  I can see why.  It'll be a hard choice between two other fantastic books.  Go back in time to when Hitler and the Nazis where occupying the Netherlands.  Enter a dangerous world.  It's a good read and a good audio book.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner


I'm getting this for my high school library.  It's right up there with Sarah Dressen and John Green.  Grief and guilt, anger and forgiveness makes this book a solid story.  A must read.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner


Tron the next generation.  This is the newest genre of online gamers who become deep in the cyberspace.  James Dashner knows how to tell a suspenseful story.  Fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

Partials Ruins by Dan Wells


I like this apocalptic story told in multiple views.  It's fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Heart Berries a Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot


This is book would be perfect for women studies and First Nation studies.  Family dysfunction written so vividly.  Self understanding and journey makes this a brave story to read.  The audio book also very good.

Stone Heart Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher

This is book 3 in the Stoneheart  Trilogy.  I like it and think it would be fine for middle school.  Fantasy and talking statues that connect to history make this a good story.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

The Stone Heart Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher


Perfect for middle school readers.  Adventures that take place in Britain.  Think fantasy and modern times.  It's a good read.  Audio book also good.

Charlotte Holmes The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes then you'll enjoy this dark contemporary twist.  The descents of Holmes and Watson are companions in pain.  The series continues.  Adventure awaits as danger darkens the story.  Perfect for personal and public libraries.  Not sure if it will reach a broader range in a high school library.  It's a good read but not for everyone.  Audio book also good.

The Young World The New Order by Chris Weitz


It's getting intense in this story.  It's fine but I think better for public and private libraries.  Audio book also good.  There is some violence in the story.

The Young World by Chris Weitz


It's a dark and destructive story.  It's fine.  I think it would work best for personal libraries and public libraries.  The audio book is fine.  Oh there are some survival of the fittest moments as the group fight of cannibals. 

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls


I fell in love with this story.  This is one personal story as the author writes about her grandmother.  It is well written and never boring.  What a life this woman has led.  A must read for all grades and adults.  I will add to my high school library.  The audio book also very good.

Odd & True by Cat Winters

This is a story that makes you think it will go one way but then turns another.  Lots of surprises.  Family dynamics and dysfunction are woven into the story of these two girls.  Told in alternate stories and flashbacks to the past.  Fine for any high school library.

War by Sebastian Junger

This is an important read.  If you have family members who have served in the military, this is a story that needs to be read.  The audiobook also good, read by the author. 

No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe


Wow, go back in time to Nigeria, 1960's.  Lots going on.  It's not an easy story as you see this young man struggle with right and wrong.  We had this book in the library.  Our students read Things Fall Apart so I wanted to read this story.  Audio book also good. 

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

I really enjoyed this book.  It's about family connecting and reconnecting.  Learning your roots when you only had half of them.   Think about our students who may not have a complete picture of who their family is.  Music is the bond between father and daughter.  It's a good read and fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shatter Me Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Oh boy, the drama.  It's a dystopian world with one language being forced on them.  One culture. Also some teens have special powers.  There's a power play going on.  Also some sexy sleeping arrangements taking place.  I think fine for personal and public libraries.  High School librarians should read and make their own choices.  A bit of mature content to consider.  Audiobook good.