Monday, March 30, 2020

The Final Six The Life Below by Alexandra Monir



Kind of reminds me of Alien the movie.  It's a good read.  Lots of drama. Perfect for any high school library.  Enjoy.

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo


I loved this story.  Junior Library Guild sent this one to me.  I needed a tissue when this was done.  It's a beautiful story about loss, and finding family.  There is a teeny tiny bit of magic.  But the real magic is this story.  It's a good read.  Add this one to your high school library.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Traitor’s Game The Warrior’s Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen


This last one in the series is much more complex and layered.  Find out how this story ends.  Will one be consumed by evil magic?  Will one be able to hold the throne?  Read and find out.  Fine for any high school library. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun

I liked the story and it is fine for any elementary and middle school library.  It's a little bit predictable.   You got a like Pippa and cringe when she digs herself in to trouble.  She's a good kid trying to make her world work.  I also like that it is an opportunity to learn more about the Korean culture.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

The Traitor’s Game The Deceiver’s Heart by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen can tell a story.  I'm looking forward to reading book 3 now.  I'm adding this to my high school library.  The audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

It's a brilliant story as two brothers move to a new country. It reminded me of teaching ESL to new comer students.  The story of the guilt of saying angry words to a loved person who later dies drives the story of baking cakes to remember his father the baker.  It's a good read. 

The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown


It's a different type of story.  I did like the book and will get for my high school library.  I liked that at the end of the book their is a glossary of circus terms.  It's a good story line filled with tension and drama.  The images worked for the story.  Enjoy.

Friday, March 27, 2020

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry


This would be a book for horse lovers and are young readers.  It's written with lots of details and a bit stilted but it is a good book. 

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

A beautiful story.  Add this one to your middle school and elementary library.  It's a good read.  You'll need a hankie for this one. 

Frankly in Love by David Yoon


This is a good book.  I stuck with the book it was worth it.  Frank's parents are from Korea and have their biases towards other non-Korean people.  Frank learns a lot about life and his parents too.  It's a good story.  I would get for my high school.

Spellhacker by M. K. England

I liked the book.  The story line is two of the teens have parents that died from what ever virus has happened.  As they are set up when they take a job, their lives are in peril.  It's a suspenseful book. The audio book also good.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

I Survived The American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis


This is a good book for elementary school.  The book is very simply written to tell the story of the young boy living in 1776 in the time of all the action and battle.  The deadliness of life at this time.
The audio book also good.

Circus Mirandus The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley

Who doesn't want to join a circus?  Micah is taken under the shelter of a very powerful magician after his grandfather passes away.  It's a good read for young people.  Think Harry Potter goes to the circus.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Agatha Raisin Beating About The Bush by M. C. Beaton

Sometimes it's nice to enjoy a good murder mystery.  Agatha Raisin is a fun character.  Enjoy.  The audio book also very good.

Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins

A boy is being bullied and has an invisible friend.  For young students.  I didn't feel the story worked out.

Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis

I liked this book. I would add to my personal library.  Enjoy.

Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raul the Third


It's a delightful book and great for learning Spanish.  A fun story line with bright illustrations.  Enjoy.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo


I have some time to hear/read all sorts of audio books and print books.  I listen to Spark Joy that I got from my public library.  It's a good read.  Made me look at my house again.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

I liked this story.  It's a mother daughter story.  It's a find out who you really are story.  It's a travel to Europe story.  It's fine for high school.  I'm thinking I would like to buy for my high school library.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller


Wow, these girls went through so much.  A family destroyed by many others and within their own family.  The girls grew up under the public eye and were used for marketing.  Even their own father was a problem.  It's a good read and a good audio book as well.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo


There are some great advice in this graphic novel.  I am thinking of getting one for my high school library.  It's a good graphic novel.  Enjoy.

Earthsea Cycle The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin


While the world is experiencing a Pandemic, this story seems to echo what is going on. 
Oh the irony.  This is a richly written book akin to the Lord of the Rings series and a few others.
It's a good book and also the audio book is good as well.  The reader of this audio book has a rich voice that makes this story come to life.  It's a good read.  Besides, it has dragons and warrior wizards.

Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith


This is good and I'm getting for my high school library.  These two kids who meet online and become friends.  Trolls who hack into her account.  A dad who is doing something secret.  A boss who doesn't pay.  It's a good read.  The audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma

I liked this book.  I would add this to my personal library to reread and refresh.  This would be a good gift for graduates.  Or a family read if you teens who could use some perspective adjustment and you read together as a family.  It's a positive book filled with good advice.

Small in the City by Sydney Smith


 A lovely picture book of a little boy looking for his lost cat.  The images are beautiful and the story is told in a sweet way.  Add this one to little people's libraries.  Even if the little one can't read, the pictures will tell the story.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Pirates Vs. Cowboys by Reynolds & Barneda

Cute story about two groups who have trouble communicating and also need a bath.  Perfect to read to little people.  Enjoy.

Dude! By Reynolds and Santat


This is perfect for the classroom to see how words are used in context, even if it's one word.  Great for early elementary classrooms and libraries.  I can see boys enjoying this picture book. 

Kiki & Jax by Marie Kondo

This is a cute book to encourage young children to have a tidy space.  That they have control and create good habits.  Fine for any young child.  A must to add to any child's library.  Enjoy.

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

It's an interesting story line.  It's a dystopian novel.  Think Waterworld meets Coma.  Fine for high school libraries.  Audio book is also good.

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

It's different.  A quirky ghost hunting story.  I liked it.  I don't know if it will appeal to a broad group of readers but I think it will appeal to some readers.  I would add this to my high school library.  The audio book also good.  Enjoy.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

I'm getting this for my high school library.  It's a very good read.  Fine for anyone.  Perfect for high school.  The three teens are sort of misfits in an Alabama town.  The story is about friendship and healing.  It's about facing truths and growing from difficult situations.  It's an excellent read.

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

It's an adult book and sometimes I just need to read an adult book.  Oh this is really good.  You have the New York Mafia,  You have the KKK in Oregon and you also have a couple of love stories.  And you have racial abuse.  The author has done her research and she really can take you back in to time.  It's an excellent read.  The audio book also very good. 

The Line Tender by Kate Allen


It's a good story.  Sharks are so fascinating and the information about the sharks is set up to come naturally in the story.  The story is about a girl dealing with grief when her friend dies.  It's a good story and fine for any library.

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price


It's a layered story with San Francisco in the background.  Valerie is determined to find out the truth about her younger brother.  Fine for high school library.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom


This is the story of Mitch Albom and his wife taking in a little girl from Haiti who need treatment for a brain tumor.  How a child entered into their world and changed them in so many ways as they also make an impact on her life.  Chika was full of life and was an amazing child.  It's a good read.  Get a hankie with this one.  It's a beautiful story.  The audio book is infused with Chika recordings.  A truly sweet story. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob has conversations with her parents, friends, her son and her husband.  It's about race and life and culture.  It's a good read.  I actually listened to the audio book and that too was good.  Sometimes it's nice to read adult books.  Its a good and honest read.

A Place To Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

This is a really good book that I am going to add to my high school library.  It brings history alive and gives it personal connection.  The audio book also very good.  Watching the big sister grow up and connect with various people and handling hard times.  Add this to your reading list.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hello Goodbye Dog by Gianferrari and Barton

Who doesn't love  a good dog story.  With more service dogs out there in the world, this is a good book to introduce to young children. Plus the dog goes to the library!  Enjoy.

Sweety by Andrea Zuill


Do you know that one nerdy oddball?  Meet Sweety.  She is sweet and adorable but a bit of a misfit.  Misfits have their own special place in the world and we love them.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy.

The Rabbit and the Shadow by Melanie Rutten



It's a sweet story.  Quirky but sweet.  The book is fine for any library.  It's a bit philosophical but not overt. 

Everybunny Dream! By Ellie Sandall


In the real world bunnies and foxes don't play but in picture books they do.  It's a sweet book and rhymes very easy to make it a good read aloud.  I see this as a read to little ones before they go to bed or on a rainy day to encourage napping.  Enjoy.

Power Up Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supernova Body by Fishman & Greenberg

Picture book about how cool our body is.  A great way to start a unit or do a lit circle for young people.  Fine for any school library for young people.

Steel Drums by Patricia Lakin

It's all right.

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

Mary was one of the first women to eschew dresses and wear pants.  Her father in the story makes one page, he supports her but we don't know what else he does to support her.  There are some elements to the story missing.  It's fine.

Pine and Boof Blast Off by Ross Burach


It's entertaining with two silly critters saving an egg.  Fine for any library.

Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho

It's simple and sweet.  The images are dark but at the end there is an introduction of color. It is fine for any library.  It's okay.

Get On Your BIke by Akveld & Hopman

When two boys in the form of animals get into a fight, one goes for a bike ride to cool off.  By the time he's done, the boys make up.  It's sweet.  Enjoy and fine for any school library for elementary and middle school.

The Golden Thread by Meloy and McClure


Loved this book.  So many of our young teens and young people have no idea who Pete Seeger was and what he did.  It's a good book to add to any middle school and high school library. 

Perfect by Max Amato

Even though I have high school, I love the creativity of this story. Plus in a crazy kind of way, it types into personality and a tad bit of mental health.  It's a very funny book and will be a welcomed addition to any school and personal library.  Enjoy.

Big Tree Down! by Lawlor & Gordon

How community connects together with a tree.  And after the tree falls, all the different jobs and people who set the community back together.  It's fine for any young people library.  Enjoy.