Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan

This is such a good reading series and needs to be in any library.  The audio books are also a pleasure.
If you like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Game of Throne (With out the HBO factor)  Then this is a solid story that has great characters, lots and lots of humor and danger at every other page.  It's an enjoyable read or listen.

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

This is a lovely piece of work with lots of twists and turns.  Beautiful illustrations.  The audio version is a treat.  You can't go wrong with Neil Gaiman.  Enjoy.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Five Kingdoms: Death Weavers by Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull does it again.  Great series for those who enjoy adventure and danger.  Right up there with the Ranger's Apprentice series.  This one is more mystical.  A special bonus in this book.  Characters from a different series, the Beyonders have joined up in this book.  Very smartly done.
Great series.  Enjoy.

Ranger’s Apprentice:Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan

This is a perfect series for any boy, or fan who loves Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (with out the science fiction aspect) or a tame game of thrones.  It's non stop adventure and page turning read.
Danger at every turn.  This series is a must for any library.  Read about loyalty, survival and facing death on a battle field of hot desert sand.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This goes beyond a YA book.  It's literature.  There is family abuse of a step father who does wrong with his step daughter.  There is an abusive boyfriend.  It's implied not graphic.  THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY LIBRARY.  It's a good read.  Heavy subject but sadly one that exists.  Beautifully written and I would read more of Moira Fowley Doyle's work if she consistently writes like this.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This is the book one should read!  It's based on the true bombing of the Wilhelm Gustloff but it's the story of those who face so many challenges.  A must read for all high school students in history.   Also Read Ruta Sepetys, Shades of Gray.  Another must read based on real events.  This author can write.  Salt to the Sea is a must for all high school libraries.

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

This book was written by a teen.  It's very clear it was written by a teen.  Find a different book to read.  Trust me on this one.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

It's a dystopian world and perhaps a bit apocalyptic. It's a page turner with some romance.  It's a fight for survival and one bad dude who has lots of power trying to take over Juliette who is a lonely character who has been isolated for a long, long time.  It's written well.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan

This series needs to be in every library.  It's addicting.  If you enjoy Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and Star Wars this is the series for you.  Perfect for elementary, middle school and high school.  Enjoy!

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This is a must read!  Perfect for any library.  My mother lived in Berlin,  West Berlin.  As a child growing up in California, I asked my mother about the wall.  She said it happened overnight.  She really didn't talk about living in West Berlin.  I wish she had, this book is a good read to recreate the feeling of what it must have been like living in  East Berlin.  Put this on your reading list!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks

It's an entertaining book that is fine for any library.  It's set in Australia.  Enjoy.

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan

This is a great series!  Perfect for any library.  Great for a guy's read!  Think Lord of the Rings, Game of thrones and Star Wars (with out the science fiction)  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book of a thousand Days by Shannon Hale

A retelling fairy tale set in some place in Asia, Shannon Hale creates an amazing story about service, bravery and love amongst a dangerous backdrop of warriors.  Perfect for any library.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

It's smart and solid.  Fine for any library.  The Viking gods and life are brought into the contemporary world as Magnus navigates through his new life and making new friends and enemies.  A good book!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Icebound Land by John Flanagan

This is a great story series.  If you like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and other adventure stories this series is for you.  Perfect for any library.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

Solid story.  Highly recommend.  It's a quest to find a stolen child that has been transferred to the fairy realm.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I liked this story and am looking forward to the next book.  It's a solid story and a grown up version of Harry Potter.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

This story is fine for any library.  It's a good story.  Enjoy.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Excellent book.  Laurie Halse Anderson can write a story.  Post Traumatic  Stress is what Hayley and her dad are dealing with and alone.  It's not easy taking care of parents as a teenager, I know I had to and so when I read this, Anderson nailed the anger and frustration that a teen girl would face with ill parents.  This book is up for the California Young Readers Medal for 2017.  It's a good contender with the solid story that teens will connect with.  Perfect for any library.  Repeat, perfect for any library.  Enjoy.

River Secrets by Shannon Hale

This is a great series.  Fine for any library.  What is nice about the series is that different characters get to star in their own story that ties all together.  Shannon Hale does it again.  Enjoy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Nugget & Fang by Tammi Sauer & Michael Slack

It's a picture book about friendship.  It's okay.  I'm not fully wowed about it. It is fine for any library.

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

This story is fine for any library, school or public.  Solid characters and fine plot.  A young girl changed and angry, fighting to be normal again.  Trying to save her country from invaders.  Figuring out true love.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed A Zoo by Helaine Becker & illustrated by Kathy Boake

This is a great picture factual book.  I learned about it at the 2016 California School Library Association from Deborah Ford of Junior Library Guild.  I bought it for my high school because we have zoology and also be Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a few miles from our school.  I'm glad I bought it.

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card

This is quite the start of a saga.  There is reference to religion and magic.  I see this as a smart book that rewrites American history and creates a mythology.  Sort of a American Hobbit (with out orcs and hobbits) and Lord of the Rings (with out elves and wizards)  It's a solid story and fine for any library.  Enjoy.

My Sister Lives on the Mantle Piece By Annabel Pitcher

Listen to the Audio book with David Tennant reading. Perfection.  Great story about tragedy, with the lost of a girl from a 9/11 bomb blast in England.  Parents that are absent one way or another. Making friends with people of different cultures.  The loss of a pet.  It's about growing up.  It's a good book.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

It's pretty good.  It's about increasing the population of the society in a world were there are 9 men to 1 woman.  I would like to read book 3.  It's okay for a school library.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

It's a genetic and political dystopian society where the poor families outside the wall must give up their babies.  Gaia is forced to find the key to help the betray everything she knows.

I think it's a good story.  I think it's perfect for public libraries.

Fridays with the Wizards by Jessica Day George

I'm a fan of Jessica Day George.  This is a great series and prefect for any library.  Are you fan of Harry Potter,  then you will enjoy this series.  Enjoy!

Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

I really like this series.  I think it is fine for any school or public library.  Good story about friends, family and loyalty.  Enjoy.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Between the Lines By Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

This is a great book.  There are three stories in one.  Great dialogue and lots of fun and problem solving.  Perfect for any library.  For sure school libraries as well.  Enjoy a great read.  Solid characters.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Perception by Kim Harrington

It's okay.  It goes a bit overboard but it's entertaining.  If you're looking for something simple and easy to read as well as a mystery then this book will work.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

This is a good story but I would say the situation doesn't actually portray what really happened at these camps.  Bruno meets another little boy who is also 9 years old that is Jewish.  Bruno is innocent of knowledge of the actual world of what is going on.  It's a tragic story at the end.