Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Excellent story and would put in my library.  The story circles around itself as two siblings separate and then come together.  They are lost after their mother dies from a car accident.  Each character  has strong developed depth.  It's brilliant.  If you like John Green, Rainbow Rowe and others then this book should be on your reading list.

Song of Albion: THe Paradise War by Stephen R. Lawhead

This is a rich story with several layers to create a strange time and world travel two worlds setting.  There is some violent war battle scenes that take place.  The story drives the adventure.  It's a great story.  If you like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and other such stories then this is for you.

the chronicles of Vladimer Tod: 12th Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

It's a good series and fine for the library but there are quite a few people and vampires who are killed. The mystery continues and Vlad must figure out who he can trust and enjoy life before he is put on trial to be killed.  The story was a a bit weak towards the later part but picks right back at the very end.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Conqueror’s Saga And I Darken by Kiersten White

Game of Thrones could take a page from this story line.  Oh my goodness!  It is rocking.  I am going to add this book to the library.  I should mention that there is some warfare that takes place.  Lots of power plays and politics.  Lots of sacrifice and strong characters.  Family:  Lada and her brother Radu both love the same man.  Excellent book.  Lots of complicated history.  Life isn't fair but Lada takes what she wants.  She is a powerful female even as a young child.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I would have this in the library.  It's teen horror.  Family disfunction and mystery and paranormal.

It's a page turner.  Enjoy.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

Lots of surprise all through the book.  It's fine for any library.  Solid story and characters.  Great for guys to read.

A Defy Novel: Endure By Sara B. Larson

It's a good story to end on.  Solid characters and non-stop plot of one problem after another and all depends on a female warrior.  Fine for any library.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Sally lockhart mystery: The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman

It's a page turner that takes place in Great Britain.  Sally just never gets a break.  Pullman creates a world back in time of greed and corruption, prejudice and the death of innocence.  The story works well and is fine for any library.

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Excellent story and should be in all libraries.  I know I'm going to order it.  The author based it on a student who's brother was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Family finances drain, parents not telling Steven what's going on.  Steven trying to be the perfect son, Steven almost ignored.  Steven feeling so many things.  Excellent story.  Get this book!

Ashtown Burials: The Drowned Vault By N. D. Wilson

It's fine for any library.

Ashtown Burials: The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson

Fine for any library.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Float by Daniel Miyares

A beautiful book in shades of grey with a pop of yellow tell the story of a boy and his newspaper boat.
It's  a wordless picture book.  Fine for any young library.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This is a great read.  It's for adults not Young adults but it's appropriate for YA's to read also.  I love the references to the 80's.  The dialogue is great and real.  I really loved this story.  It works with the landline phone that connects back to the past.  It's a great read.  It's not an action story but more of a reflection story.  Let me ask you this,  If you have the opportunity to go back and change..... what would you do?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mickey Bolitar series: Found by Harlan Coben

This is my new favorite series.  I couldn't wait to get home from work to read this one.  It's the final conclusion of a real page turner.  Lots of mysteries in each book, friendship and adversary, secrets waiting to be uncovered.  It's perfect for any high school library.  Good guy's read also.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy- The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud

This has three layers  to the story Nathaniel's story, Kitty's story and Bartimaeus story.  It's a great read. Good for readers who are strong  and enjoy complicated stories.  It's a good read!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book will be added to my high school library.  It's a great read of a fantasy rebellion taking place in the desert.  The characters have a solid depth and the plot works well.  It's a solid story that will be enjoyed by those who read it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Miss Julia Hits the Road by Ann B. Ross

What a delight to read this story.  It's not for kids, it's for adults.  It's funny and heartfelt, endearing and warm.  Miss Julia is a character with her prim and proper ways and willing to do what she can to help people out.  With not one but two suitors via for her affection, she risks personal sacrifice to save the day.  It's a sweet story and a great series.  I'll enjoy reading more.

Mither Mages: The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card

This like a game of thrones push into modern times.  Lots of backstabbing among powerful god families and power plays.  I would say this book is for advanced readers and would work for adults or mature young teens.  Not for high school libraries but perfect public libraries.  It's a good read with lots of layers and complex characters.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mither Mages- The Lost Gate by Orson Scott

Good story, highly complex, for adults.  There is some major violence.  For advance readers.  It's a good starting point.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Selection Series: The Crown By Kiera Cass

Eadlyn learns to grow up as she becomes queen.  She makes changes, big changes in her life.  The story line is fine for a high school library.  It's sweet and if you are a fan of the series then read this last book.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Persefone: No Escape by Michelle Gagnon

It's a very short novella.  Still kind of creepy as Alex becomes a test subject.

Mickey Bolitar: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

I love this series!  I will buy it for my high school library.  This is easily going to be a popular read.  Perfect for any library.  It's solid.  Great story, good drama and built up suspense.  Characters are well developed and the friendship that they build under unusual circumstances works.  Mystery to move the story along.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

It's a modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen.  It's about growing up and facing hard times.  It's part fantasy and part reality.  Parents who divorce, friends who change and facing obstacles and not running away.  I would put this in an elementary or middle school library.  It's a good story.  Pretty solid.  Lots of references to Hans Christian Andersen.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Persefone: Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

I love this book.  It's a thriller, it's a page turner and a great conspiracy story.  I am looking forward to reading the whole series.  I will buy this for the high school library.  It's perfect for all readers.  There is experimentation on stolen teens that nobody will notice missing.  There is computer hacking by teens as they are being chased by corporation men.  Their lives are at stake.  No one is safe.  Good story.  Enjoy.

Guys Read: Against All Odds: An Essay by Dustin Brown Edited by Jon Scieszka

This a great book for athletes and sports fans.  A good read.  I am going to add it to my library for my athletes to enjoy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mickey Bolitar Series: Shelter By Harlan Coben

I am buying this book for my high school library.  Exciting and a page turner.  It's a solid story.  Mystery and helping others.  Perfect for high schools and perfect for a good guy read.  Trust me, this is a keeper!  It has everything to make this a must read book.

A Sally Lockhart Mystery: The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman

This is a great mystery adventure series.  Murder and mayhem, swindling and stealing, threatening and torture  and Sally Lockhart and her friends are after a very powerful rich man who is corrupt.  It's a well constructed story and great for series readers.  I would say for solid readers and not those who are starting to learn to enjoy reading.  I love it and it's fine for any library.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sophie: Dog Overboard by Emma Pearse

Written in a narration with time lines, life in a wild part of Australia and the story of both the family and dog named Sophie.  This is a solid book.  More for adult reading just because of the reading level but if there is a kid who loves Australia, nature, dogs and survival then let that kid read this book.

Orphan Train RIder: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren

I have always been in tested in all the stories I come across concerning the Orphan Train history.  It's real and so many events have happened.  This is a partial biography and partial over all look at the Orphan Train history.  It's perfect for all ages.  We have students who will relate to being abandoned or living in foster homes.  It's a great book.  Enjoy.

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

It's a good story line and fine for any library.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer

It's a good series and teen boys will enjoy.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Sometimes I wish I had a Crenshaw.  It's a little bit of the Cat in the Hat in that there is a cat who creates situations.  A little bit of like Harvey, the old movie with a man with an invisible friend.
It's about homelessness, hunger, hard times and parents who are either ill or working 2 different jobs.  It's about being brave and honest.  It's a good book to have in a library.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Atlantia by Ally Condie

It starts slow and towards the end it picks up.  It's okay to put in the library but the story line is a leap of faith and suspend your expectations.  There is a few loose ends that really don't get tied up.  It's an okay story.  Perfect for the Public Library to purchase.

Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

This book is up for California Young Readers Medal 2016 2017 year.  It's a real book written by Shawn Goodman who works with real teens that are in troubled situations.  Harsh scary real life challenges color this book as we meet James who gets caught dealing drugs for his big brother.  His family life is non-existent.  You get to meet his fellow inmates, the guards, and counselors who work with the kids.  This book keeps it real.  Also the language in this book is real and the conversations are also real.  Which means you will read some mean words.  This is authentic language that reflects the characters setting and is used appropriately to the character.  Bottom line, the book is good.  It's harsh and sad but good.  I would say read this book before you put it in the library so you know what to expect.  It should be in the library, it's authentic.  Read a gritty book, this is it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

This is the story of how people lived along time ago off the East coast of North America.  How both the Native Americans lived and the colonists lived.  The tensions between the two different groups escalates as everyone lives on edge.  Greed and violence causes the destruction of many lives.  Little Hawk becomes a ghost and spirit guide for John.  It's a time trip into the past.

When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds

I really liked this book because you get to know the young teens and have an understanding of where they live.  Ali is a great kid and so is his sister and his mom.  He becomes friends with two teens who move into the neighborhood and they have their set of challenges.  This is a coming of age story of living in a community in a city where your area.  It's fine for high school library.  Ali is faced with choices and leans about the consequences of his choices.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

There are mixed reviews on this book.   I read it and I liked it.  It's about a young girl, as well as a small group of students who are going to a special high school to help them as they work through what ever traumatic event they have experienced.  The story is a bit of a fantasy because the journals they work through bring them together as a group to help them but the journals also take them back to the time the event happened and everything is fine and good until it comes time to write the last entry.  So it's not exactly realistic, but if you ever have a young person in your life who has been lost then this might be helpful to read.  I am going to say that this book would be fine for your high school library to read.  It's about mental and emotional health.  The story keeps moving along and doesn't drag.  It works.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ninth Grade Slays The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 2 Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

This is a popular series at my school.  It's great for readers who enjoy quick stories.  Vlad is a good guy's read.  It's fine for any library.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

I liked this book.  Alice has a lot of anger within herself.  She's hurting and lashes out in very mean ways.  She's really hard to like.  It's Harvey, her friend who grew up with her that you really have to like.  It's a good story.

The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Okay so far this is my favorite book in the series.  It's a prequel.  The foundation of the books 1 & 2 make more sense.  What I like about the series is the depth of the closer character Quin.  Also how it ends makes you want more.  What would it be like if the child or teen you had died and now you have a copy of the person living with your family to help you grieve?  How it be like to take on the role of the person who died?  Read this book and you'll find out what happened to Quin.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

This book is fine for any high school library.  It's about a girl who enjoys making movies since her parents make documentaries.  She's entered a contest for young film makers and as she navigates through creating a movie she also learns about relating with people.  She's had to go to a private school as her parents will be out of the country.  It's a good story.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I’ll Come Back For You by Marisabina Russo

It's a lovely picture book about a family story that is also part of a big history of World War II.  It's worth having in the library.  I'm including middle and high school because picture books have a special connection to the human story.  It's a good teaching tool.  Get the book!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stolen Children by Peg Kehret

This is a perfect book for middle school.  Amy has some issues in her life, her father died in an accident right after a fight.   Years later she's trying to prove she's a responsible young teen and help her mom by babysitting.  She gets in the middle of a kidnapping and she takes care of her little charge and figures out smart ways to deal with the kidnappers.

Red Queen: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Read the back stories of two different situations all pertaining to the Red Crown.  It's fine for any library.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Program: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

I'm reading this series because one of my students was so into this series that he read it twice and got his sister to also read the series over a weekend.

It's a good series but there is some sex but not graphic and also there is an epidemic of teens committing suicide. Discussed as a loss of their friends who ended their lives.  The story evolves around Sloane and after her brother and a friend ended their lives, she was forced into The Program.  It's a suspenseful  story with conspiracy and against the establishment. It's a good story.  Just a few concerns.

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

If you enjoy shallow characters with a plot that barely is there then this is the book for you.  Save your money and don't add this to your shelves.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

This is a page turner.  Small town setting with a group of teenagers being manipulated into an escalating events of pranks that turn deadly.  It's a smart story line and pretty clever.  It is thriller as teens are pushed in to endangering people's lives and results in people dying.  It's a mystery and intense.  I would recommend this book to read.

Septimus Heap: The Darke Toad by Angie Sage

This is a short novella that fills in between books 1 and 2.  It's a seriously funny book (I know quite the conflict of words seriously and funny but yet it's perfect for this book)  If you like Harry Potter then you'll enjoy this series.  It's fine for any library!  Enjoy.

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke can spin a story and the pages literally become alive and with the magic of the spoken read words brings characters into our world or into the book world.  When you love someone and haven't seen them for ten years, you would do what you can to.  Enter in to the world of InkHeart and enter into a fantastic yet dark and dangerous world.  Perfect for any library.