Monday, March 9, 2015

I, Funny; a Middle School Story by James Patterson
Description from Amazon.com...Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?

My 25 cents…This books was suggested to me by a 5th grade student.  I expected it to be a lot like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, mostly because I could tell there were illustrations throughout.  It was a an entertaining read with what I would say is more of a story than Diary.  I couldn't help thinking how brave Jamie was, as a student who could put himself out on stage in front of others and taking the risk to make them laugh!  I did find it a little unbelievable that Stevie (Aunt and Uncle's son) could really be that mean to Jamie living in the same household-without getting in trouble, but I suppose it is possible. There are a couple (three?) sequels to this title if you enjoy Jamie's adventures! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Great way to learn about Iowa Children's Choice and Iowa Teen books for 2014-2015!

Check out this link!

http-::new.mackinbooktalk.com:

Our school library and the Tipton Public Library BOTH have all of these titles available to
check out!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget


Book description from Amazon.com:   A moving middle-grade story about love, loss, and the unlikely places we find home.

Poppy's life has been turned upside down after her grandma (and guardian) had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. But Poppy is working on a plan to help Grandma Beth so their life together can go back to normal. But when she witnesses an armed robbery, "back to normal" slips even further out of her reach. To keep Poppy safe, the budget-strapped police devise an unusual "witness protection program," wherein Poppy will stay with Detective Brannigan's mother. Soon Poppy is feeling almost at home, even making sort-of friends with a girl named Lizzie and definitely friending Gunner, a beautiful dog with an uncertain fate. But it's still not home. So while she and Lizzie navigate a rocky friendship and plot to save Gunner's life, Poppy also tries to figure out a new plan to save Grandma Beth and their home, all while avoiding a dangerous robber who might be searching for her. But what if Grandma Beth can never come home and the robber is put behind bars? What will happen to Poppy then?

My 25 cents. . . Super story, a little mystery and a little nervousness for the main character kept this reader turning pages.  Main character, Poppy, becomes friends with a girl that has not had the best of luck in life so far.  It turns out that being friends is a gift for both of them!  Makes you think about what is really important in your life.  Poppy, the main character is excited to have her  grandmother so involved in her life (since age 1) that watching her grandmother age and become dependent on others is w a y more difficult than she had ever imagine!  Poppy meets Lizzie, who has her own battles to face with her parents' divorce and her dad's new life. During all of this drama, Poppy is determined to save Gunther, a dog deemed "untrainable" at the shelter which she volunteers a during the week--this makes dog lovers root for a ending as well! 

Monday, November 3, 2014


CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander

Book description from Amazon.com.."With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.

My 25 cents...This was a great story and a f-a-s-t read!  Written in prose, it will take no time at all for the reader to be eagerly turning pages as they get caught up in the twin brothers' story here.  One does not need to know anything about basketball to enjoy this title either, basketball just happens to be a shared passion of the characters.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Want to read some scary books this Halloween season?

Try one of these titles....
















Monday, October 20, 2014

Like those GOOSEBUMPS books by R.L. Stine??

Check this out!  You can design your very own GOOSEBUMPS style graphic novel by
visiting...http://www.scholastic.com/goosebumpsgraphix/makeyourown/index.htm



Our K-8 Library has a collection of these on the Middle School side of the library!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eight Keys by Suzanne Lafleur
2014-15 Children's Choice nominee



Book description by Amazon.com...Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them.  There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish.  Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .

My 25 cents...I picked this up because it was a children's choice nominee.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I am not usually a fan of mystery books.  It was more of a story or "wonder"??  WHY each key was left , WHO is leaving the keys for Elise and WHAT is the message when the key opens the room??  Also a side story of REAL friendship and the ups and downs during middle school.