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 other is way more difficult than she had ever imagine!  Poppy meets Lizzie, that 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.  

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. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Other sites for looking for "what to read next"!!

 

One of the most difficult questions one can ask a librarian is "what's a good book for me to read?"
(But do ASK, because we want you to READ and it's our JOB!!)   This is difficult because A) What I think is "good" might not match what you think is "good" and B) There are sooooo many "good" books out there!!

Maybe you read a book you really, really enjoyed and you want to read a book with a similar kind of story?  Perhaps you loved a particular author and read all of his/her books already and want to find an author that has a similar writing style?

Aside from what I have read and blogged about--here are just a few search tools you might want to try that will help you find that next "good" book.  (Remember, since these are public links, this does not mean we own all of these books in our school library though.)

To find a "new author" or look up a series of books and see the order they come in, try:
Thank you to the Bettendorf Public Library for this awesome link:
http://yaseries.bettendorflibrary.com/index.php/Main_Page


and to Mid-Continent Public Library for these (click on light blue headings for links):                                              Bookhive  "BookHive is a web site designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children's books. Providing reader's advisory service, this site contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas."                                                                    Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction was established to encourage other writers to focus on historical fiction.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
(nominee for Iowa Teen 2014-2015)

Book description from Amazon.com...

Sixteen–year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what’s happening, their car is being stolen. Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, but once his dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare? Because she’s not only sick with pneumonia—she’s also blind.

My 25 cents...SUS-PENSE-FUL!!!!  This is a real page-turner!  Cheyenne must continue to remain calm as she tries desperately to escape from her kidnappers.  No easy job for someone who is young, blind and also very ill from pneumonia.  Sometimes being brave will even surprise the one being brave!!