Friday, May 15, 2015

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Book description from Amazon.com...As twelve-year-old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 Little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she's brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

My 25 cents....This was an EXCELLENT story!  Sadly, it is based on historical facts.  Marlee learns that a true friend is a true friend, no matter what!  (I actually put off finishing the book because I didn't want it to END!) Read it--it could make you look around and decide who your real friends are!!

Monday, May 4, 2015


El Deafo by Cece Bell  

Book description from Amazon.com...Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

My 25 cents...This is a graphic novel (some call them comics). It is a quick read story and one about making the right choices and finding friends that like you for who you are. I thought it was okay. It was a little weird for me to know it was a true story but the author used rabbits as characters?! (Remember, just my opinion!)