War That Saved My Life

May 24, 2018

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada (11) was born with a clubfoot and lives with her mam and little brother, Jamie, in London, where she is required to stay hidden from the world.  When the war (WWII) breaks out, Ada takes the opportunity to evacuate herself and Jamie to the countryside, where they are put…

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Be Prepared

May 21, 2018

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Vera Brosgol felt left out among her classmates who all came from wealthier, two-parent households.  All the other kids got to go away to camp in the summer, and Vera is always stuck at home.  Then she finds out about a special summer camp for Russian immigrants that her church will subsidize if she attends. …

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Serpent’s Secret

May 16, 2018

The Serpent’s Secret Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1 by Sayantani Dasgupta Adventure Fantasy Mythology Tween * * * Stars (Pretty good) Kiranmala thinks she’s just an ordinary Jersey kid, but on her 12th birthday, she finds out she’s really a princess from another dimension.  Before she can even really wrap her mind around that her guardians (people she’s thought were her parents all these years) are kidnapped, her house…

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Brave

Brave sequel to Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Jensen is playing his way through each of his days of middle school like it’s a videogame – complete with monsters (other students who bully him) that he has to dodge between classes and after school.  He thought he was tight with some kids from the art club, but one of the girls…

May 11, 2018
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Time Museum

May 2, 2018

The Time Museum Book #1 by Matthew Loux Adventure Graphic Novel Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) While visiting her uncle over summer vacation Delia Bean follows a kiwi bird into the woods and discovers the Earth Time Museum.  It’s a museum of all of planet Earth’s history from all times – past, present, and future!  She learns her uncle runs the place and…

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Hidden Oracle

April 30, 2018

The Hidden Oracle The Trials of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan Audio Edition Adventure Fantasy Mythology Mystery * * * * Stars (Great!) The Greek god, Apollo, has been transformed into a teenage boy named Lester – complete with acne and flab!  He’s not sure why he’s being punished (or what for), but he quickly discovers he’s in danger.  He’s lost most of his godly powers and those that remain…

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On the Road to Find Out

April 9, 2018

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Alice Davis discovers that she’s been rejected from Yale – the only college she wanted to attend – she feels lost.  She’s never failed at anything before in her life and she’s wallowing in self-pity like a champion.  She’s basically inconsolable until she makes a New Year’s resolution to start running (exercise…

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I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

April 7, 2018

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan Funny Mystery Supernatural Suspense YA Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Sarah wakes up dead at the mall and discovers she was murdered at her dad’s wedding reception.  Bertha, an angel and death counselor, meets with her and several other recently murdered teens to help them resolve their unfinished business and move on to whatever comes next (for most,…

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Smile

April 3, 2018

Smile by Raina Telgemeier Graphic novel Nonfiction Review # 1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Very captivating.  Love the pictures.  The story is so believable.  I can so relate to her getting braces.  Her whole family is pretty much EXACTLY like mine.  CREEPY.

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Wrinkle in Time

April 3, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Adventure Graphic Novel edition Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book is about a family that lost their father but soon they will find these three mysterious ladies, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which.  They will travel through the galaxy and discover new creatures.  I liked this book because there was a lot of action.

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