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Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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Book Review: Disappeared

22 Sep


I received this book as an ARC with the white cover. I didn’t read what the story was about but looking at the cover, assumed it was a dystopian science fiction book. Boy, was I wrong – it’s not dystopian or science fiction, but it was really well written. I have enjoyed other books by Francisco X. Stork and I wasn’t disappointed.

This story is set over four days as Sara and her Brother Emiliano have to make the most difficult choices there are – between saving their own lives and serving justice to those who deserve it, between friends and family and holding onto the truth when it doesn’t seem possible. Sara and Emiliano live in Juarez, Mexico, striving to make ends meet and trying to be careful as young woman all around them are disappearing. Sara, a journalist for the local paper receives a threat against herself and her family after researching the missing woman, one of whom is her best friend. Meanwhile, Emiliano is offered a job transporting drugs through some of the handicrafts he sells near the border – the money is more than they ever thought possible and would do wonders in getting him into a position where he could be with his love, Perla Rubi who comes from a well-to-do family.

When the wrong people find out where they live, it’s a split second decision that could mean separating the family, crossing the border and possibly seeking asylum in the United States, but nothing is without consequences as the decisions this sibling pair make will change their lives forever.

This story opened a world to me that I don’t experience or often see. Growing up and living in the Northeastern part of our country separates me from much of the talk of Border Patrol, undocumented immigrants, although now more than ever this is an issue that you not only need to be aware of, but also be educated about. Everyone has their own reality and by reading this book, a window was open for me to see someone else’s experience and isn’t that the point?


Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): “In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love.”

Title: Disappeared
Author: Francisco X. Stork
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Page Number: 336 pgs.

Book Review: Love, Ish

24 May

30753996Karen Rivers, author of The Girl In the Well Is Me brings to life Mischa “Ish” Love a girl who believes in her heart that she will be one of the first inhabitants of Mars. She lives and breathes outer space – what she’ll wear, what she’ll eat, what she’ll miss on Earth, what she won’t miss on Earth and all the planning she does to be ready for when the day arrives.

But as a middle school student, Ish’s plans make her out to be weird and now that her best friend Tig moved away, she’s all by herself. Ish’s first day of seventh grade doesn’t go as planned when she collapses on the playground after lunch and her diagnosis threatens the only dream she has ever had.

I liked Ish as a character because she’s a very believable middle school kid – worried about sister issues, quirky and different and believes in a future regardless of how unattainable it might be. I felt that there was a little too much happening in the background of the story that detracted a little from the focus – her best friend moved away, Ish’s parents reveal something that rocks Ish and her sister to the core and a new kid makes fun of her in the few short hours that she attends school. All of these parts put together bring something to the story, but I felt a little bogged down with all of these “problems” when there was much bigger problem with a capital “P” that Ish and her family were dealing with.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and as the back of the cover states if you’re a fan of Fish In a Tree  and The Thing About Jellyfish, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): 7th grader, Ish solely wants to be an inhabitant on Mars, but a diagnosis proves Mars is much further than the 139,808,518 miles she thought

Title: Love, Ish
Author: Karen Rivers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: 2017
Page Number: 284 pgs.

Book Reviews: Tinyville Town

15 Mar

28818276.jpgI was given the first three board books and the first picture book in the series by Abrams Appleseed to review and these darling books are going to be very popular! The board book series focuses on community helpers – I’m a Librarian, I’m a Firefighter and I’m a Veterinarian. Each of which follows a day in the life of a community member of Tinyville Town. I also received Tinyville Town Gets to Work! which is about the whole town coming together to work on a project. In this first picture book, there is a traffic jam on the old bridge and the mayor decides that a larger bridge needs to be built because the town is growing. I love how the story introduces a number of familiar characters, but also new community members like the township planner and architect, a journalist and construction worker.

tvt_characters-1I think what I liked most about these books is that Brian Biggs, the author/illustrator truly makes the characters diverse in gender, race and even sexual orientation (depending on who the librarian’s partner is – all we see is a short hair cut in bed when the librarian wakes up and goes to sleep). I love that you can look at any page and see a truly diverse group of people and that throughout the series the characters overlap as the firefighter takes the firehouse dog to the veterinarian.  Some have compared this series to Richard Scarry’s world and Sesame Street’s small town feel, but I like that Brian Biggs uses actual people rather than anthropomorphic animals. I think these board books are going to great for kids and for preschool classrooms when discussing community helpers! Abrams also has a great teacher guide with vocabulary, questions about the stories and even a few activity pages for kids to use! The first few books were published last fall with a few more planned throughout this year and I know a bunch of little kids who will be getting this series for birthdays and holidays!

Kids’ Review: Odd Duck

8 Oct

I’m going to try starting a new aspect of my blog with some of the kids I know at the library reviewing books they love (or don’t!).  My first reviewer is “S”, a coworker’s daughter who I’ve known for a number of years.  She’s in middle school now and is an avid graphic novel reader – Bake SaleKristy’s Great Idea and Roller Girl are just a few of the graphic novels that she has devoured more than once.  She knows the library well as she’s often hanging out as her mom works and has begun helping me this summer with little projects I have.  So here is S’s third book review of Odd Duck:

Odd Duck

Author: Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon

Rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being hated it and 10 being loved it): 10/10

Brief Summary: Theodora is a normal duck.  Every single day she does the same thing.  But now Theodora has a new neighbor, Chad.  He is CRAZY! Will Theodora have to deal with it or maybe will she say, “Hi”?

Review: I really liked this book because I could relate to Chad because he is crazy like me and my older sister would be Theodora because she is always perfect.  It has a lot of interesting details and it was funny.  That is why I love d the book, Odd Duck!

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