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Friday, August 11, 2017

Backstories: Batgirl: New Hero of the Night by Matthew Manning

Finished the book

This turned out to be a reference book not a story. Keeping that in mind, it was not bad. But it had one huge error. Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, is a librarian!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Backstories: Batgirl: New Hero of the Night by Matthew Manning

Interest Level: 3-7 grade
Reading Level: 4.0
Lexile: 1100L
Genre: Science Fiction

Currently on pg. 25

I LOVE Batgirl. The main reason I love her is because she is a librarian. In this book, Barbara Gordon is not a librarian. She owns and runs a company called Gordon Clean Energy. I will still read the book and display it with my other Batgirl stuff in the library.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Interest Level: 5-8
Reading Level: 4.0
Lexile: 640L
Genre: Horror Fiction

Finished book

I am reading this book because it is nominated for the 2018 ORCA. I would probably have not chose to read this book. I usually do not like scary books or movies. This book, however, is not that scary. I believe that if I were afraid of wasps or bees that this book would freak me out a bit more than it actually did. I will recommend this book to students that like creepy tales.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Finished the book
Much like Anne of Green Gables, this book is a coming of age story set in the early 1920's. I enjoyed the story. I found myself skipping over the flowery descriptions and getting to the meat of the story. There is a lot of similarities between the character Emily of this book and Anne of Anne of Green Gables. After reading a little bit about L.M. Montgomery, I think that she is writing her own life story with some variations. All in all, I recommend this book.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Interest Level: YA
Reading Level: 7.8
Lexile: 1060
Genre: Historical Fiction

Currently on pg. 124, chapter 12

As I was packing for my trip to Lake Tahoe, I stood looking at the pile of books I want to read. There was so many to choose from and impractical to take them all. A decision had to be made. I chose "Emily of New Moon" and one other, just in case I finished "Emily." One of the reasons I chose "Emily" was that it came highly recommended. I had told my colleague, Ms. Clyde, about a Netflix show called "Anne with an E." It is based on the book "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery. She loved the show and asked me if I had read "Emily of New Moon." Another reason I chose to bring "Emily" to the lake was that it is 5" x 8" x 1", a great size to put in my purse or the beach bag.

The story is a little slow starting out but it gains speed. Montgomery's flowering description of the scenery can get a bit long but that is part of her appeal. The plot is interesting. Emily is a ten year old girl who is left alone when her father dies. (Her mother died when she was born.) She goes to live with her mother's family, the Murphy's, whom she has never met. Much like Anne from "Anne of Green Gables," Emily is unique and a bit like a fish out of water at New Moon. She has never been to school or church. She must learn how to interact with her peers. Her upbringing is quite different from the proper and pride-filled believes of the Murphy's. So far, Emily has made a friend and been betrayed by that friend. She has found a second friend, Isle. Isle is from a very poor family. She, like Emily, is being raised without a father. At this point in the story, the reader has discovered that they both like the same boy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

Interest Level: YA
Reading Level: 6.9
Lexile: 970L
Genre: Nonfiction

Finished the book

I do not gravitate toward non-fiction novels. On the whole, I find them dry and difficult to read. That is not the case with this book. Knud Pedersen's story is both interesting and compelling. This book is a 2018 ORCA nominee. With only one more nominated title yet to read, this book has my vote for the 2018 ORCA award. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Denmark, World War II, or stories about young heroes.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Finished the book

My daughter told me that the illustrations in this book made her pick it up and page through it. I do see how this book may appeal to middle school students. I am curious to see how well it is received when we return to school in the fall. As for me, this book was not my cup of tea. I found the plot non-existent and the concept ridiculous. The story-line appears to be continued in volume two of the series. I say 'appears' because I am assuming that now that the nemesis has been introduced that he will be defeated. I will not be reading the second volume or recommending this book.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Interest Level: 5-8 grade
Reading Level: 3.5
Lexile: NR
Genre: Action adventure graphic novel

Currently on pg. 72

I am not a huge fan of graphic novels. I love superhero comics and comic strip collections but I haven't really found a graphic novel that I love, yet. I chose to read this book because it was one of the 2018 Oregon Readers' Choice Award nominee. I am not entirely sure but I think it is a story about five friends and their summer together; as they earn their merit badges for the Lumberjanes.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Interest Level: 3-6 grade
Reading Level: 5.0
Lexile: 790
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Currently on pg. 127

August was born with a facial difference that some may call a deformity. Up until now (middle school) he has been home schooled. At this point in the story, I love Summer, hate Julian, and are disappointed in Jack. This book inspired the Choose Kind movement. In November, there will be a movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay as Auggie.