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Monday, November 13, 2017

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes


Interest Level: Young Adult
Reading Level: 5.4
Lexile: 840L
Genre: Fairy Tale Fantasy

Finished the book

Before Alice falls down the whole and before there is a Queen of Hearts, there is a princess. All that Princess Dinah wants is her father's approval and a future with the man she loves. But her father does not want to relinquish his crown. An exciting tale you find yourself reading just one more chapter in hopes of seeing a glimpse of a character that might turn into one of the characters from the classic tale. I highly recommend this book.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Interest Level: 11th grade to Adult
Reading Level: NR
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Finished the book

The lives of three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager acting as a courier for the underground resistance movement, is catch and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. There she meets Herta Oberheuser a young ambitious German doctor who performs unspeakable experimental surgeries. Their story crosses continents from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland. Kasia meets Caroline Ferriday a New York socialite. Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. A powerful novel this book made me cry. A must read so that we, the human race, never repeat the horrors of the holocaust again.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

I recommend this book for adults. It is a story of survival, of overcoming hardships, of strength, and of perseverance. It ran true and was inspiring.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton

Interest Level: Adult
Reading Level: NR
Lexile: NR
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography

Currently on pg. 74, chapter 5

This book was given to me by a friend and colleague. We have yet to discuss it but I look forward to it. In the first chapter, Melton writes about her stay in a psychiatric ward. She was 17 years old. Melton has had many challenges in her life. I am ready for her to have some good luck.

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.