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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.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Interest Level: 5-8 grade
Reading Level: 5.3
Lexile: 800
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Finished the book

Mai is a typical California middle school student. She is only interested in her summer vacation spent at the beach with her friend and trying to her her crush to notice her. But that is not how Mai will be spending her summer, she is going to Vietnam. Her grandmother wants to find out what happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's summer is ruined or is it?


I thought that the writing itself was good but I just wasn't drawn into the story.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Finished the book
I chose to read this book because it is a nominee for the 2018 ORCA (Oregon Readers' Choice Award). Even though, I am not a fan of novels in verse, I enjoyed this book very much. Mimi is a great role model for those who have more than one nationality that they identify with. She is respectful, sensitive, and insightful regarding both cultures. Hilton develops Mimi into a character that you would pursue a friendship with. I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Interest Level: 5-8 grade
Reading Level: 4.8
Lexile: 790
Genre: Historical Fiction / Novel in Verse

Currently on pg. 16

I know I have said it before but I usually do not read novels in verse. I have read "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander, and a couple others. I gave the majority of them four stars. I did give "The Crossover" five stars. It was the winner of the 2017 ORCA. I do love historical fiction so perhaps I will give this book five stars as well.

Mimi is a Japanese-African American. The year is 1969. She is moving to a predominantly white Vermont town. As if her race isn't enough to make her stand out, she enters science competitions, tries to take shop class instead of home ec, and dreams of becoming an astronaut.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Finished the book
This book is nominated for the Oregon Reader's Choice Award for 2018. I am a fan of historical fiction so I was pretty sure I would enjoy it. I liked the ending. Although this book did not knock out "Orbiting Jupiter" as my lead candidate for the ORCA, I would highly recommend it to middle school students.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Interest Level: 3-6 grade
Reading Level:4.1
Lexile: 580
Genre: Historical Fiction

Currently on pg. 62, chapter 10

Ten year old, Ada and her five year old brother Jamie decide to leave their abusive home to join the other children that are evacuating England due to the war. Set during World War II, the author immediately pulls you into the horrifying life that Ada and Jamie endure at the hand of their mother. Ada having been born with a clubfoot never learned to walk. Her mother won't let her out of the house and tells her that no one wants to see her and her disgusting foot. How will she and Jamie get to the train station to join the other evacuees? This book has already become a book that I carry around in the hopes that a better life awaits Ada and Jamie when they get off the train in the English countryside.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights by Deborah Kops

Finished the book
A seventh grade student came into the library and asked me if we had any books on Alice Paul. I am embarrassed to say that I did not know who Alice Paul was. I did some research and found this book. This book is inspiring and educational. In addition to learning about a number of women that I did not previously know, I also discovered that the Equal Rights Amendment is still not ratifies. I will DEFINITELY be purchasing this book for the library.