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Monday, March 13, 2017

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

Interest level: Adult
Reading Level:NR
Lexile: NR
Genre: Biography

Currently on pg. 28, chapter 2

Rosemary Kennedy was born in 1918, a time where little or nothing was done for those with disabilities. Rosemary was Joe and Rose Kennedy's third child. In comparison to her brothers, she was slow to walk, talk, and feed herself. Her mental disability was a guarded secret of the Kennedys. This book is purely for my enjoyment.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

This coming of age story is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. This historical fiction is a first-person narration of an intriguing tale. It was a book that I carried around with me. A believable setting and a colorful cast of memorable characters make the story compelling and entertaining. I highly recommend this book. Although due to its mature content will not be adding it to the school's library collection.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Interest level: YA
Reading Level: 4.3
Lexile: 590HL
Genre: Historical Fiction

Currently on pg. 323, chapter 55

I read Between Shades of Gray by the same author and liked it a lot. Our library also has Salt to the Sea another one of Sepetys' books. But I can not bring myself to read that book due to my fear of being on a sinking ship. I saw this book at Mudpuddles' Toys and Books and wanted to read it. I am thoroughly enjoying the story. I love Josie the main character. Sepetys has written a character that you will route for that you so badly want to get her happy ending. With only 23 pages left in the book, I am thinking that this story is not going to have a happy ending.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Finished the book

I was told to read this book with a box of Kleenex. I only actually cried real tears once at the end of the book. With deaths of Bailey and Ellie, I came close. I read in the afterword that Cameron wrote this story for his wife (then girlfriend) after the death of her dog. I am a HUGE fan of dogs. I own three. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved a pet.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Interest Level: Young Adult
Reading Level: 7.4
Lexile: 970
Genre: Fiction (Reincarnation, Dogs, Family-life)

Currently on pg. 112

I love how Cameron writes in the third voice as if the dog is speaking. I think he has a great insight as to how a dog might see the human world. When people see what I am reading (yes, I am carrying the book around), they always ask, "It is a sad, right?" So far no tears.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bots Book One: Emergent Behavior by Nicole M. Taylor

Done with the book.

Up until page 105, I was questioning whether this book was too mature for middle school students. Now there is no doubt, I will not be adding this book to the middle school library. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because up to this point I found this book well written and interesting but I did not read the entire book. I jumped to the end and read the epilogue. It seems to have an appropriate ending. It was a hard to decide to not read the book in its entirety. I have many more books to read for work and some I would even like to read for pleasure. So, I can not either recommend or not recommend this book at this time.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bots Book One: Emergent Behavior by Nicole M. Taylor

Interest level: Young Adult
Reading Level: 5.5
Lexile: 860
Genre: Science Fiction

Currently on pg. 27, chapter 2

The back cover of the book reads "Edmond West is about to save the world. The robotics genius has developed a plan to create the world's first Artificial Intelligence truly indistinguishable from a human being. His Bots will eradicate global slavery and allow humanity to channel dark impulses safely, harming only soulless machines. When his work attracts the attention of the US Army, a brighter future seems to be just around the corner. Edmond's greatest success, however, may also be his undoing. In Hart, he's created the perfect humanoid robot: intuitive, emotive...and completely unpredictable."  I grabbed this book because it was marketed as a high interest low level reading. We shall see.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Being a middle school librarian, I primarily read young adult fiction. This book was at first a bit confusing, not as easy to follow as a young adult plot. The parallel story-lines of Elsa and her grandmother and then the story-line of the Land-of-Almost-Awake were at first odd and unrelated. As the story progresses, the reader realizes that the grandmother uses the tales of the Land-of-Almost-Awake to tell her young granddaughter, Elsa, about the real world. I feel it is important to know that this book was translated from Swedish; and although it is not stated out right, I believe it is set in Sweden. I would recommend this book. It is surprisingly not too sad or heavy considering that the grandmother dies.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Interest level: Adult
Reading Level: NR
Lexile: NR
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Currently on pg. 45, chapter 5

I very rarely read anything that is not young adult fiction. I thought this book looked good and put it on my Christmas wish list. It was under the Christmas tree! I am enjoying it so far. There is nothing in it, as of yet, that would keep it out of a middle school library. However, it is a bit slow to start out. And the make-believe Land-of-Almost-Awake is confusing and seems to be irrelevant to the story. So, it won't go into the middle school library. Let's see if it picks up enough to hold my interest.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jefferson's Sons by by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Interest level: 4-8 
Reading Level: 3.9
Lexile: 600L
Genre: Historical Fiction

Finished the book

The recent election led me to a podcast series called Presidential by the Washington Post. The podcast about Thomas Jefferson led me to this book. When I purchased this book for the library back in February, I put it on my 'to read' list. As readers of this blog know, I love historical fiction. This book did not disappoint.  Although the ending was not a happy one, it was realistic.