Monday, December 21, 2015

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Science Fiction

This book is a good example of "What was I thinking for not having read this one before?" I had it in my hands about a year ago and started it, but I never finished it. There is a group of girls at my school that swore that this was the best book they have ever read, and they encouraged me to buy the entire series so that they could read them all. I loved their passion for the books and finally picked it up to take home for our Christmas break. Wow!

There was so much going on in the book. At times, I felt like it was trying too hard, but then I would get sucked into the newest part of the plot and realize that it was NOT trying too hard. It just needed to go there to make the story even better. This will definitely be one that I will recommend to all the kids coming into the library asking for more of the dystopian/scifi stuff they seem to be craving right now.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Guest Blogger Post by Mrs. Morrison (aka Your Awesome Math Teacher)

Science Fiction
Mrs. Morrison wanted to let you know about this book if you haven't already read it.  Here is what she had to say about it:

"I read this book over break in one 2.5 hour plane ride! I was a huge fan of the Selection series and needed something to read on the plane.  It was fast paced and just as good as the Selection series, but Princess Eadlyn makes it her own for sure! When I turned the last page of the book, I was disappointed it was over! I cannot wait to read the next book to see how her Selection ends up!"

Thank you, Mrs. Morrison, for your awesome suggestion!  And, see everyone!  You don't have to be an English teacher to enjoy reading!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Realistic Fiction
May and Libby were best friends.  As young girls, they created a comic story of Princess X - May did the writing and Libby did the artwork.  The girls were inseperable and lived for creating their stories.  Until one day when Libby didn't come home.  She and her mother were in a terrible car accident and both died.  Or did they?  It's three years later and May is seeing Princess X stickers all over town.  Who is doing this?  And why does it seem like the online version of the whole thing is telling the story of how her friend might not really died in the accident so long ago?

What I Liked
I felt like I was reading a book version of something like National Treasure or something!  May sets out on a quest to figure out what really happened to her best friend.  The comics that she found online seem to include real events from the past, but they are mixed with strange clues that only May understands.  Of course, along the way there is also a bad guy trying to keep May from finding out the truth.  It's dangerous, exciting, mysterious, sad, and just really, really good!  Take a few days off from all the science fiction you have been reading or that historical fiction book your English teacher is making you read and READ THIS BOOK!  I promise you won't be disappointed.

Watch the book trailer below to see real images of the comic in the book and some of the real places around Seattle that are referenced in the book.

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Realistic Fiction
Arthur Owens had a reason for picking up a brick and throwing it at the old Junk Man on the street.  He really did.  However, no one knew what that reason was until he had his day in court and the judge made him say it.  When the Junk Man, Mr. Hampton, heard the reason, he offered to let Arthur serve all of his community service hours with him.  Now Arthur has to pick up junk out of people's trash cans.  Except, it really isn't junk.  It's important things.  And when Arthur finally discovers the reasons behind the seven important things he must collect every day, he discovers there are plenty of other important things in his life that he never dreamed would matter.

What I Liked
I loved the simplicity of this book.  Arthur is so troubled by the death of his father, but no one really knows just how much.  The author chose to let us discover Arthur's grief along with the other characters in the book.  I liked this.  It didn't come across preachy and weird - just really sweet.

The other thing that really hit home how much I liked this book was the ending.  I had no idea until the end of the book that this whole thing was based on a true story!  READ THE AUTHOR'S NOTE!  (Seriously.  You should ALWAYS read the author's notes at the end of the book.  Lots of cool stuff to be discovered in those things!)  The whole story about saving (or not saving) what Mr. Hampton created is true.  In fact, it's in the Smithsonian!  I spent about 30 minutes just going to the website mentioned in the Author's Note so that I could see the real stuff.

I'll just leave you with this image.  It's the real piece of art from the book.  Pretty cool story.  Go read it!   It's a nice break from all the dystopian, science fiction madness that is so popular right now.