Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - P.S. I Like You

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine

P.S. I Like You - Kasie West

From Goodreads:

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she is falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could ever imagined it to be. Now Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Middle Grade New Releases - May 24, 2016

Clatter of Jars - Lisa Graff
It's summertime and everyone is heading off to camp. For talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sings songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don'e know is that they've been gathered for a reason -- one that the camp's director want to keep hidden at all costs. Companion to A Tangle of Knots (Junior Library Guild Selection)

Exile for Dreamers - Kathleen Baldwin
Tess can't get away from her dreams. They bring nothing but death and grief, and she refuses to accept that she may be destines for the same madness that destroyed her mother. Until her dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves. Book 2. (For library programming for book 1, visit Spirit of Texas - Kathleen Baldwin)

Mayday - Karen Harrington
Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice.

Wayne has always used his love of facts to communicate. Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It's not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn't say.

Return to the Isle of the Lost - Melissa de la Cruz
Mal's an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she's broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can't believe it. Sure, she's King Ben's girlfriend now, and she's usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn't think anyone would be silly enough to try and push her around. Book 2

Summer of the Lost and Found - Rebecca Behrens
Nell Dare expected to spend her summer vacation hanging out with friends in New York City. That is, until her botanist mom dragged her all the way to Roanoke Island for a research trip. To make matters worse, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves town, leaving no explanation or clues as where he went -- or why?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Everland - Wendy Spinale

Everland - Wendy Spinale

Gwen, Joanna, and Mikey Darling had survived the bombings and disease of London. Gwen takes care of her siblings by finding food while avoiding the Marauders and their leader Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer (Captain HOOK).

Captain Hook is searching for a cure and believes it can be found in an Immune, a survivor. He captures survivors and experiment on them. Joanna is one of their captors. Gwen sets out to save her. Along the way, she meets Pete. Gwen, Pete, his band of Lost Boys, and Bella set out to outsmart Captain Hook and save Joanna.

Suggested Level: Middle School & High School

Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick

Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick

The book The Bubblegum Reaper has changed Nanette O'Hare's life. She was once quiet and did what was expected of her until reading the book and meeting the author, Nigel Booker. He introduces her to Alex. Alex is a poet her age. He introduces her to a younger boy named Oliver, who was bullied at school. Together, they try to solve the real life mysteries of the The Bubblegum Reaper. 

Alex stands up to Oliver's bullies and is arrested. Nanette falls apart and does not make good decisions.

Release Date: May 31, 2016
ARC received from Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Suggested Level: High School

Every Exquisite Thing is not my typical read. I wasn't a fan. It wasn't a bad book. In fact, I really enjoyed the beginning and couldn't put it down. It lost me about half way through.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Last Cherry Blossom

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine

The Last Cherry Blossom - Kathleen Burkinshaw

From Goodreads: 
Following the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this is a new very personal story to join Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. 

Yuriko was happy growing up in Hiroshima when it was just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan's fate is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden from its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and the air-raid drills, but things start to feel more realwhen the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bomb hits Hiroshima, it's through Yuriko's twelve -year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror. 

Release Date: August 2, 2016 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Middle Grade New Releases - May 17, 2016

Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Haywire Hovercraft - Luke Sharpe
Billy Sure, inventor and CEO of Sure Things Inc., must track down a haywire hovercraft that's gone missing with his sister on board. Book 7.

Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal - Jarrett Krosoczka
Frank Pandini Jr. is the mayor of Kalamazoo City, and everyone is celebrating--everyone except for Zengo, O'Malley, and Cooper, who can't seem to close a single case. To make matters worse, a mysterious hulking shadow has appeared in waters around KC. Could this spell the end for the Platypus Police Squad? Book 4

Some Kind of Happiness - Claire Legrand
Things Finley Hart Doesn't Want to Talk About

  • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they're not.)
  • Being Sent to her grandparents' house for the summer.
  • Never having met said grandparents.
  • Her blue days - when life feels overwhelming, and it's hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)
Finley;s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents' house and realizes the Everwood is read and hold more mysteries than she'd ever imagines.

What Elephants Know - Eric Dinerstein
Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu us found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the King's elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents-the wise head of the stable Subba-sahib and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant. (Junior Library Guild Selection)

Friday, May 13, 2016

March: Book One & Two - John Lewis

March: Book One &  March: Book Two - John Lewis

Graphic novels tell the story of Congressmen John Lewis and his role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Book One shows John's childhood in Alabama, his first years in college, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr.,  his role in the Nashville Student Movement, and their nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins that ended on the steps of City Hall.

Book Two continues the story with the Freedom Riders and their bus trips into southern cities. John Lewis' election to chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders in the civil rights movement.

Book Three: Scheduled to be released August 2, 2016

Recommended Level: Upper Middle School & High School