I know it's been a long time since I have blogged. We have been busy here in the library with classes, teachers, and helping set up our Rachel's Challenge Event! At home, I have been reading After Iris at home. This book has been recommended to me by a few ladies at the Blue Willow Bookshop. I have really enjoyed it and hope to finish it this weekend! Blue is a young girl who lives in London with a quirky older sister and two younger siblings. She is struggling because her twin Iris passed away three years ago and since then she has felt invisible. It feels like her family is falling apart and that her older sister is invading her life. Even though I haven't finished reading this book, I would highly recommend it. It's a great story of hope and fami
Jennifer at Blue Willow recommended this book to me. I was a bit doubtful at first, but I was so wrong! She hooked me by saying, "Text me when you get to page 128. You won't believe what happens!" She was right!
This beautiful novel tells the story of two different boys: Little Hawk and John Wakeley. Their lives become intertwined even though they live in two very different communities as the Pilgrims settle Native American land. Even if you are not a historical fiction fan, you will enjoy this book because it really talks about life. Five out of five stars!
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So I finished the trilogy last night with the final book, Allegiant. If you have read the series, you'll have to read this for yourself. The only thing I have to say is WHOA.
Ms. A and I met a new friend at the Tweens Read Conference...Lisi Harrison! She is the author of the popular series, The Clique and Monster High. Her new book is called The Pretenders and it is written in diary form. Basically there are five kids at a high school and their English teacher challenges them to fill a whole notebook with their thoughts and feelings. So the book is full of raw emotion, funny stories, and of course lots of drama. It was a quick read and one I would recommend for reluctant readers. It was so much fun to met Ms. Harrison and hear about her books!
On October 19th, Ms. A and I went to the Tweens Book Festival in Pasadena, TX. It was a great time of seeing new authors, seeing old friends, and buying new books! We got to talk to Lee Bacon again and he remembered our exciting author visit from last year! I finished reading book 2 - The Nameless Hero - and he said to tell everyone at SBMS hello! So hello from Lee Bacon!
Last year we had Lee Bacon visit SBMS to tell us about his first book, Joshua Dread. The second book The Nameless Hero released on September 24, 2013. Mr. Bacon's publisher graciously sent me a copy of the new book. I started reading it last night and it has already started off with a bang! A monstrous substitute librarian looking for Joshua and Sophie. I will keep you posted on how it goes! Have a great 3-day weekend!
Book Cover for The Nameless Hero. Digital image. Web. 11 October 2013. https://springbranchisd.follettdestiny.com/
Looking for an uplifting story with fun, humor, heart, and truth? Then you must read The One and Only Ivan! Ms. Ayala recommended this book to me several times, so I put it at the top of my "to read" pile, and I'm so glad I did! Ivan has lived in captivity his entire life - not in a zoo, but in a mall on display for others to see. He has a couple of friends who live there as well include Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. They have their own little community, but they all believe something better is out there. The mall falls into financial trouble, so the owner brings in a new baby elephant which revives Ivan and his friends. This is a must read, even if you're not an animal lover. I would recommend it to all ages and I think it would be a great book to read aloud with a friend, class or family.
You can find out more information at http://theoneandonlyivan.com/.
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When our staff book club met, Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop, brought young adult and adult books to recommend to us. If you have not checked out Blue Willow Bookshop, you must stop by! They are our local indie book shop and take great care of Spring Branch I.S.D.! You can find their information at: http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/.
One of the recommendations was this book, My Mother's Secret. It is based on a true Holocaust story and it is just beautiful. I read it in two days, but could have easily read it in one sitting. Normally I am not a big fan of Holocaust stories because they are too sad, but this one was told with hope and love. Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter Helena risk their lives to hide Jewish families and a German soldier during WWII in Poland. Franciszka's ingenuity and bravery challenged me personally. I am still amazed at how these two ladies worked together to save the lives of so many. Thankful that Ms. Witterick explored the lives of these ladies to write such a beautiful story!
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Last year, I had the privilege of meeting Ruta Sepetys at TLA. It was so amazing to hear her speak about her novels, research and get an autograph! I recently finished Out of the Easy and thoroughly enjoyed it! The main character Josie has great qualities including: fierce determination, presence of mind, and loyalty for those she loves. It's a great story set in New Orleans, otherwise known as "The Big Easy."
Ms. Sepetys even responded to me on Twitter when I commented about her book! I love it when authors do this!
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