Monthly Archives: September 2017

Book Review: Thornhill

thornill.jpgToday I recommend: Thornhill by Pam Smy.

Parallel plot-lines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

If you like to read horror stories, this one’s for you! Set in different time periods, two girls meet in an abandoned building. One girl’s story is told through diary entries and the other girl’s story through black and white drawings. This is a quick read with a message that will stay with you.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SMY.

~ra

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Book Review: Scary Stories

scary stories.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend the Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz.

Tapped from the oral traditions of American folklore, these ghost stories and tales of weird happenings, witches, and graveyards have startling, funny, or surprising endings.

Since it is Banned Books Week we’re highlighting this series of spooky stories which were the most frequently challenged book series from 1990-1999 according to the American Library Association. You can check out the rest of the Top 100 Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-1999 at the following link: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

If you like a good scare you can check out the books in the Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j398.25 SCHWARTZ.

~aw

Book Review: Brave

brave.jpgToday I recommend: Brave by Svetlana Chmakova.

In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different – math is hard, getting along with friends is hard…Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure’s on even more once the school newspaper’s dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen’s always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone’s cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real life problems?

Set in the same school as Chmakova’s Awkward this graphic novel focuses on Jensen whose struggles to get through difficult classes, as well as feelings of being left out and being bullied, are so easy to relate to. This story tackles some tough subjects such as bullying, dress codes, and failing classes with humor that makes the story fly by without treating them too lightly.  This is a great option for readers who enjoyed Awkward but is also great as a standalone graphic novel.  Read-alikes for this series are: Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters and Shannon Hale’s Real Friends.

You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC CHMAKOVA.

~aw

ALA’s Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament

The American Library Association is inviting people to speak out again censorship during Banned Books Week by tweeting pictures of themselves with banned books for a chance to win prizes!

Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.Twitter Rebel Reader

You can find more information about the contest as well as the official rules at: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/rebelreader

Throwback Thursday: The Phantom Tollbooth

phantom tollbooth.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

A bored young boy, Milo, drives his small electric car through a toy tollbooth and finds himself in the Land Beyond. A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth has been adapted into a movie as well as published as an annotated version. Lovely illustrations just add to the appeal of this witty book about a boy searching for a cure for his boredom.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J JUSTER, and the movie in the Juvenile DVD section at jDVD FIC TOL.

~aw

Book Review: The Losers Club

losers clubToday we recommend: The Losers Club by Andrew Clements.

Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.

From the author of Frindle and Extra Credit comes this school story that features Alec, an avid reader who often gets in trouble while reading his favorite books while NOT paying attention to his teachers or assignments. When his working parents need him attend the After School program, he plans a way to read uninterrupted by forming an unusual book club. And to avoid unwanted members from joining, he names the club “The Losers Club” to keep other students away.  Unfortunately, trouble follows him wherever he goes.  Readers will discover many favorite titles introduced in this novel.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J CLEMENTS.

~ra

 

Throwback Thursday: Pippi Longstocking

If you have seen the movie “Pippi Longstocking,” you might like to read the story by Astrid Lindgren. The book was first published 72 years ago in 1945! The series about Pippi Longstocking has been adapted into numerous books, DVDs, and graphic novels. Pippi lives by herself on the edge of a Swedish village with a monkey and a horse.  For more adventures of Pippi read “Pippi Goes to School.”

You can find the books in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LINDGREN.

~ps