Category Archives: Books

Book Review: Roller Girl

Roller GirlToday I recommend Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

Roller Girl is a very inspiring graphic novel about a girl named Astrid who decides to join a roller derby camp in the summer after she saw a roller derby game.  She expects her best friend to also sign up, but she does not. Astrid deals with disappointment, friends, lies and getting a lot of bruises.

I loved this book. I have read it two and a half times, and I find it really inspiring. Around the time of when I read this book for the first time, I was scared to roller skate. But after a year, I had read this book again, and I went roller skating. I realized how accurate Roller Girl is. The book was right, when skating, you get a lot of bruises. I recommend this book to fans of the graphic novel Brave.

-Teen book blogger, Elizabeth N.

You can find Roller Girl in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC JAMIESON.

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Throwback Thursday: The Westing Game

The westing game.jpgAfter a short break, we’re back! For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

This is fun classic mystery- first published in 1978! This book also won the Newbery Medal Award in 1979. There is a really enjoyable plot especially interesting as every character is competing to win the inheritance money. This is perfect for mystery readers and those who enjoyed books such as The Mysterious Benedict Society and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E . Frankweiler.

You can find it in the Juvenile Mystery section at J RASKIN.

~aw

Book Review: Love, Penelope

love penelope.jpgToday I Recommend Love, Penelope written by Joanne Rocklin and illustrated by Lucy Knisley.

Love, Penelope is an illustrated novel about a basketball loving girl named Penelope who can’t wait to welcome her new baby sister to the world.  Penelope is in fifth grade and lives with her two mothers with happiness. Penelope writes every day in her journal about her life, addressing them all to her soon to be baby sister.  Penelope and her friends face big problems and try to overcome them together, like fabrications (lies), school projects, heritage and family.

I loved this novel so much. Penelope is very lovable with the big words she uses and the jokes she and her friends tell.  One of my favorite things in this novel has to be the fact that one of Penelope’s friend owns a goat. The goat helps calm down the girls by letting the girls pet itself and get milked. This book was very enjoyable and I recommend this book to anyone because it covers a lot of topics that is very diverse.

~Teen blogger, Elizabeth N.

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

Book Review: The Croc Ate my Homework

croc ate my homework.jpgA know-it-all rat, a naïve pig, a zebra with predators for his neighbors, and a crocodile family that just can’t seem to get it right….go on an adventure with the characters in The Croc Ate My Homework by Stephan T. Pastis.  This Graphic Novel will keep you laughing from the first page until the last one.

~KF

You can find this in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC PASTIS.

Book Review: The Giver

 

In the novel “The Giver”, Lois Lowry presents a unique dystopian community without any differences among the people. In this community, at the age of twelve, you are assigned a job based on your knowledge on a certain subject. This is the only job you will have throughout your life. This novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas who hasn’t been assigned but selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. As Jonas receives his training from the present Receiver of Memory, he experiences many feelings that existed many generations ago, but not today.

All these feeling and memories were held inside everyone, until the community decided to change into Sameness. Sameness is total control over everything in order to make it the same. As Jonas and the Giver (present Receiver of Memory) continue with their training, Jonas wanted to make a difference. He wanted to change the community. He wanted everyone to feel want he felt. The Giver told him that if he crosses the boundary of memory, all the memories within him will spread throughout the community and the people.


Originally published in 1993, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is a John Newbery Medal award winning book that consists of thrilling, exciting, and creative thoughts. I would recommend this book to readers that are interested in a new and innovative world where everyone is the same with no differences. This book makes you want to read more and more until there are no more pages.


A riveting utopian novel that’s expertly crafted.”  –  commonsensemedia.org

~Vishnu, Teen Blogger

Throwback Thursday: The View from Saturday

The view from saturday.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsberg.

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

This is a classic that isn’t as old as most that we have featured- it was published in 1996 and won the Newbery Award. Still this heartwarming tale about being kind, civil, and inclusive is undoubtedly a classic. My favorite part of the book was that it was written from multiple perspectives which allowed me to feel as though I was getting to know each of the students. This is perfect for upper elementary school readers who enjoy realistic fiction, and for those who enjoyed the recent Newbery winner Hello Universe by Erin Kelly Entrada.

You can find The View from Saturday in the Juvenile Fiction section at J KONIGSBERG.

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Book Review: Nile Crossing

Nile Crossing.jpgToday I recommend: Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe.

Khepri, who lives in ancient Egypt, begins to feel nervous as he and his father travel to Thebes for Khepri’s first day of scribe school.

The illustrations in this picture book are gorgeous even though they stick mainly to yellow, green, and blue shades of color. The underlying story is one that everyone can relate to- Khepri is a combination of nervous and excited as he embarks on a new adventure which is his first day of school! The additions at the back of the book of information about hieroglyphics and Ancient Egypt show how well researched this book was.

This is one of the picture books for the 2018-2019 season of Battle of the Books. You can find this book on the Battle of the Books shelf for the 2018-2019 season, and in Easy Fiction section at E BEEBE.

~aw

Throwback Thursday: The Little White Horse

The Little White HorseFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

In 1842, thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England’s West Country, where she discovers it is her destiny to right the wrongs of her ancestors and end an ancient feud.

This classic was originally published in 1946 and won the Carnegie Medal. Although the title sounds cute is meant for the older elementary school and middle school audience. The setting is England in 1842, and the detailed descriptions of everything from buildings to clothing to food really transports the reader to this time and place! This does lead to some very dated vocabulary which could be confusing for a young reader but could also be a great time to encourage readers to use a dictionary when they do not understand a word. I recommend this book to fantasy and animal lovers who are looking for a challenge.

~aw

Book vs Movie: The Incredible Journey

 

Did you know that the Disney movie “Homeward Bound” is based on the book “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Every Burnford?  It is the story about two dogs and a cat that start on a journey to return to their family.  The three house pets experience hunger, wild forest animals and the natural elements while on their way home.  Read the book, watch the movie and then let us know which one you liked better.

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Throwback Thursday: The Tower Treasure

the tower treasure'.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Tower Treasure by Franklin Dixon.

The robbery of the treasure in the tower proves to be an exciting challenge to Frank and Joe. Frank and Joe attempt to foil a ruthless espionage ring in their effort to sabotage the United States space program.

After highlighting Nancy Drew, it seemed like the right time to highlight the Hardy Boy Mysteries. These classic mysteries were first published in 1987, and featured brothers Frank and Joe as they worked to solve cases.

You can find the original Hardy Boy mysteries, and newer adaptations of these sleuths in the Juvenile Mystery section at J DIXON.

~aw