Are you destined to follow in your father or mother’s footsteps? Or do you make your own future? Miles is a typical American teenage boy doing his best to dodge the temptations of his father and uncle’s past. When they were younger they spend many nights in juvenile prison, but Miles’s father wants better for his son and makes great sacrifices so that he can attend a boarding school across town. Miles’s uncle is dead but only Miles knows how he died Continue reading “Miles Morales: Spiderman Review”
Friends, secrets, and an annoying older brother sum up what Amina feels when she begins middle school in Milwaukee. Amina also has an amazing talent for music and singing, but don’t has her to sing in front of a crowd. Ever since her embarrassing freeze up during an Continue reading “Amina’s Voice Review”
Mass shootings are sadly too frequent. Everyone has an opinion on how to solve this problem but the question on everyone’s mind is the “why?” Why did they do it? What caused them to “snap?” Who can we blame? Violent Ends is a story about a high school where a mass shooting occurred Continue reading “Violent Ends Review”
ONE OF THE most requested books of all time in our library is A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. It is a nonfiction book about a boy’s life growing up in a home where it was abused by his own mother. It is extremely sad but our kids seem to grasp the seriousness of the story. Students continue to check out this book along with the titles that follow the author’s life. It is also gets many circulations at our local public library as well. There is a variety of reasons why our readers request this book year after year but I think the reality and seriousness of the topic hits their hearts. It is often recommended by their peers which is always nice to hear. Child abuse is a very serious topic but the book is how one can overcome this abuse and resources available to help those in similar situations. Continue reading “Check Out This Author: Dave Pelzer”
IN THE SEQUEL to The Crown’s Game Vica and Nikolai become at odds with each other but still care for one another. Pasha is the new Tsar pending his coronation even though his sister is more qualified. Vica is the Imperial Enchanter and must do the bidding of of the crown even if that means to kill Nikolai. Continue reading “The Crown’s Fate”
FROM TIME TO time a book becomes questioned by a teacher or parent. This book is new to our collection and it was bought because of the surging popularity of its author, Jason Reynolds. We have all been on high alert for school safety and this book contains and image of a handgun. A teacher saw the book and questioned its story. So I spent a couple of days reading and reviewing and was blown away Continue reading “When I Was the Greatest”
THERE IS MANY who love the daring characters that resist their oppressive government for their just cause. That maybe due to the fact our nation was built on this principal when the Patriots rebelled against the king and his unfair taxes. Books like Hunger Games, Divergent, 1984 and more recently Legend and the Red Queen will always appeal to our readers. This book, Swipe by Evan Angler holds all of these themes that will be well received by our readers. This book hasn’t been held in a while but we know someone will have a great spring break with this book.
MARCH MADNESS IS around the corner and we have some great books all about basketball. Continue reading “My Weekend is Booked!”
ONE OF OUR geography teachers loves Earnest Hemmingway and we wanted to share that love with our other readers. Sometimes knowing that someone else enjoys a book will peek a curiosity that makes one wonder why the enjoy it so much and cause them to want to read it as well. We have two copies of this classic and we hope to see them both checked out and enjoy in the coming days.
Summary: It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
–Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway