Jerry Spinelli has been a master story teller for a long time…and he still is! The Warden’s Daughter is about a girl struggling to shed the burdens of her childhood and all the messy realities that go along with that journey. In these pages you will meet Cammie, a girl so real in her desires, her mess ups, her attempts to be happy, that you will think you’ve met her before or maybe even you have some of her inside you! Enter the world of the 1950’s and be prepared for some heavy topics and some serious angst. Read this book and give it to someone else so you can discuss!
Here's one for the fans of realistic fiction, mystery or adventure. Lizzie lives at the zoo where her father works. Tyler is a runaway taking refuge behind the elephant's house. When their paths cross, a friendship begins.Then one of the wolves dies & they're suspicious. Their curiosity takes them out of the zoo & into the wilds of Yosemite Park, testing their new friendship as well as survival skills. The Wolf Keepers is well-paced, smoothly written & has the markings of a Nutmeg nominee. A story not to be missed for both guys & girls.
On 9/11 all of our lives changed. But on September 9th and 10th four young people were deep in the everyday issues of family, school and friends. Sergio who lives in Brooklyn with his grandmother and is missing the love and affection of his mom and dad. Will lives in Shanksville, PA; his father was killed in a traffic accident as he stopped to help another driver. Naheed, in Columbus, OH, is a young Muslim girl starting a new school wearing the traditional head scarf of Muslim women. Aimee is also starting a new school, in California, and feeling unsure of her life. All are impacted by the horrific event of 9/11 simply because they are Americans. A great story for Middle School and up. A poignant and sensitive way for young people to experience the impact that day had on everyone. A must read!
I do not like this cover. I do not like this title. BUT I DO LOVE THIS BOOK! So you may think you can’t relate to the main character because she’s from Iran; her language is different, her food is different, her culture is different, everything about her is different… or so you think.
Meet Zomorod (who now calls herself Cindy). She’s just moved to Newport Beach, CA and is starting middle school. Follow her through the highs and lows of making friends, navigating school and just trying to be “the best version of herself” that she can be and I know you’ll be able to relate to Zomorod’s feelings and emotions. No matter where we come from, no matter how different we look on the outside, we really are all the same on the inside. This well-crafted, poignant and truly funny story is just a terrific read for everyone!
Raymie Nightingale is a sweet and unassuming story. It's a summer in the life of a girl who’s just trying to live and be happy. This book is a good for someone looking for a soft read that deals with some inevitable difficulties in life in an introductory way.
Raymie’s father has left her and her mother and Raymie wants him back. Then, her voice of reason- an elderly neighbor- passes away. All Raymie wants is to win Little Miss Florida Tire and get her dad back. Despite some difficult happenings, Raymie makes it through her summer, living life big in her small town with her two new friends.
How magical is your family? Probably more than you think, Carol’s definitely is. Trapped on her ailing Grandpa Serge’s ranch for the summer, Carol will learn all about the incredible, and real, magic that once made the ranch a lush village. Grandpa Serge will tell her stories of how her adventurous and beautiful Grandma made the discovery that took the water and life out of the village. He says the return of the bees means rain. Can Carol and her connection to the bees save her Grandpa’s dried up ranch from drought, and ultimately, the love between her family?
When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated Southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era novel by Sharon Draper, author of Out of my Mind. Phenomenal!
How deep can the bond of friendship go? Anyone who knows the power of the relationship you have with your animal will understand every moment of Pax, the incredible story of a boy and his fox. Separated by war and human weakness, Peter and Pax set out to find each other against nearly impossible odds. Filled with courage, heartache, and the joy of finding one's own truth, Pax is a very special story that will stick with you for a long time.
This is my absolute favorite mythology book in the Kids Room! Fans of the incredibly popular Percy Jacksonseries are guaranteed to devour this book from cover to cover. Learn about the Greek Gods from the wise-cracking demigod himself, Percy Jackson. This gorgeously illustrated book is laugh out loud funny as well as informative. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is the perfect book for Greek Mythology enthusiasts!
Lumberjanes is my new favorite thing! Pals Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are at a camp for “hardcore lady types” when they start to notice that there are some very strange, supernatural things happening in the woods around them. Using the skills they amassed as they worked to earn merit badges, they try to figure out how to thwart the exciting dangers around them (without getting into too much trouble from their counselor, Jen). A fun read, gorgeously illustrated, and a great series!
In a world full of fairy tales there is a school that trains young men and women to be princes and princesses. Evie has no memories of the past, so when she arrives at the Pennyroyal Academy she is given a new name and a new identity. As she trains to be a princess she begins to realize what it really means to be a princess. Pennyroyal Academy is an imaginative spin on the fairy tale stories you know and love!!
Join the slightly OCD Milo with his new friend Meddy as they try to outwit a thief amongst the ingenious cast of suspects staying at Milo's parents' Inn. But all is not as it seems. Although I was able to guess some of the mysteries correctly, nothing could have prepared me for the ending! As captivating as an Agatha Christie mystery--I loved it!
Gulph, Tarlan and Elodie are triplets separated at birth for their own protection for it has been prophesized that they will one day overthrow the cruel King Brutam and rule Toronia together. All three are raised in three different, fascinating circumstances that give them special traits to rule. But will they live long enough to find each other and take the throne? -- Katherine
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel--new characters as well as new dimensions to old friends and foes. Can it be that Alice is more than just another Apprentice? Do the Old Readers have more to fear than just each other? This is a perfect sequel, wonderfully more complex and interesting--what a series!