Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Scary Reads!

Need something to spook you this Halloween? How about some award winning horror? The Night Gardener is on the Bluebonnet list for this year. Here's a booktalk:
Molly and her brother are immigrants from Ireland whose parents didn’t make it to America with them. It’s up to Molly to take care of her brother now and he’s not well at all. So th
ey agree to take a job at the town’s creepiest, most secluded house so that they’ll be able to get hot meals and have a roof over their heads. But the mother who lives there is mean. And the son is a bully. Worst of all is the tree that isn’t just up next to the house, it’s also inside it. So is a strange man every night with a really tall hat and a watering can. Who is he and what is he doing? To top it off, every day Molly and her brother live there, they become paler and sicker looking too. What is the deal with this house? Is this too steep a price to pay for a safe place to live? Is it safe?
Another great creepy title is The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe. It's on this year's Lone Star list.
At his old school, kids made fun of the creatures Gabe’s dad made for a living- monstrous puppets.  So when Gabe’s house is burned down and his family moves in with his grandmother, he sees it as a chance to get away from being known  as puppet boy and start over. His first friend is a neighborhood boy named Seth. They play in the woods that summer every day. It’s a game Seth invented involving a monstrous baby-eating hunter that they must fight. When school starts, he makes new friends who warn him how weird and unpredictable Seth is. When Gabe tires of playing the hunter with him, Seth explodes and says the hunter will come after him and his friends. And strange things do start happening. Like the night his dad’s new puppet seems to come to life and then disappears. Or the invisible things his baby sister talks to. What are they dealing with? Is it something supernatural or a twisted prank?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Guys read!!

We're off to a great start this year! 14 guys attended yesterday's meeting. The first book is basketball novel in verse Crossover by Alexander Kwame. It's last year's Newbery winner and on the Lone Star list! What will happen to ball playing twins Josh and Jordan Bell? Stay tuned for the next meeting where the teachers will take on the kids in a game of bball!!! Also check out Guys Read on Facebook.
And the web at http://www.guysread.com


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Let's all go to the movies!

Have you read these yet? Word on the street is they'll be coming out in theaters in the near future. This could be your summer reading list....

The Last Apprentice: Seventh Son (already out????)
Paper Towns (July 2015)
The 5th Wave (Jan. 2016)
The Graveyard Book
Eleanor and Park
Scorpio Races
A Tale Dark and Grimm
The Alchemyst
Amulet of Samarkand
Before I Fall
The Diviners
The Finisher
Heist Society
Iron Trial
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Leven Thumps
Screaming Staircase
Looking for Alaska
Paladin Prophecy
Peter and the Starcatchers
Magyk: Septimus Heap series
Under the Never Sky
These Broken Stars

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rewarding Reads

Or should it be Awarding Reads? This post is about some of the award winning books for this year that I've been checking out.
Bluebonnet Books
Sky Jumpers-looking for a good sci fi action story? This is an awesome choice. In a future devastated by war, one girl believes it is up to her to save her community when they are held hostage by bandits, braving the deadly air and a blizzard to get help.
Saving Lucas Biggs- The audiobook of this fantasy story is so well done. How can a girl save her father who's just been sentenced to death for a crime he's innocent of? By going back in time to fix the wrong. But just how far back she must go and how to fix it is hard to believe. Kind of like trying to untangle Christmas lights.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus- yes! Finally an answer to why he did it! And it has such beautiful artwork. This is a picture book, so it's nowhere near as intimidating as it might sound.
The Night Gardener- One thing I've learned as a MS librarian is that all these kids love scary stories. Here you go. How about one where a house and its inhabitants are slaves to a magical tree that grants wishes and its gardener, who takes a part of their soul every time?

Lone Star List
Great Greene Heist- Working on this book for our Guys Read Book Club! Jackson is trying to quit with all the school pranks, but his crush Gaby needs help winning the student council election since her opponent is cheating! No one else could pull it off like he can.
Popular: a Memoir- Also the winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, this story is written by teenage Texan Maya van Wagenen about how she decided to change her life by following the advice in a vintage popularity guide. What a great inspiration for girls today!
Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights- I'll be adding this one to my list of books to booktalk for African American month. It's a finalist for the above award. I knew nothing of this story from World War II about African Americans in the Navy who refused to continue loading bombs onto ships after a massive explosion caused the deaths of over 300 soldiers and injuring more than 400. It became a trial for the lives of these 50 men accused of mutiny.
Tut: the Story of My Immortal Life-  Percy Jackson fans will love this modern adventure of the immortal King Tut in Washington D.C. as he fights his lifelong nemesis, uncle Horemheb! Gods and goddess popping up all over the place! I wonder if there's going to be a sequel...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Getting ready for NTTBF

There will be many authors at NTTBF in March that I'll be excited to hear from. Ally Condie, Lauren Myracle and Rae Carson to name a few. But there will be many authors that I have not yet encountered in my ya reading. So, with the help of some valuable colleagues, I hunted down some of the newer releases to be promoted. With a mere 5 weeks, I am tackling 3 new authors. On my to be read list before NTTBF: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott, Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker, and The Last Musketeer: Double Cross by Stuart Gibbs. Now, this may change as I am planning to attend a meeting for the event's booktalkers. Who knows what the future holds?