Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Bell twins look alike, and they have many things in common.  But, you can definitely tell the difference between what the boys think is most important except they agree on 2 things--family and basketball.  And, they make sure to stick to the Bell basketball rules:  In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart.

This book is told in verse, and Alexander does a masterful job of pairing poetry with basketball.  You feel as though you are on the court, but the story is not just about basketball.  It is about family, and how you deal with a sibling who does not see things your way and a dad who ignores the signs.

READ. THIS. BOOK.  You will not be sorry.

If you would like to enter to get a free copy of this book, come by the RMS library and enter the drawing.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Woody Duke & Dave by Vuthy Kuon & Duke Nguyen

In preparation of our upcoming author visit, I want to tell you about a book written by Vuthy Kuon and Duke Nguyen.

In this book, the 3 main characters are not happy with their physical appearance.  So, they set about to change it.  Of course, they don't think about the ramifications of their choices, and they soon find out that they should be grateful for what they have.

I highly recommend reading this book.  Of course, I will be giving many of these books away next week, but I wanted to make you aware now in case you want to ensure that you get one of them.

EXO by Fonda Lee

From the Publisher
It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan's high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan's abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience.When Sapience realizes who Donovan's father is, they think they've found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn't negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan's survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn't win the last one...

Try out this quick read.

Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon

Joshua Dread is not your average 6th grader.  His parents are super villains and are always coming up with ways to take over the world.  As if that wasn't enough to deal with, Joshua is noticing that he has some super powers.  And, if he doesn't learn to control them, everyone is going to be in trouble.

Check out this light hearted fantasy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mary Poppins by P L Travers

This is an oldie but a goodie.  With the new movie coming out, I wanted to go old school and highlight a classic.

Most people know the story of the Banks family needing a nanny and one literally coming with the wind.  The book is somewhat different from the classic Disney movie, but the character of Mary Poppins is a classic in both renditions.

I highly recommend that people read the old version and see the genius that Travers created.

Well, that was awkward by Rachel Vail

From the Publisher:

Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can't breathe, can't walk,can't anything-and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking- A.J. But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie's beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.'s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She's had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best. It's all good. Well, almost all. She's trying. Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

This book does such a great job of showing the feelings of self doubt that every middle school student feels.  Also, it is great to read about how these friends negotiate around the frustrations and confusion that accompany first crushes.  Oh, and one thing that was not mentioned in the above summary is that AJ's best friend is also a very good friend to Gracie as well.  So, the confusion compounds.  

I recommend this book to students in middle school so that you know you are not alone.  I recommend this book to those of us no longer in middle school to remind us of how it feels to be in middle school.  Pick it up; read it; it won't be awkward at all. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Miles Morales Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Miles Morales is an average teenage boy.  He has a best friend who plays video games with him.  He has a crush on a girl.  He goes to a great school.  Oh, and did I mention...he is Spider-Man.  What, I should have led with that?  Okay, Miles Morales has a quick spidey-sense that he uses to help those around him, but lately something is off.  He does not get the same vibe he used to get.  He is beginning to wonder if a kid like him just can't be a super hero.

Want to know about Miles Morales's story--check this book out!

I really liked the action of this story, and even though the story is completely different--I can't wait to see the movie that is coming out this Christmas with Miles Morales.
Here is the trailer for the movie.