When Zinnia's older brother and best friend, Adam, disappears without a proper goodbye, Zinnia is left feeling very alone. This changes slightly (although not in a good way) when a colony of bees decide that her hair makes for a good temporary home. Told in alternating perspectives, this is a story about finding your home and balancing the feelings of change.
I loved this book. After the death of her late husband, Dave, Sheryl Sandberg had to experience the aftermath of grief. During which, she found out just how resilient people can be. Together with Professor Adam Grant, composed of interviews and psychological data, they share stories that will resonate with anyone who has experienced loss. It is truthful, smart, educated, and even at times humorous. Furthermore, although a bit different, I feel that anyone who liked Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, or You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, will find the book equally fascinating.
This is a great way to pass time. At a family reunion recently, my cousins and I picked this up and ended up playing for hours. It is hilarious and entertaining. I would describe it as similar to "Apples to Apples" in the sense that there is a reader (like the judge in "A to A") per turn, and each person submits answers to be read aloud, matching the given prompt. Then each person must guess who submitted what answer. Submit more answers to make it more difficult!
In Once and For All, Dessen presents readers with Louna. She is smart and capable, but haunted with a tragic event in her past. While readers are devouring pages of what's going on in the present, alternating chapters of that tragedy, keeps them alert and attentive. I loved looking into Louna and her mother's world of wedding planning. However, discovering who she was and how her sorrow affected her, was captivating. I think this is a story that will be around for awhile.
Imagine having one person be the sole reason you are alive; one person, your sole purpose for living. That is what Sedona is to Nemesis.
Nemesis is a Diabolic-an enhanced human. From the outside, her actions are robotic-her build, tall and muscular. This is because she was raised to be a predator-to bond with one human and protect them at all costs.
Sidonia is Nemesis' person. She is a Senator's daughter in the world of Chrysanthemum and anyone who poses a threat to her, must perish. When Sidonia's father makes a dangerous move against the Emperor, she is called to Chrysanthemum as tribute. However, it is Nemesis who goes in her stead, posing as the girl that the Emperor wants.
Attempting to smooth things over for Sidonia's family, Nemesis must be believeable. No one can discover that she is in fact, a Diabolic. As she takes on a role, she begins to discover things about herself, which she did not excpect-things that scare her. These only increase when she finds unexpected confidante, in the Emperor's mad nephew.
I listened to this story as an audio book and couldn't put it down. Fans of The Lunar Chronicles, or Illuminae should definitely pick up this title!
It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, but I still feel all of the warmth and joy that I felt when I had turned the last page.
Ove is a super grumpy & sometimes mean elderly gentleman, who is grieving after his wife's passing 6 months ago. He mentions how his life "started when he met her and ended when she died" (not sure if that's a direct quopte, but let's pretend that it is. Now, he just wants to end his life as quickly as possible, to again be by her side. However, with new neighbors moving in and others trying to disrupt the community he worked so hard to build, he may just have to stay alive a little bit longer.
Ove is very blunt, yet he is exactly the kind of person I want to be. I loved this book and am attempting to force it on everyone I know. If you are looking for a book to feed your soul, THIS IS IT.
I am going to be really honest here. When I first saw this cover, I wasn't really interested. Then, it was featured on a reading list from a website I really like (Hello Giggles) and I thought I would give it a try. From the first few pages I knew I was going to like it. The main character has the sass that I crave in a story. She is independent, and although this is supposedly a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew, I do not feel that this book deserves the same level of controversy. I think that the main character has full control over her life and navigates it with wit and atitude. I really enjoyed it.
When I first started reading this book, I was like, "Dang, is this book gonna be all about jazz and dirty jokes?" Well it turns out it wasn't just about jazz...
This book is for:
1) People who like reading about real teens and their issues.
2) People who don't care about some bad words and some sexual exploring.
3) People who like road trip books.
4) People who like reading about teens in a band.
This book is NOT for:
1) People who like reading about who they wish teens were.
2) People who need a nice, clean book with no swearing.
3) People who do not like road trip books.
4) People who do not like reading about teens in a band.
Ultimately, I loved how honest this book was and if you are like me, you will too.
Everyone experiences their own battles. Sometimes, it's dealing with mental illness. Sometimes, it's supernatural beings killing off indie kids...Sometimes, it's the struggle of just being you. Whatever it may be, this book explores the significance one person can have on another. Specifically, how a person's support can make a huge impact. Deep, humorous, and leaves you wondering, "why indie kids?"
I will be the first to admit, that I am a HUGE fan of sibling books. However, this is no ordinary sibling book. Cori Doerrfeld does an amazing job at describing not only the quick overturn of emotion between siblings, but also shows how imagination and play can increase love between them.
I’m covered in chills as I write this. This book is the story of an amazing boy, who overcame every obstacle and defeated every odd. It is also the story of a girl, who with one letter changed the course of not only her life but of her friends, family, the boy and his friends and family.
Starting in 1997, this novel covers a 6 year pen pal relationship that turned into a friendship and then a family. It is as touching as inspiring and leaves you feeling more knowledgeable about the world and the people in it.
Mabel is possibly the naughtiest dog in the entire universe. She doesn’t mean to be, it just sort of happens. In fact, she just recently learned what the word meant! Still, her parents adore her. However, when they throw an adult-only party, will she be able to control herself, or will Naughty Mabel once again rule the Hamptons?
This is an outrageously funny story that I couldn’t help but love. It is also a fantastic read aloud, especially when you try out some fun accents!
This book is just plain awesome. Stella doesn’t have a mom to bring to her Mother’s Day class party. Because of this, she questions who she can bring, and ultimately, ends up bringing everyone that she really cares about. I thought this book was great not only because it features an alternative family, but because it raises the problem some kids face when put into situations that they are unfamiliar with. The author gracefully handles this issue with love, raising awareness at the same time.
All we know if that Blue Dot isn’t here. But where is he? Is he at the moon? Why would he go to the moon? Is he a circus clown? He couldn’t be! This is a brilliant take on the game telephone. With beautiful illustrations, we can see children laughing at every page.
Franny Banks has 6 months left of the deadline she set to become a successful actress. She has an old boyfriend waiting for her at home and parents who want her back just as bad. When she starts getting calls for commercials and TV shows, she hopes that this will be her shot at stardom. However, as life happens she begins to lose faith. Still, she hopes things will turn around-someday, someday, maybe.
I loved Franny and all her quirks. She was witty, funny and endearingly awkward. Fans of Lauren Graham should definitely read this, as you can see her TV personalities in her own protagonist.
Confidence. Mischief. Danger. Those are three things you do NOT want to see in your rival’s smile. All Miles Murphy lives and breathes are pranks. It’s what he’s a master at. When he moves to the boring town of Yawnee Valley, famous for cows-yes, COWS, he is determined to do what he does best – prank. However, there is already a master pranker in Yawnee. Someone, dare I say it, BETTER than Miles! Miles must figure out who this pranker is, and how to beat him at his game, before Miles’ pranking days are over. This will not be easy, but Miles must be the King of all pranks once again! You can see Jory John and Mac Barnett in the characters they’ve written here: hilarious, intelligent and ridiculously ridiculous. I loved it!!
This is one of the most beautiful books I have read. For children or adults, the author writes a beautiful narrative about wishing the absolute best for someone you love. “I Wish You More” can be used for graduations, when one is feeling low, or just to show someone how much you care.
This is a story about a little girl and her family that has to move because of undesired circumstances. With beautiful illustrations, it displays the compassion of neighbors, the heart-ache of a move forward. I loved this story because it was handled with grace and really got into the head of a child.
This is one book that my whole family read and could not put down! In it, readers lean how Peter came to be the infamous Peter Pan and discover how he got to Neverland. It is exciting and fast paced and filled with pirate battles and suspense.
Disturbingly haunting, “Fairest” is the tale of Levana, before she became the Lunar Queen. Although this is a prequel to the Luna Chronicles, it is more mature and calls for an equally older audience. That being said, “Fairest” is extremely well written and at times, a psychological thrill. An incredibly interesting read!
Anything can happen in one day. For Allyson, it means abandoning her good-girl self, taking a chance on a boy she just met in London, and embarking on a spur of the moment trip to Paris. Although, that seems like enough, Allyson ends up having the most interesting, unreal, heart-pounding & heart-wrenching 24 hours of her life. Through Allyson, Gayle Forman shows the world a character that loses and finds herself again in the same novel. I’ve never experienced so much wanderlust in reading a book, as I did reading this one.
This book is a lot deeper than you would guess at first glance. Its beautiful story deals with misjudging, stereotyping and getting past misconceptions. Think Ugly Duckling – the crayon version. It’s a familiar tale with a colorful twist, sure to delight kids and adults alike. Ultimately, this story is about being who are you, even if others tell you to do differently.
In one afternoon, Dot goes from being a content only child, to being a big sister to a wolf pup. A WOLF PUP, can you imagine? I mean they are BUNNIES for Pete’s sake. As little Wolfie joins their family, Dot tries tirelessly to get her parents to realize their mistake. Will Wolfie grow to be a good little brother or will they all become his next meal?
Snuggleford Cuddlebun is the sleepiest sloth in all of Snoozerville. When the opportunity arrives to attend Snoozefest, she does not hesitate to go. Surrounded by all the best sleepers in the Nuzzle dome, Snuggleford is sure to have sweet dreams. This story is guaranteed to give little ones a new appreciation for one of my favorite activities – sleep.
In a world where people are separated into casts based on their worth, America Singer resides in the 5th. The casts are ruled by a King and Queen who when their son is of age for a wife, begin The Selection. 35 girls are selected from the different casts to compete for the Prince’s love. America is one of those girls. However, it is not the life she envisioned, not the life she wants. With a broken heart she befriends the Prince, and strikes a deal with him he cannot refuse-if he lets her stay in the competition, she will help him find the perfect princess and wife. I absolutely adored this book!
This book works through some tough issues about how an individual’s actions, decisions and inactions can affect another person. When a set of tapes shows up on Clay’s porch, sent to him by the recently deceased Hannah, the story they contain changes his outlook on life, and how he chooses to interact with the people around him, whether they be close friends or strangers.
This book contains two worlds-one a fairytales and one belonging to their readers. Once a year, the schoolmaster for The School for Good and Evil picks two children from the normal world to cross over into the fairytale world. Sophie, wanting to be chosen for The School for Good and become a future princess, befriends Agatha, a lonely introvert. Things don’t go quite as she hopes… This intriguing new series delves into what makes someone good or evil and breathes a breath of fresh air into the fantasy genre. Think Wicked meets Harry Potter but with an added twist!
Eliza Boom isn’t just an average kid. She is also an inventor’s assistant and a SPY. Well, at least she hopes to be. With her inventions usually on the fritz, she is eager to make one that finally works. When her dad loses a VERY important, VERY secret object, Eliza steps up to retrieve it… especially since she may have been the person to put it in an evil-doer’s hands.
This book is about a little penguin, who has wanted all his life to fly. So, with a little help of his friends, he accomplishes the impossible. After all, who can deny a penguin with the “soul of an eagle”?
DK weaves together a spectacular reference book about the complexities of psychology. Written with a younger audience in mind, Heads Up Psychology glimpses into Freud, Pavlov as well as others’ work and introduces many theories and ideas about this extraordinary science.
Ever heard of Rumpelstiltskin? Well in this story, his name is Rump and he is fresh out of luck. Born with only half a name he must discover his destiny, before bad luck becomes the least of his problems. This is the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. Every question you've ever had will finally be answered. Shurtliff weaves a tale so exciting and rich that not even gold would surpass it.
I got this when my little brother was born and it is my favorite children's book to this day. I love Kevin henkes and think this book is perfect for a girl who is going to have a new little brother. Henkes captures every feeling a new big sister might have perfectly and his illustrations are fantastic! A great laugh as well!
I never thought I would feel the same joy, chills, or utter amazement as I did when I read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book made me re-live all those feelings with brand new eyes and with a brand new subject. When Cece suffers an illness as a child she begins to lose her hearing as well. Now deaf, she struggles to make her world feel as normal as possible, including trying to make friends that don't see her as her disability. However, with the help of the Phonic Ear, she creates an Super alter-ego for herself, "El Deafo"! With superpowers on the rise, she realizes how awesome is it to be yourself. This book was hilarious and honest and I know it will be adored by many.