I was going to say sometimes I feel like this but let's be honest --this is me most days!
I created a new resource page for refugee books we have in the library for those of you who are interested. I know there have been several teachers discussing this issue as part of current events as well as from different historical periods. It is located under the Grade 7 tab as I had a request from a grade 7 teacher to create this but anyone is welcome to use these resources. Let me know if you come across any other good resources we can share with each other.
I am going to start a new section of the blog where I spotlight a particular book or series or genre that might be of interest to SIS students looking for their next good read.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry MG/young YA, gothic, humorous
Check it out and let me know what you think. Is it worth the read?
Don't become extinct like the dinosaurs --Read a book! Here are a few of my latest reads.
Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a house party to find all her friends are dead except for her ex-boyfriend (Aiden) who is left in a room with a chained vampire (Gavriel). In Tana's world if you are bitten by a vampire you become "cold" or infected. If you drink human blood you will become a vampire if you are able to resist drinking human blood for 88 days you will not. Vampires live in designated areas called Coldtowns where they feed off willing hosts with shunts and tubes so they are not infecting their hosts. While rescuing Aiden and Gavriel, Tana is scratched by the other vampires and she decides she cannot go home for fear she is infected and will turn on her family. She heads to the nearest Coldtown with Aiden and Gavriel in tow but Gavriel is not just a simple vampire and Aiden is having a hard time resisting human blood. When they team up with Winter and Midnight, twins who catch a ride with them into Coldtown things get very dark indeed. HS Vampire, Coming of Age, Family, Friendship
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
When the Garretts move in next door to the Reeds, Samantha's mom is horrified. They are loud and messy and there are way too many kids. But Samantha is a bit fascinated by them and watches them come and go from the roof next to her bedroom window. She never interacts with them until the day Jase Garrett climbs up and begins talking to her. Samantha finds herself in love with not only Jase but his whole family until tragedy strikes and Samantha is faced with an impossible choice. HS Mature Romance, Betrayal, Family, Friendship, First Love, Coming of Age
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
This is another coming of age first love YA novel I read recently. This is a (recent) historical fiction that takes place between 1993-1994.
Maggie Lynch moves to Ireland from Chicago when her mother impulsively marries her new stepfather. She misses her grandmother and her uncle who she relates to through music. Uncle Kevin is a musician and has introduced her to some great music like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. Things aren't great in Ireland but Maggie is adjusting and she is happy when her family from Chicago comes for Christmas. But Uncle Kevin is not well and things come to a head at the local bar. When tragedy strikes, Maggie is left reeling. The only thing that makes sense to her is a pilgrimage to see Kurt Cobain with the concert tickets her uncle left for her. HS Mature, Coming of Age, Music, Suicide, First Love, Family
Check out this video I made about the Morning Calm books and then check out one of the Morning Calm books from the library. We have some great books to choose from this year!
A great middle school book I just finished is Codename Zero by Chris Rylander. Carson is bored living in small town North Dakota where he is constantly pulling pranks to entertain himself when he gets pulled into a real life spy caper. There are some nice action scenes and a few twists towards the end. MS Spies, Humor, Friendship
Other books you might like:
Another book I read recently was book 2 in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas titled Crown of Midnight. This is the second book and you definitely need to have read the first to know what is going on and to get the most from the emotional impact of the story. We pick up the story with Celaena being named King's Champion (assassin) and as she begins her duties for the crown. The king has a list of suspected traitors working to overthrown the crown which he asks Celaena to kill. The first name on the list is a friend from her past. Things happen (no spoilers!) and secrets are revealed. Relationships develop and friendships are tested. Betrayal and death are involved. HS Violence -because the main character is an assassin. Assassin. Magic. Betrayal. Friendship. Romance. Politics. Fae.
Other books you might like:
"It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I am being blackmailed." When Simon neglects to log out of his email on a library computer a fellow student reads his email and discovers he is gay. Navigating blackmail threats ...
by Anna Banks
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Robbie Forester comes in possession of a special bracelet that seems to grant magic powers when justice needs to be served. When a rich real estate investor begins buying up (and strong arming) local businesses out Robbie and her mismatc...
The story opens on New Year's Eve with Evan saying goodbye to his best friend from childhood, Lucy, Since her parents' divorce, he only sees her once a year during the Christmas holidays. We jump to the next year where it is once again C...
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