Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived
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By: Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Anne of Green Gables
By: L. M. Montgomery
Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
If you like this, try reading these!
Novel #2: Anne of Avonlea
Novel #3: Anne of Windy Poplars
Novel #4: Anne of Windy Poplars
Novel #5: Anne's House of Dreams
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Age of Legends 1
Twin sisters, Moira and Ashlyn, are the Keeper and the Seeker in Edgewood protecting the town from the spirits in the Forest of the Dead. After a tragic attack the girls are separated and must fight their way back to each other with the help of an exiled thief and warrior from a disgraced family. Battling mythical monsters the group is tasked with saving themselves and the children of Edgewood. MS 8+ HS Fantasy, Coming of Age, Betrayal, Romance
What I liked: I liked the characters especially the sisters. They compliment each other well and both have their strengths and weaknesses. I liked how the story alternated between the two sisters. We would see what was happening and then leave that story at a cliffhanger to switch to the other story. It kept me interested and engaged to see what would happen and how things would come back together.
Who should read it: Fantasy readers especially those with an interest in adventure and war stories. It is not for the faint of heart --there is battling monsters and violence.
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Age of Legends 1
Book 2 of the Age of Legends series picks up where Sea of Shadows left off. Moira and Ashyn were once the Keeper and Seeker of their village of Edgewood. But Edgewood is now gone and their friends have betrayed them. Now the king has sent them with Prince Tyrus on a mission to find the missing children. But the journey proves more treacherous than imagined with more mythical creatures to battle and betrayal around every corner. The girls are running out of time and people to trust. Can't wait to read the next one and see what happens next. MS 8+/HS Fantasy, Sorcery, Betrayal, War, Romance
What I liked: I liked that the story picked right up where it left off and we were able to jump right into the action. I liked that the characters stayed true to themselves. Characters reacted to each other and their situations consistently. I liked the story itself and I am interested to see how things end in the third book. I will definitely be reading it when t comes out next month.
If you liked this series, you should try:
Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch
Sabrina moves to Lavender, Texas to help her aunt Rowe run her vacation rental business after she broke her leg. To kill two birds with one stone, Sabrina decides to take the opportunity to write a mystery novel. When aunt Rowe's awful cousin Bobby Flowers shows up with a bombshell and then turns up dead; aunt Rowe becomes suspect number one. Between writing her book, meeting with a famous editor, rescuing Hitchcock the bad luck cat and trying to solve a murder; Sabrina has her hands full. If you like cosy mysteries then this would be a good choice for you. With plenty of quirky characters and no gore, this is a fun read for sensitive readers. MS/HS/AD Mystery
If you liked this book try some of the great mystery series or stand-alones in the SIS library .
I am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Teenage boy assassin begins to question whether he is working for the good guys or the bad guys during an intense assignment when he gets too close to his mark and the target. Very James Bondish--especially the most recent "Spectre" Bond who is questioning his desire to continue to be a spy. MS 8+/ HS
If you liked this then try:
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Willa is the new girl in town. After years moving with her artist mother, it looks like they have really hit the big time. But the new house and fancy school are not all they are cracked up to be. Willa doesn't like how some of the less wealthy students at her new school are being treated and she wants to help. So she becomes a modern day Robin Hood. When things start to get dangerous, Willa has to figure out who she can trust. MS8+/HS
If you liked this then try:
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
A great read and one of my favorite books this year. It can be a bit difficult to describe and I don't want to give too much away so I will be short and sweet. Finn lives with his older brother Sean in Bone Gap, a small town in Illinois. When Sean's girlfriend, Roza, disappears Finn is the only witness but no one believes him. Everyone thinks Roza has just run off as mysteriously as she arrived. Finn struggles with the guilt and tries to make things right for Roza, his brother and himself. MS 8+/HS Shortlisted for the National Book Award I definitely recommend this book.
Firecracker by David Iserson
This was a fun read. I enjoyed it very much even though the main character isn't super sympathetic. She is a bit spoiled and hides her vulnerabilities behind a thick shell of indifference.
Astrid Krieger has just been kicked out of her elite boarding school, Bristol Academy. As punishment her parents insist she attend the local public school to finish her senior year. Astrid agrees reluctantly, but she has a scheme to get back into her posh private school and if she can enact some revenge while doing so then that is just a bonus. Along the way, Astrid starts to make friends for the first time ever and to realize that maybe she isn't as much of a bad guy that she is so proud of thinking herself to be. MS 8+/HS Language, Humor, Relationships, Family, Coming of Age
Boys Don't Knit (in Public) by T.S. Easton
Ben is in trouble and as part of his probation he has to take a night class. When he ends up in a knitting class he finds that he really likes it and he is really good at it. So good that he is selected to compete in a regional competition. Now he just has to keep it all secret from his friends, possible girlfriend, and even his family. MS 8+/HS
Check out these literary knit patterns from Book Riot.
A great nonfiction book I read recently was Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John W.S. Bradshaw. This book was very interesting. It looked at the history of cats and how cats most likely became domesticated. Unlike dogs, cats have not been easily domesticated. Cats became domesticated once we humans started storing grain and used semi-tame wild cats to help kill rodents. The author looked at the different kinds of cats from all over the world and how they are linked as well as some of the differences between cats and dogs in the domestication process. Other topics include cat's thinking and feelings, multiple cats living together, and the cat-human relationship. The author concludes the book looking at the future of cats and what he sees needs to be done to ensure cats remain with us as good pets. MS/HS/AD Science, Cats
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And my favorite cat video. It makes me laugh every time.
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
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:
So I read Ten by Gretchen McNeil which is a young adult thriller murder mystery.
Meg is one of ten teens who instead of enjoying a three day party; ends up stranded on an island during a big storm. Strange things start to happen and then people start dying. Is one of them the killer or is there some one else in the house? Not for the faint of heart because violence of course with a gruesome killer on the loose! MS Gr8/HS Mystery, Thriller, Murder, Revenge
If you liked Ten you might try:
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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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