Reviews of books

Confusion Is Nothing New By Paul Acampora 192 pages – ages 9+ Published by Scholastic Press on May 29, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? Does it even matter that she's gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help Ellie figure out what it means to be a girl in the world today. Either way, Ellie wouldn't mind a role model beyond her master chef Dad. Fueled by the bighearted sounds of '80s rock and roll, plus large doses of Cyndi Lauper's girl-power joy, Confusion Is Nothing New is about friendship, family mysteries, and the perfect pizza. It's also about fathers and daughters and girls who understand that it's good to make things, but breaking things is okay too. In fact, sometimes breaking things is required.” What I Thought- I should start out by saying that I have enjoyed Paul Acampora's books for almost as long as I have been blogging, and I was glad to see that his craft only continues to improve. The story is an original idea, and I really like how Acampora takes the time to make the setting [...]
Tue, Jul 03, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Breakout By Kate Messner 448 pages – ages 9+ Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on June 5, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.” What I Thought- I was really blown away by the creative idea of having the story be told through letters, photographs, poems, interviews, text messages, and even some homemade comics being sent into a time capsule for the town – it really made the story shine. It adds an entire layer of depth to the book as we read the story through the time capsule. I like how we are only exposed to tidbits that somehow tell so much while revealing more questions. One thing I did like was how the story is [...]
Wed, Jun 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe By Preston Norton 416 pages – ages 15+ Published by Disney Hyperion on June 5, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous-6'6″ and 250 pounds to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide. There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there's only one person who can help: Neanderthal. To his own surprise, Cliff says he's in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS, Cliff feels like he's part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn't as simple as it seems, [...]
Tue, Jun 05, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Superfail Written by Max Brunner Illustrated by Dustin MacKay 208 pages – ages 8+ Published by Running Press Kids on November 14, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Big Hero Six when a group of young but defective superheroes attempt to save the day! Laser vision isn't so hot when you're cross-eyed, and supersonic flight's a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded. Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall's stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can't turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone's thoughts out loud. Defectives like Marshall aren't exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you're defective doesn't mean you can't save the day.” What I Thought- This was one of the most interesting books I've read in a while – while the idea almost reminds me of the movie “Sky High” – [...]
Tue, May 29, 2018, Continue reading at the source
You may remember that recently I was hosting not one, but TWO giveaways! One is for this amazing Rick Riordan Prize Pack that I partnered with Disney Hyperion for: and the other for a set of Star Wars Workbooks! We have two fortunate winners! John Smith You have won the Rick Riordan packet! Congratulations! Jilanne Hoffmann You have won the Star Wars Workbooks! Congratulations! I will be emailing both of you for the address you want the books sent to! Thank you for reading my blog and stay tuned for more amazing give aways! [...]
Mon, May 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Daddy Depot Written by Chana Stiefel Illustrated by Andy Snair A Feiwel and Friends Book 5/16/2017 978-1-250-05889-8 36 pages Ages 2—5 . Themes: Father's Day, Daddies, Choices Genre: Children's Fiction Picture Book, Fantasy Synopsis • • • Come to • • • Daddy DEPOT The Dad Megastore! “From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the … [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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