Alexander's Crossed won many awards including the Newbery Metal when it was published as a novel in verse and Booked continues the same realistic fiction success. Crossed had basketball as its center and Booked has soccer as its center. Both have memorable and relatable characters who have so much more going on in their families than the sports they love.
A young adult read for Gone Girl fans, Dare Me is a psychological thriller. Addy and Beth are best friends and Beth knows she is the alpha dog not only of her friendships but of her enemies and most certifiably her cheer squad. So when a new cheer coach comes along and doesn't follow the hierarchy things take a very dark turn.
#7 in my favorite cozy mystery series, A Cookbook Conspiracy continues Brooklyn the book restorer's story. She has a bad habit of finding bodies and this time she brings her sister and her boyfriend's brother in on the trouble. Luckily for her, her boyfriend Derek is always up to the challenge of chasing down leads to keep Brooklyn safe, even to the point of tracking down that stolen cookbook with the secret codes. I loved it as usual.
One of the few books we have in the HSLMC written in a different language, this Caldecott medal winner is a beautiful introduction for beginning Spanish speakers.
Recommended by a friend, American Marriage was a heartfelt, thoughtful read. Life isn't easy nor is it simple and Celestial and Roy have a story that will break your heart. It is a story that shows the importance of your past, your present, and your future and how they are weaved together to make a human with tough choices. I highly recommend to upperclassman especially as college prep reading.
When we stopped at Patchett's Nashville book store I thought it only fitting to purchase her book What Now? and it is a wonderfully inspiration read. A little pep talk. It is her commencement speech to her alma mater and she doesn't sugar coat her journey to a novelist.
This definitely came at the right time for me but I still believe there are different kinds of people in this world and I am not in the same category as Kondo. I have donated or thrown away about 50% of my belongings and I am interested in organizing those that are staying with me. But unlike Kondo I find joy in many of the little 'things' I've collected over the years and I plan to keep them.
A beautiful little story about a marriage, a post 9/11 world, and the love of a dog. Beautifully written and painfully honest this one hits the heart. Choices shape us and sometimes there are just too many to handle and we are ashamed of how our mind works through them. I won't be ordering but I might pick it up along the way.
I'm not sure how to classify this one. I listened to the audio and it took me awhile of dipping in and out of it. About half way through I knew I needed to finish it. Reminds me of A Man Called Ove or Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I'm so happy Eleanor finally finds her people but so sad to watch her get there. I won't be ordering this one but might pick it up along the way. Some of our seniors might like.
Really enjoyed this YA fantasy mystery read from BHSLMC. I'll continue reading this series. Sophie is an interesting character that I think many of our readers will enjoy and although this first in the trilogy could stand alone the story line makes me want to read more about Sophie's abilities and her family.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!