Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Total tear jerker. So sad. Major crying involved in reading this book. Just warning you. Beautiful writing. Oh my. Topic is suicide and teens. Just so sad and lovely. Wow. Sometimes, when I write a review, the book is so wonderful that there is not much I can say other than READ IT. This is one of those books. Read it. And I think you will enjoy it.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #2) by Jacqueline Kelly

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
In this second book in the series, Callie Vee is 12 and turns 13. She continues to eagerly learn science from her grandfather, her kindhearted younger brother Travis feeds stray animals trying to turn them into pets and cousin Aggie, a victim of the "flood" created by the hurricane of 1900 when it hit Galveston, which Callie and her grandfather predicted using a homemade barometer, has moved in with the family and shares Callie's bedroom. The story is great and is filled with interesting science and Texas history facts and has a definite feminist leaning since in 1900, girls were only expected to marry and have families and not be interested in learning and science. I think that this series of books would be great to add to the required reading or books that kids could chose from for school reading in seventh grade since that is when Texas history is a school subject. I loved the characters of Callie and her grandfather and totally enjoyed this book. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1) by Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Lovely story for middle grade girls. Eleven year old Calpurnia Tate lives in central Texas in 1899 with her parents, her six brothers and her grandfather who is a scientist and a naturalist. The summer of her eleventh year, Calpurnia becomes friends with her grandfather who teaches her science and together they catalogue the various plants and animals that they find in hopes of finding a new species. Calpurnia is spunky and fun and a feminist before her time. The book is totally terrific and I am sure that many middle grade girls will love it! I look forward to reading the next book about Calpurnia!

How Your Body Works: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide by Thomas Canavan

How Your Body Works by Thomas Canavan
With bright illustrations and photographs, this book is a good general introduction to how the human body works. It contains interesting facts and is appropriate for elementary grades and middle school and I think that children who are interested in how the human body works will find this book very interesting. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Henry And Hala Build A Haiku (Poetry Builders) by Nadia Higgins

Henry And Hala Build A Haiku by Nadia Higgins
A cute little book
That teaches young children
How to write haikus

Great for elementary school teachers and homeschoolers, this book has a short story and explains how to write haikus. The illustrations are nice and bright and I think this book would be a great resource for teachers. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3) by Shannon Hale

The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
I totally loved this book! Miri has been sent to a swamp to run a Princess Academy for three cousins of the king in order to stop a war from happening and to save her home town. However, the princesses live in poverty and don't know they are related to the king, and Miri soon realizes that many things are not as they seem or should be. There is lots of action, adventure, humor, some romance and strong female characters in this fantastic book. I think this book is the end of the trilogy, but I would love to see the story continued with the fabulous characters that were introduced in this book. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
I laughed, I cried, I could not put this book down. Jess is an overworked single mom raising her 10 year old daughter Tanzie, who is a maths wiz and her teenage stepson Nicky, who is frequently beat up for dressing goth. Jess is a part time bartender and part time house cleaner. One of the homes she cleans belongs to Ed, a geek who has made it big in the computer industry - except he made a big mistake and is now being investigated for insider trading. Norman is the dog, he is big, and drools a lot and odorizes wherever he goes. He is an important character in the story. When fate brings them together and they go on a road trip to Scotland together, their lives are all changed and there is romance and happiness and sadness and I am so sad that I finished reading the book and it is over. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.