Friday, November 17, 2017

The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #3) by M.A. Larson

The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy, #3)
This is a fun to read last book in the series about Pennyroyal Academy.  I do think it has potential to be continued if the author chooses to do so though and I would love to see that happen.  As the story begins, Evie and Maggie are attacked by witches and rush to the Academy and find that it is under attack by witches as well.  There is lots of action, adventure and courage as Evie and her friends try to  save the Academy from the witches.  They learn again that fear is conquered by love and that kindness and respect are the marks of a true princess. 

Water in May by Ismée Amiel Williams

Water in May

This book is written by a pediatric cardiologist and is based on a true story.  It is raw, realistic and very sad.  The characters are not likable and their situations are lamentable.  It is, however, for the most part, an excellent story.  Fifteen year old Mari Pujols is pregnant and she learns that her baby has a serious heart defect.  Her family and the baby's father want her to have an abortion.  At her school, girls being pregnant is not unusual, girls having abortions isn't unusual, girls having babies isn't unusual, however, a girl who has an abortion because her baby has a heart defect is unusual and a girl who has a baby with a heart defect is unusual.  The story is heart wrenching and I think that people will enjoy it. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
I know that many other people, like me, wonder how on earth we wound up with Trump, a politically ignorant, mentally unstable reality TV show host as president of the United States.  This book shows how and why that happened.  The author discusses the problems in both political parties and Trump's rise to fame and how he is using his power and his brand to influence others and why we need to stop his destructive policies to save the environment.  I highly recommend this book.

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
I think that middle grade students will be able to relate to, enjoy and learn from this lovely book of poems.  Two fifth graders are assigned to work together on a project and they discuss their experiences with racial issues, feeling left out and other feelings.  I highly recommend this book!

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Meddling Kids
In this paranormal mystery/horror story, a group of 3 young adults revisits the town where as teens, they solved mysteries. Peter, one of their original group, committed suicide a few years back, but Nick , who has been in and out of mental institutions over the years, is accompanied by Peter's ghost.  Andy, who has been in and out of trouble herself, gathers the old gang together including Kerri, a lovely redhead, who Andy has been in love with since they were 12 years old, and Tim, Kerri's dog, a descendant of the original dog who went on their adventures with them. None of them has been the same since their original sleuthing.  Although they caught the bad guy, a man who dressed up as a monster, they still have nightmares and Andy thinks they need to find out what really happened that night so many years ago.  The book is fun to read with it's overly descriptive language.  I stayed up way too late just to finish this book because I couldn't put it down.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Are You My Dad? by Leslie Kelley

Are You My Dad?
When little penguin's egg rolls down a hill as she is hatching, she finds herself alone and begins to search for her dad.  She asks each animal she encounters in the arctic landscape if they are her dad.  The albatross is not her dad, he can fly while her father cannot.  The orca tells her that he is much larger than her dad.  She realizes that the clicker is not her dad either.  With a similar feel to the book Are You My Mother?, this book is sure to entertain and educate children and parents alike.  The illustrations are very cute!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer (Midnight Reynolds #1) by Catherine Holt

Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer
This is a fun ghostly middle grade mystery!  Twelve year old Midnight has moved to a new town with her family and the two most popular girls in her school, Sav and Lucy, have befriended her.  Having always been left out, she tries her best to fit in and that means having spending money.  Luckily, she gets a job working for a neighbor, Miss Appleby, who was also born at midnight on Halloween.  Miss Appleby tells Midnight that they both have the ability to see spectral energy.  Because Miss Appleby has hurt her ankle, she hires Midnight to capture the spectral energy.  Eventually, however, Midnight realizes that Miss Appleby is hiding secrets.  Tabitha, who Midnight's partner for a school project, helps her to investigate Miss Appleby and to see the truth about Sav and Lucy.  I think that middle grade kids will enjoy this ghostly mystery!