Friday, April 20, 2018

The Anger Volcano by Amanda Greenslade

This is a simple, rhyming book for children about feeling angry and how to control your angry feelings without erupting like a volcano.  Counting backwards, taking slow breaths, and other anger control techniques are introduced in a simple way.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience
When Allison's husband, Dave, had a stroke, while on an airplane on their way to a vacation, both of their lives changed drastically.  Allison was five months pregnant with their first child, and Dave was a medical student.  After the stroke, which he was lucky to survive, he had no short term memory and had to relearn many things.  Allison had to rely on her faith and help from others and she wrote letters to Dave throughout his recovery to help keep her own sanity and document his journey for him when he recovered.  The memoir is well written and inspiring. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! by Pat Olski

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!

These are cute and unique dishcloth designs!  They are so adorable that I would just want to hang them as decoration.  The instructions are well written and I think that people will enjoy crocheting them.

Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

Wizard for Hire
This is a fun read for middle grade kids and teens.  When Ozzy was 7 years old, he and his parents, who were scientists, moved away to live in the woods far away from anyone.  Then, his parents are kidnapped and he is left alone.  He survives and most of the story takes place when Ozzy is 14 years old and re-enters society and goes to high school and finds an ad for a wizard named Rin, and hires him to find his parents.  Along with a sentient mechanical bird made by his scientist parents, Ozzy and Rin search for his parents.  Is Rin really a wizard?  The reader must decide. 

Refugee by Alan Gratz

This book rotates among three refugee families in different times and places.  Josef is a  12 year old Jewish boy in Germany as WWII begins. His father is put into a concentration camp and is able to be released, but his mind is never the same.  Their family winds up on the ship, the Saint Louis, a ship full of Jewish refugees that is turned away from many places. 
Isabel is a 12 year old Cuban girl in 1994 whose family escapes from Cuba on a leaky, homemade boat.
Mahmoud is a 12 year old Syrian boy in 2015 whose family leaves Syria in search of a better life. 
Their stories are compelling and sad and are all tied together at the end. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Midnight Reynolds and the Agency of Spectral Protection (Midnight Reynolds #2) by Catherine Holt

Midnight Reynolds and the Agency of Spectral Protection
Such a fun series for middle grade readers!  In this second book, Midnight and her friend Tabitha must protect the town from mysterious robberies that are spectral in nature and causing excessive rain and could cause much worse problems for the town and it's people and possibly ruin Midnight's mother's plans for an outdoor viking themed wedding.  Mystery, friendship, and a little bit of romance make this book a wonderfully fun read!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)
The future is perfect.  No hunger, no illness, no death, unless one is purposefully gleaned by a Scythe in order to assist population control.  The Scythes are supposed to be impartial and glean randomly without feeling.  When two teens, Citra and Rowan, are chosen as apprentice Scythes and pitted against one another, they learn that not all Scythes follow the rules.