Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson


It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.




Lexile 630
176 pages

Saturday, September 22, 2018

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

As Brave As YouWhen two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

Lexile- 750
410 pages



Friday, August 24, 2018

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.
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It turns out she’s right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who―or what―he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.
Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.


Book Talk by Colby Sharp

201 pages
Lexile 590

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Golden Archer Nominees- 2018-19

Golden Archer Nominees 2019

Primary
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell, c2017
Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman, c2016
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, c2015
Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins, c2017
Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds, c2017

Intermediate
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, c2015
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, c2017
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio, c2015
Pax by Sara Pennypacker, c2016
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, c2016

Middle
Invasion of the Overworld: an Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure by Mark Cheverton, c2014
Projekt 1065, by Alan Gratz, c2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney, c2016
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, c2015
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt, c2015

Senior
Dessert First by Dean M. Gloster, c2016
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, c2014
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, c2016
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner, c2016
American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi, c 2017 


Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly


In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

Image result for hello universeThey aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). 


Lexile 690
311 pages

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Button War by AVI



Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russians have occupied the land for as long as anyone can remember, but otherwise life is unremarkable. 
The Button War by AviPatryk and his friends entertain themselves by coming up with dares — some more harmful than others — until the Germans drop a bomb on the schoolhouse and the Great War comes crashing in. As control of the village falls from one nation to another, Jurek, the ringleader of these friends, devises the best dare yet: whichever boy steals the finest military button will be king. But as sneaking buttons from uniforms hanging to dry progresses to looting the bodies of dead soldiers — and as Jurek’s obsession with being king escalates — Patryk begins to wonder whether their “button war” is still just a game. When devastation reaches their doorstep, the lines between the button war and the real war blur, especially for the increasingly callous Jurek. 


229 pages
Author Interview


Friday, July 27, 2018

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake


In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

288 pages
Lexile 690