Friday, July 21, 2017


Rue, Ginger. 
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6

Aleca is excited about turning 10 but she still has to get through the school day.  Her teacher hates her and she is being bullied by some mean girls.  When one of them lies and tells the teacher that Aleca was talking when the teacher went out of the room, Aleca has had it. The teacher complains to the principal who is going to do something. When he asks Aleca her name, she replies "Aleca Zamm" and time stood still. For real. Everybody just stopped in their tracks. Animals too. This is very strange. Aleca decides to have some fun with this and pulls a few pranks while everyone is frozen. But then she gets serious. How in the world is she able to stop everyone just by saying her name? Maybe her great aunt can figure this out.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. PAWNS

Roberts, Willo Davis.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017

Fourteen year old Teddi is trying to come to grips with her parents deaths just four months ago.  She doesn't know what she would be doing or who she would be living with if Mamie hadn't opened her home. Mamie was their next door neighbor and really helped Teddi through those horrible months when her mother was dying. Now Mamie has a new person showing up on her doorstep. Dora shows up with suitcases in hand and very pregnant.  She tells Mamie that she was married to Mamie's son Ricky who has been killed in a airplane accident. Mamie doesn't know what to think since she really hasn't heard much from Ricky after he moved to California.  So Dora is welcomed as the new baby when he is born.  But something is just not right.  And Teddi is going to find out what.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. MEGAN'S ISLAND

Roberts, Willo Davis.
New York : Aladdin, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.0

Megan is looking forward to summer vacation.  She is going to spend time at her Grandfather's cabin on the lake. And her mother is letting her bring  her best friend Annie. But it all changes when her mother makes them pack up in the middle of the night and drive all night. They end up at the cabin but she isn't allowed to tell Annie where they are. This is the way it always is when they move. Pack up and leave everyone behind. No contact with anyone they know. This time, Megan's mother leaves them at the cabin and goes away saying she will be back.  It just feels different this time. Will Megan be able to figure out what is going on? And does she want to?


Monday, July 17, 2017


Priebe, Gigi.
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
For 25 generations, Henry Whiskers' family have lived in the doll house. The house is gorgeous and was built for the Queen of England and now resides in Windsor Castle. The doll house is not played with so it is rather easy to live there. They must not been seen though since that could be disastrous. When the doll house is closed and items are stored, Henry's sister Isabel is trapped in one of the items taken out of the doll house, it is up to him to rescue her. Can he do it without being seen? And what of the rats who also live nearby?


Monday, July 10, 2017


Clarke, Cat.  
New York : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 4.7

ISBN 1492638099

Liv is a bit worried about going into middle school.  Liv's best friend will be there too so it won't be horrible.  Except for the school uniforms.  There is a strict dress code.  Both boys and girls wear shirts, ties and sweaters.  So far, so good.  But all the girls have to wear skirts.  This doesn't sit well with Liv.  Liv hates skirts and doesn't want to wear one.  Liv is actually transgender and dreads being stuck in a skirt every day. Liv tries everything to get out of wearing the uncomfortable skirt every day.  Add to that the class mean girl has targeted Liv for her abuse.  Things are just not looking great for Liv in the first month in the school.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Charbonneau, Joelle. NEED

Charbonneau, Joelle.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

ISBN 0544416694

Do you know the difference between a "want" and a "need"? A "want" is a desire to possess or do something. A wish. A "need" is something required because it is essential. Something very important that you cannot live without. When the students of a small school in Wisconsin are invited to join a new social media site, the question is "What do you need?" Some students ask for new phones or new exercise equipment or good grades. The site, NEED, grants the requests with a demand that the students invite others at the school to join the network. Easy enough. When Kaylee joins, she asks for a new kidney for her brother who will die without one. NEED tells her it will be granted. She isn't required to invite any students. But once all the students are members, NEED requests the students perform certain tasks in order to be granted their need . They seem like pranks. Putting a box on a door step or delivering notes to people. But are these harmless pranks what they seem to be? Just who is behind  NEED? And why is it limited to students of Nottawa High School?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Allbright, Lauren. EXIT STRATEGY

Allbright, Lauren.
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 1481479121

It is another last day at school for Ross.  And it needs to be epic. Ross and his mom move a lot because of her job. She is in a touring orchestra and only spends a short time in each stop. So Ross is used to be the new kid. And he has had too many last days where he gathers his belongings and heads to the front of the class to say goodbye to kids he doesn't really know. A few moves ago, he accidentally knocked over two desks full of papers and they went flying.  It was epic.  Everyone will remember that one. So now when he leaves, he plans an epic exit strategy. The kids love it but not the teachers. So, now a new school. This feels different though. It is not for a new job. This time they are moving in to help his grandfather who has had an accident. Now there is no idea when it will be over. And Ross faces the fact that he might just have to try to fit in.