Thursday, April 19, 2018

Buckley, James. BONNIE AND CLYDE

Buckley, James.
BONNIE AND CLYDE
New York : Aladdin, 2018
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN 
978-1-48149-549-3




Have you ever heard of Bonnie and Clyde? If you lived in the 1930s, you probably would have known everything about them. They were notorious criminals who captured the public's attention and made front page news wherever they went. They were young, good looking and bold. The country was in a deep economic depression and people were looking for something to distract them from their day to day lives. Romanticizing the lives of these two outlaws filled that need. As their crimes grew more violent, the country turned against them and when they were finally caught, the story did not end. Read about another of History's Worst.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An, Na. THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS

An, Na.
THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS
New York : Atheneum, 2018
IL YA
ISBN 
9781481422253

Grace King is smart and very mature for her 16 years. Having grown up with a father who was studying schizophrenia and trying to find a cure, Grace has had the opportunity to work in a lab that was doing genetic research. She is a quiet young lady and takes her internship seriously. Her mother left the family many years ago suffering with schizophrenia and Grace is determined to help her father find a cure.  Her attention to detail uncovers a coding mistake in some of the testing. Could this lead to the breakthrough the lab needs to find the cure?  And will Grace be able to find her mother to offer the cure? Full of twists and turns, and told in first, second and third person, this is a story that will keep you wondering what is really going on.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kelly, Erin Entrada. HELLO UNIVERSE

Kelly, Erin Entrada.
HELLO UNIVERSE
New York : Greenwilllow Boos, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
ISBN 
0062414151

Four middle schoolers. Each with their own story to tell.  Virgil Salinas is shy and is bullied because of his learning disabilities.  Chet Bullens takes delight in bullying Virgil and goes out of his way to terrorize him.  Valencia Somerset is deaf and also goes to the resource room with Virgil. Since her best fried dumped her for kids who could hear, Valencia is alone and finds it hard to find  new friend. And Kaori Tanaka who fancies herself a psychic telling fortunes for other kids.  Their paths will cross when Chet tosses Virgil's backpack down an abandoned well. Now it will take the combined efforts of the others to save his life.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pearson, P. O'Connell. FLY GIRLS


Pearson, P. O'Connell.
FLY GIRLS : THE DARING AMERICAN WOMEN PILOTS WHO HELPED WIN WWII
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
IL 5-8, RL 7.7
ISBN 
1534404104

It is not unusual to see women pilots today. We see them on commercial flights and we see them in the military. But back in World War II, it was unheard of. The military thought that women were incapable of controlling the big military aircraft. But a few determined women persisted and did what they could to show the military that they could fly any plane and were as brave as any of the men.  As thae war raged on, more and more men were sent to the war which meant that there were fewer pilots at the home front. Pilots were needed to transport planes and to test them. This is where the women found their niche.  They filled that void but as civilians. It was not an easy life but women proved themselves to be expert pilots. This is a fascinating account of the brave women who served during the war and how they changed minds.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Abdo, Kenny. CAMP TERROR

Abdo, Kenny. 
CAMP TERROR
New York : EPIC, 2018
IL YA
ISBN 
1680767291
Summer camp! Who doesn't look forward to a summer in the woods with lots of activities? Well, Maddy for one. But everyone agrees that this will do her a world of good so she is packed up and off she goes to Camp Dream Haven. The camp has been closed for years but has been spruced up and is now open for business again. Now Maddy is stuck at camp and is the target of the camp bully. How fun. When a rafting trip goes terribly wrong, Maddy and TJ are lost in the woods. And they may find out why the camp closed in the first place. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Casey, Susan. DOLPHINS : VOICES IN THE OCEAN

Casey, Susan.
DOLPHINS : VOICES IN THE OCEAN
New York : Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2018
IL 5-8
ISBN
1524700851


When her father died, Susan Casey sunk into a depression. She decided she needed to get away alone and get her head in a better place. She ended up in Hawaii. She spent her days swimming in the beautiful waters off Maui. And it was here that her life changed. While swimming, she had a close encounter with a pod of spinner dolphins. They swam with her for a bit and then went on their way. She became fascinated with the dolphins and went on to study dolphins around the world. She spent time in Ireland where she met Fungie who lived along in Dingle Bay. In Japan she joined a group working to protect dolphins. This memoir offers a look at different dolphins around the world and the people who love them.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Aguirre, Ann. VANGUARD

Aguirre, Ann.
VANGUARD
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
1250089824

The war is over and now we find our heroes settling into ordinary life. But not Tegan. She still longs for adventure and is not content just living this new life. So she takes her medical skills and signs on as a ship's doctor. Accompanying  her is Millie and Morrow. And the Uroch Vanguard, Szorak.  He is on a mission to find a new homeland for his people. Tegan decides to help him and the two will find adventure enough to last a lifetime. And maybe more than they could have hoped for.