Sunday, January 21, 2018

Reynolds, Jason. LONG WAY DOWN

Reynolds, Jason.  
LONG WAY DOWN
New York : Atheneum, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
1481438255

Will is on his way to avenge his brother's shooting. That's the rule.  The rules that         Shawn taught him. "Don’t cry, don’t snitch, always get revenge." And now 15-year-old Will has his brother's gun tucked into his waistband and he will get revenge. He gets in the elevator and pushes the button on the way to his brother's killer. Seven floors away. At each floor, the elevator stops and someone gets in. But these are people who Will knows. And they are all people who have died from gun violence. As Will takes the short ride in the elevator, he begins to learn about the Rules. And what they have cost.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Noyce, Pendred. MOSQUITOES DON'T BITE ME

Noyce, Pendred.
MOSQUITOES DON'T BITE ME

Boston : Tumblehome Learning, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.5
ISBN
1943431302
Nala is just your ordinary teen. Unless you discover that she is never bitten by mosquitoes. For a science project in school, she is paired up with a girl who just happens to be the daughter of the president of a drug manufacturing business.  When he hears about Nala, he is determined to find out why. Can you imagine a world where you can prevent mosquito bites? Not just the inconvenience of them but the diseases they cause. Like malaria. Nala's father stayed in Kenya after her mother's accident. She only sees him through facetime now. But now she has a chance to go to Kenya and meet her entire extended family. If they agree to be tested by the drug company. Nala thinks she is doing a good thing but things may not be as they appear.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Klepeis, Alicia. ESP, SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES AND UNEXPLAINED POWERS

Klepeis, Alicia.
ESP, SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES AND UNEXPLAINED POWERS
New York : Cavendish Square, 2018
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 
15062849X


Have you heard of ESP -- Extrasensory Perception? It is also sometimes called the sixth sense.  It is the ability some people say they have to get information without  using their five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.  ESP can be broken down into three phenomena -- telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition.  But how do you prove this ability exists? Come along and find out.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hyman, Fracaswell. MANGO DELIGHT

Hyman, Fracaswell.  
MANGO DELIGHT
New York : Sterling Children's Books, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN
1454923326
Mango and Brooklyn are BFFs. They are on the track team together and Mango always comes in 2nd to Brooklyn. Until one day when Mango actually wins the race. Now a true BFF would be happy for her. But not Brooklyn. She becomes distant and even mean. Mango is confused about this new new side of Brooklyn. When Mango gets tossed from the track team, she finds that there may be other opportunities in middle school. Can she navigate this new territory? New friendships, new interests, and mean girls.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holt, K. A. HOUSE ARREST

Holt, K. A.
HOUSE ARREST
New York : Chronicle Books, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 4.0
ISBN 
1452134774

Timothy doesn't know what he was thinking when he stole that credit card. That's not true. What he was thinking is that he could use it to buy his brother's medicine that is so expensive. And that is what he did. But he was caught. Because of the circumstances, he was sentenced to house arrest for a year. No hanging with friends or going to the mall. He can only leave the house to go to school or if his mother is with him. That won't be too hard since he rarely leaves anyway. Ever since his brother Luis was born with medical issues. Luis has a trach which needs to be changed and cleared as needed. And they only only have a part time nurse so it is up to Timothy at times. He will do anything for Luis. Oh, another part of his sentence is to keep a daily journal. This is shared with his probation officer and counselor -- and us.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Griffin, Paul. SAVING MARTY

Griffin, Paul. 
SAVING MARTY
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 5-8
ISBN   
0399539077                  

Lorenzo lives in a small town in western Pennsylvania. He lives with his mother and grandfather.  They barely have enough money to get by and his mother looks for every opportunity to make a few dollars. When the pig has a litter, they are sold and the money comes in handy. But when their dog has a litter, Lorenzo notices a small pig in the corner. One o the piglets was left behind. The dog accepts the piglet and Lorenzo names it Marty after his father who was killed in the war.  As Marty grows, he becomes more and more like a dog and less like a pig.  Lorenzo wants to keep him but he knows his mother needs the money.  Will Lorenzo be able to find a way to save his friend?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gregory, Josh. GRAND CANYON

Gregory, Josh.  
GRAND CANYON
New York : Children's Press, 2018
IL 3-6, RL 6.6
ISBN
 0531240207


Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? It is truly a magnificent sight. It is a mile at it's deepest point. The temperature at the top is much higher than at the bottom.  Humans are thought to have first come to the canyon 12.000 years ago. There are lots of animals that call this area their home. Come along and find out about this amazing area.