Tag Archives: Soo Good!!

Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson

7 Jul

My heart is racing because I just finished a really great book! Check out the cover of N. D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur:

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Because there are two boys running on the cover, I thought this book was going to be about sports – but it’s not. It’s got magic, mystery, and zombies! The setting of this book is really unusual.ย It takes place in a fictional town in Florida. In this town, they grow sugar cane, and much of the story takes place in these sugar cane fields – “the muck.”ย Creepy!!

I love the way that N.D. Wilson writes – I was on the edge of my seat! If you are looking for a slightly scary, fast-paced read, this is the book snack for you!

 

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

23 May

If you love animals, this is the book for you. But beware – there’s a good chance you need at least a few tissues.

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is a silverback – a gorilla. He has lived in the Big Top Mall for 9,876 days in his very small domain (he doesn’t like to call it a cage). He is surrounded by other animals, but hasn’t had any contact with any other gorillas since he was a baby. It’s not a good life, but there’s no way out… is there?

The coolest (and saddest) thing about this story is that it is based on a real gorilla named Ivan. He’s still alive in a zoo in Atlanta, Georgia!

Check it out here! And while you’re there, you can find out about the author, too.

This book is a tasty snack for banana lovers in fourth grade and up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

13 Apr

Wonder“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to school โ€” until now. He’s about to start 5th grade, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? (From the publisher)

Friends, I read this book all in one sitting – I could not put it down! This is definitely one of the best books of the year, and I absolutely love Auggie.

If you are looking for a realistic fiction book, but want something a little different, this is the book for you. This is not an easy book to snack on – you might need a box of tissues nearby, but it’s one of the most satisfying book snacks of the year. You’ll be thinking about Auggie long after the book is over.

*UPDATE: Check out this very cool site inspired by this book. Will YOU choose to be kind?

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos

13 Apr

Dead End in Norvelt

Caution: Do not read this book while snacking on milk & cookies unless you enjoy snorting milk out of your nose. Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos is a very, very funny book. ๐Ÿ™‚ The main character in the book is a boy named Jack Gantos, and he is growing up in the town where Jack Gantos lived, Norvelt. That doesn’t mean this is an autobiography, though. This novel is semi-autobiographical, meaning that parts of this book are true, and other parts are made up. Which parts are which? Try checking out his website to find out!

My favorite scene is right in the beginning. Jack is playing with his father’s things, including a Japanese rifle. Jack doesn’t know that it is loaded, and when he pulls the trigger, the explosion knocks him off his feet! Jack sees blood everywhere and is afraid that he’s shot himself – but it turns out to be just a nosebleed. (He suffers from nosebleeds every time he gets upset). He breathes a sigh of relief – and then an ambulance pulls in to his neighbor’s house – sirens blaring! Has he shot his neighbor? What will Jack’s father do when he finds out?

We have two copies of this book in the library – you’ll have to get on the reserve list to get a taste of this delicious book snack! Don’t forget you can reserve it today by logging in to the library catalog! I definitely recommend this book to any student in 5th or 6th grade. Check it out!

Amelia Lost, by Candace Fleming

12 Oct

I have a new favorite biography! I read Amelia Lost in one day this past weekend while enjoying the sunshine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amelia Earhart was an incredible person, and this is an incredible book.

Take a peek at the cover:

Doesn’t Amelia look dashing? She was very courageous, and, at a time in history when women were not allowed to do everything men did, she was a role model for women.ย  Unfortunately, Amelia Earhart disappeared while flying around the globe at the equator, and this book follows that story as well as the story of her life. People from all over the United States randomly picked up her radio signals for help after she was out of contact, and no one was ever able to find her, her navigator, or her plane.

If you are looking for a really exciting biography, this is a great choice. You won’t be able to put it down! ๐Ÿ™‚