Posted in December 2015

Book Review: Hit Count by Chris Lynch

Do you have that student who loves football?  Someone who loves the adrenaline rush and the physical aspect of pounding on others with no worry about the damage that it can do to his/her body?  If yes, hand them Hit Count. Summary by Goodreads: “I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like … Continue reading

Book Review: George by Alex Gino

Good or bad – George is one of those books that will have people talking. Over the years there has been a huge gap in diverse middle grade novels, especially on the topic on transgenders.  It is a powerful story and one I hope many chose to pick up and read. Summary on Goodreads: BE WHO … Continue reading

Book Review: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

When I choose advanced reader copies of books to request on NetGalley, I think carefully about the students.  Does this sound like it would appeal to them?  Would they pick it up on their own?  Young Widows Club met my requirements. Summary on Goodreads: First came love, then came marriage, and then… For seventeen-year-old Tam, running … Continue reading

Book Review: Drowned City by Don Brown

Drowned City has been on my radar since our school librarian book talked it this fall.  It is the story of how Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans on August 29, 2005 and the aftermath for those who were unable to leave. I am always in search of graphic novels to place in the hands of those … Continue reading

Book Review: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

***I received a copy of NEED this fall via NetGalley. I had fallen behind on reading all my ARCs so when I came across this at the library, I finally picked it up.  I am a fan of Joelle Charbonneau.  I read her Testing series and thought this storyline sounded intriguing: “No one gets something for nothing. We … Continue reading

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I am always on the lookout for historical fiction that expands the student’s  view of the world.  It is no wonder why Thanhha Lai won both the Newbery Award and a National Book Award for this beautifully written story about immigration told in verse through the eyes of a young girl. Summary from Goodreads: Inside Out and Back Again … Continue reading