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Satellite

Title: Satellite
Author: Nick Lake
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th grade and up
Pages: 464
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Lake

Synopsis: He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home.

Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.

Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.

But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.

Review: For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting concept of what home is & what would happen if you’re born in space. After spending 16 years in a space station and suddenly coming “home”, the process of adapting to earth is no small feat. Gravity alone is enough to take on, but throw in all the sensations such of wind, sun, rain, etc and all the people…and well it’s overwhelming to say the least. And that’s not even considering all the germs their bodies had never been exposed to! Of course, no one could have predicted how hard it would be to come back to earth–not only mentally/socially but also physically. No one has ever spent that much time in zero gravity and they had no idea what to expect. Now, throw in government experiments and cover-ups and things get even more complicated.

The only thing I really hated was the text speak. The constant u, i, c, & dr8 were jarring to say the least. I”m still not sure *why* Lake decided to do it that way beyond  maybe thinking it was cool? The teens obviously smart and I would have assumed they knew basic grammar. I am far from someone who is grammar crazy, but it was enough that I would have abandoned the book if I wasn’t reading it for review. While I have not heard the audio, I would recommend readers tackling that over print. That way you get the interesting story without the annoying text talk.

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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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Bonaparte Falls Apart

Title: Bonaparte Falls Apart
Author: Margery Cuyler
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Pre-K-2nd
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E Cuyler (We don’t own this one, but I did ask Janet to purchase)

Synopsis: Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.
When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?
Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

Review: I thought this one was super cute. Of course, as a skeleton, you would have trouble keeping your bones together! I love how all of his friends teamed up to find a solution. While many of their ideas didn’t work, it was a cute take on friendship and helping a friend out, especially since even though their idea didn’t work, they kept on trying! I chuckled at the solution, which happens to be a bone fetching dog named Mandible. I also like that even though Bonaparte was worried people at school wouldn’t like him because his bones fall off that he discovers that’s not the case at all. People like him for him. While it has that Halloween feel since they’re all monsters, it has nothing to do with Halloween at all.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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The Library Book

Title:   The Library Book
Author:   Tom Chapin and Michael Mark   Illustrator:   Chuck Groenink
Series:   —
Recommended for:  anyone who needs an awesome book for a school visit, library visit or library themed storytime.  Would be good for grade school kids and older preschoolers. 
Pages:   40 p.
Call Number/Link:  E CHAPIN, T.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

Using the lyrics to Tom Chapin and Michael Mark’s “The Library Song,” this picture book celebrates the magic of reading and of libraries.

Comments:

It has been decades since I first heard “The Library song”.  I loved it immediately.  I’m so glad that they decided to turn it into a book!

After presenting the book to a group, it could be fun to ask the kids which book characters they heard mentioned in the song.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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That Pup!

Title:   That Pup!
Author:   Lindsay Barrett George
Series:   —
Recommended for:   toddlers and preschoolers as a readaloud, but is also a good choice for early readers due to the large print.
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E GEORGE

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

After having fun digging up acorns, a little dog decides to bury them all again.

Comments:

I love this book!  Even though you would never guess this based on the cover and OPAC, it is a book about fall.  One of my favorite books about fall, in fact.  More accurately, it is one of my favorite books takes place in fall but has an actual plot.  The reader can see apple trees, autumn leaves, acorns, a squirrel and pumpkins within the illustrations.  However, the story is about a little dog who has fun hunting for acorns.  When the little dog learns that she has raided squirrel’s winter acorn stash, she plays a new game called Put Back the Acorn.

The book is an excellent readaloud.  The large colorful illustrations can definitely be seen from either the front or the back of a storytime room.  The book’s only downside is that now I want my own cute little dog.  It would be best if it looked exactly like the one in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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Best Friends

Title:   Best Friends
Author:   Margery Cuyler
Series:   —
Recommended for:   very early readers
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   READER CUYLER, M.

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:    

When his best firend Sue finds a new friend at school, Pete feels dejected until Sue invites everyone to play together.

Comments:

This sweet story is an excellent choice for early early readers.  While Pete feels dejected, it is not the result of anyone being mean or intentionally leaving him out.  Sue just got excited about having a new friend and it didn’t occur to her that she could play with both of them at the same time.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Readers

 

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Just Friends

Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Pitcock
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th – 12th grade
Pages: 302  pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION PITCOCK, T.

Synopsis:Told from both viewpoints, after Jenny and Chance, a bookworm and a popular heart throb, pretend friendship to save a doomed assignment, they are shocked to find a real friendship–and more–developing.

Comments:  Jenny and Chance have fifteen minutes to learn about each and then present what is learned in front of class.  There time is up before anything is done, so Chance and Jenny pretend in front of the whole class that they have been best friends forever.  They make up a silly story and each takes a turn embellishing.  It gets them the grade, but also starts their friendship.  I love the back and forth banter between these two.  It was a quick fun read.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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A Night Divided

Title: A Night Divided
Author: Jennifer Nielsen
Series: N/A
Recommended for:
Pages: 317 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION NIELSEN, J.

Synopsis: When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

A neighbor told me that I needed to read this book, he was right.  I have read other books by the author and like her writing style. Before reading this book, I knew very little on the subject. This has prompted me to read more.  The story allowed you to see how the government pitted everyone against each other.  My only complaint is that realistically Gerta would have been caught right away.  I didn’t feel that she hid what she was doing all that well.  This book did make me want to learn more about true stories of people crossing.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Historical, Juv

 

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