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The Wrath and The Dawn

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-2Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: Sage of Shahrzad and Khalid
Recommended for: 8th Grade and up
Pages: 404 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION AHDIEH, R. 

Synopsis: In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

I really enjoyed this story it is well written and the world is mesmerizing. I feel as though you get to know the main characters and a few minor pretty well.   Shahrzad is a smart, strong character that has a quick temper and a silver tongue.  She uses her storytelling skills to stay alive the first night, but than must rely on her wit to stay alive while she tries to find the best way to kill the boy-king.  It is part of a saga, so I am not sure how many books are going to come.  I am almost done with the second book and still loving the story.

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Romance, Teen

 

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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

28259085Title: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
Author: Booki Vivat
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 6
Pages: 240
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Vivat, B.

Synopsis: Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s totally in crisis.

Abbie Wu is in crisis—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is in crisis always.

Heavily illustrated and embarrassingly honest, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up. With Abbie’s flair for the dramatic and natural tendency to freak out, middle school has never seemed so nerve-racking!

Review: This book is so much fun. It not a diary style, but it feels like one and has a lot of illustrations (perfect for those reluctant readers). While Abbie is just starting middle school, it does read a little young, however, the story line is perfect those just about to/just started middle school. I think most kids will be able to relate as starting middle school is never easy, especially when all your friends have already discovered their special interest. That left behind/where do I belong feeling is never easy. I love how Abbie falls into her “thing” and while it doesn’t pan out in the book like she’d want, it does leave many doors for the future! There’s no word right now on if this will be a series, but it’s set up that it could be. I surely hope it does, because I would love to read more about Abbie and her adventures.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Funny, Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

The Relic of Perilous Falls

Title: The Relic of Perilous Falls
Author: Raymond Arroyo
Series: Will Wilder
Recommended for: Adventure-loving children who want more Harry Potter, or who have read everything Rick Riordan’s ever written. Grades 4 and up.
Pages: 318
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION ARROYO, R.

Synopsis: 

Will Wilder seems to be a rather ordinary boy—albeit one clever enough to make his own catapult—until a series of odd events leads to the unleashing of an ancient evil, and the discovery that even the most ordinary of people can hide extraordinary powers.

Will is a believable hero: a typical boy, with common flaws and strengths. He is, to put it mildly, pig-headed and stubborn, and easily swayed by argument; he does, however, have a good heart, and is certainly not lazy or ill-intentioned.

I liked the pace of the adventures, and the cliff-hanger chapters kept my interest. However, the writing did feel a bit clunky at times, as though the author hadn’t yet grown comfortable with this genre. As sequels come, however, I’m sure the lumps and bumps will get smoothed out, and the children clamoring for “SOMETHING ELSE” after Percy Jackson or Harry Potter simply won’t notice or care in this case.

It is a bit dark at times, and might be a bit much for very sensitive readers (crocodile monsters and narrow escapes abound,) but in this battle of Good and Evil, the light always triumphs, and there is nothing a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson fan won’t be able to handle.

We’ll see where this goes; I’d like to see who’s running the show, and leading the good guys, for starters! By the end of the first book, we know who’s in charge of the bad guys, but we’ve only been introduced to individual members of the good, and not much has been revealed about the Brethren.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv, Mysteries, Scary, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

 

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Truth or Dare

28954094Title: Truth or Dare
Author: Barbara Dee
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 5 -7
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Dee, B. 

Synopsis: Lia’s four best friends have always been there for her, in good times and bad. It’s thanks to the loyal supportive friendship of Marley, Abi, Makayla, and Jules that Lia’s doing okay after her mom dies in a car crash.

But the summer before seventh grade, Lia’s feeling out of sync with her friends. And after a vacation up in Maine, Lia returns home to find her friends…well, different. For one thing, they’re arguing more than ever. Also, they’re competing. And some of them are making her feel like a “late bloomer.”

When her friends launch into an extended game of Truth or Dare, Lia tells a lie about her summer just to keep up with them. Then she tells another lie. And another. Soon, it’s hard to remember what’s a lie and what isn’t. Friendships are threatened, boys are getting kissed (or note), and Lia’s wondering if there’s anyone to confide in.

Review: Okay, the only thing I had a small issue with that in 7th grade most of the girls hadn’t heard of/played truth or dare. That seemed a bit unrealistic, but I understand it was to set up what follows. And what follows is fantastic. It’s all about the strains of friendship, bullying, and finding where you belong. I love how the Dee tackles the whole Queen Bee thing and how sometimes it’s so easy to follow when you know it’s not right. And even when you try to stand up to the bullies, it doesn’t mean you’ll handle it correctly. Lia makes some pretty big blunders, but I’m glad she was able to own up to most of them.

The other thing I really loved was the talk of puberty. It’s a big deal to get you’re period and start “blooming” and all that jazz. It’s so easy to feel like you’re “left behind” when all your friends are hitting that milestone. I loved Lia’s journey through this and the realization that being a late bloomer is okay. I think a lot of girls at that age struggle with that so it was nice to see a book tackle that nicely.

I think girls in 5th – 7th grade who may be struggling with some of the same milestones and issues will love this book and get a lot out of it.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

Crash! The Cat

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Title:   Crash!  The Cat
Author:   David McPhail
Series:   —
Recommended for:  Preschoolers, toddlers, babies
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   E MCPHAIL, D.

Rating:   ***

 

Synopsis:

“The family cat destroys everything in his path, and the two girls who love him worry that he may be sick or blind in this story of unconditional pet love”– Provided by publisher.

Comments:

Really cute book!  It has minimal text and expressive illustrations.  It would be a good choice for  Toddler Time, Lapsit and as a shorter selection for Preschool Storytime.

Could be used for these storytime themes:  cats, messes, sisters, pets, family life

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Bedtime, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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Huff & Puff

Huff & PuffTitle: Huff & Puff
Author: Claudia Rueda
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Ages 2-6
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  E RUEDA, C.

Synopsis: This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! A satisfying and engaging read for every young Three Little Pigs fan.

This is a great version of the three little pigs for toddlers! It has simple drawings and repetition with first pig, second pig, and third pig all doing the same thing. The interactive element is great, especially one on one, for getting kids to blow through holes in the pages. It also has a happy ending! One caveat, it shows the materials the pigs build their houses out of, but doesn’t name them. But that’s a great opportunity to ask the kids about what the pigs are using to build their houses.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Picture Books

 

Animales en Pañales

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Title:  Animales en pañales (Animals in Diapers)

Author: Martín Morón

Series: n/a

Recommended for: preschool and up

Pages: 16 pages

Call Number/Link:  SPA E MORON, M.

Synopsis: Wow super cute, no diapers anywhere but it shows all of these cute baby animals. Simple written rhyming sentences on each page with very attractive and interesting illustrations.  A book to be loved by all and definitely an attention grabber with its awesome cover.  A real gem written in Spanish. Great for a read aloud to a large group or a bedtime story for a child.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized