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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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John Deere, That’s Who!

Title: John Deere, That’s Who
Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K-3 grade
Pages: 40 pages
Call Number/Link:  E B DEERE, J.

Synopsis: 

Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please? Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!

Comments:  This is a simple read for your young John Deere lover.  It has nice pictures and simple text on how John Deere, a blacksmith, changed farming.  I liked how it brought up his failures, but he didn’t give up.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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The Testing

Title:The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series: Testing #1
Recommended for: 
Pages: 339 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CHARBONNEAU, J.

Synopsis: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Thoughts:  I am enjoying this series.  I started reading these since the author will be visiting later this year.  I think that the story is well written and pacing is great.  Malencia (Cia) is a thinker, I love how you see her thought process in her decision making.  I really like that Cia’s never loses her humanity throughout the testing. This first book is the testing process, so you learn about the process, the next two books talk more about University and political agendas. This is a great series and look forward to reading more by Joelle Charbonneau.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Dystopian, Teen

 

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Dangerous Lies

Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 9- 12th
Pages: 384 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION FITZPATRICK, B. 

Synopsis: After witnessing a murder, high school senior Stella Gordon is sent to Nebraska for her own safety where she chafes at her protection, but when she meets Chet Falconer it becomes harder for her to keep her guard up, and soon she has to deal with the real threat to her life as her enemies are actually closer than she thinks.

Comments:  It was an ok book, for my liking.  Stella is in the witness protection and I felt like she acted like a brat at times.  I know she was adjusting to a new life, but I got tired of it.  I was very glad when she started to accept her new life and actually give the new life a chance.  I did like the twist and turns at the end of the story.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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Rhino in The House

Title: Rhino In the House: The True Story of Saving Samia
Author: Daniel Kirk
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K-3 grade
Pages:40
Call Number/Link: E 599.668 KIR 

Synopsis: This is a nonfiction picture book for young children. It tells the true story of Anna Merz, a wildlife protector in Africa, and Samia, a black rhinoceros she saved after it was abandoned by its mother.

Comment: The pictures are great, especially of Samia. The story is sweet, and informative.   I think this is a great book for kids to learn about conservation, and social behaviors of animals.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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A Thousand Pieces of You

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird
Recommended for: Grades 9-12
Pages: 384 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION GRAY, C.

Synopsis: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

Thoughts:  The book was ok.  I really didn’t care what happened for most of the book.  They talked about dimension and the main characters were a little different in the different dimensions.  I am not sure that I care enough to will finish the series. Marguerite and friend Theo use firebirds (device used to jump dimensions) to chase after Paul, who they think betrayed them. They jump five times in the book, each time they jump they have to figure out their surroundings, and the role they play in this dimension.  A lot of time is spent on the dimensions, which is interesting. I guess my biggest thing is I didn’t feel like I connected with any of the characters.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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