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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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Maze Runner

Title: Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner
Recommended for: 6th Grade and up
Pages: 375 Pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION DASHNER, J.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

I enjoyed the book, it has a similar feel to the dystopians that came out at the same time.  This book has adventure, danger, and a mystery to solve. Right from the beginning Thomas is trying to figure out what is going on and he has to draw stuff out of the Gladers to pieces together the situation. At first I thought they weren’t saying what was going on, because they were secretive, but it really comes down to most of them had no clue.  At times it could be slow, but I feel that the author was giving you more insight to what some of these boys felt having been in the glade for years. I have already started the next book so I can figure out what happened to the world.  This is part of three book series with two prequel books.

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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Cleopatra in space

Cleopatra in space
Cleopatra in Space

Cleopatra in Space

Title: Cleopatra in space
Author: Mike Maihack
Series: Cleopatra in space
Recommended for: 3-7th Grade
Pages: 168
Call Number/Link:  GN J CLEOPATRA V. 1
Synopsis: When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

Review: Cleopatra in space is a happy meaI, it is a sausage pizza, an IKEA LACK table, it is an old familiar movie you run across on cable and stop to watch. It is a bog-standard “chosen one” plot featuring a plucky heroine, a mixed bag of competent sidekicks, an exasperated non-human mentor, and a hint of an overarching dark secret by the “good guys” leaders. Cleopatra in Space not a great book, but it is an effective one.

This review may well sounds like I am disrespecting CiS, but the thing is, this is a well-made book. It features the exact mixture of adventure and daring do that a child would enjoy. It features a female PoC as a lead and has a few more books in the series to come. As a graphic novel the complexity is decently easy with wonderful illustrations.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Juv, Sci-Fi

 

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Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

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Title: Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

Author: Liniers

Series: Un libro Toon

Recommended for: K-3rd 

Pages:  60
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Call Number/Link:  SPAN E LINIERS & GN J LINIERS

Synopsis:    A Junior Library Guild Selection

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta’s ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers’ celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.

Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, now available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents‘ Top 10 Children’s Books. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and three daughters, Matilda, Clementina, and Emma, whom he credits as inspirations for this book.

My Thoughts: This is a fabulous book, especially since it is authentic Spanish.  The author writes all his books in Spanish and they are translated.  Wow, I am so happy.  It is very cute and can be read by the elementary school group.  A few of his books come in both languages and he has some awesome comic books that are numbered and are called Macanudo 1-11. I can’t wait till we are able to obtain more.  These are short and sweet with some more difficult vocabulary words but should not be a problem for a Spanish speaking child.

 

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Space Case

Space Case
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Title: Space case
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Series: Moon Base Alpha
Recommended for: Grades 3-8
Pages: 337
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION GIBBS, S.
Synopsis: It’s a murder mystery on the moon. Twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is living on the moon and bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped insid. Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies;a secret someone just might kill to keep…
Review: Stuart Gibbs comes out strong in this classic locked-room inspired tale of mystery. Plenty of suspects, plus a colorful science fiction setting make this book a strong recommend. The book has an excellent sense of pacing and a good humor, even in light of the death being the centerpiece of the book. The ending was a little telegraphed, if one reads mysteries, but should be enough of a surprise to newer readers, not gorged on classic mystery tropes. The ending also added a world shaking premise changer, which should be interesting to see developed in a later novel.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Adventure, Juv, Mysteries, Sci-Fi

 

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Zita The Space Girl

Zita The Space Girl
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

 

Title: Zita The Spacegirl
Author: Ben Hatke
Series: Zita the Spacegirl
Recommended for: 2nd-7th Grade
Pages: 192
Call Number/Link:  GN J HAT
Series List:

Zita The Spacegirl

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Synopsis: When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero

Review: Zita The Spacegirl is a cute and innocuous tale from Ben Hatke about a young girl mysteriously transported to a new world.  Much in the same vein as Dorothy in Oz or Alice in Wonderland, our heroine receives a call to adventure to a magic land; though in this case it is an alien planet rather than a magic world.  Further complications to her tale are a time pressure, as the world she has landed on is due to be destroyed in three days; and she also has to rescue her friend.  Through her journey she meets additional characters including a classic Mysterious Shady Rogue, a Headstrong Robot and a Scared Robot.  The book invokes many of the classic Quest Tropes, but in this case the lighthearted art style and sheer earnestness of our Plucky Girl Adventurer make the book work.  Zita is not a classic, but it is a great read. I would recommend it for either boys or girls, grades two through seven.

 

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The Fourteenth Goldfish

Fourteenth Goldfish book jacket

Title:   The Fourteenth Goldfish
Author:   Jennifer Holm
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Grades 3-6
Pages:  195 pages
Call Number/Link:   J Fiction Holm, J. 

Synopsis:   Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Rating:  ****

 

 

Comments:
I liked The Fourteenth Goldfish and think kids will too.  One day Ellie’s mom comes home with a long-haired 13-year-old kid, who turns out to be Ellie’s grandfather.  He’s discovered a scientific way to reverse aging.  Like any other responsible scientist, he tested it on himself.  (Just like the scientist who turned into a lizard creature in “The Amazing Spider-man.”)
Ellie enjoys having her new “distant cousin” in the house, but her mother is less thrilled since her critical father keeps making negative comments about her wardrobe and life choices.  You can think of this book as science fiction because the grandfather has invented a (thankfully nonexistent) scientific process to reverse aging and actually grows younger.  Despite this element, the book also feels like realistic fiction as it explores family dynamics and life in middle school.
There has been a lot of buzz about The Fourteenth Goldfish.  It’s been a popular choice on “Best of 2014” and “Mock Newbery” lists.  The author Jennifer Holm managed to write about science, ethical dilemmas and family dynamics in a light, sometimes humorous way.
 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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