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Archive for September, 2017

Family Game Night

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

family game nightby Mary E. Lambert, 245 pages, Grades 6 and up

Annabelle has a ritual. She enters her room and walks from corner to corner to corner to make sure that nothing is out of place and nothing has been added to her belongings. Annabelle’s mother is a hoarder which means she loves to keep everything and is always looking for more places to put her treasures since the entire house is filled top to bottom with the million things: newspapers piled as high as the ceiling, empty cracker boxes, sheets and pillows and other bedding. This clutter causes everyone in the family a lot of stress; Annabelle mostly wants to escape it and tries to spend as much time at her friends’ houses as she can. This escape strategy is almost allowing her to live a “normal” life, but then her grandma arrives and tries to bring order back into their lives. Everyone knows that sometimes when you really want to get something clean it has to get a lot messier first; the question is can Annabelle survive the chaos?

If you like books about family challenges, you might also like: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, or Nest, by Esther Erlich, or Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Speed of Life

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

speed of lifeby Carol Weston, 329 pages, Grades 7 and up

Sofia’s mom died almost a year ago, but it is still hurts. Everyone would expect losing a parent to hurt for a long time, but Sofia also feels like this event has re-written her whole identity. She is “the girl whose mom died” to everyone around her and that makes it even harder to move through the world. She finally finds some help when she writes to the Fifteen Magazine advice column “Dear Kate” and gets an immediate answer. Sofia really values Kate’s advice and the anonymity makes it easy for her to bare her soul, but then one day she finds her sitting at her kitchen table and finds out she’s dating her dad!

If you like realistic fiction about coming-of-age, or family issues, you might also like: Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, by Susin Nielsen-Ferlund, or Family Game Night, by Mary E. Lambert.

The Nest

Monday, September 25th, 2017

nestby Kenneth Oppel, 244 pages, Grades 7 and up

Wasps – yes the flying insects – keep talking to Steve in his dreams which makes it hard to get a good night’s sleep. His baby brother is very sick and so sleep does not come easy to anyone in the family, and because everyone is so preoccupied Steve is reluctant to tell anyone about the creepy nightmares. The dreams feel so real that Steve begins to wonder if the wasps building a nest outside his window have somehow found a way to speak to him while he is sleeping. At first the wasps whisper messages that make Steve think they are his friends, but when their messages become more threatening he is filled with terror and the lines between dreams and reality begin to disappear.

 

If you enjoy creepy horror stories, you might also like: Coraline or The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. If you enjoy books about families struggling with health issues you might also try: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, Nest, by Esther Ehrlich, or Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick

CYRM NOMINEES 2017-18

Monday, September 25th, 2017

CYRM NOMINEESThis Year we are featuring both the middle school and YA nominees in our library.

Read all three in one category and you can vote. Voting ends at the end of March.

Middle School: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor, A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielson, and Tesla’s Attic, by Neal Shusterman

YA: Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary Schmidt, Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys, The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Happy Reading!