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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

lemoncelloSTUDENT REVIEW

by Chris Grabenstein, 290 pages, Grades 6-7

Kyle is an all-time gamer.  Kyle’s hero, the famous game-maker Luigi Lemoncello, is the mastermind behind a top-secret project in their town: the new public library. Not only are there books for all ages, but also an IMAX theater, instructional holograms, electromagnetic hover ladders, and more. Through an essay contest, Kyle wins a spot as one of the first twelve kids to see the library during an overnight lock-in filled with fun and games. But the next morning, when the lock-in is supposed to be over, the doors remain locked. Kyle must combine his knowledge of games and his friends’ knowledge of books to escape from the library by using only each other and the clues scattered around the library.

If you enjoy this book, you may also like other fun puzzle mysteries like: The Unknowns, by Benedict Carey, Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, or The Potato Chip Puzzles, by Eric Berlin.

 

 

by I.W.

CYRM WINNERS 2018

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Here are the new California Young Reader Medal winner for 2018.

CYRM

For Middle School: A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielsen

For Young Adult: Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

book thiefSTUDENT REVIEW

by Markus Zusak, 552 pages, adult audience

Death is a unique narrator. He speaks the truth, while at the same time, gives input on what is happening around him. In The Book Thief, Death spends time observing a little girl named Liesel who was adopted by Rosa and Hans Hubermann in Nazi Germany, after her mother abandoned her. Liesel develops strong bonds with Hans, who steadily teaches her how to read. Slowly, Liesel becomes adjusted to life with her new family. Then, one day, a man comes knocking at their door. His name is Max Vandenburg, and he is in trouble. Being Jewish, he must hide from the Nazis, who would bring him to a concentration camps where he could ultimately die. After Max tells his story, Hans agrees to secretly house him for as long as he can. From that day forward, Liesel had a huge secret kept inside her. Liesel couldn’t tell anyone, not even her new friend, Rudy. During the day, she would go to school, and at night, she would talk to Max and take care of him, always in fear of someone coming to take him. Along the way, Liesel also gains a fondness for books, rather stealing books. Any chance she had, Liesel would find books to steal and add to her collection; a dangerous habit in a dangerous time.

If you enjoy books about World War 2, you might also like is Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.   

by S. H.

Three Times Lucky

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

luckySTUDENT REVIEW

by Sheila Turnage, 312 pages, Grades 6-7

Three Times Lucky is the story of Mo and her best friend Dale. Mo had floated downstream in a hurricane and was taken in by a man who had survived car crash during the hurricane, but lost all his memory. This man, the colonel, and his wife Miss Lana raise Mo, but Mo cannot stop trying to find her “upstream mother,” and she keeps sending notes in bottles to try and find her. While Mo’s summer seems to be going great suddenly a detective comes into Miss Lana’s Cafe and tells them there has been a murder and Dale is a suspect! It is up to Dale and Mo to find the culprit and clear Dale’s name.

If you enjoy mysteries you may also like: The Unknowns, by Benedict Carey, Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, or The Potato Chip Puzzles, by Eric Berlin.

by C.C.

 

I’ll Give You The Sun

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

sunby Jandy Nelson, 371 pages, Grades 8 and up

Noah and Jude are twins. In the old days when things were going well and they were a happy family, Noah and Jude were really close, but now they have grown apart, and Jude is wondering if she even knows her brother anymore.  Their story is told in the twins’ voices. Jude narrates her chapters from her 16-year-old self’s point of view, looking back on their childhood and events going on right now. Noah’s pages are narrated from his 13-year-old self’s point of view before their family experienced tragedy, before everything changed. Their stories come together in the end, but can they recover from this heartbreak, heal their family, and reconnect with one another?

If you enjoy books about siblings you might also enjoy: Speed of Life, by Carol Weston, Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick.  Another great book about family problems is: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor.