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Archive for October, 2020

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

by Shannon Messenger, 488 pages, Grades 6 and up


Sophie Foster, age 12, is not exactly normal. Her hidden power, or perhaps burden, is that she can unwillingly hear the thoughts of those around her. While this may seem like a good thing, hearing these thoughts can cause unbearable headaches. When she meets someone else like her, Sophie learns that she is not a human, but an elf.

Confronted with this new information, Sophie must move away from her family and into a new society so different from her own. Settling in isn’t as easy as one might think, however, and she deals with these shifts and all the obstacles that come with them, major or minor.  

Whilst dealing with the after effects of such a transition, Sophie learns that everything about her is not as it seems. Between mysterious wildfires and unanswered questions, secrets are everywhere, even in Sophie’s own mind. Finding out said secrets proves to be a challenge and sends her on a journey filled with adventure, newfound friendships, and self-discovery. 

If you liked this book or books in this genre, feel free to check out either the rest of the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger, The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, The Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer, or the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. 

by: VV

The Fault in Our Stars

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

by John Green, 318 pages Grades 8 & up


Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year old struggling with thyroid cancer goes to a support group every Wednesday because her parents say she is “depressed.” Hazel hates going to the support group and tries to convince her parents to let her stay home. One day when she is forced to go, she bumps into a boy named Augustus Waters, who had cancer in his leg a couple of years ago. Little does she know that this boy is about to change her life…

Hazel’s favorite book is called “An Imperial Affliction” about a girl who is struggling with cancer too.  It is not just some old cancer book; she feels like the author really captures how people with cancer feel and how they live. There is just one problem… the book ends in the middle of a sentence. Hazel is dying to know what happens, and when she shares the book with Augustus, he wonders about the same question too. When Augustus uses his unused cancer wish to go meet this author, Hazel and Augustus do not expect what happens next and neither will you…

If you like romance you might really like the book “The Sun Is Also a Star” or “Paper Towns.” If you liked more of the forbidden love, illness, and adventure part of the book, you might like a book called “Everything Everything” or “Five Feet Apart.” All of these books also have movies including the “Fault In Our Stars,” if you are interested in that too. 

by: JL

Something Like Gravity

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

By Amber Smith, 400 pages, Grades 7th and up.  Found in RBDigital


Something Like Gravity is a great book about two people who are struggling in life. First, there’s Chris he is a transgender boy who moves to a rural area to start anew. His parents have different opinions about him being transgender, and Chris is scared that his parents will get a divorce because of him. Next, there’s Maya. Her parents are divorced, but they still live together; they just avoid each other;this creates a lot of tension. Her sister has also died, and they were very close. Chris and Maya fall in love and help each other with their problems. It is realistic fiction full of real-life problems, and quite a few twists and turns. 

If you like realistic fiction you might also like: Out of my mind, by Sharon M. Draper, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green and The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon.

by: HT