Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Another wonderful book I read over the Thanksgiving break was Ban This Book. I have read several books by Alan Gratz lately, and I have loved everyone of them. He also wrote Refugee, Prisoner B-3087, and Projekt 1065.  In Ban This Book, Amy Anne finds that her favorite book has been removed from the library shelves along with many of some other favorites. She is very dismayed about this and happens to start a library out of her locker with banned books. Soon, everyone at school wants to check them out. Soon, she has to come face to face with her school principal and the school board to qualify why she had these books in her locker. This is a wonderful read for all students, especially as they go on to middle and high school where many schools do celebrate some type of banned books week.

After hearing about The Vanderbeekers of 141 St on Twitter about a million times, I thought it was time to finally read the book! I loved the book and am so glad that it is the first in a trilogy. The Vanderbeekers of 141 St live in a brownstone in NYC. The  Vanderbeekers have 5 children-4 girls and a boy. They love where they live until one day, they get a notice that they have to move out in about a week. Their landlord that owns the building is not renewing their lease and the children do what they can to stay. They do several funny things to get the landlord ( The Biederman)  on their good side so they can don't have to leave. In doing the  many things to stay, they find out some sad things about their landlord. I really liked this book, and I think Christie readers will too.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

If you like scary books, then The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street is for you! I have been hearing about this book on Twitter for several weeks. so I just had to read it! I think those Christie readers that like ghost stories will eat this book up. Tessa moves across the country for her dad's job. She finds that the house she moves into is haunted by a young girl. Luckily, Tessa makes some great friends fast in her new school, and they try to unravel the mystery of this ghostly young girl. This has a great story that will grip readers the whole way through.

Another book with a winning message is The Bad Seed. This book is written by Mac Barnett's writing buddy Jory John (Terrible Two chapter book series). The book starts out with a seed so bad there is no way he can turn his life around. He has bad manners, a bad temper, and a bad attitude. He is just so bad!  This book shows that anyone who feels they have made too many mistakes can turn their life around. I am super excited about this book!It is a book that everyone can relate to.

I have been hearing a ton about After The Fall on Twitter. If this book doesn't win a Newbery or a Caldecott, I would be surprised. This story is a great read aloud for what happens when Humpty Dumpty gets back up after falling off the wall. We all knows that he falls off the wall, but what happens after he gets up?  The message is completely outstanding on how life begins after you get back up. I am super excited for Christie readers and teachers to read this book!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The First Rule of Punk is a debut novel from Celia Perez. I have been hearing about this book for the last 6 weeks or so on Twitter. Everyone was raving about it, so I thought I would give it a try. Malu is a 12 year old girl who has to move across country for her mom's job. Her mom is a college professor and her dad is a record store owner.  Malu is very interested in punk rock music and  making zines ( homemade books or magazines). Once Malu goes to her new school she has to deal with people's opinions of her as she wears lots of makeup, outlandish clothes, and duct taped Chuck  Taylors. What I love about Malu is that she stays true to herself,  tries not to listen to what everyone thinks about her,  and follows her heart. The book, also, portrays the zines she makes which make her so original. I can see many 4th and 5th graders enjoying this book!

A new picture book I purchased for the library back in August is Seven and a Half Tons of Steel. At first glance, it looks like a book about ships. But, as you start reading, you find that this book has a lot to do with the events of September 11th. The navy ship, USS New York, is not like any other navy ships. After the events on September 11th, the New York governor gave the navy one of the steel beams that was in the Twin Towers. The navy took that beam to a foundry in Louisiana where they repurposed it into the bow for the USS New York. This beautiful picture book recounts a terrible time in our history and something beautiful that came from that tragic day.