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Chan's letters to the church are thought-provoking, hard looks at how the modern church operates. A timely read that urges Christians to shift their hearts back to our great and glorious God.
He is God and we are not. A simple sentence to write and a lifelong concept to grasp. Wilkin takes a look at 10 different ways God is different from us and why that is so, so good. A quick read to some degree, but don't be surprised when you read statements that you'll think about for days to come.
Having a heart for hospitality comes naturally to some and seems impossibly daunting for others. But Rosaria shows how instrumental opening up our hearts and our homes can be in living out the Christian faith. This book was such an inspiration and encouragement!
This book has forever changed my perspective on each day God gives me in motherhood. Every moment, every meltdown, every dirty diaper, every dish in the sink, every extra pound of baby weight that hangs on - all of it can be viewed through the gospel. Emily and Laura take so many real every day experiences we face as moms and help readers take a step back and see how the gospel applies to it all.
The title of this debut aptly describes the pages within! When April walks home from work in the early hours of the morning, she stumbles across a gigantic robot sculpture standing in the middle of the sidewalk. While about to lump this experience with other weird New York art installments, April pauses and decides the artist deserves more than that. She calls up her friend, makes a quirky video about the find and goes on with her life. The only problem is that from that moment on, her life will never be the same. This epic mystery is filled with humor, self-discovery, the ups and downs of fame and of course, aliens. As if that weren't enough, Green seamlessly weaves a poignant commentary of the beautiful and ugly capabilities of humanity itself. Green leaves us with a two-worded cliffhanger that has readers ready to pick up the sequel the moment he pens the last page. Fantastic read!
This is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story of grace and redemption. Rivers tackles some difficult themes throughout this story but ultimately points back to the glory of God even in the most difficult of times.
Roman Valasco is a professional artist in high demand by a litany of wealthy patrons. Looking from the outside, his life is everything to be envied. But that’s just one of a hundred lies he lives with daily. If everyone only knew who he really was, they would turn against him in a heartbeat. He would just as well continue in this life he leads, but all of that changes when Grace Moore enters his life. What starts as a begrudging professional relationship soon turns into a life-changing encounter that will turn Roman’s life upside down.
The sequel to “Voice in the Wind” this book could be called the book of consequences. Marcus and Julia are both in a world of pain after what happened in the arena. That fatal event sent both of their lives into chaos and how they deal with the aftermath will change everything. This is an INCREDIBLE follow up to the first book!
This is book will forever be on my favorite books of all time list. I just reread it for a second time, which I rarely do in light of how many other books there are to read! Set against the backdrop of ancient Rome, we meet Hadassah, a Jewish girl recently taken captive after the fall of Jerusalem who is sold as a slave to the Valerian family. Faced with all the wiles of the Roman world, Hadassah must cling to her faith no matter the cost.
What a delightful little book! The boy, the bird and the coffin maker are all unique individuals whose stories are about to crash together in a magical way. When the boy and the bird unexpectedly show up at the coffin maker’s door (or rather inside his kitchen) and adventure is started that none of them could have ever expected. Such a sweet ending!
What an amazing, important book. Jerome is a seventh grade black boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer. The story is told primarily through his ghost self as he watches the events after his death unfold. In the midst of watching his own story unfold, he meets other ghost boys like him and hear their own stories. A heart wrenching, powerful story that won’t leave you easily.
I hate that it took me so long to read this book! Donovan has pulled an innocent prank that left the school gym in pieces. Threatened with suspension, his paperwork gets mixed up and Donovan finds himself being shipped off to the gifted and talented school. He knows it was a mistake. Can he keep up the charade long enough to stay safe?
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! Bob is a non-zombie, or at least that is the best description he and Livy can come up with. Livy hasn’t seen him in 5 years and can’t for the life of her remember how they met. And how could she forget him?? Upon their second meeting, Livy and Bob are determined to continue a quest they apparently started the last time they saw each other. What adventures will they find themselves in?? Only the most wonderful kind :)
A delightfully creepy story! Alex is minding his own business when he is captured by a witch. He thinks life is over, until he is told that she LOVES scary stories. Being quite the storyteller, Alex tells her one scary story every night to keep her happy. But no matter what kind of life the witch promises him, he is determined to escape, no matter the cost.
A terrifying commentary of what the world could be like if the worst of America’s heart takes over. Muslims have been forced to register themselves in the US and are now all being taken to an internment camp in Nevada. Protagonist Sarah-Mary has no problem with the way that things are going until her brother comes across a woman trying to escape. Pleading with his sister, he makes her promise to help this woman find the freedom she seeks.
Louisa’s story is far from finished. With the grief of her past and the promise of new adventure, she struggles to find her true self. Starting a new job in New York City was as much a surprise to her as the rest of her family. With the glamorous backdrop of New York high society, Louisa shines in a place she never would have imagined herself. Such a delight to read!
The Hazel Wood is one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. There are moments throughout where you can’t distinguish what is real and what is not. You honestly won’t be able to put the pieces together until the last few chapters where the author brings out plot twists that you’ll never see coming! Great for fans of dark fairy tales.
The Thunderhead shattered the closure I had with Scythe, catching me completely off-guard. I found myself in a state where I could think of little else than diving back into this story, desperate to find out what was going to happen. Neal Shusterman is a fantastic author that will always take you on a journey you never expect. This sequel left me absolutely shocked and riddled with emotions. I will now begin my impatient wait for the next in the series!
Death is just a memory. In this post-mortality world, there is no disease, no sickness and no pain. The only death this world sees is intentionally brought at random by a group of chosen individuals known as Scythes. They are groomed to be compassionate, empathetic and impartial in their gleanings. The world seems to be a better place, but the seeds of corruption can still grow deep. Fantastic, unique story!
This book was a stunning thriller. Sarah is Jewish with blonde hair and blue eyes. After the war leaves her orphaned and on the run, a chance meeting with a mysterious man leads her to a life she never could have imagined. She soon finds herself undercover at an elite boarding school meant for the daughters of Nazi generals. Her mission is to find out their secrets before they find out hers. You won't be able to put this down!
Kay has been carefully building a new life for herself ever since she arrived at Bates Academy. But after a tragic homicide shakes their school, that new life is threatened to be torn down. The killer is still on the loose and is setting the stage for Kay to take the fall. Definitely for fans of Pretty Little Liars. I would've read in one sitting if time allowed!
I cannot stress enough – I don’t read Sci-fi. But this series by S. J. has made me a fan! What an epic follow up to The Diabolic. Nemesis is back and trying to secure her place next to the new Emperor’s side. But in a Game of Thrones like conspiracy, the Emperor’s reign is questioned, his power is easily weakened and Nemesis is left trying to save them all.
What a wonderful treat of a story! Neil Patrick Harris has started a fantastic series for middle grade readers. This epic adventure of a young magician just looking for a home will leave readers laughing and giggling as a band of misfits tries to save the day. Highly recommend!
This companion to Furthermore was an interesting follow up. I loved being back in these crazy magical lands that Mafi created, was so happy to see our heroes from the last book return and cried at the beautiful and heartfelt way Mafi ties the story up at the end. The author does explore darker themes in this book and includes a few scenes that are quite disturbing. I wouldn’t recommend to anyone under 13 but for an older Furthermore fan, they will love it!
This book was fantastic! Definitely for fans of Harry Potter. Set in Nigeria, we meet Sunny who, up until now, has lived a fairly normal life. But soon she meets some new people and discovers things about herself that she could never have imagined. Right as she starts to learn who she really, a rampant serial killer terrorizes her town. These two events are most certainly connected, in the most imaginative way you can imagine. So good!
Henrietta and her family have just moved to Hope House. Her mother is ill and her father doesn’t know how to help. When she wanders into the woods one night, curious to find the source of a campfire she sees from her window, she meets a mysterious lady with an odd name and hidden past that sheds light on the danger her family is in. Fantastic read!
Definitely for fans of This is Us! Benway masterfully weaves a tale founded on adoption, foster care and what it really means to be family. I wouldn’t advise reading in a public place unless you feel comfortable crying in front of strangers J Absolutely deserving of all the award nominations it’s received!
Such a fantastic follow up! I loved meeting Ada and Jaime in The War That Saved My Life, but his sequel will help create a permanent home for them in your heart. Both kids are still struggling with accepting love after being abused for so long. In addition to the war surrounding their home, Ada must finally fight a war that has been raging within her for much too long. Fantastic read!
This story is not your typical John Green love story. Though there is certainly a beautiful romance within the pages, this book is not about love, it is about anxiety. Aza suffers from severe, debilitating anxiety that no one seems to understand. As you read her story, you can feel her fears and find yourself falling down the spirals that consume her. Brilliantly done.
Esther Solar’s family is cursed to each have one fear in life that will eventually kill them. Her dad is confined to the basement due to severe agoraphobia, her mother is terrified of bad luck and her brother cannot be anywhere near the dark. Esther hasn’t found the thing that scares her the most, so she keeps a list of potential fears. But when an old friend returns, they make a pact to slowly debunk every fear by facing each one full on. Loved this!
Definitely for fans of Smile and Sisters. Imogene is used to the 'dangerous' quests she embarks on at the Renaissance Faire she and her family work in. But she has announced a new quest she wises to take on - middle school - a quest that sends shivers down the spines of all the adults around her. Will she make it out alive?
Ryn is supposed to be on her way home to spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the safety of her bed. But she's not. She is stranded with hundreds of other people in the Denver International Airport while a record breaking blizzard cancels any hope of getting home soon. She is stuck with a thousand questions and one unread text message she can't bring herself to read. The countdown to midnight is on everyone else's mind, but Ryn has another countdown going on - one she's afraid will cause her to explode.
What if stepping on a crack really could break your mama's back? What if breaking a mirror really did bring 7 years of bad luck? What if a rabbit's foot was the most valuable thing someone could own? Well in Fortune Falls, all of these things are true! Sadie is certain she is an unlucky and is dreading the luck test next week. But in a last ditch effort, she is determined to make her own luck. Will she succeed? Or does her future still look bleak?
Great for fans of Hatchet! Four kids are flying over the Amazon jungle when their plane crashes. The pilot doesn't make it, so these four have to band together to figure out how to survive. When they start to find unexpected clues left behind by another explorer, they take their chances and head on a new adventure that they can only hope leads them home.
Such an important book! Justyce goes to to a prestigious private school and is on track to go to Yale, but when he tries to help his drunk girlfriend into his car, he is immediately profiled and handcuffed. It's this incident that causes him to wonder if he will ever make it to a place in life where he is seen as a person first, rather than a criminal. Justyce struggles with his own identity and how to handle the injustice he sees around him, seeking advice from the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This book will stay with you long after you read it.
Great for fans of Night Divided! This book takes you back to the Iranian-Iraqi religious wars in the 1980's and focuses on the boy soldiers who were asked to fight for their country. There are a lot of tough subjects in this story, but it may be one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. This author brought the hidden history of these boys to life. Amazing read.
Blue Montgomery cannot win. But it's not for lack of trying. He and his whole family are cursed with either good or bad fates and his lot in life is to always lose. Tumble Wilson is determined to be a hero but seems to always need help being saved herself. When Tumble and Blue meet, they start to realize their family histories are more entangled than they could have ever thought. Despite these track records, they soon discover that they may have the power to change things forever. An amazing adventure! Highly recommend!
This was my first Agatha Christie novel but it certainly won't be my last. There is constant detective work going on throughout the story that readers are completely unaware of until the end reveal. I have never been more taken aback by an ending - feeling both ecstatic at all the pieces fitting perfectly together and still not quite able to believe they all did. Remember, everyone is a suspect on the Orient Express
Read this book! Two pen pals, Meena and River become fast friends as they confide their secrets, hopes and fears to each other despite being so far apart. There are important issues discussed in this book and a hope that cannot be forgotten no matter what we see in current events. This is a must read!
A historical fantasty set during the London Blitz that will keep you reading and probably steal some of your sleep. Kat and her siblings arrive at Rookskill castle, seeking refuge from the war. It doesn't take long for them feel the mystery creeping around the castle halls. They may have come here for safety, but they have just walked into one of the biggests nightmares they will ever know.
I didn't know much about the Boer Wars before I read this book. Now I have seen them clearly through the eyes of a little girl trying to make sense of what is happening around her. It is beautiful to watch the heart of this young woman grow in midst of tragedy and uncertainty. Incredible read. Highly recommend!
Archer's friendship with Oliver and Adelaide is brilliant - true throughout the craziest adventures. In this Doldrums story, Archer's grandparents are back and under intense scrutiny from the Society. They are accused of lies and insanity and Archer is determined to prove them innocent. Together, the three friends break through figurative and literal closed doors to reveal the truth. Definitely did not want to leave the world of the Doldrums.
I am at a loss on how to perfectly describe this book in a way that does justice to the story within. There are saints, miracles, pilgrims, darkness, forbidden words and forbidden feelings and of course a lady who carries a rain cloud with her at all times while wearing a wedding dress. Somehow all of these wonderfully wacky concepts come together to create a literary masterpiece with sentences that forced me to stop and appreciate them.
If this book was just a good pirate adventure, I could stop right there and you would know what to expect. But this book is so. much. more. 11 year old Fidelia is grieving the sudden death of her parents when she gets kidnapped by a legendary pirate - Merrick the Monstrous. The magic of this book lies within their two grieving hearts coming together in a beautiful quest to retrieve what was lost and seek the things they treasure the most, no matter the cost. Fantastic book!
In a small second-hand bookshop in Australia, there is a Letter Library - shelves of books where people can leave letters to loved ones, friends or strangers or write notes in the margins, all hoping for a reply. Rachel leaves a letter to her best friend Henry to share her true feelings before she moves but she never hears back. Three years later she returns with a tragedy she refuses to share to work alongside Henry in the same bookshop. This book is about grief, love, loss and above all the importance of friendship. Wonderful read!
Morrigan Crow was born a cursed child and has lived her life surrounded by bad luck and misadventures. Her father - a big political figure - will never admit that he is eagerly awaiting midnight of Eventide when his daughter will die with the rest of the cursed children, but when it comes earlier than expected, his family can hardly wait to move on. Morrigan has accepted this fact until an unbelievable ginger named Jupiter saves her from fate and whisks her off to the hidden land of Nevermoor. It is here that she finds unexpected friends, magic all around and maybe, just maybe a place she can call home. I will be highly anticipating the rest of this series and so will you. Once you step into the world of Nevermoor, you'll never want to leave.
Spread over almost 150 years, this book combines three very different stories that share a common thread. When Adri arrives in Kansas to finish the final part of her training before leaving the planet, she discovers a journal and some letters that will connect the world around her and bring her the sense of home she has always lacked. Fantastic read!
I hope Katherine Applegate never stops writing. Red is a old tree that has lived in a particular neighborhood through many years. In her lifetime, she has been refuge to those who need it and witness to much kindness and many hardships. Recently a new family has moved to the neighborhood and Red is saddened when someone uses her trunk to carve a nasty message meant for this new family. She quietly watches as love and hate wage their war until she can no longer remain silent. As soon as her words spill out, hope begins to grow and love proves victorious.
Incredible perspective of WWII Germany from the views of three German women whos husbands were essentail to the plot to kill Hitler. Told over the span of many decades - from the beginnings of the Nazi movemnt, the years folloing the war, to the early 90s when the women are coming to terms with the horrors they have seen - this unique perspective is well worth your time.
I have a feeling that Aven Green will stay in my heart for quite some time. She was born without arms but her adoptive parents have taught her to be self-sufficient in every area of her life. When her family picks up and moves to Arizona, she faces the challenge of a new school and new looks. But she quickly befriends a boy named Connor who is navigating his own difficulties in school. Together they remind one another that even in the hardest social situations, maybe standing out isn't so bad if you stand out together.
This book was such a wonderful start to my summer reading. I'm pretty sure I smiled all the way through every mishap and adorable blunder. Dimple is ready for college and for the chance to escape overbearing parents who want nothing more than for her to find her Ideal Indian Husband. Rishi is a future MIT student who wants a love story just like his parents had - arranged, practical and life-lasting. When his parents arrange for him to meet Dimple at a summer camp she's attending, he is over the moon - until he introduces himself as her future husband and she throws iced coffee all over his face :)
Words make us human. They build ideas and communicate feelings. They express our desires, frustrations and motivations to those around us. But John Noa doesn't see words in that way. He sees them as deceptive and misguiding. He blames them for sparking the very ideas that destroyed the world he once knew. He is convinced humans are better off without them and has created a new language known as List - comprised of a list of words he has approved. This book is so important and very timely in its publication. Words can absolutely be used for bad things but they can also change everything. They cannont be disregarded or ignored. Words must be allowed to set free!
Flannery Fields is obsessed with her favorite novel, Wuthering Heights, and is thrilled to see they will be studying it in English. But when her beloved teacher goes missing, Flannery happens to look through Miss Sweeny's copy of the book only to discover the original text replaced by a real time diary of her teacher's search for her lost love in New York City. With every page, Flannery is driven into the city where she meets her own adventures in hopes of saving Miss Sweeny from hers. Weird and wonderful indeed.
When a school bans the use and possession of cell phones in school, a group of 4 outsiders start using post-its to send small messages. Their private game catches on with the rest of the school until almost every locker, wall and door is covered in post-its. But when an unexpected friend joins their crew and an extremely unexpected touchdown catch is made, the harmless game sparks a week-long war. Frost is here to tell you his side. Will you believe it?
Wow! This book was so much more than I expected. Flora had a surgery when she was 10 years old that took away her ability to create new memories. She is now 17 and gets by in life with the help of post-it notes, reminders written on her arms, and a notebook that holds her story. However, when a boy kisses her on the beach, she doesn't forget - she remembers every detail. This new memory sets her on an adventure she never would have expected to be on. The twist at the end was very unexpected. Fantastic read!
This was my first experience with the Hamilton hype and I didn't regret a second of it! This book felt like a Jane Austen novel in it's setting and characters. The love story between Hamilton and Eliza was truly a delight to follow in all its doubts, set backs and romance. Great summer read!
This book is incredibly timely in its publication. Told in the style of a personal favorite, Echo, this books holds three stories that each connect with the other - a Jewish refugee living in Nazi Germany, a Cuban refugee fleeing Castro's reign and a Syrian refugee in 2015. Your heart will break and be built back up into action with this story.
Levi Lusko truly has a gift for unpacking Scripture and talking straight to your heart. No matter what stage of life you are in - single, dating, engaged, married, parenting - this book has something for you. He doesn't shy away from any issues, bringing truth fully to light in ways that will stick with you well after the last page.
This book changed me. Putting me into shoes I have never walked in, Angie Thomas depicted one of our country's biggest problems in a way that will stick with me indefinitely. Starr's voice rang out loud in these pages and Angie's voice is sure to be heard with such a powerful, incredibly well-written work. Black Lives Matter - this truth needs to be heard.
I haven't met a character like Alex in such a long time. His excitement and drive for life is contagious as he faces difficult situations with only a positive attitude. This story is told entirely through recordings that he is making in order to shoot to space in hopes that intelligent beings will find it and learn about life on Earth. As we learn more about Alex's life through these recordings we face big questions about love, family and how to walk through the hardships of life.Great for fans of Wonder!
Meeting Crow was truly a pleasure! This little girl has so much gumption and drive to figure out the mysteries of where she came from. She came to the island as an infant in a basket drifting from the sea, wrapped up and ready for Osh to find her. This man takes her in and raises her as his own. But when secrets from Crow's past attract dangerous minds, she must decide what is most important in her life now. Each sentence in this story floats off the page with its poetry and impacts each reader with its power. Fantastic read.
Great for fans of Bridge to Terebithia! There are two Ethans - the one before the incident and the one after. This incident has forever changed lives and haunts Ethan on a daily basis. It isn't until a new friend comes along that the pieces of Ethan's life start to put themselves back together.
YES! I LOVED the first Book Scavenger story and couldn't wait for a second! Emily and James are at it again, trying to solve a puzzle that has been deemed unbreakable. I loved this new adventure and can't wait for more!
Lemonade Liberty Witt is a character who will stick with you long after you finish the book. After moving in with her grandfather, Lemonade realizes her enw town isn't what you would call "normal". Self-proclaimed Bigfoot Capitol of the world, this new town has many secrets to reveal and lessons to teach.
There are 9 orphans that live on the island. Every year a boat arrives at the island with a new young orphan. When they arrive, the eldest orphan takes the place of the new orphan on the boat and sails away to the unknown. This leaves a new elder to take care of the new arrival and teach them the ways of the island. These are the rules. They cannot be ignored or everything will fall apart. Great read!
Fantastic for fans of Harry Potter! James Nicol creates a world that you feel like you've walked in once you finish reading! Arianwyn is an apprentice witch who is about to uncover secrets that have long been hidden away. This was a magical story that had me tearing through the pages to see what happened!
Great for fans of Wonder! Cece gets really sick when she is young and loses most of her hearing. Doctors help her hear again with the help of very large headphones and a speaker box she carries around. Friendships become difficult to find and to keep going as Cece is trying to accept who she is despite what other people think.
Sovern Briggs lives in a fictionalized Vail Valley. After a horrible family tragedy, Sovern decides to stop talking, hoping her words won't hurt anyone else. But things start getting unpredictable and unexplainable when a snowboarding accident starts a series of events Sovern never thought were possible.
Set in Norway, Ilse is just trying to live a normal life as a 16-year-old girl, but there is a war and her Jewish family is starting discover that life will never be normal again. The author of this book brought me to tears in her haunting portrayal of the biggest atrocities of the world's history.
Marcel loves nothing more than riding his bike. His biggest dream is to ride in the Tour de France, but the recent occupation of France by German soldiers has canceled the race until further notice. Always excited to get out and ride, his parents start asking him to make some deliveries. He doesn't think much of it until he looks more closely at the things he is delivering - he finds out he is a part of something much bigger.
Such a wonderful classic in children's literature. This book taught me that you can still be brave even if your hands are shaking. Standing up for what's right is rarely easy but it is always worth the fight.
Abbie Wu lives in a CONSTANT STATE OF IMPENDING DOOM!!! She is about to start middle school and has thought of every possible worst case scenario she could face. You will laugh out loud at her misadventures as she navigates these sure-to-be terrifying waters.
In the Caribbean Islands, there is a tale of creatures that live in the woods. Corinne has never taken those stories to heart until she finds herself deeper into the forest than she has ever been. She feels like she's being watched and starts to hear strange noises. It could be an animals. It could be nothing. Or, worse yet, it could be...a Jumbie.
Oh, E.Lockhart. She is a genius at writing suspense.This story is told backwards so you think you know everything right up front. But as you get more and more details at how the story began, your mind will be blown and your skin will crawl.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your imagination came to life? Then this is the book for you. There are puzzles to figure out, mysteries to unlock and lots of fictional characters for readers to meet. Such a fun read!
Set in the late 1800s, we follow two families on the same search to discover new and bigger dinosaurs. Samuel Bolt and Rachel Cartland share the same passion for fossils and palentology. But their fathers have been feuding and competing with each other for years and they become separated by their fathers hate. This is basically a Romeo and Juliet story with lots of dinosaurs. Trust me, that combination makes for a pretty great story!
Elvis Babbit misses the rabbit cakes. He mother made one any time there was a reason to celebrate - birthdays, holidays, and ordinary Tuesday. But her mother was a chronic sleepswimmer and has a terrible accident one night and drowns. This story is a beautiful exploration of grief and how it affects everyone differently. Told through 10 year old Elvis' eyes, you will laugh and cry as you journey with her and her family.
The missionaries in this book met an unreached people group in Ecuador with love and compassion. Dropping everything they knew to adapt to an unfamiliar culture, they hoped to tell everyone they met of the love of Christ that had so changed their own lives. Upon hearing from other tribes of the Aucas - a tribe known for their murderous ways and unpredictable violence - the missionaries knew their love and The Gospel extended to them as well which starts them on a journey that would end up shocking the world.
There once was a town covered in a cloud of sorrow. In the surrounding woods, there is a witch that could destroy them at any moment, but is held at bay by the annual Day of Sacrifice where the youngest member of the community is sacrificed to the Witch. What they don't realize is that the Witch the people have been told is not the witch that exists. This Witch never made such an agreement with the Elders and doesn't understand why a child is left every year. However, she anticipates the child's arrival and provides them with a loving home and a blessed life - until she meets Luna, a girl who she falls in love with and raises as her own. The Newberry it was awarded speaks to this beautiful literary masterpiece.
I definitely enjoyed hearing Carrie Fisher's last words to her fans. I highly recommend listening to the audio book! Carrie reads the audiobook herself and truly brings a new level to the story of her younger years and the new Star Wars saga. Hearing her fangirl over Harrison Ford is pretty spectacular :)
Four Winds and her family live on Lakota territory. She loves her family and longs for the day when she earns her adult name - hoping it represents the warrior she feels inside. But one day it is all taken away from her and she is brought to a white school. She thinks it is all in the name of being a bridge between her people and this new group, but when her culture is threatened to be taken away from her, she does everything she can to fight back.
Wow. Brand, Topher and Steve are some of the most memorable characters I've read that will always hold a special place in my heart. Each boy was incredibly influenced by their 6th grade teacher Ms. Bixby. When she tells the class that she won't be able to finish the year because of her recent cancer diagnosis, the three friends decide to skip school, make their way to the hospital and give her the best last day celebration she deserves. Truly heartwarming. Have a box of tissues handy.
Timothy Keller's words on marriage are wise to heed. Marriage is a high calling and Scripture has a lot to say about it. Not only are you starting a lifelong journey with your spouse, you are representing the beauty and awe of the gospel at work in your lives. Definitely a heftier read but worth the investment!
Sierra lives two lives. One in Oregon from January to Thanksgiving and the other on a California Christmas Tree Farm from Thanksgiving to Christmas. She loves working on her family’s farm and has life-long friends in both places. This year may be her last year at the farm and she wants to make it as memorable as she can. When she meets a handsome boy with a dark past an unforgettable dimples, she may just get her wish. Think lifetime Christmas movie in book form :)
In the land of Canaan, there is a tree that blooms every 12 years that causes everyone in the city to forget everything - who they are, who their family is, everything. To retain their memories they all carry around a book in which they are supposed to write down the truth. Except for Nadia. She remembers. And what she remembers is far from the truth. Fantastic book!
Sarah here. A.K.A. self proclaimed World's Greatest Gilmore Girls fan. After binging on the show's revival I was thrilled to get one more look into Stars Hollow and everything that went into it. Graham's story is fascinating to follow and her humor and wit come through every page. Highly recommend for anyone with a Gilmore Girls void in their life.
Beautiful story! Reena and her family have just moved from a big city to a small town in Maine. Unsure of how to adjust, Reena and her brother Luke find themselves volunteering to help an elderly neighbor tend to and train her cow, Zora. Filled with moments both touching and hilarious, Sharon Creech has given us another fantastic book!
What an incredible man! I had only heard of Bonhoeffer in passing, but to read about his life was truly inspiring. His faith was founded in post WWI Germany, and he fervently stood up for it from the moment Hitler took power and every day Bonhoeffer had left afterwards. All I can say is, wow.
I immediately wanted to book my ticket to Paris aft this story! Paris for One introduces us to Nell, unexpectedly alone in a city she doesn't understand. Just when she is about to leave early and go home, the magic of Paris captures her and changes her life all together. After this beautiful short story, Moyes treats readers to 8 more short and sweet glimpses into different lives of new and unforgettable characters. Loved it!!
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow lives in Ferenwood - a land where color equals magic and magic equals currency. In theory, the more colorful you are born, the more magic you have. But Alice was born with the smallest bit of color in her eyes. Everything else is as white as snow. She does hold on to some amazing talents and is called on to use them to rescue her father from the dangerously magical world of Futhermore. A fantastic tribute to Alice in Wonderland!
Great historical fiction. This story is about a young boy named Noah who is given a new name, Jonah, in the year 1989. He is told by his parent's that they are leaving everything behind and moving to the Soviet side of the Iron Curtain. Noah (Jonah) is thoroughly confused but is limited to the questions he can ask. But one thing is for sure - history is in the air. Something big is about to happen.
READ THIS BOOK! It was everything I wanted it to be. Anna Kendrick's voice was on every page. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember and loved getting insight into her pretty amazing life. Fun and memorable read!
I am so glad I picked up this book. I'm not normally a Sci-fi fan, but I was completely hooked by the 2nd chapter! Nemisis is a Dibolic - a humanoid designed to protect one person, Sidonia. When Sidonia's life is threatened by a request to join the Emperor and the royal court, Nemisis must go in her place. This book is a thrilling page turner.
Mabel Jones commits "The Deed" and opens a porthole to a world that is ruled by rurly gangs of animal pirates. She is taken aboard a ship and thrown into a mission that will bring the captain ultimate victory and bring Mabel a one-way passage home. The words will jump out a you, adding a whole new dynamic to this wacky and unexpected adventure. Loved it!
This book completely confirmed why I love Jennifer Nielsen. Ani lives in a world that had been plagued by a disease known as the Scourge hundreds of years ago. Her people, The River People, are often the ones blamed for its initial appearance. However, The Scourge is back and anyone showing signs is sent to an island to be quarantined. When Ani unexpectedly tests positive and is sent away, she refuses to let the disease take her and starts fighting to stay alive from whatever tries to destroy her.
Telgemeier fans will love this story! Paired with awesome illustrations, you get to learn about Catrina and Maya - two sisters who have just moved to a new, gloomy town that has a better climate for Maya's health problems. When the sisters start to learn about the town's strange fascination with ghosts, one runs away from it and the other runs straight for it. In the end, it might just be the thing that brings them closer together.
Have you ever wanted to make a scientific discovery? Are you perhaps in search for the fountain of youth? Do you love jellyfish? Then this book is for you. Even if none of those apply, you should still pick it up! This wonderful story about the marvels and dangers of discovery and the challenges of embracing who you are will spark a little wonder in anyone who reads it.
This book is incredibly accurately named. From tales of very pleasant cannibals to a girl who pulls nightmares out of your head to the boy who transforms into whatever species he feels love from (even if that ends up being a locust), these stories are Ransom Riggs at his finest. Must read for all peculiars.
A delightfully creepy suspense told in a similar style to Lemony Snicket's novels. Anastasia arrives at school only to be pulled out and told her parents had been involved in a freak vacuum cleaner. Even more unexpectedly, two great aunts, whom she has never met, arrive to say they are taking her to see her parents in the hospital. When their journey takes a detour to the aunts house (which happened to formerly be an insane asylum), Anastasia starts to question everything, including her saftey. Loved the twist at the end!
This is such an important book for middle grade readers. This story takes place over the course of three days - September 9th, 10th and 11th, 2001. With four different story lines of children all over the USA, this book has four unique perspectives on an event that changed so much. I was in middle school when September 11th happened and had some of the same thoughts the kids in this book had. Never forget.
Such a great story! Set in 1920s New York, this book follows a young girl, Martha, who works as a maid in the very wealthy Sewell household. The longer she stays in the house the more mysteries she starts to unravel, starting with the supposedly mad Mrs. Sewell who is kept locked upstairs with her art gallery. Martha tries to stay out of it, until Mrs. Sewell starts sending down one portrait at a time to be displayed in the Great Hall. Martha notices a hidden message in the paintings and makes the decision to reveal these mysteries to everyone. Great read!
Wow. This super unique dystopian was quite the page turner. In this world, parents have the option to have their children unwound between the ages of 13-18. This is a retroactive abortion that allows their children to continue their lives in a “divided state”, where every part of them technically remains alive and donated to those in need. But this system is about to go up in flames. I wouldn’t recommend this for the faint of heart.
This is a classic and wonderful children's book. If you have not read it yet, you should absolutely add it to your library!
In Jennifer Niven's alternating voices, she tells the story of Libby, previously famous for being "America's Fattest Teen", and Jack, a popular kid who secretly suffers from face blindness. These two are more connected than they would have thought. Both are about to shock everyone who thinks they know them with the truth they hold inside. Another great novel from Niven!
Great adventure story! After the sudden passing of his father (who happens to be a World Famous Cat Burglar), March is left with a strange set of clues and nowhere to go. He is about to go on a heist he never thought he’d do with people he never knew existed
Great book for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library! Emily is a huge Book Scavenger fan, which is great because her family has just moved to San Francisco, the birth place of Book Scavenger. With her new friend James, she starts a hunt for a hidden book. In the middle of the hunt, Emily and James stumble upon something very peculiar that will result in the adventure of their lives. Great read!
Fantastic historical fiction and a very different take on WWII. Ada and her brother Jaime live with their abusive mom in London. Ada was born with a clubfoot and her mother treats her like a dog. When rumors of German bombings threaten London, there is a massive evacuation of the children to the countryside. Ada sneaks out with her brother and the two of them become free. Placed with a lady, Susan, who never intended to take children into her life, the siblings lives are about to change for the betterin the midst of the war.
This is not my typical read at all but Security is a Class A slasher novel. Great for fans of Psycho, this novel is set at the soon to be open grand luxury hotel, Manderly. While the hotel staff is preparing for the Grand Opening Party, a killer is roaming the floors, preparing to leave noone alive. The narrator is as elusive as the killer, not revealing themself until the end. Wohlsdorf's alternating perspectives and brutally gorey descriptions make this thriller a crazy page turner.
Hannah Mabbot is the hardcore pirate captain who decides to take a gourmet chef as her hostage, keeping him alive under one condition: he must cook for her a delicious 5-star meal once a week with the limited resources and equipment on her ship. This book has humor, adventure and would fit in with the foodie crowd instantly. Great summer read!
This is such an important book for all middle school readers. Deja has been shielded from the truth of the Twin Towers her whole life. Even though she grew up in Brooklyn, her family has never talked about it with her. But Deja’s new school starts September 6th 2016. This marks the 15th anniversary of a tragedy Deja’s is about to learn all about. A beautiful story. Never forget.
Wow. Patrick Ness' beautiful writing comes even more alive in this incredible story. Conor has a nightmare every night, but one night, a new monster comes to him, standing in his room. The monster won't leave until it tells three stories of past times it's come to life. Conor must tell the fourth tale, facing his greatest fear of all: the truth. What an amazing book.
Cedar knows that this summer will be different than any she's known. Last summer she had a Dad and her little brother, Ben. This summer, she doesn't. In the midst of learning to cope with this, her Mom moves her and her brother to a new summer home where she sees a boy riding his bike in the oldest looking clothes she's ever seen...like from Shakespeare time. Definitely mysterious, but overall a great story of loss and friendship.
Take the movie Little Miss Sunshine, substitute a math genius, her misunderstood brother, their down and out mom and a multimillionaire on the verge of imprisonment and you're in for the wonderful road trip Moyes creates in this novel. I loved these characters and the journey they take together. Great summer book!
This was great historical fiction! Set in Amsterdam in the middle of WWII, Hanneke's job is simple: She buys and trades for items on the black market for people in her neighborhood. Everything changes when one of her clients, Mrs. Janssen, asks her to find, not an object, but a missing Jewish girl in a blue coat. Fantastic story!
Pride and Prejudice is an all-time favorite of mine, and I thought that Sittenfeld's modern retelling was brilliant. It really is the same story with modern issues and norms influencing the plot. Lydia and Kitty are obsessed with Crossfit and the Paleo Diet. Mrs. Bennet has a huge addiction to online shopping. And Darcy and Liz? Their love story will still make your heart swoon. Great book!
Such a great conclusion to the Wrath and the Dawn epic. You get such a wider picture of the story from the first book. The love between Shazi and Khalid is intoxicating to say the least. I loved this series!
This book was a breath of fresh air. Filled with Chinese folklore, magic and adventure, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a gorgeous story I would recommend to anyone!
So beautifully written! Wolf Hollow is a small American town situated between the recent memory of WWI and the harsh reality of WWII. This incredible story holds up the values of truth, friendship and power for standing up for what is right. The whole of the story is certainly a tragedy that requires a box of tissues or three, but it is a liteary masterpiece.
This beautiful retelling of 1,001 Arabian Nights will have you tearing through the pages until the end. Shazi volunteers to be the next bride for the murderous king, known for killing his brides the morning after he marries them. She seeks revenge for her best friend, but discovers hidden secrets along the way that could change everything.
A thrilling, page-turning epic start to a triology! Emilina is out for revenge against the kingdom that has all but wiped out hers. She impersonates a princess who is promised to marry Prince Casimir with the plan to kill the entire royal family. However, her plans waver as she learns more about the prince and his beliefs. This book still has me trying to figure out who the real good guys are. I cannot wait for the next book!
Roz is a brand new robot who gets shipwrecked onto an island. Once she is activated, she begins to explore her new home. The animals on the island are terrified of her, until they see who she really is. This is a story about family, friends and survival. Original story with gorgeous illustrations.
Great thriller. Jacob has heard about the school his Grandfather grew up in a thousand times. He heard of the peculiar kids that attended but never really believed they existed. He believed that such stories only belonged in fairy tales, until one day following an unexpected tragedy, he realizes they very well may be real and alive. He also may very well one of them. If this is true, they hold the answer to everything.
A beautiful story of friendship! Ivan is a gorilla. For as long as he can remember, he has been passing his days in a mall circus. He doesn’t remember his life in the jungle until Ruby, an adorable baby elephant, joins the circus and can’t help but remember. Ivan and Ruby become best friends and start to dream of what life could be. Loved this book!
A beautiful story of a couple’s unconventional relationship. Fisher and Ivy are together all of 5 weeks before they find out Ivy is pregnant. They stay together, trying to continue to learn about the other while their lives change drastically. Have a box of tissues on hand for the twists you don’t expect. Great book - especially if you love Me Before You!
Francis and Lisa Chan have written this incredible book about the Christian faith that happens to mention marriage. Though they give really great advice on having a healthy relationship with your spouse, this book is truly about living life in light of eternity. Loving each other, your kids, and running the race of this life with the picture of eternity on the forefront of your mind. Highly recommended if you are married, would like to be married one day or simply want good sound theology to mediate on.
This story drew me in with the main character. Carol is hestiant to see anything magical when she is stuck in the middle of the desert with her seemingly crazy Grandfather. But once Carol opens her eyes to the possibilities of magical truth, her life will never be the same.
This incredible story is about one girl's family who is literally separated by the Berlin Wall. Her father and brother went to the West and were never able to come back. But with grit, daring and facing incredible danger, this family slowly begins to pull together proving that nothing can separate their love.
You have to believe it to see it. Circus Mirandus is a magical place that helps children believe in magic. Micah Tuttle has heard all about this circus from his Grandpa Ephraim. Micah needs the circus to find a miracle for his grandpa, but finds the miracle to be very different than he ever expected. Great read!
Set in the early 1900's London, Victoria Darling has always been a part of the upper class and has the expectations to act it: come out as a debutaunt, get married young and spend her days attending parties and socials. But her artistic talent and the growing suffrage movement around her beg her to live a different life.
I loved this twist on a classic fairy tale! Inspired by Snow White, there are hints of magic and evil step mothers and such. However, the originality of this story was what made it a great read. I really loved Lorelei. She's about as badass as they come!
Raymie just wants to win the Little Miss Florida Tire contest and decides that learning how to be the best baton twirler is the way to do it. What she doesn't expect are the two friends she makes in baton class. Together, Raymie, Beverly and Louisiana Elefante will help each other more than they can imagine. Beautiful story of friendship
Since the moment Peter found Pax abandoned as a pup, the two have been inseparable - until one day when war drives the two apart. Immediately after they're separated, they both begin and incredible journey to find each other. On this journey, one has to discover out how to tame his wild side while the other has to unleash his. Have a box of tissues handy for this wonderful read.
Sepetys is a master of writing hidden history - the stories in our past that aren't as well known. This story follows four seperate characters as they desperately try to seek refuge on the Wilhelm Gustloff. It is a heart wrenching tale that will stay with you as salt stays with the sea. Please read this book, it is a masterpiece.
The story of the Baltic deportation during World War II was hidden for years. Sepetys does a beautiful job of unveiling the hidden horrors of an oppressed people. This story shows how the Baltic people's spirit could not be detered and the love and memories they cherished gave life and strength to many. Beautiful and chilling.
I couldn't put this book down! Josie is an incredibly smart and promising girl who was born into not-so-promising circumstances. Her mother's line of work and association with a deadly crowd drives Josie's dreams of getting out of The Big Easy farther than she's ever dared to dream. She's told by everyone that she will never have a Cinderella ending to her story, but Josie is not one to live by what people think.
Simply a masterpiece. Ryan beautifully threads 3 very different stories together with the power of music. Each character has a special place in my memory. My heart broke and my heart soared. I savored every word and was sad to say goodbye on the last page.
An incredible sequel! The only negative thing I have to say is that it desperately made me want the third book! The story was developed beautifully. This absolutely has the makings of a fantastic trilogy.
This book is so wonderfully quirky. Samuel is quite the hermit until one fateful day when a small orange cat runs into his apartment and decides to claim it as its own. This seemingly small occurrence leads to another and another until Samuel's life looks drastically different than what he ever expected. Samuel is led outside his door and into a world that holds friendship, love and some very interesting characters. A beautiful story.
This story is for the curious and adventurous mind. Archer teams up with an unlikely group of friends to set off on a mission to Antarctica to rescue his grandparents, who happen to be trapped on an iceberg. I loved everything about this book, the writing, the illustrations and especially the polar bears.
Great book for kids who loved Wonder! Ally is an incredible creative thinker who has a hard time with anything related to writing or reading. She keeps to herself and her teachers have labeled her as a lost cause. Until one day when her new teacher Mr. Daniels starts to show her how unique and talented she really is. Ally is about to realize that who she is, is something to be very proud of.
A fun magical read. Oscar is a magician's apprentice in a land where strange things have started to happen. The City children have fallen ill, attacks from something have started happening and Oscar can't seem to put together any of the pieces. Him and his friend Callie team up to try and save their village and save the City
Indie kids are always the targets. Battling the undead, vampires or even soul-eating ghosts, it's always something and it always ends with the school getting blown up. But for everyone who's not an indie kid, life is filled with different problems. Loved how original the story was. I'm so glad I'm not an indie kid.
Wow. This book was incredible. Suzy Swanson's best friend passed away the summer before seventh grade. She is convinced there must be a better, more concrete answer than "sometimes these things just happen". Suzy discovers information about a deadly jellyfish and begins working on a theory that might give her closure over her friends death. She is so set on proving her theory to everyone that she doesn't stop to deal with her own grief. Beautiful writing, beautiful story.
Great book for Divergent fans! The world is divided by blood. Those who have Red blood are forced to serve. Those who have Silver blood have superhuman abilities and rule the land. The division is very black and white...until Mare shows up. A Red who has abilities, ready to shake up everything.
Very snarky and hilarious voice! This book follows a couple that chooses a tropical destination for their honeymoon. As they blatantly accept the monotony of life, they are shocked to discover a magical twist on their seemingly normal trip. Look at the title. I'm sure you can guess what creature they discover :)
Such an incredible book! Queen Kelsea is one of the most hardcore queens I've ever read. She is brought to her kingdom with almost no clue of what to expect. She walks into corruption and brokenness and intends to do everything she can to be the Queen to solve it. Johansen creates such a great world. An epic fantasy to say the least.
A quirky Christmas Eve story that follows a mouthy 9 year old, her hopelessly romantic teacher and a jazz club owner who's down on his luck. This book reminded me of the movie Love Actually. Which I actually loved. A great read!
This book will give you all the feels. The story of how one couple came together told in 14 different viewpoints. From the voices of the barista that sees them every day, their creative writing professor, a squirrel and many more, you get to enjoy the adorable awkwardness of a beautiful relationship.
Harry Potter will forever be my all time favorite book series ever. Period. It's brilliant, it's my childhood, it holds characters that I saw as friends growing up. This new illustrated version does incredible justice to the story within its pages. I highly recommend it and can't wait to see the rest of the series come to life again!
If you are a cat person, you will love Crenshaw. If you aren't a cat person, you will become one after reading Crenshaw. This is the story of a young boy Jackson, whose family is struggling financially. Every time this happened when he was younger, Crenshaw (his imaginary friend) would appear. But now Jackson is older and doesn't believe in imaginary friends anymore. Until Crenshaw makes an unexpected appearance. This is a beautiful story that may require a box of tissues at the end.
Such a wonderfully quirky book! The main character is rarely in the book. Her story is told by those whose lives she has affected, in big ways and small. This book follows the foodie revolution over a 25 year period. Slightly off beat, laugh out loud funny, and unexpectedly heart-warming, this book was a wonderful read!
It was a pleasure to be back in this world! This book really developed Lou's character. You are left with the impression that Lou will be alright after Me Before You, until you read the first chapter of this book and realize she is as far from OK as possible. Moyes introduces new and unexpected characteres in this wonderful follow up novel.
I have never had a work of fiction affect me as deeply as this book did. It was weeks before I was able to shake this story. A heart wrenching tale that requires 100 boxes of tissues and maybe a gallon of ice cream. With that being said, I would recommend this to anyone!!! Read it. Now.
A delightfully creepy story. Charlie has just moved into a very medieval castle in the middle of his otherwise normal neighborhood. He is convinced his new stepmother is a witch and every night he falls into the same nightmare. Just when he thinks his troubles can't be any worse, his nightmares seep out of his mind into the Waking World.
A great story for all you John Green fans! Emmy and Oliver are best friends until 2nd grade when Oliver's dad kidnaps him. The town is wrecked by this tragedy, but an even bigger shock awaits them when Oliver comes back 10 years later. Watching Emmy and Oliver's friendship mend and heal was a wonderful thing to behold.
Descent begins by following a Midwestern family on their Colorado vacation. Their track star teenage daughter takes her brother for a run early one morning, but only her brother returns. Johnston skillfully looks into the toll this takes on a family over the years and keeps you guessing until the very end!
Meet Francis. He’s a little different than some kids. He’s about to meet Jessica who is VERY different than most kids. Jessica is a ghost. The two of them build an unlikely friendship that will save one of their lives. I loved this book. There are very heavy subjects dealt with in this story, but the message is beautiful for kids to hear.
Sarah says, "Abra Freeman is a beautiful and talented young girl. Her adoptive family has loved her through many ups and downs but she has never felt like she belonged. Until one day when a dashing young man takes an interest in her and whisks her away to Hollywood. She finds herself drowning in expectations she would never have dreamed she’d need to meet but doesn’t know if she will ever be able to escape. Will her family accept her? Will they forgive her wrongs? Is escape even possible?"
Sarah says, "Quentin Jacobsen’s life is pretty average. Nothing too crazy. That is until his next door neighbor and childhood crush Margo appears at his window in the middle of the night with an adventurous plan that will rock his world. He has no idea where the night will take him. But he’s certainly about to find out."
Sarah says, "If you’ve never experienced falling in love with Mr. Darcy, a man so misunderstood at first meeting, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and read. A love story whose foundation is built on, well, pride and prejudice but proves to be a beautiful and true love that has stood strong through time. "
Sarah says, "An incredibly challenging book that follows Platt’s travels around the world. He discusses his time exploring the Christian faith in different countries around the world. From home churches in the heart of China to the state of American churches, Platt unpacks what it really means when Jesus said “Follow Me.”'
Miranda lives in New York and knows her way around the city. Her life is pretty predictable until she starts receiving mysterious notes that predict the future. This book has mystery, time travel and a writing quality deserving of the Newberry. Loved this book!
Sarah says, "A beautiful retelling of the story of Hosea. Set in the time of the Gold Rush, Rivers will have you crying, laughing and on the edge of your seat as your heart races to see the fate of the characters."
Sarah says, "A wonderful debut novel that transports you to New York City in the swing of the 50s. Following the lives of three unexpected friends, we travel deep into the city with all of its whims, mysteries and seductions. Though the end carried with it love and loss, I absolutely loved being a part of this world! I binged on Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly films aftereards."
Sarah says, "An incredibly humorous play on the quirks of the Christian faith. I mean, who doesn’t love a good side hug?"
Sarah says, "A classic by anyone’s standard. Experience all the wonderful mysteries and enchantments Narnia has to offer. Follow the Pevensie children as they meet all kinds of characters like Mr. Tumnus, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and of course the good, though not always safe, Aslan."
Sarah says, "Lewis gives us an incredibly insightful satirical text on the Christian faith. Looking at a person’s walk in faith from the perspective of the demons trying to halt it by any means necessary gives a chilling perspective on just what forces are at work."
Sarah says, "A unique story of a man fighting for his family. The story is told as they travel Europe, each country holding different threads of their story. Nicholls dives deep into the heart of relationships after the happy ever after fades away. A beautiful story."
Sarah says, "World War I is on its way and Charles Reid is intent on fighting for his country. Before shipping off, he signs up for a pen pal service where he is paired with pacifist older gentleman who carries on a game of chess with him via post. The gentleman’s daughter, Hensley, begins to write her own encouragements to Charles which blossoms into more than they could ever have dreamed. They fall deeper in love with each other, but both have secrets they are hiding from the other. But their love moves them together and the end result is breathtaking. "