August/September 2011 Updates

Summertime leads to lovely reading and technology fun time.
I began a new Ridgewood Library webpage that will take over the the official regular page:

Books I’ve enjoyed this month:
Easy Reader:

Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry
Cute Story with bear who has talent for jokes but has stage fright- shows flexibility. Grades K and up.

Realistic Fiction:
True… Sort of by Katherine Hannigan – this beautiful story is quite touching and a pleasure to read, be prepared though, it did contain upsetting storylines. Grades 4 and up.

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
Cute quick story to enjoy.  Great character that I expect to see in a series.  Grades 2 and up.

Pie by Sarah Weeks
Great family story mixed with a cute mystery. Who knew pie recipes could be so coveted? Grades 4 and up.

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
I think this book might be a Newbery contender, hope students will persist in reading and finishing the book. Grades 4 and up.

The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
I loved the continuing story after loving The Lemonade War. Grades 3 and up.

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
Enjoyed the community fundraiser for $40k for the adoption of a child, great development of characters. Grades 4 and up.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Another great story tackling bullying and how groups can help protect people. Grades 4 and up.

Historical Fiction:
The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Wonderful read- another possible Newbery contender- there were some touchy topics from limb loss to alcoholism. Grades 4 and up.

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry
Celebrate music and mystery with this wonderful, engrossing read. This is another book that the Beaverton Newbery team is considering to use on the contender list. Grades 4 and up.

Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach
Fantastic mystery which was a little frustrating since it is the beginning of the series. Grades 4 and up.

Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Sequel, another great humorous fantasy that will amuse readers. Grades 4 and up.

Bless this mouse by Lois Lowry
Cute little mouse story about a community (over 200!) of mice that live in a church.

The End of the World Club by J & P Voelkel – a sequel to an excellent adventure. Grades 4 and up.

Floors by Patrick Carman
Most excellent series beginning. I never wanted to jump into a book to experience the setting more. Grades 3 and up.

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
This was an interesting fantasy that I found was filled with “dark” characters. Grades 4 and up.

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
I enjoyed the twists and turns within this story, quite imaginative candy world as well. Grades 3 and up.

Graphic Novels:
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
How would you react to losing your front two teeth?

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gullege
I was entranced by this story with the brilliant self-realization book.

Level Up by Gene Yuen Tang
Medical school and computer gaming combined!

Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang
Cute baby burps up aliens.

Animal Crackers by Gene Luen Yang
Crazy characters that somewhat connected with entertaining, random stories.

Young Adult Books:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – Fantasy/Science Fiction/Humorous Fiction
Hilarious book that answers the question: A plane of beauty queens lands on an island, what happens next?

City of Fallen Angels- Mortal Instruments #4 by Cassandra Clare- Fantasy
Enjoyed the book until the terrible cliffhanger at the end.

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson – Realistic Fiction
Excellent continuation/conclusion of this brilliant, wonderful, entertaining storyline.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Fantasy
Not my favorite fantasy, had a hard time enjoying and connecting with the characters but quite the amazing fantasy world.

This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff – Realistic Fiction
Absolutely treasured and enjoyed this third book in the trilogy from Make Lemonade.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Realistic Fiction
Sequel which was quite touching.

Adult Novels:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Historical Fiction- from High School to adult.
Listened to this book and found the audio version to be the best audio book that I’ve heard. Looking forward to seeing the film adaption.

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Still love the mystery and entertained by the characters!

Book videos that caught my attention will be shared weekly during the month.


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