Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: Towers Falling

Towers Falling Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deja isn't your average 5th grader - living with her two siblings and parents in a homeless shelter, she starts her new school in fear of what others will think of her. Yet what starts out as a year of dreading school, of going "home", of her father's sickness, becomes a journey of discovery. With the help of her new friends, Ben and Sabeen, Deja begins to learn what it means to be American, to be a community, and even why everyone seems so obsessed with 9/11. To her, the towers falling are ancient history (before she was even born), but why does her father get so upset when it's mentioned? And why does every school project come back to the towers?

This approachable story of resilience and recent history is powerful in its exploration of a generation that has lived with the aftermath, but not the event itself.

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Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kya Clark, aka "Marsh Girl", is an enigma in her rural North Carolina coastal town. Having raised herself in the wilds of the marsh, Kya knows all about loneliness and survival. But when Chase Andrews' body turns up dead at the base of an abandoned fire tower, it doesn't take locals long to point fingers at the Marsh Girl. Readers are slowly exposed to Kya's mysterious life as the years leading up to the "murder" unfold before them.

A beautifully written novel that tells a timeless story of family, love, loss, and humanity (at its worse and best).

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Watch Us Rise

Watch Us Rise Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chelsea and Jasmine are two strong independent teens who decide that using their voices to empower themselves and encourage others is no longer an option, but a necessity. Through powerful verse and positive action they set out to make a change in the world, and nothing is going to stop them!



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Roam

Roam Roam by C.H. Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's never easy being the "new girl" in town, now add to the mix that it's your Senior year, oh, and the fact that your family is living in a van in the Walmart parking lot. When Abby Lunde shows up on her first day of school all she wants is to be invisible to everyone around her, but when Zach, the big-man-on-campus, takes an interest in her, hiding in the shadows becomes nearly impossible. Can Abbey trust these new friends? How can she forgive her mom for putting their family in this situation? How much longer can Abby hide the truth from the people who are closest to her?

Roam is more than a coming of age story. Abby's voice paints a vivid picture of what it's like for many teens who don't know where they'll sleep each night, yet keep trying to fight through each day as if life were normal.

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