Let's Talk Books
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. The start of a new year in our school library is always busy with professional development, checking out technology to staff and managing technical difficulties in addition to getting the library ready for the arrival of the first class.  This is our first year to have "makerspaces," and we eagerly waiting to see if our students will be visiting the new spaces.  Last year we had a record number of students visiting the library before and after school.  We are hoping the the addition of the makerspaces will continue to improve those numbers.  

While the school library may be closed over the summer, I never take off my librarian hat.  I continue to read and search out books that I think my students may like.  Many of my most loyal library patrons have already been by the library to inquire about the books I read over the summer and to let me know what they or their friends read while on vacation.  They are some of my best resources for additions to my list of "books still to read," and to place on the list of books to review for purchase.  I am sure that many of their suggestions will appear on this blog throughout the year.  

With that said - Let's Talk Books


Image result for red queen book cover   The Red Queen Series

If you like YA fantasy you'll love this series.  It has loyalty, betrayal, intrigue, and twists of fate that will keep you glued to the pages.  

From the book jacket of The Red Queen:"
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood - those with red and those with silver.  Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods.  Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom.  A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and his nobles, she discovers a power of her own - an ability she didn't know she had.  Except...her blood is Red...[Mare's] actions put into action a deadly and violent dance pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

After finishing The Red Queen, I was eager to start the Glass Sword, which continued where the The Red Queen left you hanging.  It continued with an intensity that kept me turning the pages into the night.  Definitely a series that I will recommend for those who like fantasy with a lot of action and intrigue.  I rate this series as a 4/5 - well worth the read. 
Red Queen Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UbsNfwkZwk
Glass Sword Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCeR_SgQs5s
Image result for dividing lines clip art Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein   Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Well, Mr. Luigi Lemoncello is up to it again in the sequel to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  This time Mr. Lemoncello has arranged for teams to participate in the first Library Olympics.  But something is amiss.  Books are missing from the library.  Who is stealing the books?  Why were they stolen - to censor what the teams are reading?  This is an action-packed sequel filled with puzzles, clues, and lots of surpirses.  Join in the games. You won't be disappointed.  Rating 4/5
Book Trailer:  http://chrisgrabenstein.com/kids/mr-lemoncellos-library-olympics.php
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 Anne of Green Gables    Anne of Green Gables

There are some books that while not new on the scene are well worth the read.  I tripped over the fields, fell in the lake, and was the object of ridicule many times through the pages of this beautiful, coming of age classic.  I have read and re-read the novel over the years and found it to be as fun-filled and enjoyable as before.  The "providence" that placed Anne Shirley at Green Gables with an elderly couple who, while expecting a boy to be delivered from a nearby orphanage to help out on the farm, got an unexpected surprise in the package of a red-headed, out-spoken girl that would change their lives forever. I think every girl who read Anne of Green Gables wanted to be Anne by books end.  So, pick up this great classic and be transported to another place and time with a wirey, red-headed girl who manages to get into trouble without even trying.   Rating: 5/5
Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czJi_FpLBYY
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     The Screaming Staircase

Interested in a book that will keep you up at night?  Like being scared out of your wits?  This might be the book for you. Reminiscent of the older Hardy Boys books, Lockwood & Company takes it up a few notches.   Lucy, Anthony and George are taking on a grizzly case that least to both a horrifying discover and a disastrous end in a house in England noted to be one of the most haunted houses in the country.  How will they deal with the treachery in the most haunted mansion in England?  You will have to read it to find out!   Suspenseful, humorous and action packed!  Rating: 4/5
Book Trailer:  http://books.disney.com/book/screaming-staircase-the/
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 Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – Book Review

Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword Book Cover

This review may contain spoilers to Red Queen, the first novel in this series. Readers discretion is advised🙂

 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – Book Review

Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword Book Cover

This review may contain spoilers to Red Queen, the first novel in this series. Readers discretion is advised🙂

 



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