To be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book to read on my own. However, it was chosen as the Fox Cities Reads title for 2014 and sinceTo be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book to read on my own. However, it was chosen as the Fox Cities Reads title for 2014 and since it lives in the Children's Room where I work I definitely wanted to pick it up. I am so glad I did - this is a book that will stick with me for a long, long time.
Wonder is the story of August, or Auggie, who was born with a severe facial deformity that kept him from attending public school until now. But this year, Auggie starts fifth grade at Beecher Prep, a real school with real students who aren't used to Auggie and his extraordinary face.
What I loved most about this novel are the unique perspectives we get from the characters including Auggie, his sister Via, his classmates, and even Via's boyfriend. Each section of the book is told from the viewpoint of one of these characters, with the book returning to Auggie's perspective in the final chapters. Each character's voice is incredibly unique, honest, and completely believable. Though the minds and voices are unique, the longing in each character is the same; they each long to be accepted and loved simply for who they are.
The overarching theme that I sense in this story is hope. Life is messy and hard but there are moments and people that make it worth living and sharing with others. And if we can be a little kinder than necessary with the people around us, maybe we can bring that moment of hope to someone else. ...more
I have been recommending the Wildwood Chronicles to kids and parents every chance I get and I'm sorry to see this wonderful series come to an end.
TheI have been recommending the Wildwood Chronicles to kids and parents every chance I get and I'm sorry to see this wonderful series come to an end.
The third and final book in this series brings all the separate story lines from the second volume together as Prue, Curtis, the reformed Wildwood Irregulars, and Unthank orphans join forces in an epic fight to save the Wood. Absolutely wonderful storytelling and beautiful illustrations seamlessly combine to make this an amazingly satisfying conclusion to an epic series.
I love the way all three volumes of the Wildwood Chronicles reflect elements of classic fantasy stories like the ones from C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, but is also clearly a product of Meloy's own quirky creative imagination.
Hand this series to readers who have enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, or who enjoy their fantasy with a heavy dose of realism....more
Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner combines elements of mystery, magic, and fairy tales into a quirky, whimsical romp perfect for young elementary readeOperation Bunny by Sally Gardner combines elements of mystery, magic, and fairy tales into a quirky, whimsical romp perfect for young elementary readers.
Found as a newborn baby in a hatbox in Stansted airport, Emily Vole has never quite fit in with her adoptive family. But when her next door neighbor dies leaving her with a mysterious inheritance, an old shop and a ring of magical keys, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With the help of some new found friends, including a cat named Fidget, Emily decides to open a fairy detective agency.
Readers will enjoy cheering on the young detective as she unravels the secrets of her magical inheritance and saves her friends from the clutches of an evil witch. Hand this book to fans of the Magic Treehouse or Geronimo Stilton series. ...more
The Curse of the Pharaoh, the first book in the Agatha Girl of Mystery series, is cute, quick read. The story is just right for young mystery fans whoThe Curse of the Pharaoh, the first book in the Agatha Girl of Mystery series, is cute, quick read. The story is just right for young mystery fans who like a hint of danger without any violence. The cartoon-like illustrations add a splash of fun, giving the book a "case-file" like feel. The characters are each unique and fun, and while the crime-solving techniques used seem a bit far-fetched, I don't think the intended audience will mind.
The book is a translation from the original Italian text and at times is a bit awkward, especially in the dialogue. Other than that, this is a fun early chapter book for kids looking to graduate from the Cam Jansen or Nate the Great series. ...more