When Nikki Maxwell's main crush, Brandon, has a dilemma to work out at Fuzzy Friends pet shelter, Nikki is up to the task of helping him out. The probWhen Nikki Maxwell's main crush, Brandon, has a dilemma to work out at Fuzzy Friends pet shelter, Nikki is up to the task of helping him out. The problem is, she will be responsible for Holly and her eight pups until Fuzzy Friends can legally accept them into the shelter.
Nikki is sure her parents will say "yes" to having the rambunctious dogs in her house for one night...right? Wrong! She doesn't want to let Brandon or the shelter down, so she does the only logical thing...hides the pups in the principal's office while she is in class all day. What could go wrong? Well, you guessed it...all sorts of things go wrong and Nikki is going to be in hot water, again. Yikes!
Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter is full of puppy humor with a dash of cuteness overload. Nikki somehow sneaks by and finds a way to deal with those tiny terrors, oops, I mean tiny balls of sweetness....more
Tragedy is no stranger to Grayson Sender. At four, he was orphaned when his parents were killed in a horrific automobile accident. The loving, close-kTragedy is no stranger to Grayson Sender. At four, he was orphaned when his parents were killed in a horrific automobile accident. The loving, close-knit family he knew was no longer. Grayson, now a 6th grader, is living with his Aunt Sally and Uncle Evan and their sons, Jack and Brett. They see Grayson everyday, but don't see the struggle he is living through. Grayson is a girl trapped inside a boy's body. She's transgender.
Inside Grayson's mind, she wears a golden gown, pink t-shirts, and has long, flowing hair. But, lately those images are fading. When Mr. Finnegan, Grayson's humanities teacher tells everyone about the school play that will be performed at spring break, Grayson finally decides to join in the production. He is gifted, talented, and a natural-born performer. She tries out for the lead role, Persephone, a role she really wants. Finn is amazed by Grayson's reading and grants the role of Persephone to Grayson.
All sorts of trouble and backlash happen because of the decision and Grayson is faced with trouble from bullies. Classmates are cruel and evasive. His aunt is unprepared to deal with the issue and makes snap judgments that are not carefully thought through. Luckily, though, some unexpected friends pop up that are supportive and believe in Grayson...and Finn is backing the decision even in the face of harsh, vocal opposition.
As with any volatile disagreement, sides are chosen, and right and wrong are strongly challenged, each of the opposing sides believing they are justified. Gracefully Grayson deals with empathy, compassion, and coming-of-age. Discussion will most certainly be rampant and morals and ethics will be defended. A good follow-up or companion book to George. ...more
A very simple story about where dogs go once they've died. May or may not be comforting to a child who has recently suffered a loss, but at least it gA very simple story about where dogs go once they've died. May or may not be comforting to a child who has recently suffered a loss, but at least it gives them something to think about and reflect upon.
Dog Heaven is not for every child, but could be for those who want some closure. An adult definitely should read it first to be sure it's the message they want conveyed. ...more
Disturbing and gruesome, Pretty Girls takes us inside the mind of a very clever and efficient psychopath, whose penchant for rape, murder, and tortureDisturbing and gruesome, Pretty Girls takes us inside the mind of a very clever and efficient psychopath, whose penchant for rape, murder, and torture is utterly incomprehensible. Paul Scott is brilliant and wealthy, a gifted architect who has made millions with his talent...yet he has a dark side, one which his wife, Claire, either chooses to discount or conveniently misses the clues. Paul loves Claire, but his thirst for her sisters' torture is even greater.
Julia went missing nearly 20 years ago at the age of nineteen. Never knowing what really happened to her, the family, which includes Claire's sister, Lydia, is torn apart. Their parents divorce because of the pain and anxiety and her father finally succumbs to suicide. Try as they may, every day brings them back to memories as a whole family. Paul worms his way into their life and Lydia senses he is bad news, but Claire won't hear of it. And, the family is torn apart, again, because of Paul.
When Paul is murdered right in front of Claire, she delves deeper into his business and finds some very disturbing videos. Her life with Paul was a sham, a mistake, a travesty. Events spiral out of control, and Claire must find a way to gather her strength and save all that is dear to her, even if that which is dear, has been estranged for a very long time. Even more painful are some beliefs which the family were certain of, were only a way for Paul to manipulate the truth. Nothing is as it seems and a horrific nightmare unfolds before the family.
Pretty Girls is a dark, utterly unfathomable fast-paced thriller which will leave many readers numb. How is this much evil possible? And, are we really clueless to it at times? Be forewarned, this is a tough book to get through, with its scenes of brutal torture and rape, yet it is very well-written. ...more
Touted as a thought building exercise to re-evaluate your life, your journey, and/or your goal, Meandering Mind is more about Dillner's experience thaTouted as a thought building exercise to re-evaluate your life, your journey, and/or your goal, Meandering Mind is more about Dillner's experience than how to achieve your own goal. At times, pure drivel, other times, common sense (or nonsense), the writing is scattered and boring.
Thank you to GoodReads FirstReads, Divine Design, and Dillner for this ARC. ...more
Football hero or gifted artist? Which one will boost Rafe Khatchadorian's popularity status at Hills Valley Middle School now that he has returned toFootball hero or gifted artist? Which one will boost Rafe Khatchadorian's popularity status at Hills Valley Middle School now that he has returned to his place of torment for so many years. As in the preceding books in the series, he is still dealing with bully tormentor, Miller the Killer and still struggling with trying to fit in and avoiding detentions.
Luckily, he is fast...super fast and the football team needs him if they ever hope to win a game. Miller agrees to stop the bullying if he scores touchdowns and he does! But, that doesn't mean Miller will stop bullying the kids in Rafe's Special Needs Learning Class where he has been assigned since returning the HVMS.
Relying on wisdom from his imaginary brother, Leo, he finds a way to deal with the bullies and promote his talent when he takes on the persona of S.A.M. aka Super Artist Man and leaves his artwork throughout the school and on a artist website which lets the world know that bullies are alive and well and thriving at HVMS. Will it help the problem or bring it to the attention of the principal and teachers? Or will it only infuriate the bullies more? Time will tell.
Just My Rotten Luck is the 7th installment of this hugely popular Middle School series that takes on some tough issues with not only humor, but some food-for-thought which gives us insight into some of the tough issues kids are dealing with in school. Patterson and Tebbetts re-introduce us to Rafe, Georgia, Miller, Leo, and Jeanine with ease and add in some new characters, Marley and Flip, who undoubtedly will add more humor and interests as the series continues. ...more
The latest installment of Nikki Maxwell's middle school drama. Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen is full of tween angst and melodrama. Nikki losesThe latest installment of Nikki Maxwell's middle school drama. Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen is full of tween angst and melodrama. Nikki loses her diary (ok, it was really stolen by her enemy, Mackenzie) who uses it for her own devious plans. Unfortunately, Mackenzie finds Nikki's password for her advice column and writes cruel responses to those with heart-wrenching problems of romance, friendship, and school issues.
Nikki is beside herself trying to figure out what happened to her diary, all the while, Mackenzie is back-stabbing her and most of their classmates. But in true Dork Diary fashion, Mackenzie's tactics backfire and Nikki gets just what she wanted in the end. ...more
Greg's mom gets it into her head that things were 'better' in the olden days when technology hadn't taken over everyone's life. People connected withGreg's mom gets it into her head that things were 'better' in the olden days when technology hadn't taken over everyone's life. People connected with each other, instead of sending text messages. Kids played outside until dark, instead of sitting on the couch playing video games. Families sat around the dinner table, instead of watching movie marathons. Ok, you get the idea. So, she passes around a petition for a community 'unplugged' weekend. Whatever will they do with themselves?
Well, Greg's mom thinks it would be great to have the community clean up the park. With no money in the budget, the park has been overgrown with weeds, garbage, and teenagers. Volunteers could spend their unplugged weekend helping out. That's when Greg gets the ingenious idea to make a profit from all this. Which leads him right into all sorts of trouble...and a week away at camp. Don't ask, just read this delightfully humorous and clever addition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I'm not sure how Kinney keeps coming up with these hilarious escapades, but he does, and they are FUNNY! Just like I tell the students at my school..."these books are good stuff"! ...more
One (divorced) man's (shallow) attempt at humor on marriage, dating, women, sex, life, and relationships in general. Short chapters that are meant toOne (divorced) man's (shallow) attempt at humor on marriage, dating, women, sex, life, and relationships in general. Short chapters that are meant to amuse fail miserably.
Nice Meeting You is rather sad and frankly boring. I'm not sure why anyone would pick this book up...
Thank you to GoodReads FirstReads for this ARC. ...more