Absolutely in love with this graphic novel. I love the flawed main character, how realistic she is and how she has to realize that maybe it's her faulAbsolutely in love with this graphic novel. I love the flawed main character, how realistic she is and how she has to realize that maybe it's her fault she may have lost her best friend. Some great epic moments and I'm definitely more interested in learning about Roller Derby now!...more
All Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until itAll Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until it was pretty much revealed. So good… anyways let’s backtrack. Grace is kinda messed up. She sees and hears her dead mother sometimes and is emotionally recovering from seeing her mother murdered 3 years ago. Now she is back at the place where it happened – Embassy Row in Adria. Her grandfather is an Ambassador for the United States and she moves into the embassy with him, only to find herself in her mother’s room. Probably not the best idea to throw your somewhat messed up granddaughter into the room of her dead mother… but I can’t tell these characters what is or is not right.
Alexei is of central interest as he seems to be keeping an eye on Grace, because her brother is not there to, and although things are strained between the US and Russia, keeps popping up to help. He’s very good looking and I’m always surprised in Carter’s books that the romance takes a backseat to everything that is going on. Alexei becomes a bit of the background, popping up only when she’s in severe crisis mode it seems but she pushes him hard away from her.
The other more friendly, not as romantic male character is Noah, who basically introduces himself to Grace as her new best friend… in the middle of the night… and then brings her to a party where she jumps off into the water. Probably not the best start to making new friends. She’s trying to save the world from going to War though… during the party a scarf of a somewhat mean girl named Lila floats over into Iran and that wouldn’t be a problem, the area is deserted, but the scarf is of an Israeli flag… which could insight a war. So, she mindlessly takes action.
Grace is quite out of control and trying to remain in control at the same time. She’s convinced that she needs to find the murderer of her mother and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Noah and Megan believe Grace and help her hunt down who she thinks killed her mother, all while trying to make sure to keep the peace. I just fell right into the story and could not stop reading. There’s this dichotomy of believing and not believing throughout this book that it really messes with your head.
An amazing start to a new series that I think will thrill readers. Definitely one to pick up and read....more
Jane the Fox and Me is the story of a girl named Helene, who is a victim of the mean girls at her school. The only solace she has is in a book, a copyJane the Fox and Me is the story of a girl named Helene, who is a victim of the mean girls at her school. The only solace she has is in a book, a copy of Jane Eyre where the impossible turns into possible. Helene feels that she is ugly and fat and the girls at school only make it worse by leaving notes in bathroom stalls about her weight and being mean to her. The real conflict begins on a school camping trip, which she has to pick out a bathing suit for and cannot simply ignore her classmates’ taunting. Often comparing herself to a sausage, she cannot seem to get over her body shape and image, something that many of us go through as young girls.
While on the camping trip, Helene finds herself in the outcast tent. One day, she sees a fox and is given a moment of hope. The fox is one of the few bright illustrations, along with some Jane Eyre scenes in the graphic novel. I love when artists do this, as the moment pops on the page and leaves a lot of visual meaning. Helene also is brought together with the other outcasts by Geraldine, who becomes a true friend of Helene’s. I must say, my favorite scene is at the end of the book. Helene is at the doctor’s office, being weighed and says she is so overweight, but the doctor sets her straight that she is average for her age and height. I just love it, showing that inner thoughts really weigh more than truth at times.
One of the most beautiful and touching graphic novels I have read this year. ...more
Living in tornado alley made Night of the Twisters a really intense read. I loved the realistic way that the storm was portrayed and the conflict of aLiving in tornado alley made Night of the Twisters a really intense read. I loved the realistic way that the storm was portrayed and the conflict of an older brother realizes how much he loves his baby brother after the disaster hits. I love that this book deals with both the during and aftermath of a tornado. I’ve never had to experience one before and it’s scary to think how deadly and destructive they are. I think this gives readers a quick look into what has happened to several over the years when it comes to twisters and tornadoes. Night of the Twister really brings a tragic natural disaster to life and also shows how it can bring people together. I also liked the random Dungeons and Dragons reference and some other quirky moments in the story.
An intense story with a happy ending, great for younger readers....more
A Dog Called Homeless is bound to be a favorite of any reader. Nominated for our state award, I dug into this book one weekend and couldn’t put it dowA Dog Called Homeless is bound to be a favorite of any reader. Nominated for our state award, I dug into this book one weekend and couldn’t put it down. Cally starts to see her mother starting on the anniversary of her death, but no one will listen to her. She ends up stopping talking all together, but still sees her mother and now a dog, but a real one, one that looks homeless. There’s so much happening in this book, the family has to move to an apartment and Cally befriends a mostly deaf, mostly blind boy who she can communicate to without words. Together they have to figure out why this dog keeps finding them and what it all means. I cried rather hard at the end of the book, so I’d suggest some tissues on hand. Such a fantastic story with great characters and moments that feel so real.
A touching story that will move any reader and a quick, beautiful read....more
Wild River is a thrilling book about a pair of brothers, Ryan and Tanner, who set out on a camping trip, but an accident happens, leaving the older brWild River is a thrilling book about a pair of brothers, Ryan and Tanner, who set out on a camping trip, but an accident happens, leaving the older brother Tanner unconscious. It is up to Ryan to seek help, but he doesn’t know much about where he is or really about anything when it comes to nature. He must step up or possible lose his brother. A short chapter book, this book really captures your attention and brings a regular kid to becoming a hero. I love stories like this and I think they inspire young people to be better people.
A great short chapter book that is both thrilling and has a great message....more
El Deafo is one of the best graphic novels I have read this year. This is a story based on the life of the author, Cece Bell, who grew up having to usEl Deafo is one of the best graphic novels I have read this year. This is a story based on the life of the author, Cece Bell, who grew up having to use a Sonic Ear to help her hear in school. There is a lot of humor in this book, along with many serious moments and a struggle to find a real friend. I cannot help but love Cece, who has her own moments where she is in the wrong. I think it will inspire kids to realize that even those other kids may seem different, they are just like them, with their own insecurities and wants for friendship. The drawings just add to the feel of the book, I love the choices she made in the book with different situations and how they looked in visual format.
An inspirational graphic novel that will pull readers in and leave them with who Cece really is. ...more
Missing May is the story of a girl named Summer who after her parents passed away did not find a real home where she felt loved until her Aunt May and Missing May is the story of a girl named Summer who after her parents passed away did not find a real home where she felt loved until her Aunt May and Uncle Ob took her. May was a big woman full of love and at the beginning of the story she has died, leaving Ob and May on their own. With the help of her odd classmate Cletus, May tries to help Ob keep going, as May was his whole life. I really loved the story and the way that May realizes the boy who annoyed her for so long had a huge heart and knew how to help her family more than she did. I love the setting and the era this novel takes place in, you can tell it is old country where things move more slowly and family means everything. I can see why this was a Newbery winner.
A beautiful and moving story of a girl dealing with loss and trying to keep what’s left of her family together....more
Rain Reign is a powerful story of a girl named Rose who has no mother, a father who frequently leaves her alone to go the bar down the street, and AspRain Reign is a powerful story of a girl named Rose who has no mother, a father who frequently leaves her alone to go the bar down the street, and Asperger’s Syndrome to top it off. She’s obsessed with finding new homonyms and the two good things in her life are her caring uncle and a dog that her father brings home one night and she names him Rain.
When tragedy strikes and a hurricane goes through their town, Rose wakes up to find Rain missing and her house surrounded by water. Worried, she comes up with a plan to find him, only when she does, she finds out something new about Rain that changes her life. I think teachers and anyone who knows someone with special needs would love this book. Rose’s narration is superb and really dives into the brain of a child who suffers from OCD and Asberger’s.
I fell in love with Rose and her quirks and felt for her as her father was quick to be angry and not a stable feature of Rose’s life. Rain really is what keeps Rose together, along with her wonderful uncle. Rain Reign is definitely a story that hits you in the heart and keeps you reading for more, no matter how tragic and horrible it seems at times.
An emotional story about a girl and her dog and so much more. A must-read for everyone....more
I had not read the first in this series, so I dove into Watch Out Hollywood without knowing much about Charlie and her friend Marta. Charlie is striviI had not read the first in this series, so I dove into Watch Out Hollywood without knowing much about Charlie and her friend Marta. Charlie is striving to be a Hollywood star, ever since she was proclaimed a hero on television. When her agent calls her about a role, she cannot wait, only one problem he asked for her friend Marta to audition as well because of her gymnastics background. Being a bit greedy, Charlie tells her that she’s busy with family problems and cannot possibly audition. Even so, Charlie feels guilty and when she finds out Marta cannot afford the travel fees to go to the Junior Olympics with their school team, she convinces the principal to cover her expenses.
When mean girl and gymnast Lillian finds out about Charlie’s sneaky ways, she blackmails her into helping her. Lillian doesn’t want Marta at the Junior Olympics and swears to keep Charlie’s secret as long as she doesn’t help Marta. Except, Marta can’t keep it quiet when she has the actual tickets in hand to get to the Olympics. The repercussions are worse than even Charlie could predict, not only does Marta get her role on the TV series, but she loses her reputation and only friend at school. The worst part, is she knows there more to Lillian’s plan, only she does not know what, but the girls will do anything to keep Marta from competing. It’s up to Charlie to save the day, if only Marta would talk to her.
I love Charlie, she’s flawed, chubby and somewhat overconfident in her abilities. I love her fashion sense and her attitude, although she has a lot to learn about friendship and Hollywood. There’s even a bit of budding romance as Bobby, a cute and athletic boy who seems to have drifted to being a depressed artist who only draws things that are disturbing. At first, Charlie’s voice took a while to get used to, as she is rather outrageous on the way she talks and acts. Soon, I got used to her, although it seems like her family heavily relies on pasta dishes, which I thought was interesting – maybe a clue into why she can’t shed her extra belly fat.
A story about a girl struggling with friendship and doing the right thing but full of personality....more