Rump is a book that I received through my class Scholastic Book order. Scholastic offered this and two other books as a getting ready for the year pacRump is a book that I received through my class Scholastic Book order. Scholastic offered this and two other books as a getting ready for the year pack. I was pleasantly surprised with the book and I am looking forward to recommending it to my students.
Rump lives in a mountain town within a kingdom. His birth and naming are less than ideal- his mother dies and is able to whisper his name, but only the beginning of it (Rump) is heard by his grandmother. In a world where names hold your destiny, Rump, is not much. As with everyone who lives on The Mountain, Rump toils and mines and looks for gold to trade for the month's provisions from the greedy miller. Not only is Rump bullied and teased by kids his own age, but he struggles to understand how he fits in the world. Rump eventually embarks on a journey when he discovers his mother's old spinning wheel buried in the wood pile out behind the cottage he shares with his grandmother. He discovers he can spin straw into gold and his problems must be solved. Red, the only person who seems to be Rump's friend, finds out about his spinning talent and cautions him that magic always comes at a price. Thus begins Rumps real journey- find his name, set right the direction of his life, and take control of things.
This was a fun book and great reimagining of a familiar fairy tale. I can see this as a fantastic way to look at fairy tales and then the retelling (in the same manner as The Real Story of the 3 Little Pigs). Funny, touching, and smart!...more
Willow Chance is twelve years old and she is a genius. She has been fortunate to be adopted by parents who, though they may not always understand herWillow Chance is twelve years old and she is a genius. She has been fortunate to be adopted by parents who, though they may not always understand her eccentric ways, love and support her and provide the grounding force to keep Willow moving forward in life. Willow is obsessed with counting by 7s and horticulture and diagnosing health conditions and all of these things set her part from her peers. When she takes a proficiency test at school and earns a perfect score, it seems impossible to the administration of her school that she is able to do this; particularly because she accomplishes it in a mere 17 minutes. As a result, Willow is sent to see a counselor for the district by the name of Dell Duke. When Willow's parents are killed in a car crash it will set her on a course of discovering just how to conquer loss and forging new bonds in the most unusual places.
Saying much more, in my opinion, would give away too much of this book. It was beautifully written and probably my favorite middle grade book I have read. I cannot wait to highlight this book to my students. If you liked Out of My Mind, you will definitely like this book....more
This was a lovely gem of a book! I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Don and The Wife Project. Don's voice was almost like having Sheldon Cooper from BiThis was a lovely gem of a book! I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Don and The Wife Project. Don's voice was almost like having Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory narrate a book, although Don is a little less rigid than Sheldon. When Don decides to embark on the Wife Project, in which he will join dating sites and solicit responses to a survey that he has designed to weed out unsuitable candidates you just know that hijinks will follow. Rosie crosses Don's path and he will never be the same- she is completely the opposite of what he is looking for in his Wife Project, but she somehow draws him in.
I loved following the lives and progress of Don and Rosie as they each search for something they view will complete their life: he for a wife and she for the identity of her biological father. For all that Don thinks he wants or needs in a suitable wife or partner, Rosie is the sum total opposite. Never the less, she finds a way under his skin. This was a completely enjoyable book to read and I loved it!...more
I acquired Jonathan Stone's new thriller via the Amazon first program. Prime members are emailed once a month with several books to choose from and geI acquired Jonathan Stone's new thriller via the Amazon first program. Prime members are emailed once a month with several books to choose from and get to make that choice to the tune of a free book. This was the June offering and I am glad of it. I felt that the book started out a little slow, although I was hooked mainly because the title said "A Thriller" and there was nothing, in my mind, that was thrilling about the book at first.
At first. Yes, those are the key words. What felt like a slow start was truly a brilliant building process on Mr. Stone's part. The reader needed to be methodically introduced to both Stanley Peke, our protagonist, and to Nick, the antagonist. We had to fully understand the need and intelligence of each of these men and a little of where they came from. We need to know this so that when the final third of the book arrives, that we know and feel the thrill of the conclusion of this book. Mr. Stone does not disappoint!
I found myself more and more drawn into this book with each moment. With every moment that passes between the time when the Pekes' belongings are stolen and Stanley Peke starts to form his plan to get them back is methodical on the part of the author. I kept thinking "When is the thriller part going to happen?" Yet, what I realized was that I wasn't merely thinking that, but that I was beginning to physically feel the tension the author was building. I enjoyed the twists and turns to this story and the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was that there was a certain predictability to the way this book resolved the plot points. Overall, a great book and quick read....more
The story of Ruby navigating her own world and finding first love and independence was a nice summer diversion for me. It was the perfect type of bookThe story of Ruby navigating her own world and finding first love and independence was a nice summer diversion for me. It was the perfect type of book to read while my youngest napped- quick and sweet. I loved that Ruby's love interest, Joshua, had Tourette's and that this fact did nothing to lessen my affection for him. He easily could have turned into some cliche, but thankfully the author handled it so tastefully and true to life (I have known someone with Tourette's and ticks).
The connection to the title, Just Like a Musical, was a little unclear for me throughout most of the novel. I felt like the connection to film and screen was forced at times, but it didn't matter much. The overall story and the characters were sweet and won me over. ...more
Anna and the French Kiss was just the cute, feel good, teen romance I was looking for. I stayed up late into the night reading this one because I justAnna and the French Kiss was just the cute, feel good, teen romance I was looking for. I stayed up late into the night reading this one because I just couldn't wait until this morning to see how it would end. I felt like the characters were believable and I really felt for Anna, Rashmi, Mer, Josh and St. Clair as they navigated school and life in Paris as students. Completely satisfied with the conclusion and it left me wishing for more of the romance between Anna and Etienne....more
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Sadie, recovering divorcee, and Des and their romance. This was a funny, laugh out loud, romantic comedy. I loved thI thoroughly enjoyed the story of Sadie, recovering divorcee, and Des and their romance. This was a funny, laugh out loud, romantic comedy. I loved that it was set in Michigan, being that I was born and raised there. The characters felt more vivid and I felt more in touch with them. Overall a fun, hilarious, sexy romantic comedy that is perfect for a summer read. I can't wait to check out the next two Bell Harbor books this summer. ...more
I started this book because a friend wanted to know what type of ending it had and whether she should read it or not. I won't reveal the ending, but II started this book because a friend wanted to know what type of ending it had and whether she should read it or not. I won't reveal the ending, but I will say that this book BEGS to be read in one sitting. The narration of Cadence and how twisty and disjointed her memory is upon returning to the island for summer seventeen is haunting and beautiful all at once. You realize that some horrible event must have happened and that Cadence experienced it, but she cannot remember it. Summer seventeen is spent as she tries to remember what happened 2 years prior. I was not even prepared for the ending and had never really considered it and I love books like that. Read this book, and like the description says- if someone asks you how it ends, just LIE. ...more
This books ranks up there with John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. The story of Eleanor and Park was heartwarming and heart wrenching all at once. IThis books ranks up there with John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. The story of Eleanor and Park was heartwarming and heart wrenching all at once. I was captivated by the romance that blooms between these two teenagers- Park because he skirts the edges of "belonging" and Eleanor because her life is a wreck and she so clearly deserves more out of life and out of her home situation and school as well. The fact that it takes place in the 80s was just a brilliant decision by the author and allowed for a broader audience (adults like me who grew up in that decade) than just young adults. ...more
I had been waiting to be able to purchase this book from the first time Neil Gaiman mentioned it on his journal. It popped up on Amazon for only $1.99I had been waiting to be able to purchase this book from the first time Neil Gaiman mentioned it on his journal. It popped up on Amazon for only $1.99 and I snatched it up. What I loved about this is that I can easily see reading this with my fifth grade class as an example of fantasy, but also using it as a way to show theme and character development. It's short enough to read in a week as a read aloud and I love the aspect of mythology because it will hook all my kids and especially the boys in class. ...more