My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: April 5th, 2016 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Animals, Robots, Family, Community
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Publication Date: August 19th, 2014 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 11+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Education, Women’s Rights, Religion
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
Now she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest- ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes excessive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world-and did. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 10th, 2013 Publisher: Tundra Books Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels,Action, War, Demons, Romance
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.Continue reading →