Because of Mr. Terupt – Rob Buyea

7783920Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 12th, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fiction, School Life, Friendship


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It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.   Continue reading

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El Deafo – Cece Bell

20701984El Deafo by Cece Bell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Friendship, School, Deafness


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Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

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We Are Family – Patricia Hegarty

We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Recommended Age: 3+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Family, LGBT, Love, Diversity


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Through illness and health, in celebration and disappointment, families stick together. Some families are made up of many people, and some are much smaller. Sometimes family members look like each other, and sometimes they don’t! But even though every family is different, the love is all the same. Continue reading

Bertolt – Jacques Goldstyn

31944805Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: March 14th, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Recommended Age: 6+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Children’s, Environment, Love, Death


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This book is about the imagination and the wonderful ways in which we nurture ourselves in the process of becoming who we are, and because Bertolt dies in a winter’s storm, it is also a book about finitude and loss, sorrow and acceptance. Continue reading

Superfail – Max Brunner

SuperfailSuperfail by Max Brunner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Action, Superheroes, Superpowers, Homour


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Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Continue reading

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

28433627The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: December 20th, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Short Stories, Retellings, Storytelling, Love


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In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness. Continue reading

Negative Review: Artemis – Andy Weir

34928122Artemis by Andy Weir

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Science Fiction, Action


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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.  Continue reading