Echo is the new social pariah in her school. She used to be popular before the "incident". Now, she has only a few friends left and scars up and down her arms that mock her inability to remember what happened the night she got those scars. Ordered by the courts to meet with her school counselor...
Book Genre: Fiction
This rhyming story is about a giraffe who discovers that he can dance when he finds the right music, even after everyone else has told him that he can't. It is a beautiful way of reminding all of us that we are all capable of doing things if we find the right setting and love in our hearts...
Relocating to a mountainous and isolated corner of British Columbia, Richard Forthrast managed to both dodge the Vietnam draft and amass a small fortune by smuggling high-grade grass into the middle-of-nowhere Idaho. By using the proceeds to develop T’Rain, a wildly popular MMORPG (...
This is a story about a little boy who learns to be excited about books and reading thanks to the many people he encounters on his travels around town. When he finally gets to school, he is ready to learn, and passes his passion for reading to his sister.
The images are beautiful...
This book is a silly rhyme about the many varied people and creatures in our world. Some of the text is nonsensical, but that adds to the point that the author is trying to make: no matter what, everyone deserves to be loved...even if they wear pineapple shoes. :)
The colors are...
A beautiful rhyming poem about the sea--rife with rich vocabulary and mention of some of the many animals who inhabit our oceans.
The images are large and colorful and the text is minimal--a great resource for storytime!
This is a lovely rhyming book about a little boy who loses his teddy bear. The twist, though, is that instead of finding his own bear at first, he finds that of a very large real bear. Both characters end up reunited with their own teddy bears--which is good because they have both...
Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...
If you are a cat lover or a cat owner, this book is a must read. It explains some of the weird cat behavior in comic form and may give you some secret insights into why your cat is always lurking on the stairs or sleeping on your laptop. And what other book have you found that explores the idea...
Vianne Rocher receives a letter from a friend who has died. The letter states that Vianne's help is needed by a resident of her beloved Lansquenet, a French village. Vianne takes her two daughters and follows the wind back to the village to see if her magic will help.
Graham Joyce returns with an unsettling novel about a teenager who shows up on her parents’ doorstep twenty years after she disappeared without a trace. Tara Martin claims she was abducted to an enchanted fairyland and, eerily, appears no older than when she vanished. For her, she insists, only...
When you think of Magical Realism, Canada is not the first country to come to mind. Nonetheless, The Lava in My Bones takes place in Labrador, which is home to an interesting family headed by a religiously devout and intensely god-fearing mother. She is bent on saving her family...
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, When you were mine tells the story of Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, who was originally intended for Romeo. Rose is hopelessly in love with Rob and waits for the day when they are going to be together forever. And it seems like maybe, over the summer, things...
Billy is a boy with a lot of experience dealing with depression. Not his own depression, but that of his father , a troubled artist who is slowly recovering from a breakdown and on the edge of another. Encouraged to find something productive to do by his parents, Billy volunteers at Listeners, a...
What's become of 'the American West' comes to life in this brilliantly written story. Ranchers and cowboys once wrestled a living from mile upon mile of open prairie and the foothills that sweep across the land. From Fort Collins and Ted's Place to the west, on up 287 to Tie Siding,...
“What do you seek in these shelves?”
Thus, Mr. Penumbra introduces us to his peculiar little bookstore, sitting tall and thin, tucked next to a strip club with free wifi. Its most popular books, in terms of demand, are shelved way back and way up, accessed only by ladder and wild...
Funny and sad, an insightful fictional portrayal of the cost of food obsession in family and community.
Hands down one of the best novels of 2012. Nine years after a flu pandemic has practically wiped out humanity, a few survivors deal with the collapse of civilization. Written in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style, the book gets inside the head of Hig, a pilot who lives in a hanger at the...
This book is so cool! Everybody should take this book with them to the supermarket. It tells you the calories of popular grocery items and also suggests other choices that may be better for our bodies. For example, what has too much fat, what has too much salt or what has too...
When 13 year old Henry's therapist suggests he uses a diary to express his feelings, Henry is opposed to the idea at first . But he has a lot to write about. Henry's older brother Jesse, picked up a rifle one day and proceeded to shoot the boy who had been bullying him. Eager for a fresh start,...
When Anna invites her friend Megan to spend the summer on her uncle's farm, Megan is relieved. Maybe Anna has forgotten how Megan betrayed and hurt her. Maybe Anna is moving on and putting the past behind them. Maybe Anna has decided that their friendship is more important. But on the farm, Anna...
Ever is 15 years old and weighs 302 pounds. She is pitied by schoolmates and family and has resisted all attempts at intervention by anyone. And to top it off...there is Skinny. Skinny is Ever's bitter and cruel inner voice. Constantly putting her down, Skinny makes sure that Ever doesn't have...
An interesting look into Pakistan's complex societal structure through intertwined character stories. Very well written, but left me wishing I had a bit more context for the stories.
Living on Jar Island would seem to be idyllic. But for Kat, Lillia, and Mary, Jar Island is a place for secrets, bullying and the need for revenge. All girls have reasons for wanting someone to pay. Lillia plots revenge on her best guy friend when she finds out he has been hooking up with her...
Twelve year old Jamie doesn't remember his sister. When he was young she died in a terrorist bombing done by Muslims in the name of Allah. What's left of his family is a broken mess. His mother is gone and his father is an alcoholic that still leaves plates of food in front of the urn of his...
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