May 26, 2020

Book Trailer: Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Title: Nightmares
Authors: Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Book Summar
Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

Charlie Laird has several problems.
  1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
  2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
  3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
 What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.

 And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

Book Trailer



May 1, 2020

Book Review: Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

Title: Nath Enough
Author: Maria Scrivan
Genre: Realistic Fiction - Graphic Novel

About the book:
Natalie has never felt that she's enough -- athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought -- now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she isn't, then she might realize she's more than enough, just the way she is.
Thoughts
This was a nice little book! I like how it was very relatable. I think everyone has a time that they lose friends for a variety of reasons. In Nat's case it's because her old friend chose to follow someone else and turn away from Nat. Although I'm not sure she was a great friend to begin with - she never seemed to do what Nat wanted.
But beyond that I love how it looked at being proud of who you are what what you like. It's hard to remember that sometimes. Nat's new friends remind her of this all the time - that she's great just like she is. But it take Nat awhile to accept that herself.
The graphics or great and easy to follow. I actually have trouble with some graphic novels, but the more simplistic drawings in this one made it easy to read.
Over-all: great book! I'm glad I picked it up.

April 14, 2020

Book Trailer: The Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

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They are a great way to get introduced to a new book or series. 

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The Clean Getaway by Nic Stone


How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
* Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
* Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either.
* Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds, history, memories, and most important, the way home.

What Not to Bring:
* A Cell Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual.

Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with New York Times bestselling Nic Stone and an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--his G'ma included.


Although this is a middle grade and Dear Martin was young adult, I think many kids who loved Dear Martin will give this one a try. It sounds really good! 


April 7, 2020

Book Trailer Tuesday: Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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They are a great way to get introduced to a new book or series.
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Words on Fire byJennifer A. Nielsen

Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian -- they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

When Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra's parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?