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This week’s book talks 4/2-6

6 Apr

Back to book talks with a full five-day week. Here are the five books I recommended to my students.

MONDAY

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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire  by John August
TUESDAY

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The Journey of Little Charlie  by Christopher Paul Curtis

WEDNESDAY

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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

THURSDAY

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Ice Wolves  by Amie Kaufman

 

FRIDAY

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How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

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Back to the books

2 Apr

The SOLSC Challenge is over, so now I am back to writing mostly about books – except on Tuesdays when I will post a weekly Slice of Life Story.

I read a number of books in March, but I will use today’s post to list the books I finished during Spring Break.

Picture Books

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The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra
illustrated by Eric Comstock

 

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Grace for Gus
written and illustrated by Harry Bliss

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On the Other Side of the Garden written by Jairo Buitrago
illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

 

Middle Grade Novels

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Arlo Finch in the Valley of  Fire by John August

 

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Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

 

Young Adult Novels

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Sequel? Companion? Excellent!

22 Dec

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So, Gemina picks up about 5 minutes after ILLUMINAE ends. The book continues the story of the invasion of Kerenza IV, and clears up many things that seemed unanswered in the first book. This was as good, if not better than the first book, and I don’t say that often. Second books so often feel like a place holder, but this one really added to the bigger story. I am sad to say that, although the third book is due out in 2017, I fear it won’t be released until October, which is when the first two came out.

Publisher’s Summary:Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

A tale of romance, double crosses and survival

22 Nov

Instead of reading the books, I’d intended, I decided to read another arc I’d picked up at the ALA annual conference last June.  I found it because of the stairs that led down to the exhibits.

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There were usually a lot of people on the stairs, and I was often on a mission to get somewhere. I finally realized that it was advertising for a book, after I’d seen the display at the publisher’s booth. Illuminae, The Illuminae Files 1 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, at 2-1/4″,  was the largest arc I brought home.

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On first glance, It was intriguing. It is a no-traditional text, set up as a dossier full of reports, documents, archived information, instant messages, email, transcripts and descriptions of security footage.

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And it is a really great read! It is set in space, so if you are not a sci fi fan, be warned, but don’t be put off: it is more than just a  tale set in space. It is an action packed tale of romance, double crosses and survival involving two star-crossed lovers and a computer named AIDAN, who is reminiscent of HAL from  2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Publisher’s summary:This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again!

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

If you’d like a sample, visit the Illuminae website.

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