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This week’s book talks January 8 – 12

12 Jan

I still feel energetic after my first five-day week since Winter Break ended. Go me!

As a result, I got in a full five books!

Monday: A Night Divided  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Tuesday: Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Wednesday: All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr

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Thursday: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda  by Tom Angleberger

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Friday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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The Course of True Friendship

21 Jul

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I was excited when my hold on Real Friends came in. I was ecstatic when I saw there was a character named Adrienne, then, disappointed to find out she was the antagonist. Sigh. But that is probably the worst thing I can say about Shannon Hale’s graphic novel, excellently illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Publisher’s Summary: 

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Drawing on events from her own youth, Hale tells a tale most kids can relate to. In her afterward, she admits that she is telling only her side of the story. She also tells readers to be patient if they haven’t found their “group” yet.

In addition to tackling friendship issues, Real Friends gives readers a glimpse into life in a Mormon family, something we don’t often see in kidlit.

This is a book that is getting some Newbery buzz, and I highly recommend it.

 

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