Monday, August 31, 2015

A Vintage Reads YA Review: If I Stay


If I Stay (If I Stay, 1) by Gayle Forman, July 8, 2014 (originally published in 2009). 304 pages. Published by Speak. Source: bought at Library Sale.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
First Sentence:
Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, 2) by Jeanne Birdsall, April 8, 2008. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating—and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan—a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.

Why: Earlier in the month, I discovered the first of the Penderwick books thanks to my the sale at my local library. After devouring it in just a matter of hours, I fell in love not only with the author's writing but with the entire Penderwick clan. Most especially the Penderwick girls. Now, well now I need more of their adventures!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Crenshaw

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, August 24, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Crenshaw


Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, September 22, 2015. 256 pages. Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: publisher.
In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
First Sentence:
I noticed several weird things about the surfboarding cat.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Neptune Challenge

Neptune Challenge (Neptune Project, 2) by Polly Holyoke, May 19, 2015. Published by Disney-Hyperion.
Danger lurks beneath

Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their long, treacherous journey to refuge and settling in at Safety Harbor. Despite its name, plenty of dangers still lurk just outside the colony's boundaries. When two among them are kidnapped, the remaining Neptune kids and their loyal dolphins must set out on a mission even more perilous than their first: infiltrate the kidnapper's fortress to save their friends and steal away a vital scientific secret that may save the world and its oceans. Fighting terrifying mutated creatures and teens, will the Neptune kids find a way to save their friends, themselves, and their underwater world? The stakes couldn't be higher in this thrilling sequel to the award-winning The Neptune Project. 
Why: Well, after my library finally purchased, at my insistence, The Neptune Project I finally was able to read Pollu Holyoke's debut. And, well now, now I need to know what is going to happen to Nere and the rest of the Neptune Project children. Will they survive another encounter with danger, I don't know and it's driving me crazy!!!
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

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