Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer is Almost HERE!

Gulf Beaches Library is planning on being THE GIVER this year. We're having a drawing to give away a Kindle and gift cards again this year to the teen who qualifies to enter by turning in a book report. (The good news is that all three Brown children have already won so they won't be Maze Runners
in this contest.)  This contest will last all summer long, so the Fault Will be in Our Stars if we don't get some reading done.  
You say, "If I Stay?" What if I'm traveling this summer? Just send me a message through this blog and I'll still count your 30 word book report.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sunshine States Are In and I'm reading them...Still Waiting on Teen Reads

I've read:
Doll Bones: Genuinely creepy.  Doll Bones! I'm already afraid of dolls, with their weird glass eyes. Ish
Small as an Elephant: Think a book about an eleven year old kid being abandoned by his manic depressive mom in a national park might make for good reading? You'd be right! Loved it!
Ungifted: This is the one I'm going to buy in audio because it is soooo funny you will want to be reading it out loud and sharing it with other people. Loved it!
The Lions of Little Rock: Excellent tale, well told. Integration in Arkansas. Again, I just really enjoyed it.
Dead City: Zombies in New York. I know, I know, I'm not into zombies either. I mean, they're so dumb, no room for character development there! But these zombies are different. They were created by a mining accident at the turn of the century and they live among the New Yorkers, managing to pass themselves off most of the time. Our heroes and heroines are zombie slayers. More of a sci fi outing than paranormal. I've ordered the sequel and I'm eager to read it.
Endangered: You get a big download from this book, including a lot of how-to about raising bonobos (they're like chimpanzees only nicer), survival tips, and a lot of reasons to cross the Democratic Republic of the Congo off your list of vacation wish list.  This would be a great read for a family reading group discussion. Lots of real life here, and the narrator is refreshingly honest with a wry overtone in observations of the very terrible world she finds herself in. Because this is a book about a fourteen year old American girl who finds herself in the midst of Congo style warfare, which looks a lot like country-wide terrorism.