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Bob

Bob
Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Feiwel & Friends, 2018
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.

It turns out she’s right.

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who—or what—he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever. 


If Holes by Louis Sachar (also a movie) and the movie Home (based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex) had a baby, you w…
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The Meg

The Meg
Steve Alten
Tsunami Books, 2005
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined. MEG is …

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead
Steve Bryant
Action Lab Entertainment, 2016
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
Something stranger than usual haunts Full Moon Hollow, Paranormal Capital of the World. Adults either can t see it, can t remember it, or go crazy from it. So when a zombie outbreak threatens the town, only a group of misfit scouts can save it! Collects the fan-favorite miniseries. Be prepared. Be very prepared.

Well, Ghoul Scouts was good, but forgettable. I read it less than a week ago and I remember very little about it. I know that I enjoyed the art, and that it was super action-packed. Therefore, I think kids will enjoy it more than I did - especially if they like a little bit of paranormal as well. It's a good choice for children who are looking for something "scary," especially if they are reluctant readers.

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
Broadway, 1998
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
In 1979, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato - a novel about the Vietnam War - won the National Book Award. In this, his second work of fiction about Vietnam, O'Brien's unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later.

Well, I was the wrong audience for this book. It's not one that I normally would have picked up, but I read it for book club.

I was super confused as to why this was fiction. The Things They Carried was well-written, because it felt traumatic and real. The main character's name was Tim, the same as the author, and it was written in first person. How is it not nonfiction? I'm guessing it was inspired by O'Brien's experiences. I just…

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter
By Margareta Magnusson
Scribner, 2018
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädningmeaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.

Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love l…

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Shaun David Hutchinson
Simon Pulse, 2018
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.


Wow, I loved The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza! I…

A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory
Alyssa Cole
Avon, 2018
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?


Norma…