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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

I loved reading Woodson’s story in verse and seeing how she was a born storyteller. I loved reading about how much writing meant to her, even at a young age. I felt …

El Deafo

El Deafo
Cece Bell
Amulet Books, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school--in the hallway...in the teacher's lounge...in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hea…

Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel: No Normal
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Marvel, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she's comin' for you, New York!

I had no idea that there was a Captain Marvel or that she was a girl! Why hasn’t this been made into a movie? I like superheroes, but I know I’m not an expert on them. Most of what I know comes from cartoons that I saw as a kid and the blockbuster movies that come out now. It’s a shame that women aren’t a bigger part of them and that almost all superheroes a…

Gasp

Gasp
Lisa McMann
Simon Pulse, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn't all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she'll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it's too late to prevent disaster.

I think teens would absolutely love this book.

However, I’m a grown up now.

I liked it, don’t get me wro…

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish
Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.


This book was so fun! This is the first awards-chatter book that I actually enjoyed. Grandpa was a card and I liked learning…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney's latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

A better subtitle for this book, though not children-friendly, would be “The Road Trip from Hell.” I can’t even imagine this happening realistically, which is why it’s probably so much fun to read. I kept thinking to myself, “My mom would NEVER do that. The boat would not have happened and we never would have left that water park without searching EVERY locker.” We would have totally given up way earlier than the Heffleys. I certainly hope none of the road trip episodes happened to Jeff Kinney.

The ideas were wild, and while “same old, same old” sounds kind of negative, it didn’t disappoint!

Through the Woods

Through the Woods
Emily Carroll
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

My favorite thing about this book was the use of color. The shades Carroll picked were bold and amazing. They were perfect to capture the mood of the book. This collection of short stories was dark and creepy and so good. The tales start off quietly creepy (and grotesque at times) crescendo to terrifying. If you like scary stories and fairy tales, you’ll love this book.

Underwater Puppies

Underwater Puppies
By Seth Casteel
Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book,Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

If there’s a person out there that dislikes this book, I want to meet them, because they’re one of a kind. I almost feel like it’s cheating to count this as a review, because there are almost no words in it, but IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Therefore, I must share it with all of you. Seriously. I dare you to look at this book and not smile at one of the pictures, at least. It’s fantastic.

The best: the boxer and the pug and any that have eyes bugging out.