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Far Out Fairy Tales: Snow White and the Seven Robots

Snow White and the Seven Robots
Louise Simonson
Stone Arch Books, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Far, far away, on a distant planet called Techworld, a little girl named Snow White is born. Created by the planet's smartest minds to be the perfect scientist, Snow immediately shows a knack for working with electronics. The Queen, fearing for her crown, exiles Snow White so she cannot grow up and take the Queen's place as the most intelligent person on the planet. However, Snow White's willingness to help those in need -- especially the downtrodden robots of Techworld -- earns her many friends, and theyare all quite eager to help her cause.

These books are so much fun! Kids will love them. In this story, Snow White’s story becomes intergalactic, and her prince is her friend, first. Fantastic! Also, the queen doesn’t want Snow White’s beauty, she wants her intelligence. How awesome is that? The new story really empowers girl readers. And the apple? Cho…

The Alex Crow

The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
Dutton Children’s, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.

This was a tough read for me. One of the best things about Andrew Smith’s writing is that he doesn’t treat teens like they’re younger or more immature than what they actually are just because they’re teens. The Alex Crow started slowly and then all of a sudden everything happened at once. I wish I had known what was going to hap…

Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost
Lisa Graff
Philomel Books, 2014
Source: Galley, Library
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

I have a small complaint. The cover doesn’t seem to fit the story to me. Yes, the plane was important and yes, Albie loved donuts, but it doesn’t fit the feel of the book. Also, it doesn’t have a picture of Albie on the front, and he was part Asian. Our covers on books need to portray our diverse population. It’s a shame.

This book was about relationships with family members and people who are like family. That support system helps Albie during his struggles at school. I loved Albie. He had such a kind heart and he tr…

The Rumor

The Rumor
Elin Hilderbrand
Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

...that the…

Far Out Fairy Tales: Red Riding Hood, Superhero

Red Riding Hood, Superhero
Otis Frampton
Stone Arch Books, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
While taking a tour of Area 54 with her grandmother, the President of the United States, little Ruby Topper discovers a mysterious little alien carrying a red hood. When Ruby dons the crimson cape and cowl, it grants her AMAZING SUPERPOWERS! But will her newfound abilities be enough to save the White House -- and her grandmother -- from the rampaging Big Bad Wolf-Bot?

Red Riding Hood becomes a less helpless in this awesome graphic novel. Her backstory is fantastic. Overall, this version definitely empowers the girls in the story. Grandma is the President and Red Riding Hood has superpowers. This is a fun modern retelling of the traditional story that all kids will enjoy.