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Frozen: The Cinestory

Disney Frozen: The Cinestory
Walt Disney Company
Joe Books Inc, 2014
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf along the way, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Audiences who thrilled to the adventures of Anna and Elsa on the big screen can relive their favorite moments in this oversized graphic novel keepsake featuring an introduction by Leonard Maltin. With hundreds of movie stills and over 300 pages of adventure and laughs, the Frozen Cinestory will transport fans back to Arendelle time and time again!

This is the perfect book for reluctant readers in love with the movie Frozen. The book reads exactly like the movie, and the writer did an excellent job o…

Primates of Park Avenue

Primates of Park Avenue
Wednesday Martin
Simon & Schuster, 2015
Source: Library
Adults: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe.

After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers' snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns, display rituals, physical adornment, mutilation, mating practices, extra-pair …

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Wow, I didn’t read the description of this book before I started it. That is totally my fault. However, when I think of Jennifer E. Smith’s teen books, I think of cute, complicated, uplifting romances that I can finish quickly. This was about a cute, complicated…

I Crawl Through It

I Crawl Through It
A.S. King
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they'll do anything to escape the pressure. They'll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them... until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it.

Huh.



I love A.S. King. Absolutely LOVE her books. I always read them as advance reader copies and then BUY the books. I don’t know about this one though. It left me scratching my head. In a word, I would describe it as “trippy.” After finishing this book, I just wanted to sit down with A.S. King and ask her 20 questions.

Such as:

What inspired you to write a book in this style?

You often use magical realism in your books. Do you consider this to be surrealism/postmodern…

The I Survived Book Series

I Survived...
The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
Lauren Tarshis
Source: Library
Audience: Children

These books are a genius idea - historical fiction that reads like an action movie. Most book series for kids are fairly formulaic. Kids know what they like and that way, authors keep them hooked. In the I Survived series, it starts out with an action packed scene and then flashes back to how it began, a boy gets separated from people important to him, reconnects with them after a traumatic event, and at the end everyone is happy. Unfortunately, sometimes it means adults get bored - even librarians. They feature a diverse group of kids and world events, but... Every single book features a boy as the main character.

Every.

Single.

One.

I’m a girl. I like to read about girls. Girls are historically significant, too. Why why why is a woman author only writing about boys??? Aren’t we, as girls, told enough in hist…

I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001

I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2012
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.

So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again.

It blows my mind to think that there are people who don’t remember what it was like before September 11. I understand that they need to learn about it, and a historical fiction book is the perfect way. It didn’t make it any easier for me to read. When I heard about the attack, I was in Spanish I. The rest of the da…

Far Out Fairy Tales: Ninja-Rella

Ninja-Rella
Joey Comeau
Stone Arch Books, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Younger Teens, Children

From Goodreads:
Cinderella's stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderellayearns to becomethe Prince's personal bodyguard. When the opportunity to prove her worth to the Prince finally arrives in the form of an invitation to a royal costume ball, Cinderella's stepmother won't let her go! But this time around, Ninja-rella isn't going to take "no" for an answer . . .

This book was a blast to read. Ninjas are so cool and when you mix them with a dainty fairy tale princess, you get awesome. Ninja-Rella is a strong character and is not interested in princess things. My only criticism of the story was that it never explains what ha…

Sounds Like Me

Sounds Like Me
Sara Bareilles
Simon & Schuster, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
A candid and down-to-earth collection of essays by five-time, Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, exploring her life in song; raw, evocative, and utterly unforgettable.

Sara Bareilles shot to fame in 2007 with her hit single; Love Song, and her more recent chart-topping hit; Brave, but her journal as a songwriter started long before. In this candid book of essays, Sara pulls back the curtain to expose her songwriting process, revealing all the struggle and joy inherent in creating great work while staying true to yourself.

Showcasing her stripped down and confessional writing style, Sara's entertaining and inspirational book tells the inside stories behind her most popular songs and offers insights into finding balance between making art for herself and commercial music for her listeners.


Oh, I love Sara Bareilles! I saw her in concert in 2012,…