Book of the month

Wonder by RJ Palacio

posted Dec 18, 2014, 12:32 PM by Michelle Annett   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 12:33 PM ]

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive.  He goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

This is one of our Read Box books (the most popular in school) and is paired up again Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper for our March Madness competition.  As I first started reading it, I was constantly comparing it to Out of My Mind and thinking it was nearly as good.  BUT, as soon as it started switching into different characters' points of view, I got really sucked in and by the end of the book, I was bawling like a little girl at the beauty of the life that Auggie is living.   This book will make you grateful for all you have and want to be nicer to others. 

Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri

posted Jan 22, 2014, 9:55 AM by Michelle Annett

I honestly expected not to like this book that much. There was something about the drawing style of the cover art that turned me off, but I was pleasantly surprised and actually really enjoyed the drawings inside the book.  The main character is a young boy named Cole who has given his mother so much grief she doesn't know what to do anymore.  She decides to drive through the night and drop him off at the house of his father who has never met. It turns out his father lives in a stable in the middle of Philadelphia.  Once Cole stops feeling sorry for himself he begins to discover a new passion for horses and horseback riding. This book definitely made me want to ride and even race horses!  If you like horses and realistic fiction, you'll love this book!  Try it.......

Between Shades of Gray

posted Nov 13, 2013, 9:25 AM by Michelle Annett   [ updated Nov 13, 2013, 9:26 AM ]

Ruta Sepetys' latest book is one of the better historical fiction novels I have read in a long time. The book's main character, Lina, a fifteen-year-old girl, and her family are rounded up, arrested, and deported from Lithuania by the invading Soviet Union army during World War II.  Most people know about the atrocities and concentration camps in Germany during World War II, but many do not know that Stalin had similar programs in the countries he invaded. Lina's father is a university professor and seen as a threat to the new Soviet regime. He is immediately separated from the rest of the family. Lina, her mother, and her little brother are shipped off to Siberia and expected to do hard labor in order to survive.  It is a moving book about the lengths people will go to survive and protect those they love.  Try this book!

Legend by Marie Lu

posted Oct 11, 2013, 10:46 AM by Michelle Annett

Set in the future, in a United States divided by war, the Colonies and the Republic are both trying to gain control and unify the country again.  Regular citizens living in the Republic face harsh laws and terrible living conditions, including starvation and the Plague. The story is told from two different points of view: Day and June.  Both are physically and intellectually gifted teenagers and make great adversaries. June is the Republic's best soldier and will soon graduate from their training academy and join her brother in the war against the Colonies.  Ever since Day was rejected from the training academy and left to fend for himself at a very young age, he has been fighting against the unfair laws of the Republic and has developed cult status as a hero of the lower class. Both are fighting for causes they are willing to die for. Who will win?  When these two lives cross paths, the world will never be the same.  Action, romance, and intrigue all combine to make this an exciting story that moves quickly.

I love dystopia novels and this is one of my new favorite series. I think it might even be better than Hunger Games, but still behind the Divergent trilogy.  I read and loved Prodigy, the second book in the series, and Champion, the final book will be out this winter.  I'm sure the movie will be coming soon!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

posted Oct 21, 2009, 8:58 AM by Michelle Annett   [ updated Jun 14, 2013, 3:01 PM ]

      What would you do if you woke up in a strange new place, surrounded by strangers and a huge maze filled with man-eating creatures? What if you didn't remember anything about your life other than your name?  Thomas, the main character in The Maze Runner, is a 16-year-old who finds himself in this predicament.  He decides to try to fit in to the new society by becoming a maze runner, a group of elite boys who run into the maze each day to try to map it and find the exit, while getting out early enough to avoid the man-eating Grievers.  His strategy seems to be working out until one day a new person arrives in the maze-a girl, the only girl to ever be introduced to the backwards futuristic world of the Glade.  Now, with everyone and everything disrupted, can Thomas find the exit before they all die?

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