Monday, January 27, 2014

God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant

cover_imageThis beautifully written and illustrated book is meant to be read again and again.  Thoughtful poems written about God trying everyday activities.  God is depicted in all races and both genders. One of my favorite poems is "God Got Arrested."

"God--who was only there
because he liked
the jukebox--
lost it.
And his anger erupted like
the wrath of...
Oh, right. Never mind"

As I read this book I laughed out loud, in the library.  I made students listen while I read poems.  I can't find the words to express how happy I felt as I read these poems.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

by Marissa Meyer

I have been trying to figure out a way to review this book.  I came up with the perfect six word memoir.
 Cinderella as a cyborg, 'nuf said

Of course as soon as I finished Cinder I was on to the squeal.

Now elements of the children's tale, "Little Red Ridding Hood", has been added to the story. There are a couple new voices added to the story which adds depth.  There was a little confusion at the start of the book with the new characters.  I missed Cinder's voice, then she joined the story, and I couldn't wait for the collision of characters.  It is spectacular.  Of course the next book in the series, Cress, has been preordered for my Kindle. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cinder by Melissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

Loosely based on the classic Cinderella story, this is the tale of a cyborg who lives with an evil stepmother and two stepsisters. The setting is post World War IV New Beijing. Cinder is the most renowned mechanic in the city and is very surprised when Prince Kai shows up to have his android repaired. Then we learn of the plague which has Cinder's step-sister, Peony, in its grasp as well as the emperor.  Lots of twists and turns in this beautifully written story.  Someone, that's me, can't wait to read part two!

Living Dead Girl

Bleak and dark. This story is told in brief chapters of varying lengths. Alice was abducted from a school trip when she was 10. Before she was a stupid girl, now she is dead inside, just a shell. This is an uncomfortable read. The sexual abuse is implied, there is physical violence as well. Now 15, Alice is tasked to find her replacement. A heart pounding read. Mature readers only.

Friday, January 3, 2014

If I Stay

I LOVED this book. I bought five copies for the library. Lexile is 830. It would be good for readers who choose not to read. I felt it was beautifully written. 

It takes place in Oregon. A snow day turns deadly when the family car is t-boned. Mia, outside her body, follows herself to the trauma unit. Massive injuries and brain trauma, but Mia doesn't feel a thing in this in between place. Her life is told through a series of flashbacks, alternating her views on family and friends who are keeping vigil. With the help of a nurses comment, she realizes she is the one who decides if she stays or moves on.

This is the best book I have read in quite awhile.

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