Rebecca

 

 

 

 

Rebecca is a long-time Saturn customer who has returned home after college to, well, READ!  She's pretty knowledgeable about kid-lit, so come in, look down (she'a a tiny one), and pick her brain!

 

 

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A Million Ways Home (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545667067
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Published: Scholastic Press, 8/2014
Poppy Parker's life has been turned upside down, but she has a plan to fix it. She lived with her grandmother, but is now in foster care since her grandmother had a stroke. Poppy is determined to spring her grandmother from the nursing home she is currently living in, and thinks that things will go back to the way they were after she does. But, on her way to visit her grandmother one afternoon, Poppy ends up as a witness to a murder, and her life takes another dramatic turn. The police put her in witness protection, and Poppy is sent to live with the mother of one of the officers. There she meets a girl named Lizzie and a German shepherd named Gunner, who has been deemed dangerous and is going to be put to sleep. Poppy decides she is going to save Gunner and get her grandmother out of the nursing home. However, she still has to worry about the murderer who may come after her.

A Million Ways Home was a really interesting read. Poppy is a fun character, and her story is an emotional rollercoaster and an incredible adventure.

A Raisin in the Sun (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.50
ISBN-13: 9780679755333
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Published: Vintage, 1/1994
Mama Youngers is the head of her family, with two children, Walter Lee and Beneatha. Walter Lee is married, and he and his wife have a son. The whole family lives in a small apartment, and all of them want something better for their family. Walter Lee wants to own a business, which he believes will give him the ability to give his family a better life. Mama wants to give her family a home, while Beneatha wants to become a doctor. The family is about to receive a check for $10,000, and all of the adults want to use the money for something different to reach their goals of bettering their lives.

I really enjoyed reading A Raisin in the Sun. It examines the realities of life for African Americans in the United States in the 1950s, and Hansberry does a nice job of creating a story that a lot of people could, and still do, connect to.

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316406819
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 7/2014
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning is the third book in Chris Colfer’s creative series about the fairy tale world. Alex is getting ready to take her place as the Fairy Godmother, while her twin Connor is on a class trip in Europe to hear several long lost Brothers Grimm stories. However, what Connor doesn’t expect to hear is a warning that only he understands. The fairy tale world is in danger, and it’s up to him to warn them.

I think these are great books to read together as a family. Colfer does a nice job of revamping the fairy tale stories that everyone knows, and creating new stories that are a lot of fun and, at times, unexpected.

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780843172379
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Published: Price Stern Sloan, 6/2014
There are tons of alphabet books out there, but most pair each letter with an object. R is for Robot pairs each letter with the sound of a certain action.  On each page, the sounds are made by robots doing different things.  Each picture is sure to delight its audience, as they are very cute and funny.  I think this is an adorable picture book, and a great one to add to a child's collection.

Hide and Seek (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545419758
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Published: Scholastic Press, 4/2013
I’ve mentioned before that I really like Kate Messner’s books; Hide and Seek is the second in her Silver Jaguar series, and another great book.

In this adventure, the sacred Jaguar Cup has been discovered in Costa Rica, and is set to go on tour of the United States with other priceless artifacts from the Latin America region. However, it is quickly discovered that the cup has been replaced with a duplicate. Members of the Silver Jaguar Society fly down to Costa Rica to find answers, and along with them are their three children and the three junior members of the society, Anne, Jose, and Henry.

When the adults get stuck in another part of the country because of an earthquake, Anne, Jose, and Henry take it upon themselves to do some investigating of their own. This leads to a tangled mess filled with deception and danger deep in the jungles, where Anne, Jose, and Henry find that some people will do anything to acquire the rarities of the world.

The Silent History (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534479
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Published: FSG Originals, 6/2014
When children are being born with no ability to speak or make sense of spoken or written language, everyone starts searching for answers. Parents, doctors, scientists, teachers, and everyday citizens are confounded. However, some want to understand the disease so they can cure it and some want to help the children survive in the world, while others want to have the peace that they believe the “silents” have. Everyone has different motives, and the silents struggle to communicate what they want.

The Silent History is told throughout the course of thirty-three years, from when the first cases appear to when life in the United States takes a dramatic turn. The history of the silents is narrated by several different people with various connections to the illness. It’s a unique story, and one that definitely makes you think.

The Crucible (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780140481389
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Published: Penguin Books, 10/1976
Though I love to read, there are many classics I haven’t read, and I decided that it was something I needed to remedy. I started with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The Crucible is a short play, but communicates a lot in each page.

The Crucible is a historical play, based on the events of the Salem witch trials. It explores how fear can impact a whole society. Miller chose to tell this story for a reason. He wrote it during the Red Scare, when people saw communists everywhere. The finger pointing that happened during the Salem witch trials was duplicated in the hearings that happened in the 1940s-1950s. Miller used his play to illustrate the point that fear could bring down a society.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062135964
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Published: Harper Teen, 6/2014
Gardnerville is a town in which those who are terminally ill don’t die, and the effects of old age are slowed. However, all of this comes at a cost. When children hit adolescence, their thoughts, wishes, and demands can come true, and almost always comes with deadly consequences. Teenagers who cause the death of someone because of their actions are sent to the reformatory until they are deemed no longer dangerous.

Sky and Piper Gardner had made plans to try and end all of the craziness in their town, but when Piper commits an act that causes her to be sent to the reformatory, Sky spends the next few years trying to forget what happened.

Four years later, the town starts falling apart and Sky believes that it’s Piper telling her it’s time to bring the town down. However, Sky has spent the four years in a fog, and as she begins to come out of it and search for the answers to the questions she’s been running from, will she be able to handle the answers?

Don’t You Forget About Me is an interesting sci-fi for young adults, and has an ending you won’t see coming.

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250048837
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Published: Minotaur Books, 5/2014

I don’t often read British novels, but The Stranger You Know sounded like an interesting mystery, and it didn’t disappoint.

Women are being murdered all over London, and detective Maeve Kerrigan is brought into the case after the murders are connected. The murderer is very good at what he or she does, and leaves little evidence behind. However, once the murders have been connected, the police find that they’re very similar to a cold case, one in which Maeve’s partner was a suspect.


This is a really well written mystery, with suspense, intrigue, and several surprising plot twists.

Manhunt (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545419772
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Published: Scholastic Press, 6/2014
One of my favorite children’s mystery series is the Silver Jaguar Society books by Kate Messner. The Silver Jaguar Society is a group of adults who are descendants of famous artists, writers, and thinkers. They help protect famous artifacts from a group known as the Serpentine Princes. In the first book, several children of society members ended up getting involved in a case, and became junior members.

Manhunt is the third book in the series, and Henry, Anna, and Jose are in Paris with their family members, trying to protect priceless works of art from the Serpentine Princes. However, there is a traitor in the Silver Jaguar Society, and this time the Serpentine Princes have also made a threat against society members.

Not knowing who to trust after their relatives don’t come home after a mission, Henry, Anna, and Jose aren’t sure what to do. The only thing they know is that they need to protect the Mona Lisa, though first they need to find the painting.

This is another thrilling tale by Messner.

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399169281
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Published: Putnam Adult, 6/2014
A Long Way Home is the amazing story of a 5-year-old boy from India who gets lost while traveling with his older brother, manages to survive on the streets of some of India’s most dangerous cities on his own, and eventually is adopted by an Australian couple.

Saroo lived with his mother, two older brothers, and younger sister. His brothers would hop on trains and search in nearby towns for work they could do to support their family. On one such trip, Saroo tagged long. However, he got on the wrong train, traveled for several hours, and ended up getting hopelessly lost. After surviving on the streets, a teenage boy finally noticed him and took him to a police station. Saroo spent some time in homes, until being adopted by an Australian couple.

While growing up, Saroo tried to remember everything about his life in India, in the hope that one day he would be able to see his family again. But, none of the names of places he remembered panned out. Years later, Saroo begins to find new possibilities through new technology. After months of searching using Google Earth, he finds what he thinks is his home. He travels there to check it out and, hopefully, to find some closure.

Saroo gets his happy ending, and his tale shows that with perseverance, hard work, hope, and some luck, people can do almost anything they put their minds to. This is a wonderful, hopeful, true story about life, and it shows how small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

Out of My Mind (Paperback)

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9781416971719
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/2012

Melody has cerebral palsy and is stuck inside her own head. She has tons of knowledge, but cannot share it, or even say a simple “I love you,” to her parents. A few special people in Melody’s life realize how smart she is, and fight to get her what she needs in order to be heard.

At school, Melody has always been treated like a young child, learning simple math and the alphabet over and over again. Then, in fifth grade, she and her fellow special education students get a new teacher and several new aides who get them included in general education classes.

One day, Melody is able to communicate to her aide that she wants a computer like Stephan Hawking has. The computer allows her to communicate with the rest of the world, but not everyone is ready for that.

This is a wonderful, amazing story. I loved it, and I think it’s an important book for children to read because they will gain new understandings of those people they might not normally get to know.

The Glass Sentence (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670785025
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 6/2014
An interesting and unique tale, in The Glass Sentence the world has been torn into different time zones. The surviving civilizations call this the Great Disruption, and have tried to adapt to this new life the best they can.

Many people became mapmakers, mapping the various corners of the globe and assisting in stabilizing this new world. Sophia’s parents and her Uncle Shadrack did this, but her uncle stopped traveling to care for his niece when Sophia’s parents disappear one trip.

Years later, when Sophia is a teenager, changes start coming to the land, and Shadrack decides it is time for him and Sophia to go and try to find her parents. However, before they can begin their venture, Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia, with the help of a boy named Theo, travel the different lands in an attempt to find her uncle, and by doing so Sophia learns more about the world around her. She also discovers many dangers that she never could have imagined, and finds out that there is one danger that may be close to destroying the world.


Goodnight June (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780142180211
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Published: Plume, 5/2014
June works at a bank in New York City where she is responsible for closing independent businesses that haven’t been paying their bills. When the news comes that her great-aunt has passed away and left her children’s bookstore to June, she has to go home to handle it. June hasn’t been home in a long time, and her plan is to close the bookstore and sell the building so she can return to New York City. However, she finds a few surprises when she returns. Her great-aunt has left a scavenger hunt for June, consisting of letters between herself and Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon and other children’s books. The two women were best friends, and they shared everything. June learns a lot about her aunt, including the fact that there were a few secrets her great-aunt kept that June becomes determined to discover.

This is a wonderful book and is going to be my next staff pick! It is very well-written, with an intriguing plot. Goodnight June is a perfect book to read during your summer vacation.

Dark of the Moon (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780786017157
Availability: Sorry, this title is not currently available from our store.
Published: Pinnacle, 1/2005
I loved P.J. Parrish’s Heart of Ice, so I decided I needed to read another one of the books in this series. I went back to the beginning of the series, Dark of the Moon.

Detective Louis Kincaid goes from Detroit, down to Black Pool, Mississippi, to be with his dying mother. Things are pretty quiet in the small southern town, until the day that the bones of a young black man are discovered. Soon after, two white men, prominent members of the community, are also found dead.

The case brings up racial tensions that have simmered in the town for generations. Louis finds himself with no allies, and has to deal with traditions and a way of thinking that is very difficult to break. While trying to find justice for those who have been murdered, Louis himself finds himself in danger of ending up another victim.