The second you finish the first chapter of Dear Sweet Pea, you instantly fall in love. This eye opening novel focuses on 7th grader Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco as she navigates the tough world of junior high, and her own family life. All is thrown on to her as her dad reveals he is gay, and her parents decide to live one house apart. Meanwhile, secrets are revealed about her ex best friend, trouble is brewing with her new one, and she accidentally takes over the local advice column. Murphy’s writing is absolutely spectacular, and will absorb you into a world all of your own. Join us when you open the pages of Dear Sweet Pea.
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The reader can really relate to the main character, Iris, who is a young deaf girl. Iris learns in school about a lonely whale that can’t communicate with other whales because of the frequency of it’s song. The story is a well paced realistic fiction about how Iris travels on a cruise ship with her grandma to find the whale. Lynne Kelly does a great job of working Iris’s inner issues into the main plot. I could really feel the emotions of the book as I read it. A real page turner, “Song For A Whale” is a must read!
I really enjoyed this book. A modern style realistic fiction that takes place in 1984 Loves Forge, Tennessee, this novel is deep, with mature themes, but also a light sense of humor and wisdom. As stubborn Lyndie tries to deal with her dads’ alcoholism, her annoying prissy grandma, and an inspiring kid from the local juvenile detention center, she brings emotions to the reader. This is a truly a thoughtful and gripping book!
Piper Milly, a shy girl with a bold musical father, has always been a “blender”. She isn’t looking to stand out in the world. But when she learns her father got a job at a rich middle school and she’s transferring there, she can’t handle it. She’s going to have to find a way to be her best. Grabenstein really lets the reader see Piper’s point of view as she’s trying to find her own way to shine. This is an inspiring, truly shining book!
Journey through the harsh plains from the perspective of one of the most powerful hunters in the forest. Young wolf Swift, has been separated from his pack by enemy wolves and has to find his way in the world. Will he make it? Parry uses excellent vocabulary with an easy and yet somewhat complex plot line to get her point across and really send the reader into an animal’s mind. Based on a true story, “A Wolf Called Wander” is a great, short book you should get to in your spare time.