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Wow. This book has it all. Adventure, fun, a villain, a mystery, and a hero. In Squirm we follow
Billy as he ventures to Montana after finding out his father’s address. Billy is a daredevil, he
likes to catch snakes, for a hobby! Soon Billy’s summer will take a turn, to his father. After
finding out what his dad does he has a pretty strange vacation. This includes fly to Montana,
hiking, find a grizzly bear, shoot a drone, save a panther, and try to save his own father. This
book is a great read and is as good as Hoot, Flush, Scat, and Chomp. This book is good for kids
who like animals, but just about anyone can read them. -Lucia
It begins with a picture. Reporter Ellis Reed never meant for the picture of two kids in front of a sign reading "2 Children for Sale" to be published in the paper, let alone spark a national debate. Despite his fame from the article, the picture has bigger consequences than anyone could ever have imagined. Teaming up with an unlikely ally Lillian Palmer, Ellis must decide how much fixing his mistakes is worth, before it's too late. In this moving novel, Kristina McMorris paints a heartbreaking tale of family, hardship, and sacrifice during the Great Depression. It was full of twists and turns that kept me guessing what would happen in the next chapter. I highly recommend to anyone interested in history or just looking for a moving story! - Kristina
Set in the aftermath of a fire destroying everything she has ever known, this story follows Moonbeam, a 17 year old girl struggling to come to terms with the fact that her life is completely upended. Switching between before and after the fire, readers embark on a gripping journey through faith, guilt and loss as Moonbeam tells her story in bits and pieces to her therapist in the rehabilitation center she now calls home. This book gripped me from the very beginning, and before I could blink, I was already half way through. Any dystopian or survivalist novel fans will not be able to put this one down! - Kristina
Zuri Benizet is happy living the life she knows and loves in her hood, Bushwick. What she doesn't need is Darius Darcy and his sharp jawline and arrogance to come and look down on the life she knows. Darius and his brother, Ainsley come from money and Zuri already knows what that means. Over the summer, she begins to learn that everything she thinks she knows may not be the truth after all and people can surprise you when you least expect it.
From the author of American Street, Ibi Zoboi, comes a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that is both relatable and important in a much more modern setting with issues pertaining to gentrification, class and what it means to have your beliefs challenged.
You will fall for Zuri Benizet because of her unflinching Pride in her identity, her home and her family. And Darius Darcy is a bonus you won't be complaining about. - Aditi
All Noah wants is for life to go back to the way it was before the accident that took away his father and left him in a wheelchair. Trying to forget everything that has changed, and eager for his classmates to treat him like they did before, Noah buries his grief and puts on a sarcastic mask. Yet as he navigates through this big change, he meets new friends and reconnects with old ones that help him slowly remove his mask. This novel is full of funny and witty sarcasm and wonderful characters, but is also about picking yourself up after a huge tragic loss. Well worth the read, 100% recommend!
Another fantastic book from Mackenzi Lee, and one of my favorites of the year! If possible, A Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is better than A Genlteman's Guide to Vice and Virtue! This book is full of adventure and suspense, with a cast of amazing characters that had me flying through this book. If you are looking for a thrilling historical fiction with strong women and adventurous pirates, this is 100% the book for you.
This book is about a girl named Ivy who has discovered this anonymous art sharing app, VEIL, where you only see posts from people in a 5 mile radius. She happens to also have a lot more time on her hands because after returning from a "nerd camp" her best friend Harold has turned into a college obsessed freak, joining every club in school. Slowly but surely, Ivy discovers that some of her favorite posters go to her school and she begins to give them gifts. But of course, some things go wrong along the way. I mean it wouldn't be a proper novel if they didn't. I really enjoyed this book.
For those who loved the first three books in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, you won’t want to miss the next adventure. For those like me who may have been losing the excitement by the third book, you’re going to want to pick this book up and continue Jacob’s adventure! When Miss Peregrine and her children save Jacob from his fate, he is in disbelief. His two worlds are colliding in present day Florida, there is much to be done in the acre and so much has changed in just a few months. Jacob is a hero in peculiardom and his friends feel they have earned their independence. The ymbryne rule is being questioned. In Florida, Jacob and Emma’s relationship becomes strained when they take a walk down memory lane and stop in at Abe’s house, little did they know, not only did Abe have a hidden bunker under his house, but a log book detailing his missions. His logs stop abruptly years before his death, why did they stop? Who were Abe’s associates mentioned in the logs? There are so many questions left unanswered for Jacob and only breadcrumbs to follow. When a clue leads him to contacting the last lifeline to his grandfather’s mysteries, Jacob cannot resist finding out who his grandfather truly was and if he can live up to his grandfather’s legend, or always walk in his shadow. America is not like the peculiardom Jacob and his friends understand, there are fighting clans, unknown loops, highway men, and more that they are not prepared for. Will Jacob be able to unravel the mystery of his grandfathers’ legacy or will he be consumed by the corrupt American peculiardom? Riggs has not disappointed with the fourth novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. America has opened a whole new world of dangers for the peculiar and unanswered questions of Abe’s past. The easy to read conversational style is a serious page turner that will keep you reading and leave you wanting more. Full of new peculiar photos from the past, with new color feature, you won’t want to miss.
In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, a pivotal book that changed the course of literature forever. Now, two-hundred years later, Kiersten White created a deliciously dark retelling of the haunting story we all know and love. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein features a young girl, Elizabeth, as she navigates the precarious life she is forced to live when she becomes best friends with Victor Frankenstein himself. Victor, a boy who thirsts to know the human body inside and out, will go to any extent to defeat death itself, even if it means having to sacrifice the only girl he has ever loved. The gothic setting and twisting plot breathes a whole new life into the age-old story that will captivate readers who love mystery and thrill. The question is, will Elizabeth be able to make it out alive?
This book is a spellbinding novel reminiscent of classics such as Once And Future King, but also so much better. Pike has woven a story of struggle and love of a long forgotten queen, with a blend of Scottish history and folklore. Languoreth struggles with love, loss, and the new weight of being queen all while watching her world grow more tense and violent with each passing year. Signe Pike has brought her story to life in this riveting trilogy. A must read book and trilogy, one of the best reads this year!