I think I have to credit Goodreads with finding this title. I have been on a more realistic fiction path recently which has not been horrible…it’s just not my normal. I think that I will try Niven’s All The Bright Places since I had success with this one!
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started this book. I almost put it down because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to accept the negativity…but i kept going and i’m glad I did…the negativity plays an important role in this story of acceptance and love and friendship.
Libby is overweight and has been since her life started spiraling out of control after her mom passed away. She quit attending school and got so large that at one point she had been named America’s Fattest Teen. She lost weight, started high school and wondered if she would ever be able to fit in.
Jack Masselin seems to have it all together…a hot on-again-off-again girlfriend, good friends and swagger. But Jack is harboring a deep dark secret that threatens to ruin his entire life. When he decides to write Libby a letter and join the “Fat Girl Rodeo” both lives are changed forever.
A story about acceptance of yourself and others, of true friendship and finding love.
I have been on a roll, reading ARCs and Galleys (I’m not sure why there are 2 names for the same thing) and there are some very cute books coming out. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for access to these great titles!
Before I talk about the picture books I read, I just have to say how excited I am to be reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. This is being described as a sequel series to Fablehaven, my 2nd favorite series of all time. Same characters, new adventure!!
First up for today is Littles and How They Grow written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.
What a great story. A tale about “littles” and how they grow. This book showed diversity in the families and love on every page. I can’t wait to see this as an actual book.
Expected sale date June 13, 2017
Next up: Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time! written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen (pronounced Le Win) Pham. Freckleface Strawberry books are very fun and sweet. I am not sure if this is the first beginning reader for Moore but she does a great job, tackling a friendship situation with text that kids can understand. Great illustrations.
Expected sale date July 11, 2017
Next: Naptastrophe written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka. If you are a parent of anyone over the age of 2, you can relate to this book. It is a tale of our little Lucy, who isn’t tired. She isn’t tired when she is put down for a nap, she isn’t tired when she goes shopping with her dad, she isn’t tired at dinner and she is not tired when she falls face first into her food. Fun illustrations and text.
So I will be honest….I hadn’t read an Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems book until this one. I wasn’t against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn’t feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn’t know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie…this series is over. However, in case you didn’t know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.
Kate Messner writes about such a wide range of topics. I actually discovered this book because I read an article that Kate was asked to NOT attend a school visit due to this book. I would imagine that we will see this on the Banned/Challenged book list very soon.
Charlie is an Irish dancer, a sister, a friend, a daughter who she discovers a fish that grants wishes. She quickly learns that wishing for what she wants doesn’t always turn out the way she expects.
This book deals with the very difficult topic of drug addiction. I can understand the reluctance of educators and parents when it comes to this book, but Kate’s response to the disinvite was brillant: “When we decide a book is inappropriate for a school library because it deals with a tough subject, we’re telling kids in that situation that their problems can’t even be talked about,” read the whole article here.
These types of books are important. It can help a kid not feel alone. It can help a parent talk about a difficult topic. It can help everyone start a conversation.
I have been seriously slacking! I wrote about more Otter fun without ever mentioning Otter before…I hope Otter and Sam will forgive me. Otter lives with Otter Keeper and together they celebrate Halloween, talk about school and Otter even goes to outer space…in addition to starting her own school. This is such a fun series with great illustrations. I can’t get enough of Otter.
Back in 2013, I had added The Naturals as a “to read” book. Unfortunately I forgot about it until just a couple weeks ago when I re-discovered it after reading Barnes’s Fixer series. In a way I am glad that I forgot about it because I have plowed through all three books in a just a couple weeks…and now I have to wait for book 4….until November….
Cassie’s mother was murdered. It had always been just her and her mother so when her father didn’t want to take her, she was sent with his family and she learned to accept these people who hadn’t ever been a part of her life. However, Cassie has always been able to read people’s emotions and she is approached by a handsome boy close to her age, she decides to join The Naturals…a program used by the government but under the guise of a gifted schooling program. Cassie meets 4 other teens who all have special gifts. Will she learn to trust this band of misfits? Will she ever solve her mother’s murder? Will her father ever be a part of her life?
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written many things. I found her just by chance. The first thing I read by her, The Fixer, had me turning the pages, wanting more the entire way through. Tess Kendrick has lived with her grandfather “gramps” for many years, after her parents were killed. Her sister, Ivy, is almost non-existent in her life and Tess is bitter about that. When Gramps dies, Tess thinks it will be easy to just live on her own, but Ivy has other plans for Tess.
Ivy is a “fixer” in the often turbulent city of Washington D.C. She fixes all kinds of problems and anytime that Tess wants to know more, Ivy shuts the door. Tess learns family secrets that she couldn’t ever imagine happened. These secrets barely begin to touch the surface of the Kendrick family as well as families of Tess’s new friends.