Monday, July 7, 2014

Liar and Spy

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead is a laugh-out-loud novel about 7th grader Georges (silent s), who just moved into a new apartment.  He meets a 12 year old boy named Safer who is quite quirky.  He drinks coffee and is a "self appointed spy".  Safer sends Georges on a spy mission to find out and track Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs.  Georges is sent on all sorts of crazy tasks, but little does he know, Safer has a secret.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead


If you want to have a good laugh or read a page-turner, this book is for you!

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First Light

First Light by Rebecca Stead is a novel that makes you think.  And I don't just mean think, I mean think hard.

First Light by Rebecca Stead


Here is the big theme/motto of the book: "Two kids.  Two worlds.  One secret."

Peter is a boy with a father who studies global warming.  He and his family get the chance to go on an expedition to Greenland (icy, not green).

Thea and her people have retreated to a secret world built deep inside the Arctic ice.  She has never even seen the sun!

Thea dreams of going out of the city and above, and Peter finds clues that bring him closer and closer to Thea and her home.

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead can be described in many words- happy, sad, surprising, etc.  Rebecca Stead is not a well-known author, but she should be.  Her books (I have read all of them) are so thought out and... well, this is cheesy, but they are deep.  
Look at that shiny Newbery Award!


Miranda and Sal are friends.  Well, they used to be, that is, due to the fact that Sal has completely shut Miranda out of his life.  Weird things start to happen to Miranda, such as the fact that little notes start coming to her from a person who probably shouldn't know as much as they do.  These notes start to make Miranda believe that only she can prevent a catastrophic death--- and that she could possibly be too late.

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Divergent

I'm sure you have all heard of it: Divergent by Veronica Roth


I have to admit, Divergent was definitely not my favorite.  It has a plot that numerous sci-fi/fantasy have now, with things hidden, a dystopia, etc.  The book never really caught my attention or surprised me.  If you like books that apply to the the previous description, this book is right up your alley!  The movie came out recently, too, and I have yet to see it.

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The Fault in our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old girl who has cancer and loves the book An Imperial Affliction. Due to depression, she has to go to support groups--- full of cancer patients and a survivor who sings and plays the guitar.  Oh, and it takes place in the literal heart of Jesus.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  Support group is dull- until Augustus "Gus" Waters arrives.  He is a survivor (with one leg)  who was brought in by his bespectacled, cancerous friend, Isaac.  They make friends (or maybe Gus and Hazel a little more than friends), and between the three of them, they have five legs, two pairs of eyes, and two and a half pairs of functioning lungs.
Read The Fault in our Stars by John Green to find out more!



The Fault in our Stars was... well, it was a pretty amazing book!  You will never, ever, ever want to put it down.  It had an amazing story/concept, but be sure to have some tissues on hand.  I have read a couple of John Green's other books, and this is by far the best.  So, if you have read any of his other books, you will be blown away by this one.

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Twilight

Isabella "Bella" Swan is a very ordinary girl.  As the book begins, she lives with her mother, and decides that it is about time to visit her father in Forks, Washington.  In Forks, Bella goes to school and notices a small group of mysterious people, sitting alone at their lunch table.  Bella inquires about these strange people, and finds out that they are the Cullen family.
If you want to know more, read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer!

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I thought that, overall, Twilight was a pretty good book!  It kept me guessing through each chapter.  There is mystery, and, of course, love.  The story line can get a bit confusing at times, but you catch on after a couple of pages.  This book series (The Twilight Saga) was extremely popular a few years ago, and all of the books were made into movies, but I have yet to see them.

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Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

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After 45 years of prolific writing, author and war veteran Walter Dean Myers passed away at the age of 76 on July 1, 2014. During his career, he won numerous awards for his writing and his books was awarded the Newbery Honor, National Book Award Finalist, and the Coretta Scott King Award. As a youth growing up in Harlem, he spent his free time playing basketball and going to the New York Public Library, and many of his books reflect the struggles of a teenager, African-American history, and war. Though he struggled in school, Walter had many influential teachers who encouraged him to read and write no matter what, and now, within his writings, he presents a clear message to his own readers to never give up on life. 
(For more information on Walter Dean Myers, check out his website at http://walterdeanmyers.net/

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 Books Written by Walter Dean Myers at the Kirkwood Public Library

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