Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Catching Fire written by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.

This is the official summary of the ever anticipated book 2 of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Mockingjay the 3rd book in the trilogy just out in your local book store.

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had written by Kristin Levine

At first I was taken back by the use of the word nigger. But as I read the book other words were used to describe African Americans that were not pleasant to read. Especially as Dit and Emma became friends, best friends. Dit took alot of grief as his friendship developed with Emma. Emma's family moved to Moundville, Alabama from Boston. Her father was the new Postmaster for the town. The Walker family would be staying until Mr. walker could pass the post office examine once again, then he would be transferred back to Boston. Dit taught Emma how to fish, skip rocks, throw a baseball and bat from home plate.Emma helped Dit learn another way of life not hunting, killing animals only for the sake of killing animals and helped with his homework.

The author took the memoirs of her grandfather and put them together to write this book. The setting is in Alabama 1917 and this book does have rough spots in it that can be troubling to some students, such as hangings and chastising Emma because of her skin color.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Titan's Curse written by Rick Riordan

This is book 3 in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. In this book Percy, Annabeth and Thalia are off to help Grover meet other demigods and bring them to Camp Half Blood. Right away they find Nico and Bianca but a monster is in their way. Percy, Thalia and Grove return to camp with the Hunters after a skirmish.

They have a quest that takes them from camp to San Fransisco along the way they meet other gods and goddesses. Some are helpful others want to stop them from rescuing Annabeth and ending the prophecy of the Titan's curse.

The Red Pyramid written by Rick Riordan

As a librarian I have been trying to keep up with my middle school students. Reading books I know they like so when school begins I can book talk new books to get them reading. I have been reading the The Olympian Series. If you haven't read this series give it a try.

The Red Pyramid has a brother and sister searching to find away to bring their Dad back from a mysterious coffin that sunk into the museum floor. They are not alone, like in the Percy Jackson series the Kane Children have gods and goddesses from the Egyptian world to assist them on their travels to bring their Dad back and save North America.

I didn't really know much about the Egyptian gods and goddesses but you don't need to know because they will teach you about themselves. Lets hope there is a second book.

Its a good read, really better then good. Enjoy the book, I did.

the short second life of bree tanner writtenby Stephenie Meyer

I read this book with interest. I had read the twilight series and have seen 2 of the 3 twilight movies. This novella ( short novel) is the short of life Bree, her being reborn, another another reborn taking her under his care. Bree doesnt really comprehend what is happening until its too late. Go ahead read the novella, how does Bree find her way. Remember its her second life!

Spoken from the Heart written by Laura Bush

I wanted to read this book because I have always been interested in what the life of a First Lady of the White House was like day to day and of the many projects she needs to do and the times she needs to represent the United States around the world. Lots of details about Mrs. Bush's life and her special projects. As a Librarian I also have the love of books but many of my reads are for my middle school students.

I enjoyed the book.