The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

28220778.jpgThis book was so good! It was thrilling and exciting. The book is about a boy named Chance and his brother Patrick who live in a very small, middle of nowhere town called Creek’s Cause. Chance’s parents died a few yeas before in a car wreck, and now Chase and his brother live with his aunt and uncle. Everything is normal, but suddenly a parasite takes over all the adults in town as hosts. For some reason, not the kids. The hosts chase and steal kids. Chance and Patrick go to the high school, where they find other kids taking shelter. The kids figure out that when you turn 18, that is when the parasite takes over. Patrick’s 18th birthday is in a week. Chance and Patrick have to find a cure to save Patrick, and the other kids, and the whole world.

I recommend this book for grades: 8th-9th


How to Write Good by Ryan Higa


This book was really good. Ryan Higa is a youtuber, and he is really funny and also appropriate for kids. I will link his channel at the bottom. This book is not really a grammar or writing book. It does have a writing “lesson” at the beginning of each chapter that describes necessary parts of every book. The book is mainly an autobiography. It is really interesting and funny. Some of the book is written like a normal book, but it is also written like graphic novel sometimes and I think that is really cool.

I recommend this book for grades: 5th-9th



The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons


Maya Says:

This was a great book! At first I was not so sure about it, but later, I could not put it down. The Glass Arrow is about a girl named Aya, who is living in the woods with her family, hiding from society where she will be taken along with the rest of the girls and sold. In this society, girls are sold to wealthy men to be their servant and wife. Aya has been hiding for her whole life, when suddenly, Trackers come and take her away to The Garden, where she is kept with the rest of the girls. Aya is different than the other girls, they think it is an honor to be sold, but Aya is desperate to escape. With the help of a strange mute boy she finds, they make a plan to escape before it is to late, and Aya is sold into a miserable life.

I recommend for grades: 7th-9th

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar


Natasha Says: This is such a good book!! At first I was not that exited to read it because the cover didn’t look that good, but never judge a book by it’s cover! This book is about a girl named Ruthie. she just moved to America from Cuba. Ruthie is getting used to her new home. she was in the dumb class at school just because she didn’t know English! How unfair is that? She has been begging her parents for gogo boots. Her and  her parents and little brother Izzie all don’t have much money, so they kept saying no to the gogo boots. But on her birthday she got her first pair of gogo boots!! Ruthie is the neighborhood’s hopscotch queen. Then one night driving back from their aunt’s house, everything changes. Ruthie was sitting in Aunt Baba’s lap, sleeping. They got in a car accident. But how? Ruthie lost her gogo boots and broke her right leg. She has to stay in bed with a body cast for 6 months! She can’t go to the bathroom so her mother has to bring in a bedpan. Ruthie feels like a baby in diapers again. Finally she gets her body cast off but has to wear a new one again for 4 months! will she ever get better? Read Lucky Broken Girl to find out.

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I recommend 4th-6th graders


Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne


This series is great! I read all three of them in a row, and I loved them all. I could not stop reading. This series is about a group of kids, who are on their way to school when a huge hailstorm comes. Baseball sized hail comes smashing into their bus. The bus driver, and a few kids die. The remaining kids escape into a big grocery/department store (Costco!). They have everything they need there. But then, poisonous gas comes, if exposed, some get blisters, or turn crazy. The kids have to seal the outside off so no gas gets in. Over the series, many problems come and the kids have to survive. They can’t live like this forever…

I recommend this book for grades: 9th-11th

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Scythe By: Neal Shusterman


This book was amazing! It took a bit to get into but after that It was really really good! This book is set in the future, where nobody dies. Because nobody is dying, the world  would become overpopulated, so people called Scythes, are sent to glean (kill) people. A boy named Rowan, and a girl named Citra, are chosen as apprentices to a Scythe named Scythe Faraday. Neither of them want to be a Scythe, they think it is horrible and wrong to glean, but it is not an option. The book is about their time as apprentices, but suddenly, Scythe Faraday goes missing and they are sent to live with other scythes who are not so humble or friendly as Scythe Faraday.

There is a new book that just came out that I can’t wait to read.

I recommend this book for grades: 6th-9th

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Mom Says:

I love this book! Such lovely nature writing. The story is full of lovable characters and great nuggets of humor.

It’s not a middle grade or YA book but there is nothing inappropriate about it.

The story centers around Weylyn Grey (what a great name) who lost his family and then lived in the forest with wolves. He has an unusual connection to nature and weather that comes into play in unusual ways as he tries to assimilate into the “civilized” world.

Reviewers call this whimsical and magical, mythical and mystical. And I have to agree.

My only critique would be that I wanted more of the characters I loved (alas, Duane and Rosie…)

The author is local and a rockstar here in Columbus!

Recommended for 8th grade and up (even though this is not a YA book, per se)