State of the Blog Address

Update: Please refer to my new blog. My kids have abandoned me to blog on my own. So now, I get to write whatever I want and I get to talk about history, silent films, and adult books too: https://myshamelesswonder.blogspot.com/

Hi there! Things have changed around here quite a bit (not considering the Coronavirus pandemic). My daughter, who used to do this with me, went and grew up and has more important things to do as a 16-year-old. I got a part-time job as a middle school library aide, which has given me plenty of resources for this blog but less time to write about those that I use. I could try to catch up, seeing as how I have, indeed, read a lot of middle grade and YA in the past three years. However, I came to this sight because I was toying with the idea of starting a new blog; one that documents our current world situation as experienced by me–a suburban nobody with little qualification but lots of thoughts and opinions. I’ll update with the link if I decide to do this.

And here are the best of the books I’ve read in the past three years of absence:

Fiction:

Thin Space
YA
A Taxonomy of Love
YA
Cicada
Picture Book
The Lost Girl
4th-6th grade readers
Dear Evan Hansen
YA***
Other Words for Home
Verse Novel***
Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep, #1)
YA***

Maximillian Fly

Five Feet Apart               The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise     The War That Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)
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After the End (After the End, #1)       How to Disappear       Safekeeping

Full Cicada Moon
Verse Novel***

Nonfiction:

A Cave in the Clouds: A Young Woman's Escape from Isis       A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

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Mom says:

This is such a good book for middle grade readers. It tells the story of a 12-year old girl during the time of Partition in India. The author does an excellent job of conveying this bloody, horrific moment in history in a way that is suitable for young readers.
Reading from the perspective of a young girl made me think and question the events in a way I hadn’t before. I felt the confusion and sadness that everyone felt at the time but wasn’t always voiced.
“This was supposed to be a beautiful moment in history. India will soon be a free country, but instead what are we doing?”
It makes me wonder also, why August 31st is a day of celebration (India’s Independence Day) when it is also the day the massacre of more than 14 million people began…

Recommended for grades 6-9

Batman by Marisa Lu

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This book was super good! I have never seen any Batman movies or read any batman books before this and I loved it. It is the story of Bruce Wayne before he became batman. Bruce Wayne is the world’s youngest billionaire. He inherieted his money from his parents who had died a few years ago. They owned a huge tech company called WaneTech. Bruce just turned 18 so he is now able to get his parents’ trust fund and take over the company himself. But now with all his money, the Nightwalkers, an organization who have been killing the rich and stealing their money, have a new target. Bruce gets himself in trouble and ends up doing service at Arkham Asylum, where all the worst criminals go. While he is there, he meets a girl named Madelien, perhaps one of the worst criminals in the building. But she is a 14 year old girl, and the one accused of killing 3 politicians in their own homes. Could she be after Bruce also?

I recommend this book for grades: 7th-10th

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede

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This book was very good. I learned a lot and it was really interesting. The book is about what happened in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11th. The United States air space was closed down for a long time due to the terrorist attack. No planes or helicopters could come in or out of the country, so multiple planes on their way to America were stranded in Gander for 4 days. The book tells the story of different passengers, including couples who had just adopted, a Hugo Boss Chairman, and couples worried about their own families back in America. The Canadians were so kind and trusting, locals let strangers stay in their homes, they took passengers shopping, some stores even gave the passengers anything they wanted for free! The Americans were very surprised and even some were suspicious. But during this time they all treated each other like family.

I recommend this book for grades: 8th to adult

 

 

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

 

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Natasha Says:  I really liked this book. It took me couple chapters to get into it, but it ended up amazing. This story is about a girl named Olivia (Livy) and a not-zombie creature (Bob).  5 year old Livy was going to Australia to visit Gran Nicolas. While she was there she found a green creature. She named it Bob, and took it home without Gran Nicolas knowing. After a couple days Livy left and forgot Bob. So Bob lived in a closet for 5 years. Then Livy came back. Her and Bob searched for clues to find out what he was and where he came from.

I recommend this book from 3rd to 6th grade. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars *****

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

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This book was really good! The end was a bit confusing though. It takes place in Amsterdam, when a comet is about to hit the earth. People are preparing, and some are lucky enough to get permanent underground shelters or even get onto a generation ship to build colonies on the twin planets. Denise and her mom are getting ready to go to a temporary shelter when they pass Denise’s old teacher who is hurt and needs to make it to her shelter. But her “shelter” is a actually a generation ship. The ship will not take any more passengers, but the captain of the ship lets Denise and her mom stay for the impact, but conditions are worse than expected and Denise is determined to stay on the ship and find her missing sister Iris and get her on board also.

I recommend this book for grades: 7th-9th

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

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This book was pretty good. I had to read it for school for our civil rights unit. It was kind of long and a bit hard to understand at times. This book is about a white girl named Sunny and her step brother Gillette who see a black boy at the pool. Sunny is always curious so she tries to find the boy all over town and learn more about the civil rights act that is turning her town into a war zone. All of Sunny’s relatives and friends want Sunny to stay away from it, but Sunny just wants to know more.

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

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

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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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSAUGyc_xA8uYzaIVG6MESQ

 

 

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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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