Words On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

25695640.jpgAdam has Schizophrenia. He is on a drug trial and is writing about it in a journal. A prescription journal, so the doctors see how it affects him. Adam has changed schools. He now goes to a snobby Catholic school, where he has to put up with Ian, the jerk who is the principal’s son, and also Adam’s welcome buddy for the school. Adam meets some new friends including a girl named Maya, who he is desperate to keep his secret of schizophrenia safe. Adam relies on the new drug to conceal schizophrenia from all his new friends. How long can he keep a secret like that though?

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

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Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Mom Read:

272334.jpgI love Jacqueline Woodson. Brown Girl Dreaming was wonderful and she is such a good, genuine person.

Feathers is set in the winter of 1971 and tells a story about Frannie, her deaf brother and her school. I could really relate to Frannie, as she reminds me of myself at that age.

From their window, Frannie can see “the other side of the tracks” and questions the segregation of sorts. One day, a boy from the other side starts at their school. Frannie is not the only person curious about this boy and his sudden appearance. I love how this small book weaves in themes of building bridges (or perhaps just crossing them), putting oneself in another’s shoes, the idea of hope and relationships with family and friends.

The title refers to the poem by Emily Dickinson (one of my favorites):

Hope is the thing with feathers-

that perches in the soul-

and sings the tune-

without the words-

and never stops-at all-

Recommended for: 4th to 8th grades

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

3032314.jpgThis book was pretty good. It reminded me a bit to much of The Giver, which I had just read for school. Otherwise it was a great book, I loved the genre, the plot, and the writing. The Other Side of the Island is about a girl named Honor. Honor and her family do not fit in with the rest of the town and they all know it. One day, Honor knows that they have gone to far and suddenly, her parents disappear. Disappearing is another way of saying that her parents were taken by the corporation because they did not fit in. Honor and her brother are now orphans, but they know their parents are out there somewhere and they have to find them.

I recommend for grades: 5th-7th

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

18656207.jpgThis book was great! I first read it in 5th grade and I just finished rereading it again because I loved it so much. This book is about a girl named Maggie. Maggie is very smart, she loves school and she wants to be the president someday. Maggie’s dad has a disease called multiple sclerosis, his legs are falling asleep and Maggie is worried about him. She loves her dad and his cool hippie music. So Maggie wants to fix it. Her science project is gong to be all about multiple sclerosis and how to cure it. But then Maggie finds out something terrifying: you can’t cure multiple sclerorsis.

I recommend this book for grades: 5th-7th

A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master

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This book was great! Sometimes I did not exactly understand what was going on and what certain words meant, but otherwise it was thrilling and interesting. A Beautiful Lie is about a boy named Bilal who lives in India with his dad. Bilal’s dad is dying and he loves India, but the world around him is dying, there are fights about Muslims and it looks like India is dying. Bilal comes up with a plan with his friends to protect his dad from the truth about India. Bilal wants his dad to end in peace and not have to worry about anything. Soon though, Bilal’s lie that he made is beginning to become more and more complicated, soon taking on a life of it’s own. As India is going down, Bilal is struggling to keep him, his dad, and the lie alive.

I recommend this book for grades: 6th-8th

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

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This book was pretty good. It reminded me a bit too much of The Giver, which I had just read for school. Otherwise, it was a great book. I love the genre, the plot, and the writing. The Other Side of the Island is about a girl named Honor. Honor and her family do not fit in with the rest of the town and they all know it. One day, Honor knows that they have gone too far, and suddenly, her parents disappear. Disappearing is another way of saying that her parents were taken by the corporation because they did not fit in. Honor and her brother are now orphans, but they know their parents are out there somewhere and they have to find them…

I recommend this book for grades: 5th-7th

When by Victoria Laurie

20338342.jpgI was very impressed by this book. I got very into it, it was super exciting and surprising. Some of my friends who hate to read finished the book in about a week.

When is about a girl named Maddie who can see death dates on people’s foreheads. When several teens deaths are traced back to Maddie, she has to prove to everyone that she is innocent. Her uncle who is a lawyer is there to help, Maddie is also faced with bullying at school, she has to take care of her mom who forgets to pay the bills sometimes, and also find out who is guilty of killing the teens. This book was a summer reading choice for school. I thought it was an interesting choice because it was not like any of the other options.

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