Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Reading!

Summer is prime time for readers to dive into a series, research a topic that fascinates them, read every book they can find from a favorite author, or explore the stacks at the local library. --Donalyn Miller

Summer Reading Recommendations 2013

Summer Reading Recommendations 2013

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Summer Reading 2012


Mrs. McNeil  recommends these books:

Reviews of Science Fiction books for all ages:

I just read the beginning of this book  -- MIRACLE by Elizabeth Scott (on American Fork Library's Teen Read) -- and then saw this nonfiction (real news) article in a newspaper:

Here is the book jacket blurb for the novel:

"I sat there and wondered again why I'd lived. Why I
didn't even feel like I was here."

Megan is a miracle. At least, that's what everyone says.
Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on
board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be
alive. The truth is, she doesn't "feel" like a miracle.

In fact, she doesn't feel anything at all.

Then memories from the crash start coming back. Scared and
alone, Megan doesn't know whom to turn to. Her entire
community seems unable--or maybe unwilling--to see her as
anything but Miracle Megan, except for Joe, the beautiful
boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own.

All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but
the harder she tries to live up to everyone's
expectations, the worse she feels. This time she may be
falling too fast to be saved...

Try John Bellairs' gothic novels.  Here is an article about them:


This movie is coming out August 21.  Have you read the book?  Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


Hero on a Bicycle coverHero on a Bicycle takes place outside Florence in war-torn 1944 Italy where 13-year-old Paola Crivelli, older sister Constanza, and mother Rosemary struggle to survive German occupation on the family villa. Summer time without school and friends makes for a boring existence, but more adventure and terror soon engulfs the trio as they fight just to feed themselves since the head of the family has mysteriously disappeared to work clandestinely against the occupiers. Paolo’s nightly bicycle jaunts frighten his mother and sister, and he encounters more than he wants when he runs into Partisans who are determined to thwart the Nazi chokehold on the region. As the Allies approach, each Crivelli must make choices that put all of them in danger. This is a taut thriller, perfect for suspense-filled reading with a budding romance thrown into the harsh realities of war. All three become reluctant heroes, but perhaps none more so than the clever and engaging Paolo who begins by longing for a little excitement in his life and finds it right in his own backyard.

From Goodreads: 


3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  
An insightful exploration of middle school bullying from multiple perspectives, by the award-winning author ofAnything But Typical.Elizabeth Moon grew up around dogs. Her mom runs a boarding kennel out of their home, so she’s seen how dogs behave to determine pack order. Her experience in middle school is uncomfortably similar.

Maggie hates how Elizabeth acts so much better than everyone else. Besides, she’s always covered in dog hair. And she smells. So Maggie creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

What makes a bully, and what makes a victim? It’s all in the perspective, and the dynamics shift. From sibling rivalries to mean girl antics, the varying points of view in this illuminating novel from the award-winning author of Anything But Typical show the many shades of gray—because middle school is anything but black and white.(less)