Book of the Week: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin

Menace from the Deep, Michael P. Spradlin
Science fiction

Emmet Doyle has already had enough change. He’s moved four times in the last six years, and last year his mom passed away. And now he’s being uprooted yet again to Florida, near the Everglades, where his biologist dad will be studying endangered species. Florida smells weird and is hot and rainy, which is bad enough, but Emmet has no idea what dangers are really in store. Deep in the Everglades, something terrible lurks. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin”

Book of the Week: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill
Fantasy

Newbery Medal winner!

Every year, the people of the Protectorate – a walled gray city surrounded by a dangerous magical forest – sacrifice a baby to the Witch. They believe this sacrifice allows them to live in the city without the Witch’s interference, and so no one ever fights back against this cruel tradition. Continue reading “Book of the Week: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill”

Book of the Week: Threads by Ami Polonsky

Threads, Ami Polonsky
Realistic fiction

Clara is thirteen and lives in Evanston with her parents – and, until she passed away six weeks ago, her sister Lola. Since Lola’s death, Clara has seen her ghost everywhere. She can’t even begin to accept that her best friend is gone. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Threads by Ami Polonsky”

Book of the Week: Scar by J. Albert Mann

Scar, J. Albert Mann
Historical fiction

Growing up in the midst of the American revolution, 16-year-old Noah wants desperately to follow his dead father’s ideals and join the Revolutionary Army, but Noah has a bad foot and is unable to join the fighting. He finally gets his chance when a group of British and Iroquois soldiers come to his settlement and burn all of the houses to the ground, killing several colonists in the process. A group of men decide to attack the troops in revenge and they head north, planning to surprise the enemy soldiers. Noah tags along without telling his mother. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Scar by J. Albert Mann”

Book of the Week: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, Drew Weing
Fantasy/Graphic novel

Charles just moved to the big city, away from all his friends and his big house, into an old creepy apartment building that his dad wants to renovate. If that weren’t bad enough, it turns out that there are monsters in the closets – like, literal monsters. Like goblins and trolls and ghosts. Continue reading “Book of the Week: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo”

Book of the Week: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost, Jason Reynolds

Realistic fiction

Ghost knows how to run.

But running isn’t a real sport, not something to be proud of – it’s just something he’s always had to do. Ghost is a kid who’s had to do a lot of running away. Now, basketball – that’s a real sport. Ghost wants to be a basketball player, but he doesn’t play – just watches the older boys out on the court. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Ghost by Jason Reynolds”

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month happens every November, and it’s one of my favorite times of year. This year, for the first time, we opened up our NaNoWriMo club to 7th graders as well as 8th graders – our 7th graders used to do NaNoWriMo in their language arts classes, but due to curriculum changes that’s no longer happening. We still wanted to give them a chance! Continue reading “NaNoWriMo”

Book of the Week: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Girl in the Blue Coat, Monica Hesse
Historical fiction/Mystery

Hanneke is a teenager living in Amsterdam in the middle of World War II. She spends her days riding her bike around the city, delivering black market goods. She spends her nights in her family’s apartment waiting out the citywide curfew and trying not to think about her boyfriend, Bas, who died trying to protect his country from the Nazi invasion. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse”

Book of the Week: Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Hour of the Bees, Lindsay Eagar
Magical realism (realistic fiction with a hint of fantasy)

Twelve-year-old Carolina would rather be anywhere else. Her friends are going to camp and having sleepovers and hanging out without her, while Carol has to spend her summer in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, with her grandfather, who she’s never met. Her parents have decided it’s time to move him into a home, and they’re bringing the whole family to help clean and the ranch. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar”

Book of the Week: Ms. Marvel #1

Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson
Comic book/Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan is a pretty average teenager. Her parents are way overprotective and strict, she has nothing in common with her brother, and she kind of maybe has a crush on her best friend, Bruno. She’s Pakistani-American and sometimes struggles to balance both cultures. She would much rather write fan fiction than do her homework. So, you know: pretty normal. Until. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Ms. Marvel #1”