Saturday, July 25, 2015

99 Days

by Katie Cotugno

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Molly returns home after a year to a house that gets egged. She knows who did it and she's not surprised. Thanks to her mother, everybody knows what happened between her and the Donnelly brothers. It makes sense her former best friend (and a Donnelly) would be among those who hate her. Luckily there are only 99 days till she leaves for school and can once again put her hometown behind her. Little does Molly know what can happen in that short time.
This is a great book for summer that isn't too heavy or too light.  The story is told day by day, making some of the chapters short and others on the longer side.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dairy Queen

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

DJ is sixteen and spent her summer running the family farm and helping her friend Brian, who goes to a rival school, hone his quarterback skills. DJ decides to go out for the football team, since she's as good as (if not better than) Brian. Her family, who never talk about anything together, has a lot to say about her choices. The people in the town DJ lives in, Red Bend, have a lot to say about her choices, too.
In the end, its really about what DJ wants. This book is funny and sad and as much about family as it is about sports.

There are three more books in this series -
The Off Season
Front and Center
Heaven is paved with Oreos

This book was previously reviewed on this blog. We have revisited this title, because it has bearing on our local summer reading assignments. The Lexile level for this book is 990, if you were wondering.
This book is also available as a Downloadable Ebook from our collection

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Perfect Shot

by Elaine Marie Alphin

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

A year ago Brian's girlfriend was murdered along with her mother and brother and he's been using basketball to help forget. Now the trail is coming up, and he forced to remember what happened and see how far he is willing to go to see justice. At the same time he is finding his high school history assignment may help him along the way.

If you are interested in solving crimes or criminal justice, you should give this book a try.

This book also provides some interesting information about The Justice System.

The Lexile Level for this book is 990, if you need that sort of information.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bucking the Sarge

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Luther's mom (the "Sarge" from the title) is a slumlord in Flint, Michigan. Luther drives around the men in one of his mother's group homes, and is trying to win his high school's science fair. He needs to get out from under the Sarge's thumb in order to become the world's greatest philosopher.

 He's super smart, his mom is super unethical, and you might be ready to hear his story.

This book was reviewed on this blog previously, but we have reposted it because it was over two years ago. The lexile for this book is 1000, for people who care about that.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Paper Covers Rock

by Jenny Hubbard

What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive...
Alex has just started his junior year at an all-boys boarding school. An incident occurs where one of his friends drowns on an outdoor excursion. Alex and a friend, Glenn, lie about the circumstances surrounding the incident, because they think they'll get in trouble. A young, new teacher sees some parts of the incident, and has her suspicions about their lying.
The story is told completely from Alex's perspective, and the book is actually presented as a personal journal. Though the story takes place in 1982, there's something timeless about the story and the situation ( there's no cell phones or computers). Alex is introspective and maybe a little naive, and this is a story with a lot of layers and an ending that will leave you wondering...

This book has a lexile level of 920, if you're wondering about that sort of thing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Reading E-Books for Juniors and Seniors with Lexiles of 940

Download Your Summer Reading Book to Your E-reading Device
from the Library

Author Title Lexile
Ockler, Sarah Twenty Boy Summer 940
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 940
Lupica, Mike Heat 940
Carter, Ally Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy 940
Rodkey, Geoff Deadweather and Sunrise: egg chronicles 940
Whaley, John Corley Where Things Come Back 960
Brooks, Max World War Z 960
Earl, Esther This Star Won't go Out (inspiration for TFIOS) 960
Swanson, James  Chasing Lincoln's Killer 980
Barton, Chris Can I See Your I.D.? 980
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert Dairy Queen 990
Tolkien, J.R.R. Hobbit, The 1000
Crutcher, Chris Whale Talk 1000
Allison, Jennifer Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator 1000
Sparks, Nicholas Walk to Remember, A 1010
Patterson, James Daniel X: Watch the Skies 1010
Crutcher, Chris Sledding Hill, The 1010
Paulson, Gary Hatchet 1020
Dessen, Sarah That Summer 1020
Godbersen, anna Envy: a Luxe novel 1140
Rosoff, Meg How I live Now 1620

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee

Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, and it became one of the most widely read books in the world. She never wrote another book. Now, after this was published, another manuscript "Go Set a Watchmen" has been found and will be published this summer. It features some characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, some twenty years later.

This is the story of her struggle to write what Library Journal would deem The Best Novel of the Century. If you like biographies and history, or you love to write, read this!
This book was reviewed on this blog more than two years ago, so we've brought it back again because it's relevant to today's times! It also has a lexile of 1120, if you care about those sorts of things.