Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind by  Sharon Draper is one of those books everyone should read.  It just does a great job of capturing the thoughts and emotions of a girl who has a very bright mind but is trapped inside a body that doesn't work.  Melody is an eleven-year-old who has a photographic memory and is the smartest student in her school, but no one knows it.  Students and teachers alike think she is incapable of learning because she cannot walk, talk, or even feed herself.  

Throughout the book readers will cheer for and hurt for Melody as she encounters the cruelty of kids and adults, the kindness and support of a select few, and an opportunity to show others her enormous potential.  A great companion book to Rules by Cynthia Lord.  Out of My Mind is nominated for the 2012-2013 Golden Sower Award.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

IQ: Independence Hall

Did you like the Alex Rider series?  How about Conspiracy 365?  Haven't read them yet but you love mysteries and spy stories?  Then you're bound to like IQ: Independence Hall.  (book 1)  The book has been around for a while and so has the author but it's really hard to go wrong with a Roland Smith book.  (Zach's Lie, Peak,  Storm Runners, etc.)

Step-siblings Angela and Quest (Q) are thrown into a world of espionage as they begin to learn more about Angela's mother, a former Secret Service agent who was supposedly killed by a terrorist group. Angela knows they are being followed and that they are in danger, but exactly who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?  This story has a lot of unpredictable twists and will keep you guessing to the very end!  The EMS library also has book 2, IQ: The White House, and much to the delight of Roland Smith fans, book 3, Kitty Hawk, is due out this fall.

A great summer read!  Want to know more?  Click here to see a book trailer on Independence Hall.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Girl Stolen

Girl Stolen is nominated for the 2012-2013 Young Adult Golden Sower Award.  If you would like to get an early start reading next year’s nominated books, and if you are a fan of suspense, this book may be a good place to start.   Language and topics may require Girl Stolen to be placed on our young adult shelf…time will tell.  

Cheyenne Wilder is the daughter of a famous, powerful, and wealthy man.  While ill and sleeping in the back of a car, the car is stolen by a boy about her age.  Griffen hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, but once his dad discovers her identity everything changes.  And as events change, Cheyenne begins to understand that not only is she ill with pneumonia, but her life is in danger.   Worse, she is not only sick and scared, but she is also blind.  Against all odds, Cheyenne must find a way to escape.

To view a book trailer of Girl Stolen, follow this link.