Archive for June, 2018

Death on the Nile

June 16, 2018

aaabookI am sorry to say that I haven’t read many of Agatha Christie’s titles, and was pointed to this one while reading another book. It did not disappoint! Featuring Hercule Poirot, Death on the Nile contains all the elements for a murder: greed, jealousy, anger, and love. Poirot is aboard a ship for a cruise on the Nile when several murders occur during the trip, and he must use his extensive powers of deduction to narrow the search to the one passenger who has committed the crimes. Written in 1937, it still hails as a classic whodunit and I found it very entertaining. The places visited by the characters are all fabulous: Ez-Sebua, Assuan (now Aswan), the Cataract Hotel and Abu Simbel. I think I’ll watch the movie next…

Best Books guide 2018 from Bank Street

June 14, 2018

The Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature in NYC seeks to promote the highest quality literature for children from preschool to adolescence. Established in 1909, their committee releases a best books list annually. You can purchase the 2018 guide for about $12 or access the PDf edition here. This year’s book includes more than 600 titles with summaries

The Best Children's Books of the Year [2018 edition] by Bank Street College of Education. Children's Book Committee

Solo

June 13, 2018

Kwame Alexander is one my favorite YA authors. His book Solo that came out last year is just another gem in his collection!

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many—that Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade has in common with Rutherford is the music that lives inside them. But not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing Chapel forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret, one that leaves him questioning everything he thought was true. All that remains is a letter and a ticket to Ghana—both of which could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.index

This writing is incredible and FUN and it is filled with MUSIC which is perfect for this Summer’s Libraries Rock! theme.

‘Piecing me Together’

June 7, 2018

A Newbery Honor, Josette Frank Award and Coretta Scott King 2018 winner, ‘Piecing Me Together’ tells the story of a high school student attending an elite school on scholarship.  Jade is often reminded by her mother of the opportunities she is given by attending this private school. She knows she should feel lucky to be a student at this school which offers more than her local public school.  As a talented artist, Jade hopes she will be able to be true to herself despite the difficulty of being an outsider in an upper-class environment. Taking the bus across town each day to school and leaving her friends and neighborhood behind, Jade is somewhat torn between two worlds. When the dean encourages her to enroll in the Woman to Woman program where she is paired with a mentor, Jade recognizes it as another opportunity- a word she is tiring of.  Jade feels the contrast of her home life and school life.  She struggles to remain true to her old friends while trying to feel less lonely in a world not native to her upbringing.  Recommended.

A Howl of Wolves

June 5, 2018

bookSamantha Clair, book editor extraordinaire, is at a play in which her next door neighbor Kay has a part, when the play ends on a horrible note. The dummy displayed on a hook as the murder victim in the last scene turns out to be a dead human body. So Sam finds herself smack dab in the middle of trying to figure out the identity of the killer. Her boyfriend Jake is a detective in the London Criminal Investigation Department, so she has friends in high places. Judith Flanders has produced another quick witted, fast moving mystery that does not disappoint her fans, of which I am one. This is only her fourth book, but it is a great read, without much gore, despite the opening scene.


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