Honor Girl

November 9, 2019 by

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I recently read Maggie Thrash’s graphic memoir Honor Girl for a book conference that I attended. The story was wonderful and extremely familiar (young love, dealing with gossip and mean girls, having a crush on someone older, etc.) and I would highly recommend it for all ages – disclaimer though: the drawings aren’t so great and this made it hard to tell some of the characters apart!

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.”

The Giver of Stars

November 6, 2019 by

indexThe latest novel by Jojo Moyes is a gripping tale of the “packhorse” librarians who travelled around Kentucky in the 1930’s, delivering books to families in remote and outlying areas. Eleanor Roosevelt had developed the idea to support literacy, and the women who undertook that task were brave and determined to complete their routes to the best of their abilities. This job was not for the faint of heart; they faced wild animals and wilder men who had been hitting the homemade moonshine and thus very unprincipled. And women had very few rights at that time, although one of the main heroines, Alice, leaves her husband after her father-in-law punches her in the face for “sassing” him. But she has the support of her friends and fellow librarians, Margery, Izzy, Beth and Sophia.Moyes has again written a story that you just can’t put down… I give it 5 stars!

Check Please!

November 5, 2019 by

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I’ve just finished a graphic novel that left me smiling the entire time that I read it! Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu is a delightful story about Bittle, a short, figure skating, baking, gay guy who plays hockey and gets accepted on the Samwell  college hockey team.

Each “chapter” begins with a scene/explanation from Bittle’s vlog and transitions into the actual story. This story has a tasteful sense of humor in a way that was both evident in dialogue and the clever way the panels transitioned and cut off. All of the characters have layers (not easy to do in a graphic novel) and are incredibly charming while staying realistic.

Seriously- laugh out loud funny. The next installment doesn’t come out until April 2020 and I CANNOT WAIT!

White Bird

November 2, 2019 by

White Bird: A Wonder Story  White Bird is R. J. Palacio’s (Wonder) new graphic novel set in France during World War II..  A young Jewish girl’s life is turned upside down when German soldiers invade her town. She is separated from her parents and flees on her own.  Luckily, a boy from her school hides her in the family barn and protects her.  As the years pass, Sara wonders if her parents survived and grows to care for the boy, Julian (a Wonder character), who she was not nice to when they were students together in school.  Palacio’s book is a good introduction to the time period for children not familiar with the events of the war as well as those who are experts.  The drawings are paired excellently with the story.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Dear Evan Hansen

October 30, 2019 by

indexIn computer lab, Evan Hansen has taken his therapist’s advice and written himself a letter that begins,  “Dear Evan Hansen … ” When it later winds up in the pocket of Connor Murphy, a classmate who has committed suicide, Evan finds it difficult to tell the truth about the letter. From its contents, Connor’s parents think Evan was a close friend. Can Evan find the courage to set them straight after getting entangled in lie after lie? This was a good treatment of suicide, and an important book for teens to read.


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