A Few Notes

Here you will find comments on the latest books read by our team of readers.  Look for Young Adult and Children’s blogs about new releases, or thoughts on trends in the K-12  publishing world.  Check back often.  Feel free to contact us at the library with book requests.  We do read just about anything sent to us, and some books have even ended up as part of the curriculum here.

If you are a Winston student or Parent and want to publish a review of a book you have read, please contact Ms. Meyer.

Wolf Hollow

by Lauren Wolk

Published by Puffin 2016

Ages 10 and up

Winner of Best Book of the Year: Booklist, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness, School Library Journal, ALA Notable Children’s Book, a Newbery Honor, – a few to go on…

“But the lid was off, the worms were rearing their slick little heads, and they would soon be spilling out with their mucky secrets.”

Annabelle’s quiet and steady life is interrupted by a newcomer to the small, rural town in Pennsylvania where she lives. This unwelcome person is Betty Glengarry, a manipulative bully. As events of cruelty and bullying escalate, Annabelle must find the grit, compassion, and strength to face the injustice.

I listened to this relentless page-turner on audio through Libby. https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

See me to show you how to set up your Overdrive/Libby account. It is offered through the public library and has already been paid for by our tax dollars 😉 It is quick and easy to do.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty

Random House Children’s Books, 2018

Bluebonnet nomination for 2019 – 2020

292 pages

Upper Elementary

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning,  and this gave her genius-level math skills.  Aged 12, she is technically ready for college, but she has to spend a year in middle school before that.  It may sound improbable, but actually this is a very compelling and believable read.  Middle school is tough to figure out, especially if  you are hiding a massive secret, and your life is complicated with OCD.  If you love dogs, right there is another great reason to pick up the book. The book just got better and better, and the end will blow you away.

Letting Go of Gravity

I got this book at the NTTBF (North Texas Teen Book Festival) this year, so I was super excited to hand it over to one of my big readers, Lily!  As I haven’t read it,  I thought I’d nail her and get her opinion on the book, especially as she loved it.


Pgs. 420 Young Adult novel, published 2018

So, Lily, what did you think about this book?

“It was really good, and I say that because it shows an accurate depiction of how people are affected by leukemia.  Charlie had had it but had gotten through it. The book starts when the relapse begins, and he is getting better. Charlie is really interesting and seemingly has no qualms about using leukemia to his advantage.  Parker, his twin sister, seems to care a lot.  It was a sad book, because of my connections to this and people I have known.  Life is not cracked up to be all you want it to be, and you have to work for what you want.”



The Mad Wolf’s Daughter

 A New York Times editor’s choice                         

by Diane Magras

Drest, a young Scottish girl witnesses her family’s capture and learns about their imminent death.  With only a few days to spare, she must make her way to rescue them from a castle prison. She starts off on a quest to find them, taking a  wounded prince along as a hostage.  This story has all the elements of a great tale.  You may be very surprised at how it ends in a series of sometimes alarming twists.

Check out Diane Magras’ website: https://www.dianemagras.com/ and read about The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter.