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.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty
Random House Children’s Books, 2018
Bluebonnet nomination for 2019 – 2020
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.
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.
LETTING GO OF GRAVITY BY MEG LEDER
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.”
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.