Book Title:
People Kill People
Book Author:
Ellen Hopkins
Page Count:
448
Publishing Date:
September 4th, 2018
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Read:
September 6th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

My Review

Ellen Hopkins is known for her honest, gripping, and raw novels that combine different writing styles, characters, and harrowing experiences that are sure to shock you and will make you think. I fell in love with her writing back when … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Just Under the Clouds
Book Author:
Melissa Sarno
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
June 5th, 2018
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
September 28th, 2018
Source:
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Can you still have a home if you don't have a house?

Always think in threes and you'll never fall, Cora's father told her when she was a little girl. Two feet, one hand. Two hands, one foot. That was all Cora needed to know to climb the trees of Brooklyn.

But now Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister, and homeless. Her mother is trying to hold the family together after her father's death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who's just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can't help but ask: How will she find a place to call home?

After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora's mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the "tree of heaven," which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.

My Review

Just Under the Clouds is a heartwarming and sweet middle grade novel that instills the message of home being wherever your family is. This is one of those books that I think would be amazing for all middle graders to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Me and Me
Book Author:
Alice Kuipers
Page Count:
248
Publishing Date:
October 2nd, 2018
Publisher:
Kids Can Press
Date Read:
September 25th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

It's a perfect day for Lark's dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark's birthday. Everything is just right ... until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them. With that split-second decision, Lark's world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark? Me and Me is about how it feels to be torn in pieces, and how to make two halves whole again. This mind-bending novel from Alice Kuipers, expert chronicler of the teenage heart, explores loss and love, music and parkour, all while navigating the narrow space between fantasy and reality.

My Review

I want to start out by saying that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Me and Me. I hadn’t read anything by this author prior to going into this book, but once I started reading it, … Continue reading

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A Heart in a Body in the World Author: Deb Caletti Publication Date: September 18th, 2018 Publisher: Simon Pulse Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook Pages: 368 Synopsis: When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but … Continue reading

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Lando’s Luck Author: Justina Ireland, Annie Wu (Illustrator) Pub. Date: October 2, 2018 Publisher: Disney Book Group Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook Pages: 224 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD Synopsis: An all-new adventure starring Lando Calrissian and L3-37 onboard the Millennium Falcon. When a smuggling scheme goes wrong, Lando faces … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Coraline: The Graphic Novel
Book Author:
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
Book Illustrator:
P. Craig Russell
Page Count:
192
Publishing Date:
June 24th, 2008
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Date Read:
September 26th, 2018
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

This beloved tale has now become a visual feast. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.

My Review

I really loved the original Coraline – I’ll admit that I saw the movie before I read the book, but the movie prompted me to buy and read it, and I guess over the years I have read Coraline so … Continue reading

5 stars
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A Heart in a Body in the World Author: Deb Caletti Publication Date: September 18th, 2018 Publisher: Simon Pulse Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook Pages: 368 Synopsis: When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but … Continue reading

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When Elephants Fly Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer Publication Date: September 4th, 2018 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Synopsis: There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself. T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: … Continue reading

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Escaping from Houdini Author: Kerri Maniscalco Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3 Publication Date: September 18th, 2018 Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Synopsis: In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison … Continue reading

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White as Silence, Red as Song Author: Alessandro D’Avenia Publication Date: September 4th, 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and … Continue reading

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