Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dowd, Siobhan. THE PAVEE AND THE BUFFER GIRL

Dowd, Siobhan.
THE PAVEE AND THE BUFFER GIRL
Edinburgh : The Bucket List, 2017
IL YA

ISBN 018172832

Jim and his family are Travellers living in Ireland.  Jim doesn't want to go to school where the kids call him a tinker or dirty gyp or worse.  But the law is the law and the Irish government has dictated that the Travellers must send their children to school.  Now Jim has to spend time with the buffers or settled children.  And he knows the taunts and beatings will begin.  What he doesn't expect is that there is one buffer girl who is kind to him.  Is that enough to get him through this?

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ksD2snIVjo1yb

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cass, Kiera. THE SIREN

Cass, Kiera.  
THE SIREN
HarperTeen, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 0062391992



Even though it has been 80 years, Kahlen still has trouble living the life of a siren.  She loves the ocean and her sister sirens, but she just can't stand their mission.  They sing and cause disasters at sea.  Each time the ocean tells them to sing, Kahlen dreads their mission.  In between singings, they live very nice lives. The only stipulation is that they can't talk to humans.  Their voices cause humans to drown so they live lives as mutes.  And they have no human friends.  When Kahlen meets a wonderful young man, she knows she can't be involved with him. But there is just something about him that keeps her coming back.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1FUJDXWWchWA1

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Callaghan Cindy. SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD

Callaghan Cindy.  
SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 5-8, RL 4.2
ISBN 
1481465694


Life is good for Sydney Mackenzie.  She is a real California girl.  Her life revolves around the beach, her friends and clothes.  But then her father drops a bomb shell on her.  They are selling everything and moving to Delaware.  Is that even a place?  OK, Sydney devises a plan to become the most popular kid in school.  After all, she is from California and has met actual stars.  She dreams of her new life and how great it is going to be.  But when they arrive in Delaware, she finds out that they have inherited a spooky old Victorian house in a cemetery.  Her Dad is now the in charge of a cemetery!!  Can this get worse? You know it can.

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/1ucRAcpwalYhO

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dee, Barbara. STAR-CROSSED

Dee, Barbara.  
STAR-CROSSED
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 5-8, RL 4.0
ISBN
 1481478486
Mattie is a good student and English is her favorite class.  This year the 8th grade play will be Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Mattie is so happy.  She loves Shakespeare.  She gets the part of Paris and is happy that it is not a major part.  Gemma gets the part of Juliet.  And she is great in the role.  But the boy who plays Romeo doesn't really get the play.  Mattie works with him to help him understand but he just doesn't  When he is forced to drop out, Mr. Torres asks Mattie to play Romeo since she knows all the lines and really understands the part.  She is a bit hesitant since she will have to play opposite of Gemma.  And she is finding herself trying to figure out the feelings she has towards Gemma.  And Gemma seems to have those same feelings for Mattie.  What is going on?


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/fDOdx8dRPVXsU

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Castroman, Nicole. BLACKSOULS

Castroman, Nicole.  
BLACKSOULS
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
IL YA
ISBN
1481491059

In the second volume of the series, we find Anne and Teach each crossing the ocean to Nassau on separate ships.  Neither of them have an easy passage.  Anne is on a ship where the crew is as dangerous as the voyage.  Fortunately, another passenger keeps her safe.  Teach's ship is attacked by pirates and the captain is totally unable to deal with the situation.  This leads Teach to mutiny to save the ship.  This leads to all sorts of problems when they get to Nassau.  As much as Anne and Teach want to be together and make a new life in Nassau, things are getting worse.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Byrne, Michael. LOTTERY BOY

Byrne, Michael. 
LOTTERY BOY
Somerville : Candlewick, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 
0763679968

Bully is a 12 year old street kid.  His mum has died and he ran away from his step-dad.  It isn't easy living on the street but he has his dog to keep him company.  And he has the memories of his mum.  His prized possession is a birthday card that she recorded.  He tries not to play it too often since he doesn't want the battery to run out.  But he can't help it.  He just needs to hear her voice again. This time he finds something hidden in the card.  It is a lottery ticket. He actually bought it for her but she must have tucked it into the card for him.  Thinking that he might have won a few pounds, he stops into a shop and has it run through the machine.  Turns out he has won the big one.  The whole thing. Millions. But he only has 5 days to claim his prize. And he has to be over 16. Bully has to come up with a plan to get to the claims office and find someone who is at least 16 that he can trust to cash the ticket. And when the word gets out that he has the ticket, all sorts of bad people are out to take it away from him.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Riordan, Rick. THE SWORD OF SUMMER

Riordan, Rick.  
THE SWORD OF SUMMER
Orlando : Disney Hyperion, 2015

IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN 1423160916


Magnus Chase is just a street kid trying to get by.  He has been homeless for two years now.  He never knew his father and his mother was killed when he was fourteen.  Now he hears that his uncle has been looking for him.  Now why would he suddenly want to find Magnus?  When he breaks into his uncle's house trying to figure out what is going on, little could he know that he is descended from a Norse god. And they are preparing for war.  But when he tries to help, he is killed!  Not a good start to this new series.  But worry not, Magnus is now in Vahalla, the Norse afterlife, where his learns that his best friends are really part of this realm and that it is up to him to find a way to stop the end from coming.Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/b9QBoDOUQb8d4