The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

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I really love this book because I love stories about grief 😥 I guess I am a grieving person always even though I try to be positive about life. Grief can turn into obsession, but can’t good things also come out of obsession? These ugly and uncomfortable feelings don’t last forever, and after the toughest moments, we can move on. By the end of the story I was so glad that the main character had moved on about the death of her best friend.

The Best Man by Richard Peck

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This is a fun book! I would not normally read a “boy book” but this was a fun one. The guys in the main character’s life are his dad, his grandpa, his uncle, and his teacher. He had a year when he turned from a boy to a man (a “best man”!) when his class got a student teacher who is in the Army Reserves and is every nanny’s crush, hehe. I think it wasn’t too dramatic, and it was a realistic depiction of middle school life today. I will give more boy books a try if they are this fun.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

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I loved this book! I’m glad I didn’t judge a book by its cover because it is so much more than just two kids on a date. The story is also about betrayals and how manipulative people can be 😦 It is not easy being a teenager and navigating the world of friendships, relationships, all while feeling very insecure about yourself. the author does a really great job of capturing how sometimes you just want to hide from the people you know because you don’t want to face the consequences. Great job, Rebecca Stead!

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

img_0642I love Pam Munoz Ryan. She is such a good writer! I read her other books and I loved Echo, The Dreamer, and Becoming Naomi Leon. I wasn’t going to read this one because I’ve never been into horses, but I’m glad I did. It wasn’t a very long book and it’s based on a real person called Charlotte Parkhurst. She had to disguise herself in order to become a stagecoach driver. Her story is amazing because she is courageous.

I love the cover too!! 🙂

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

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I’m so glad I read this book. It’s a slice-of-life story of African Americans living at the time of the KKK. They lived in fear but they still went on with life. The description of wilted lettuce sounds delicious! I enjoyed reading Stella’s work as a writer. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that the plot did seem to lead to the climax I expected. The storyline of the men in the community registering to vote was good. The best thing about this book was how it brought the relationships in their community to life.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

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I loved this book. I read it when I should have been sleeping one night. I got into Kate DiCamillo books in May and wanted to read all of her novels. I saw this one on the shelf and I thought that it was a picture book, so I didn’t pick it up. However, I am so so glad I did. What a heartbreaking story. Edward, the proud bunny, went through what no one (or bunny) should have gone through. A seaside couple, a traveling hobo, a sick boy and girl became his owners. However, he was separated and hurt from them each time. It seemed that Edward should have died because the heartbreak was too much, but he didn’t. He was reunited with the girl who was his original owner.

It is a lovely story!

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

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I read this book in the middle of summer, in July of this year. I loved it!!! It was a book that stands out. You could easily pair it with To Kill a Mockingbird but Wolf Hollow is unique as well. The writing is very crisp and the plot moves along at a steady pace. The author does a great job of characterization as well. It is truly a very “literary” novel! I finally understand why some readers comment that it is an adult novel for children. Are there more adult OR children’s book like it? If so, I would like to read them.