“Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
Here’s a Book Review from the recently ended Adult Summer Reading Program. Have you read this title? If so, what did you think?
Title/Author: “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
Rating: 5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: This was recommended to me & I definitely recommend it. It’s a Young Adult read, but every parent and teacher should also read. It’s very insightful and thought-provoking and full of emotions. I’d say if you are the type to shed a tear at movies you may be so inclined as you read this touching story as well. Melody is 11 years old and teachers and doctors don’t think she’s capable of learning, but boy are they wrong – just because she can’t talk doesn’t mean she can’t think! It’s a powerful story. Read it – you won’t be sorry! It’s wonderful! A QUICK & MEMORABLE READ!!
[All text as written on the Book Review form.]
“Inferno” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title/Author: “Inferno” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: Oh, Nick gets into so much trouble in this latest adventure. His quick wit and unfailing sarcasm may not be enough to save him with Death as his new teacher and his girlfriend is under orders to kill him. And that’s only the beginning . . . This series is just fun, full of adventure and the unexpected. I never know what will happen next.
“One Day” by David Nicholls
Title/Author: “One Day” by David Nicholls
Rating: 5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: I read this after seeing and loving the movie. The book was even better. It was impossible to put down as you read about one day each year that followed two friends: Emma and Dexter. It was a great book and I recommend this to fans of The Notebook.
“Across the Nightingale Floor” by Lian Hearn
In light of the Far East Night the teens held two weeks ago (yes, this is a bit belated, alas), I wanted to include a book recommendation for “Across the Nightingale Floor” by Lian Hearn for readers interested in Japan, ninjas, romance, and a little bit of magic. Even better, it’s the first book in the series!
The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills. When Takeo’s village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor*—and to his own unimaginable destiny…
While the story doesn’t exactly take place in Japan, and there are definitely some fudges with Japanese history, it is an interesting take on medieval Japan – a historical fantasy, if you will. It’s a lot of fun and very good for reluctant readers with its mix of action and suspense.
“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger
I’ve been on a Star Wars kick lately, and “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger is my “You must read this!” recommendation to Star Wars fans, especially those young at heart.
Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.
It’s a clever story told through “case files” of the different kids at the middle school relating their interactions with Origami Yoda and how their problems were solved with Origami Yoda’s help. But was it really Origami Yoda or was it Dwight?
Fun book with details that will put a smile on a Star Wars fan’s face (like “McQuarrie Middle School”). Highly recommended.
“Brand New Human Being” by Emily Jeanne Miller
Title/Author: “Brand New Human Being” by Emily Jeanne Miller
Genre: General Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
WV Reader Review: I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down! Set in Montana, it tells the story of a young family dealing with a variety of issues. Though I don’t relate directly to this family, I felt like the author pulled me in and made me part of the story.
“Heading Out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick
Title/Author: “Heading Out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick
Genre: Lyrical yet suspenseful fiction
Rating: 5+ out of 5
WV Reader Review: Goolrick has a great command of the English language. With few words he describes a wide world. The story contains elements of trust and betrayal, lust and violence. What happens one afternoon becomes a tale told long into the future.