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First Nominations for 2016 !

We had a great discussion Friday and came up with the following list for our first 3 nominations from each member:

Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
**”Alice was a delight. The writing style was simple but sufficient.” – Sierra

Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
**”…very well-written and described…I could relate to the main character… I could imagine everything very clearly.” – Puja

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
**”..characters that I got so attached to that the ending was able to make me tear up at the thought that these kids grew up so happy..” – Elizabeth
**”I am impressed by how I could get so attached to all the characters by reading only a little bit about them.” – Sage

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
**”a memoir in verse told almost like a story..lots of imagery..” – Haley

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
**”…Love the realism..made me understand..” – Sarah

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
**”..a work of poetic art with theme of empowerment..Mimi is a more than competent narrator…” – Elizabeth

Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow
**”Great plot and amazing 3-dimensional characters…” – Abigail

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
**”Dramatic, entertaining writing style that has a unique balance between her true self and the person she’s pretending to be…” – Kayla

Like a River by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
**”The plot and characters stuck out to me as attributes that perfected the story… inspired me.” – Sarah

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
**”…how hard it was for the older men so deeply set in their ways…compared to the young girl that still has a chance to change her views.” – Benjamin

Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen
**”..written in poetry it is more emotionally moving..made me feel heart-warmed in the end.” – Manaal

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
**”…characters and motives you could really understand. It made me feel a part of something.” – Caleb
**”…The way the author wrote made me feel like the kid in the book.” – James

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
**”…a moving book rich with figurative language and a plot that makes you think…” – Ellie

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith
**”The setting was incredible..you really felt like you were in the book.” – Hayden

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
**”Relates two different concepts to each other in a unique way – recipes and daily life..very cool.” – Avni

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
**”It has very multifaceted characters that play into reality rather than drama…” – Sienna
**”Ada went through so much tension and you saw that all erased… I saw determination in every chapter…” – Hannah

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
** “The setting is so well described it is almost a character..” – Philip

Mid-October Meeting

We had a wonderful group Friday, as always.  Not only did we eliminate more titles off our book cart, but we also added a few new ones as well.  Look for upcoming reviews on:

Crenshaw by Applegate
The Hired Girl by Schlitz
The Most Dangerous by Sheinkin
The Odds of Getting Even by Turnage
The Thing about Jellyfish by Benjamin

Which other titles are we missing?

First Friday of October Meeting

We had some passionate discussion on a few titles, and it was so fun!
Please put your own comments on these titles:
The Curious Tale of the In-Between
Dear Hank Williams
Fog Diver
Old Wolf
We are continuing to read read read.  Our first nominations are scheduled for the end of this month!

Mid-September Meeting

We had a great time Friday!  We spent time eliminating from the book cart this time, and also recommended highly a few titles, such as Wish Girl, Goodbye Stranger, and Girl in the Torch.

All in all, we had a wonderful meeting.  Take a look at our comments!

2015 Favorites List from Summer Reading

2015-KidsWe  had a great meeting Friday, coinciding with the beginning of school (traditional calendar).  The highlight this time was in suggesting titles for this Favorites List:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Kamkwamba
Catch You Later Traitor by Avi
The Curious Tale of the In-Between by DeStefano
Echo by Ryan
The Edge by Smith
Fish in a Tree by Hunt
The Girl in the Torch by Sharenow
How to Speak Dolphin by Rorby
I am Princess X by Priest
Like a River by Wiechman
Mark of the Thief by Nielsen
Nooks and Crannies by Lawson
Red Butterfly by Sonnichsen
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Pearsall
Stella by Starlight by Draper
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Yeh
The War that Saved My Life by Bradley
The Way Home Looks Now by Shang
Wish Girl by Loftin

Feel free to list your current favorite title from 2015 in the comments below.

1st Friday of August Meeting

A few less in attendance this meeting actually discussed quite a bit!
Echo was referenced as a comparison title a couple of times, so we know it is a favorite.
We are preparing to make our first “Favorites List” next meeting – so stay tuned!
What would you want us to include?

End of July Meeting

It was great to see most of our group this week!  We welcomed Ms. Linda, our new Teen Librarian, as well.
Our favorite continues to be The War That Saved My Life, and we updated our cart by taking off 14 titles!  During our ‘Speed Reading’ session, we shared a LOT of great books with each other.  We are looking forward to more reading each week.  What is your favorite so far this year?


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