Monday, March 12, 2018

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Just listened to the 2018 Newbery Award winner!
Great book, loved the snippets of Filipino culture included.  The main character is a Pinoy, just like my husband.

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his loud and boisterous family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister Gen is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just act normal so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends -- at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find the missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Edible Book Contest Feb 1-20 IHHS Media Center!

IHHS Media Center Edible Book Contest!

Create a loved, yummy book out of food!

  • Use at least 75% edible ingredients
  • Do not exceed 24 inches in any direction
  • Bring in your creations to the Media Center February 20th
  • Vote for your favorite
  • Receive a gift card if you're the winner!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

Started reading this over break and have found it fascinating.  Perhaps I was a Druid in a previous life  😊 🌿🌳

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wonderstruck by by Brian Selznick

For the longest time, Selznick's book has been on the bottom of the pile of one of my shelves at home.  Finally picked it up and am enjoying it so much!  Like his other novel the Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck does not disappoint!

Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben's story in words, Rose's in pictures, come together in deafness.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Just in!  
I'm half way through and will finish over Thanksgiving.
I've read and enjoyed all of John Green's books and this one so far does not disappoint... Come check it out after break. 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Monday, November 13, 2017

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Wow!  Glad chocolate and coffee are not illegal...can you imagine??? I sure don't want to!  I think you'll enjoy this tale of Anya, a mafia boss's daughter, who has to navigate her birthright and her desires...