Cece is 15 years old and, golly, just has to get working at the local radio station. She’s practiced her elocution, can whistle like all get out, and knows a lot about sound effects. That’s because her father does the sound effects for one of the local stations. The trouble is, her father hasn’t been around a lot lately and she can’t seem to convince him to let her work at his station. That doesn’t stop Cece, though…
Brother Theophane isn’t suited to sit all day with the rest of his brethren and copy texts. He is prone to daydreams. Finally Theophane is given the job of making ink for his brothers transcriptions. Brown ink. In his new found task, Theophane discovers that, not only can he make brown ink, but he can make ink in all the colors of the rainbow. And his brothers, inspired by the colors, take on the task of illuminating their work.
Yowza are there a lot of books out there. No way can I review all of them. A tongue in cheek look at the books I won’t be reviewing.
Gabe is in 7th grade and was, until this school year, somewhat normal. Normal, except that he’s convinced one of his arms is going to stretch out longer than the other. And he can’t open his locker. And he can’t speak whenever Becca is around. And he passes gas when he gets nervous. But otherwise, he’s been an average, ordinary, normal kid at St. Jude’s Academy. But now all that has changed when some test scores have him pegged as a genius. As far as Gabe is concerned, its no big deal. After all, what good is being a genius if you can’t even open your own locker? But his parents care. And his teachers, the principle, his friends, the janitor. In fact, that he’s a genius seems to matter to everyone but Gabe! It’s going to make for one long school year, how can he possibly manage it?
On Ash Wednesday, Elizabeth Veritas discovers a mysterious note during the collection. Assuming it is from the handsome, new usher she picks it up and finds herself face to face with a new (handsome) friend and writing buddy.
Kyle Keeley is third in line behind 1) a complete jock and 2) an utter brainiac. But those things don’t necessarily matter in the world of games. Brawn and brains won’t help the roll of the die, or the draw of a lucky card and this gives Kyle a fighting chance. In fact, he’s pretty good at games. So when Kyle finds out that his favorite game maker has designed the new local library he’s more than eager to be a part of the invitation-only lock-in on opening night. But what Kyle doesn’t count on, is that getting into the library is the easy part. Getting out is the name of this game.
I came upon the book “Wonder” when a friend of mine asked if I had read it? She had heard it was great modern fiction for middle schoolers. What’s more, she had heard the book was Catholic to its core. Wow! Minutes later it was zipped down to my iPad via the magic of the internets and Overdrive.
Jessamine can’t believe the turn her life has taken! Her Pa is in jail, and she is forced to live with her Pa’s accusers! But the Colorado prairie is full of secrets – some of them magical – and Jessamine Brody is about to discover one of them.
If you haven’t yet seen Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Dean Koontz it is most certainly worth your time. If you have any doubt as to the influence and nature of books, especially on the young mind, you may want to tune in to about 6:15 where Koontz discusses the influence of books on his life. […]
Live in the light and dance in the dark. That’s Rachel Durham’s new motto. So far, its a good one. But how long can she straddle the two worlds? and will one, eventually, become the stronger over her? **SPOILER ALERT**