Tag: survival fiction

A North Korean Vacation IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

A North Korean Vacation IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

Lynn: Looking for a heart-thumping thriller? Anne Sibley O’Brien’s In the Shadow of the Sun (2017) was already a great choice, but then the political situation with North Korea got even worse, heightening its timeliness and intensity. Twelve-year-old Mia Andrews and her surly older brother Simon—who we learn has been “mad since August”—are touring North […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Cindy: One of the most popular titles in recent years with my incoming 6th graders is Katherine Applegate’s Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan. I’ve found a good read- alike for his fans:  Just as Ivan showed us something about what it means to be human, Roz, the robot in Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot (2016), […]

Three Books to Read if You Like The Revenant
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Three Books to Read if You Like The Revenant

So you saw The Revenant, did you? It’s possible you showed up for latest cocktail-swirling stylings of Leo DiCap (that’s what I call him; he calls me “Krazi K”) only to be walloped by nearly three hours of bear attacks, gushing wounds, head scalpings, guts-extractings, extremity-severings, mud-writhings, snow-freezings, and, you know, whatnot. The Revenant treated you like dirt and you liked […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Lynn:  There are times when I want to bang my head against the wall and shriek, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?”  I had Endangered (Scholastic 2012) for many months and somehow had never quite gotten around to it.  I knew I should too – there was something about the premise that just shouted “READ […]

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Lynn: I confess that since coming home from the Newbery deliberations I have been indulging myself shamelessly and have been reading for pure fun!  I haven’t taken a single note, searched for deeper meaning or examined the use of literary elements.  Glorious!  One of the  fun books I’ve read is Hiassen’s newest romp for middle grade […]

Kristen Tracy and Funny Books

Kristen Tracy and Funny Books

Lynn: Cindy and I may differ on our favorite genres but we are in complete agreement about funny books.  It is REALLY hard to write funny books and we LOVE them.  Kristen Tracy writes really funny books and today we are going to talk about two of them.  I get to start with The Reinvention […]

School Can Be a Disaster!

School Can Be a Disaster!

Cindy: We have a pair of school related disaster books today that will make great booktalks and will grab reluctant readers. Mine fits well with all the snow that has been piling up in West Michigan this winter. I wish I had read it before our numerous snow days…imagine being trapped at school–horrors! Trapped (Scholastic […]

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Lynn: Don’t you love it when you find a book that is wonderfully written, will be a sure-fire winner with teens AND provides the perfect booktalking quote too? Revolver (Roaring Brook, 2010) does all this in 200 accessible can’t-stop-reading-them pages. The book opens with a bang as young Sig looks at the dead body of […]

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Lynn: You could not ask for a better book to booktalk than Escape Under the Forever Sky (Chronicle, 2009)! Sit back and picture this: the Ethiopian wilderness, a thirteen-year-old American girl who has been kidnapped, escapes and with her captors right behind her, runs barefooted straight into a hidden pride of lions. After a heart-stopping […]

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Worth the Wait

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Worth the Wait

Cindy: It’s very exciting to have had an early peek at Catching Fire (Scholastic, Sept. 1, 2009) but that just means the wait for book three will seem even longer! One thing I know for sure, it will be worth the wait, whether you are a lucky soul in the same boat, or if you […]