Library Book Haul (#10)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I blogged. I recently went to the library and decided to do another Library Book Haul. It’s the 10th one! You guys have really been enjoying these book hauls 😀 This book haul consists of three YA books and three YT (Young Teen) books. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven would’ve been part of this haul but I started and almost finished it. A review will hopefully be coming your way soon!


Library Book Haul:

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1. If I Ever Get Out Of Here By Eric Gansworth (YA)

If I Ever Get Out of Here

Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home — will he still be his friend?


2. None Of The Above By I.W. Gregorio (YA)

None of the Above

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?


3. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) By Maggie Stiefvater (YA)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

(I recently read the first book and fell in love. The review will be up ASAP)

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.


4. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas (YT)

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi. 


5. Nothing But Trouble By Jacqueline Davies (YT)

Nothing but Trouble

Odawahaka has always been too small for Maggie’s big scientific ideas. Between her stuck-in-a-rut mom, her grumpy grandpop, and the lifetime supply of sludgy soda in the fridge, it’s hard for Maggie to imagine a change.

But when Lena moves in with her creative spirit and outrageous perspective, middle school takes off with a bang. Someone starts pulling the kind of pranks that send their rule-loving new principal into an uproar—complete with purple puffs of smoke, parachuting mice, and a scavenger hunt that leads to secret passageways. Suddenly the same-old football games, election for class president, and embarrassing stories feel almost exciting. And for the first time in her life, Maggie begins to wonder if there might be more to Odawahaka than she ever saw coming!


6. Every Single Second By Tricia Springstubb (YT)

Every Single Second

A single second. That’s all it takes to turn a world upside down.

Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her.

Tricia Springstubb’s extraordinary novel is about the shifting bonds of friendship and the unconditional love of family, the impact of class and racial divides on a neighborhood and a city, and a girl awakening to awareness of a world bigger and more complex than she’d ever imagined.


That’s a wrap! What books seem appealing to you? Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Library Book Haul (#7)

Hey everyone!  It’s Monday  and it’s time for another Library Book Haul! I apologize for not blogging for 4-5 days. Life got very busy and I didn’t have the energy or time to blog. Back to the book haul. This haul contains two Young Adult books and two Tween books. Let’s get started!


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  1. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight

This is a book set in the Great Depression era. It sounds interesting and centers around a girl named Stella. She has to deal with living in the segregated south. There will not be a review since this is a Tween book.


2. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever

A 2016 release that is centered around a boy named Quinn whose life is turned upside down. I have been wanting to read it for a bit and it has lots of twists and turns. Stay tuned for a review since it is a YA book!


3. Project Un Popular by Kristen Tracy

Project (Un)Popular (Project (Un)Popular, #1)

A 2016 summer release that is centered around two characters: Perry and Venus. They are in middle school and yearbook photographers. I thought it sounded interesting and it sounds like it has quite a bit of drama. There won’t be a review since it is Tween.


4.Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

A book written by two wonderful authors. It centers around two boys both named Will Grayson. I have enjoyed at least one book by both John Green and David Levithan. That’s why I believe I will enjoy this book. See if I do in my review 🙂


That’s a wrap!! Any thoughts about these books? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Review: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Hey everyone! It’s time for another book review! This book is for ages 8-12 so definitely closer to teen. Return to Sender has some pretty varied reviews on Goodreads. To change things up a bit, I will paste some reviews onto here. I will of course give the authors of the comment 1000% credit. Let’s jump right in!

Name: Return to Sender.

Author: Julia Alvarez

# of pages: 318

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5 stars

Amazon: 4/5 stars


Amazon Summary:

After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?


Amazon Reviews:

Heather Darby- “I hated this book it spoke in third persons the base stunk and in all this book was not setup well.” 1 star review

Arizona Mom- “This was a pretty good book. I read it with my son. I would have given it 5 stars but I didn’t like how the author told a lot of the story through letters. In other words, a young girl is writing to her mother and you learn about what has been happening through her letters. There are several chapters of that type of writing style in the book.”    4 star review

Sandra Scavazzon- “Return to Sender places a human face on the immigrants who make their way to the United States and to the families who benefit from their labor. Children are children, families are families no matter from what country. This is an important lesson that I wish to teach my grandchildren, since we are an international family. Too often the hardships that immigrant families endure are marginalize and even discarded because we, as Americans, do not pay attention to the human factors.” 5 star review


Goodreads Reviews:

Anne- “This book disappointed me–I would give it 2.5 if I could. Julia Alvarez is a brilliant novelist who should probably stick to writing for adults, because her young adult “tone” comes off as forced, oversimplified, and too young. This is a compelling and timely story bogged down by an awkward format, too many exclamation points, and a style that isn’t true to Alvarez’s lyrical talents.” 3 star review

Anne Marie- “The topic of the book and the way the story is related – through narrative prose and letters, and also through insightful points of view – were really interesting, but ultimately completely overshadowed by how heavy-handed, preachy, and condescending the book is. There is also very little description of any characters or settings – all emphasis is on dialogue and “lesson-teaching.” 1 star review

Sergio Lopez- “It was a really nice story because it’s based on true facts . Many mexicans do come to the U.S. in search of a better life and many times they are treated unfairly” 3 star review.

Let me know what you think of adding reviews written by real people.


My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! It’s most likely aimed at younger audiences since the characters are  11-12. There were so many suspenseful moments. I fell in love with the characters. Many had issues with the letter style of Mari’s POV but I loved it. I definitely recommend reading it. Return to Sender shows the real issues of Mexican immigrants and how just one wrong move can get you deported. This is definitely a must read!


Let me know what you think of adding real reviews to the book reviews!  Are you going to read Return to Sender? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂