I started reading this book so I can discuss it during our literature group in April. This year it received its Printz Awards (excellence in literature for Young Adults) and has won many many more. Ms. Nelson has also written another book--The Sky is Everywhere.
The main characters are a set of fraternal twins (Noah and Jude) and have complete opposite personalities which makes it hard for them to connect with each other. Noah is the type that loves to draw and is very shy and Jude is very outgoing and likes to hang out with the popular kids. As they become more exposed to life, the more they both get separated, even when a sudden and horrific tragedy occurs. It is until the end (the last breaking point) where they both start piecing together on what is going on and begin to appreciate each other.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the point of view shown, Noah takes over one chapter when they are both 13 and Jude takes the other at the age of 16 and goes back and forth until the end. Without trying to spoil the plot, I would like to say that the author placed many real life scenarios that kids face nowadays and this will definitely help them cope. Having a sibling relationship can be difficult to maintain but once it is in tact...it is a one of a kind treasure.
Another book that I needed to read for my Lit. Group librarians, this novel has received the Schneider Family Book Award. This novel has brought me to tears!!!! Once I read this book, I could not put it down at all, besides it is an easy read compared to the others honestly.
Rose Howard is autistic (main character) and she explains her story throughout in her own eyes and way of thinking. She lives with her father and sees her uncle frequently (sweetest man ever). She loves to mention prime numbers, especially in the number of letters in a word and loves homonyms, which she keeps a long list of them for herself. The title comes from the name of her dog Rain, a dog that her father found and later gave it to her as a gift. Rose decided to name her Rain because it has two homonyms: Rain and Reign. Things start to change and Rose makes choices (she always wants to do the right thing) in which questions her own feelings. If you want to know more about this book and why I cried like a baby, check it out at the library whenever you can!
This book was a very nice story that brings a sort of a fairytale mixed in how the chiles came to New Mexico, just like the title reads. It begins with a boy named Young Eagle that demonstrates the love he has for Sage. Young Eagle's father decides to speak to her parents to ask for her hand in marriage. Sage's father asks Young Eagle to bring the chile seeds from the Aztecs and then he will agree to marry his daughter. The book later explains his long journey in search of the seeds and the determination to complete his task to come back to Sage. The layout of the story has a good flow for young readers as well as the beautiful artwork that Nicolas Otero made. Check out this book and see if Young Eagle does indeed bring back the seeds!
Well I barely noticed that I did not write about the second book of the Splintered series! Honestly all three books kept me on my toes all the time. Here is a brief summary for each book:
Unhinged takes place where Alyssa is trying to live her normal life without setting foot in Wonderland but Wonderland will not let her go. Things get out of hand when Wonderland interferes with the human realm and Morpheous asks for her help. Now Alyssa needs to go back and fix things without damaging her life and others that she loves and cares for. WIll she be able to accomplish that or will the damages be permanent enough that she needs to stay in Wonderland forever? Check out the book to find out!
Ensnared-Actually there is not a copy of the book at the library, it is actually my personal copy. I could not wait until the next school year to find out what happened to Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheous! Alyssa was sent to the Asylum due to all the damage that was done in the human realm. She goes back to Wonderland to save her mom, Jeb, and Morpheous by bringing along her father because he is also part of the Wonderland history. Throughout the book, things get more and more complicated every minute she is in Wonderland. This is where you find out for sure: will Alyssa stay with her human knight Jeb to grow old with or will she become queen and stay in Wonderland with Morpheous as her king? (I honestly did not expect the end result honestly and loved it!)
Everything that Alyssa, the main character went I totally did not expect. The author provides a very detailed description of the creatures and scenery which helped the reader fall into the fantasy land that the characters are in. I was definitely pleased with all three books really and I hope you give them a chance also.