Left Out – Tim Green
Fiction , Realistic Fiction / June 30, 2019

All Landon Dorch has ever wanted was to be like everyone else. But his deafness and the way he talks have been obstacles all his life. Now he finally gets an opportunity to fit in. Bigger and taller than any other seventh grader at his new school, Landon plans to use his size to his advantage. but football, and making a place for himself on the Bronxville team, proves harder than he thought, especially when the coaches encourage him to be their oversize water boy. Just when it looks like Landon will be left out for good, Brett Bell–a star player whose family knows about being different–becomes an unlikely friend. In the end, though, only Landon can fight his way off the bench and through a crowded field of bullies bent on seeing him forever left out. (Description taken from the book: Left Out. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some seventh-graders fight, Landon plays football which includes shoving and hitting, Landon’s sister pushes a boy into a table. Language — N/A Sex/Love — Some girlfriends and crushes, Landon thinks his sister wants to French kiss someone but it turned out to be a misunderstanding, a kid takes a picture of Landon…

The Dragonfly Effect – Gordon Korman – #3
Fiction , The Hypnotists / May 20, 2019

The government has promised to protect Jackson Opus and his family from enemies who want to use his hypnotic power to bring more evil into the world. Jax has reluctantly agreed to be protected. But protection has its price–and soon Jax learns that if the government is going to help him, it’s going to want some help in return. The reach of Jax’s hypnotic talents is especially dangerous because he doesn’t have to be looking at people directly to control them. No, he can hypnotize people through video broadcasts–so a person can be innocently checking a computer, and suddenly have a hypnotic message planted. Even worse? Jax is not the only person who can do this. He is up against a hypnotic mastermind who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. It’s a race against time and the power of evil in this heart-stopping adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman. (Description taken from the book: The Dragonfly Effect. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some kids fight physically and mentally once, hypnotizing throughout the book. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — The Dragonfly Effect Author — Gordon Korman Series…

Memory Maze – Gordon Korman – #2
Fiction , The Hypnotists / May 18, 2019

Jax Opus knows he’s not like other kids. And it isn’t his skills on the basketball court or his test scores that set him apart. No, Jax is different because he can hypnotize people. In fact, he might be the best hypnotist the world has seen in a very long time. You would think Jax would be happy about this. But really? It’s ruining his life. He and his family are hiding from a master hypnotist who wants Jax out of the picture forever. And the FBI is starting to ask questions about Jax and his abilities. Jax thinks his life might be getting a little bit better when a very rich, very powerful man asks him to help out with something. The reward will be great. And the price–well, the price is that Jax starts taking on the man’s memories. And some of them are pretty deadly. (Description taken from the book: Memory Maze. Story — Violence/Scariness — Jax takes a journey in someone else’s memories and gets shot at, shot, injured, has a heart attack, and sees what a grenade leaves behind in a close quarter room with people in it. Language — Damned is said once in…

Mr. Tucket – Gary Paulsen – #1

Fourteen-year-old Francis is heading west in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail when he is kidnapped by Pawnees. His adventures during the two years he spends searching for his family teach him how to live by the harsh code of the wilderness–and give readers an exciting panoramic vision of the West at a time of settlement and war with Mexico. (Description taken and edited from the book: Mr. Tucket. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some mild injuries, there is hunting and skinning animals, some killing and attacking, a man is going to scalp an Indian. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Mr. Tucket Author — Gary Paulsen Series — Tucket’s Adventures Book in Series — #1 Pages — 166 Publishing Date — 1994 Publisher — Random House Inc. How to Get Mr. Tucket — Amazon-Mr.Tucket *The more stars the better.

Clash of Beasts – Lisa McMann – #3
Fantasy , Fiction , Going Wild / April 29, 2019

Charlie Wilde and her friends risked everything to rescue her dad and the other captive Project Chimera scientists. Yet they still weren’t able to catch Dr. Gray and his henchmen. If they don’t get him in time, there will be nothing to keep Dr. Gray from transforming all of humanity into a monstrous new species–one that he would rule over. But their mission to track down the villainous doctor and defeat his beastly soldiers may prove to be even more dangerous than they expected. Charlie’s frenemy, Kelly, has decided to join forces with these foes. And the bracelets that give Charlie, Ma, and Maria their amazing abilities aren’t working like they’re supposed to. With so much at stake, the scientists know they’re going to need all the help they can get. They must figure out a way to give the kids even fiercer powers from the animal kingdom. But will that be enough to stop Dr. Gray once and for all? If they’re going to have any shot at saving the world, Charlie and her friends will have to work together as a team and unleash their wild sides. (Description taken from the book: Clash of Beasts. Story — Violence/Scariness…

Predator vs. Prey – Lisa McMann – #2
Fantasy , Fiction , Going Wild / April 29, 2019

Charlie Wilde is desperate for answers. Who are the masked people that are after her–and is it really possible they’re not human? Where have they taken her father–and why is he so important to them? The only thing Charlie knows for certain is that this whole nightmare is somehow connected to the mysterious bracelet she discovered a few weeks ago. The one that gives her a cheetah’s speed, and elephant’s strength, and other incredible abilities from the animal kingdom. After using the device to break into a secret lab, Charlie thought she might finally be able to get to the bottom of all this. But instead of answers, she and her friends found three more bracelets. now they each have one–and that might not be such a good thing. Maria’s device comes with disastrous side effects. Amateur hacker Mac can’t wait to play with his. And Charlie’s frenemy, Kelly, swears hers is a dud, but she might be hiding something. Charlie will need their help to have any hope of rescuing her dad and figuring out what their beastly foes are planning–but she’ll first have to keep her friends from going completely wild with their new powers. (Description taken from…

The Hypnotists – Gordon Korman – #1
Fiction , The Hypnotists / April 22, 2019

Is it a gift… or is it a curse? Jax Opus can use his color-changing eyes to make people do things they don’t want to do. (Only his color-blind best friend, Tommy, seems immune.) At first, Jax doesn’t know what he’s doing — temporarily hypnotizing friends, foes, and strangers. But then his power pushes things way too far, and his secret isn’t a secret any longer. Soon Jax finds himself meeting Dr. Elias Mako, who wants him to join a special institution that will teach him how to use his powers. But what will his powers be used for? That’s the big question for Jax as his hypnotic abilities draw him into a conspiracy that will have him racing against time and a mysterious mastermind to save his best friend, his parents, and the entire United States. (Description taken from the book: The Hypnotists. Story — Violence — A man tries to jump off a bridge but Jax hypnotizes him to not (may have been a set-up), two adults are hypnotized to jump in front of a train but are stopped, a kid is hypnotized to jump off a railing that was very high up but gets saved. Language —…

Going Wild – Lisa McMann – #1
Fantasy , Fiction , Going Wild / April 8, 2019

Charlie Wilde can’t believe she has to move to hot, boring Arizona. Good-bye, deep-dish pizza, her best friend, and everything else she loves about Chicago. Hello, cacti around every corner, parents who spend all their time at their new jobs, and trying to fit in at a new school. It couldn’t get any worse. Then one day Charlie finds a high-tech bracelet that looks just like the ones athletes use. There’s no sign as to where it came from, but she decides to wear it to soccer tryouts, thinking it’ll help giver her an edge. And things start to look up when she makes the team and hits it off with another player. But soon Charlie realizes she’s changing. She’s able to run across the field as fast as a cheetah and lift heavy objects as if she were as strong as an elephant–and that’s only the beginning. Charlie would be thrilled about her transformation if she had any idea how the bracelet works, but it didn’t come with instructions. So it’s up to her and her new friends to figure out what’s happening–and if there’s a way to control her incredible powers. Charlie knew moving was going to completely…