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…

One Smart Cookie (Hally) – Susan Cappadonia Love – #1

Can a tiny piece of paper tucked inside a fortune cookie really predict what the future holds? Just ask Hally. She has plenty of experience in the fortune cookie department. Every year on the night before the very first day of school, Hally and her best friend go with their families to the Lucky Wow Restaurant. And every year the words on Hally’s fortunes spell trouble. But Hally is 100% absolutely sure, no-doubt-about-it-positive that fourth grade is going to be her best year yet. That is, until she cracks open the cookie and reads: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem. Which makes her nervous, since “things” were just too good to be true. Suddenly she’s faced with her worst fear. Her best friend is jealous of Hally’s surprising new friend (and you won’t believe who it is). And if she doesn’t get a good grade on an impossibly hard assignment, she won’t be going on the school field trip (SOS!). “Things” are going from bad to worse. Is this how the cookie crumbles? Or is good fortune in her future? (Description taken from the book: One Smart Cookie. Story — Violence/Scariness — N/A Language — Some name calling. Sex/Love —…

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.

Trial by Fire – Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts – #2
Realistic Fiction , Stranded / May 7, 2019

They thought it couldn’t get any worse. They were wrong. Being shipwrecked on a jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific was bad enough. But now that Carter, Vanessa, Buzz, and Jane have lost their boat–and almost everything on board–to another violent storm, it’s like starting over. That means finding food and shelter, making fire for the first time, dealing with the wild boars that roam the island–and of course, figuring how to get along (and not kill each other in the process). Survival is not individual sport in a place like this, but there’s only one way to learn that. The hard way. (Description taken from the book: Trial by Fire. Story — Violence/Scariness — Wild boars stampede, wild boars attack, some mild injuries, a kid gets sick from drinking dirty water, a girl finds a human skeleton. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Trial by Fire Author — Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts Series — Stranded Book in Series — #2 Pages — 174 Publishing Date — 2013 Publisher — Puffin Books How to Get Trial by Fire — Amazon-TrialByFire *The more stars the better.

Stranded – Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts – #1

A family vacation becomes a test of survival. It was supposed to be a vacation–and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive? A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work together if they’re going to make it off the island. But first they’ve got to learn to survive one another. (Description taken from the book: Stranded. Story — Violence/Scariness — Kids are shipwrecked, kids survive a violent storm while on a boat, two adults get separated from the ship but survive. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Stranded Author — Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts Series — Stranded Book in Series — #1 Pages — 176 Publishing Date — 2013 Publisher — Puffin Books How to Get Stranded — Amazon-Stranded *The more stars the better.

Click’d – Tamara Ireland Stone – #1
Click'd , Realistic Fiction / April 29, 2019

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d. Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt–all before she steps onstage to present Click’d to the judges? (Description taken from the book: Click’d. Story — Violence/Scariness — N/A Language — Some yelling. Sex/Love — Some crushes, a secret crush gets revealed, there is a picture of someone in their underwear (not a picture in the book, just mentions one). Drugs/Alcohol — N/A…

Point Blank – Anthony Horowitz – #2
Alex Rider , Realistic Fiction / April 18, 2019

Kids are dying mysteriously at a Swiss boarding school, and Alex Rider, reluctant teen superspy, is going undercover to find out why. But the mystery he uncovers is more nefarious than he’d ever expected, and now the clock is ticking on Alex’s mission. Is his luck about to run out? (Description taken from the book: Point Blank. Story — Violence/Scariness — Alex gets shot at, teens shoot animals and leave them to die, teens chase Alex and try to shoot him for fun, Alex is threatened to be dissected alive but escapes before then, Alex gets shot at, a man gets shot in the head, Alex gets hit by a person, Alex falls of a train and gets hurt, soldiers storm the evil school and shoot/kill/injure some people, Alex shoots a girl around his age with a sleeping dart so she didn’t tell the enemy information, Alex kicks someone, a woman fights with Alex, the woman gets shot and killed and falls down the mountain, Alex launches a snowmobile into the main enemy’s helicopter. Language — Hell and damn are said a couple times. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — A woman smokes. Other Info Title — Point Blank Author —…

Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz – #1
Alex Rider , Realistic Fiction / April 16, 2019

They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn’t wearing his seat belt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn’t know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood. This first book in a thrilling new series by British writer Anthony Horowitz will have pulses racing from start to finish. (Description taken from the book: Stormbreaker. Story — Violence/Scariness — Alex gets mild injuries, killing/shooting, Alex gets chased by vehicles that are trying to kill him with flamethrowers and wire, Alex shoots a man, Alex gets shot at, Alex gets threatened of torture, Alex gets put in an aquarium that has a killer jellyfish (on purpose), a woman gets killed by a jellyfish, there is a painting of doomed souls and…

The Distance to Home – Jenn Bishop
Realistic Fiction / March 19, 2019

Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley. This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound? (Description taken from the book: The Distance to Home. Story — Violence/Scariness — A baseball player gets hit in the head with a baseball and gets sent to the hospitable, Quinnen’s sister dies in a car crash, Quinnen rams a bucket into an adult’s stomach. Language — Quinnen’s sister says ‘I hate you’ to Quinnen. Sex/Love — There…

Hero on a Bicycle – Shirley Hughes

Florence, Italy, 1944: The city is under heavy Nazi occupation, but for thirteen-year-old Paolo, war is a long and boring wait. Too young to fight for the resistance, yet desperate for action and adventure, he sneaks out each night to ride his bicycle along the darkened city streets. For Paolo, the risk is thrilling. But when he is accosted by Partisans–covert members of the anti-Nazi movement–thrilling quickly becomes dangerous as Paolo and his family are thrust into a terrifying and impossible situation. Finally at the center of the action, Paolo must figure out once and for all whether he has what it takes to truly be a hero. (Description taken from the book: Hero on a Bicycle. Story — Violence/Scariness — A dog gets shot in the head a couple of times and his brain and blood ooze out and there is a jagged hole where his eye used to be, there is war, death, bombs, shooting, people say that people get tortured by the Nazis, a couple different types of injuries. Language — Hell is said twice, people curse but they don’t say the word e.g. “he cursed it long and hard under his breath.” Sex/Love — Teens loving…