Quick Thoughts: “Found”

“Found (The Missing #1)” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s Fiction, Science Fiction

Other The Missing books

Summary from Goodreads:

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

 

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Diverse Pairings: Multiple Perspectives

As a library paraprofessional and an avid reader, I’m a fan of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. It can be difficult to get books into the hands of readers if you’re not quite sure how to ‘sell’ the books. I thought I would try out a feature where I pair a book with a companion Diverse* book. If a reader likes one book, they’re sure to enjoy the other one.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Westing Game”

“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger – and a possible murderer – to inherit his vast fortune, one things’ for sure: Sam Westing may be dead… but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

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Unboxing April 2015 Uppercase Box and Final Verdict

This month is my third month of Uppercase box. This box will decide whether I keep my subscription or cut it.  Let’s see what I got!

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Quick Thoughts: “Girls Like Us”

“Girls Like Us” by Gail Giles

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad.

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought — and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

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Unboxing Book Riot’s Young Adult Box #1

It’s pretty much confirmed at this point I’m a subscription service junkie. It’s fun getting goodies sent to your doorstep. I decided to spurge and treat myself to another one.

My latest subscription is Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Box. For $50 (plus shipping), you get a box full of goodies every 3 months.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Wicked Within”

“The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters #3)” by Kelly Keaton

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Gods & Monsters books

Summary from Goodreads:

Ancient lore leads to present danger in the final book in the dark and sexy paranormal romance trilogy about a descendent of Medusa, set in a richly reimagined New Orleans.

Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian—her life—depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumors an ancient power is on the rise, that may not be her only concern…

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