This is a great quick read about a boy, Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw. He has been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom. Even though his dad is in jail, Ghost still feels the trauma, and ends up getting into trouble a lot in middle school. He finds himself on the Defenders, an elite track team. Ghost shoplifts a pair of running shoes that and feels immediately guilty. Through the guidance of his coach and the other kids on the team he finds a place to fit in and begins to heal. Wonderful story! A definite must read!
This is a fabulous story of the lottery and love! A fun light read about Alice who has been unlucky her whole life. She jokingly gives a lottery ticket attached to a note, professing her love to her best friend Teddy, on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins! At first, it seems like the luckiest thing on earth. But as Teddy gets wrapped up by his new found wealth and fame. It starts to tear them apart. This was a really fun read! Check it out!
Strong Inside – This was a surprise for me. I’m not a big basketball fan but LOVED this book! It is narrative non-fiction (non-fiction but reads like fiction). Great true story of Perry Wallace, who in 1966 enrolled at Vanderbilt University and became the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Strong Inside is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America. If you have seen and liked the movie, Glory Road. You will love this book!
Loki’s Wolves – Armstrong, K.L. & M.A. Marr
Colossus Rises – Lerangis, Peter
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Grabenstein, Chris
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures – DiCamillo, Kate
Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – Patterson, James
Counting by 7s – Sloan, Holly Goldberg
The Creature Department – Weston, Robert Paul
Never Say Die – Hobbs, Will
The 5th Wave – Yancey, Rick
The Moon and More – Dessen, Sarah
Mila 2.0 – Driza, Debra
Perfect Ruin – DeStefano, Lauren
A Corner of White – Moriarty, Jaclyn
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong – Shen, Prudence
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Toten, Teresa
Navigating Early – Vanderpool, Clare
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Graffiti Knight – Karen Bass Winger – Andrew Smith Altered – Jennifer Rush
Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson
Just One Day – Gayle Forman
This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer Smith