Today I saw these books

So I saw these books.  If I were to go back in time to my younger self I would probably end up reading quite a few of them.  Which ones would you read?

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The Boy from Tomorrow
Camille DeAngelis
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Date: (May 8, 2018)

Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old and a hundred years apart.

The children meet through a hand-painted talking board―Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015―and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them.

Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?

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The Memory of Forgotten Things
Kat Zhang  
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Lexile Measure: 670
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Aladdin
Date: (May 15, 2018)

   In the tradition of The Thing About Jellyfish and When You Reach Me, acclaimed author Kat Zhang offers a luminous and heartbreaking novel about a girl who is convinced that an upcoming solar eclipse will bring back her dead mother.

One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a boxed-mix, but from scratch. She remembers the way the frosting tasted, the way the pink sugar roses dissolved on her tongue.

This memory, and a scant few others like it, is all Sophia has of her mother, so she keeps them close. She keeps them secret, too. Because as paltry as these memories are, she shouldn’t have them at all.

The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always.

Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia’s seventh grade English class gets an assignment to research solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died.

With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her—before the opportunity is lost forever.

 

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Out of Left Field
Ellen Klages
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date:  (May 1, 2018)

A story about the fight for equal rights in America’s favorite arena: the baseball field!

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she’s a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it’s a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy’s game and always has been. It’s not fair, and Katy’s going to fight back. Inspired by what she’s learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she’s not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people’s minds about what girls can do?

 Set in 1957—the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and “Heartbreak Hotel”—Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.

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Until Tomorrow Mr. Marsworth
Sheila O’Connor
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 – 6
Lexile Measure: 0770
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Date: (April 3, 2018)

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft—and gets help from an unlikely source—in this middle-grade tale, perfect for fans of The Wednesday Wars

 When eleven-year-old Reenie Kelly’s mother passes away, she and her brothers are shipped off to live with their grandmother. Adjusting to life in her parents’ Midwestern hometown isn’t easy, but once Reenie takes up a paper route with her older brother Dare, she has something she can look forward to. As they introduce themselves to every home on their route, Reenie’s stumped by just one—the house belonging to Mr. Marsworth, the town recluse. When he doesn’t answer his doorbell, Reenie begins to leave him letters. Slowly, the two become pen pals, striking up the most unlikely of friendships.

Through their letters, Reenie tells of her older brother Billy, who might enlist to fight in the Vietnam War. Reenie is desperate to stop him, and when Mr. Marsworth hears this, he knows he can’t stand idly by. As a staunch pacifist, Mr. Marsworth offers to help Reenie. Together, they concoct a plan to keep Billy home, though Reenie doesn’t know Mr. Marsworth’s dedication to her cause goes far beyond his antiwar beliefs.

In this heartwarming piece of historical fiction, critically acclaimed author Sheila O’Connor delivers a tale of devotion, sacrifice, and family.

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Float
Laura Martin
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date:  (May 29, 2018)

Emerson can float…he just can’t do it very well.

His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, which means that he deals with Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind. The last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he’s shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp—and he even makes some new friends.

But it’s not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger.

It’s up to the Red Maple boys to save themselves—and everyone like them.

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Biographies

I saw these biographies and decided to share them with you.  Everyone has a story and even these two people have lead an interesting life.

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Steve McQueen  The Salvation of an American Icon

Join Greg Laurie as he takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang 390 GT through the canyons of Malibu, the alleys of Hollywood, the wide and open roads of the Midwest, the streets of New York, as he traces the wooly geography of actor Steve McQueen’s life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. This iconic muscle car was the vehicle McQueen drove in his most raucous and enduring film, Bullitt.

In the 1960s, McQueen was, according to box office receipts, the biggest movie star of his generation and one of the coolest men to ever walk the planet. Greg Laurie was a teen at the time and an ardent fan of ”The King of Cool,” first mesmerized by McQueen in 1963’s The Great Escape. Like millions of cinema fans, Greg developed a lifelong fascination with the actor. Now he has a chance to tell McQueen’s story.

McQueen was a complex, contradictory man who lived the same way he drove his motorcycles and cars: fearlessly, ruthlessly and at top speed. After a lifetime of fast cars, women and drugs, McQueen took a surprising detour.

In this book, Laurie thoughtfully interviews members of Steve McQueen’s family, friends, co-stars, associates, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change for the actor in the spring of 1979 – six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What were the critical steps that led McQueen to make such a life-altering decision? Perhaps more importantly, why is that part of his story so rarely told? This book answers these questions.

Greg Laurie will follow the seeds of Christianity that were sown throughout McQueen’s improbable life where a Light finally shone into the darkness of his troubled life. These seeds miraculously germinated, allowing McQueen to see that redemption through Jesus Christ is a lasting truth more glittering and real than any magic of the entertainment industry.

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Defiance  The extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

The first major biography of eighteenth-century writer and socialite Lady Anne Barnard.

Born in Scotland in 1772, Lady Anne Barnard lived at the heart of Georgian society. She wrote one of the most popular ballads of her day, captivated Sir Walter Scott with her poetry, rubbed shoulders with the Prince of Wales, and dazzled Samuel Johnson with her repartee. Lady Anne’s charisma and talent were undeniable; she was well known as both a beauty and a wit. However, she was also seen as an eccentric―an artist defined by her defiance of convention.

Lady Anne had romantic affairs with several prominent men, but she married none of them. She preferred to live independently―even traveling alone to Paris during the upheaval of the French Revolution. When she did marry, it was to an impoverished army officer many years her junior. The pairing scandalized polite society. Hounded by gossip, the couple escaped to the Cape Colony―England’s first African possession―where Lady Anne painted the vibrant landscapes and penned her memoirs. An indefatigable diarist, she proved herself one of the extraordinary chroniclers of the era.

Collecting stuff

Do you collect anything?

If so what is it?

Why do you collect?

These questions run through my mind today as I wonder why people collect.

When I was younger I collected rocks and seashells!  It was an adventure to go out and find these treasures.  The reason I collected them it’s because they were magical to me.  I still think rocks and seashells are rather unique.  To me both show you the beauty of nature.   Of course I thought I would be rich finding precious rocks and yield magical powers from them.    Everyone had magical dreams when they were a kid, didn’t you?

I did go through a phase of collecting stickers but that did not last long.  Did you collect stickers?  If you did what kind did you collect?

I admit I used to collect Cherished Teddy figures and Charming Tail figures and then I stopped.  The reason I collected them was because they were cute and unique.   Then at one point I decided I did not want them anymore. I donated them to the resale shop. I do have to admit that I kept a few that were fairytale related.

90s – The beanie baby craze.  Yes I did collect some of those and now my children play with them.  I may have to purge some of those.

I did go on a binge of collecting Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel magazines, some comics and trading cards.  I still have the stash but not sure what I am going to do with them yet.   I do have the dvd set and one book about BTVS. Those two shows are amazing.  I could do a whole blog post on these two shows.  Ooh an idea for another time!  (Anything by Joss Wheadon is epic!)

After that I did not collect anything for a long time.  I would say within the last year or so, I started to collect antique cameras.  What drew me to cameras, vintage cameras is how they were made and where and who made them.  My imagination wondered of what kind of people used the cameras.  I love the look and design of vintage cameras as well.   I do have an interest in photography and modeling.

I usually tackle estate sales for my collection when I have a bit of free time.

Other thoughts that come to mind are:   I also collect moments of my children’s life with photography and some school papers or events they are in.

I love to collect and research my family history.

As you know I do read tons of books.  Do I save every single book that I read?  No.   The ones that I do keep is either autographed or due to the fact that the stories have a sweet spot in my heart!

I do admit I have one Funko Pop  which is She-Ra.  Yes I watched the cartoon back in the day but sadly it did not have closed captions.  I would love to get the dvd with subtitles or CC on it.   Trying to lipread cartoons isn’t easy at all.

Tell me what what you do you collect?

Current Song stuck in my head :  Lindsey Stirling – Shatter Me

More of I spy some books at the library

Some books I saw on the shelf that looked very fascinating to me.  Check them out.

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Hired Girl
Laura Amy Schlitz
400 pages
Sept. 8, 2015 by Candlewick Press

Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write in it with truth and refinement…But who could be refined living at Steeple Farm?

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

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It’s a Wonderful Death
Sarah J. Schmitt
320 pages
October 6, 2015 by Sky Pony Press

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

MAD

Mad Love
Suzanne Selfors
326 pages
January 4, 2011 by Walker Childrens

When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she needs one fast.

That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth-that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real.

Any of these strike your fancy?  I may have to pick up all of these after I get done reading Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Forged in Ice.      By the way, I have read Suzanne Selfors’ Coffeehouse Angel  which is an adorable book.

Current Snack: Popcorn
Current song stuck in my head: Let it go – Soundtrack Frozen