Wednesday, May 25, 2016

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West - ESSENTIAL

West, Kasie  P.S. I Like You, 326 pgs.  Point, 2016 (Scholastic).  $17.99  Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.   

This book is about Lily who one day writes lyrics to her favorite song on her desk and a mystery person ends up writing the rest of the lyrics.  Soon they start passing notes back and forth and Lily starts to like the person that she is writing to.  Lily’s life is crazy with her busy family and working on a song for the music contest, but the note passing could turn into something more.  

 I like Lily’s personality-she is a good character.  Lily’s best friend is supportive and a good friend.  The note passing was a cool way to gain a relationship.   

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, Isabelle, age 12.   

Space: Planets, Moons, Stars and More! by Joe Rhatigan - ESSENTIAL

Rhatigan, Joe  Space: Planets, Moons, Stars, and More!  Random House, 2016.  $3.99  EARLY READER  Content: G.   

This is a simple explanation about space.  It includes an explanation of the planets in our solar system and what they are made of.  The book explains stars, universes and meteoroids.  It also explains how space affects us here on earth.   

The illustrations are interesting and the content is readable for an early reader.  Each page has about three sentences.  I like the simplicity of this book, but it doesn’t feel too simple.  Great for introducing new readers to space.  

EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter - OPTIONAL

Kletter, Kerry  The First Time She Drowned, 338 pgs.  Philomel, 2016.  $17.99  Content: Language: R (102 swears; 14 “F”); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG-13.   

Cassie turns eighteen and is able to check herself out of the mental institution that her parents lied to get her into.  She is able to go to college, but when she is left on her own, she starts to remember her traumatic past.  As she tries to navigate friends and the freedom of college, she is forced to face her abusive past.   

I could not put this book down and read late into the night.  Frantic hope for the main character, kept me engrossed.  The main character is strong and amazing and you can’t help but love her, and the writing is beautiful and heartbreaking.  The mature content is emotional and verbal abuse throughout as well as reference to a child being molested-it’s intense, even though it’s not all on page.  I loved this book but it has a lot of heavy content.  

HS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.