Book Buzz: January 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Here's what we've been busy reading:

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman, illustrated by Rob Shepperson
Hope and Honey Scroggins are sisters born to the most terrible parents. They are so terrible that when Honey disobeys the rule against "no laughing", they abandon her on the side of the road, telling Hope that she must simply "forget" her. But Hope will not forget her sister. She takes to her bed and dreams of Honey day and night. All that dreaming gets Hope whisked away to the World Wide Memory Bank for a delinquent account (since she has only deposited dreams and no memories.) But what Hope doesn’t know is that the Memory Bank may hold the key to finding her sister again. This book has beautiful wordless vignettes interspersed with the chapters to create a sweet story of sisterly love. Alia (J Fiction)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
It’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a new generation.  Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip are four contestants in the annual Candymaking contest. They are all in it to win and they all have secrets to hide. The Candymakers documents two days leading up the official judging, in which the kids learn about the functioning of the Life is Sweet factory and attempt to create their own award-worthy (and drool-worthy) confections. Those two days are recounted from each child’s perspective, stressing different elements of the story and revealing more about the motives behind the intriguing characters.  This one is a quirky mystery with some length, but avid readers will quickly devour it. Meghan (J fiction)

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Elephant and Piggie meets Dog and Bear. Two very curious little girls are the best of friends. Although they do many things together (roller skating, shopping, and eating pancakes) there are times when they need to do things separately as well. This book is filled with three short stories about the girls’ friendship and how you do not always need to agree with your best friend, but compromise is a must! Laugh along with these two girls as they go on their adventure. Jacquie (J fiction)

Just Dessert by Hallie Durand
This is a cute follow up to Dessert First. In this story, Dessert is fed up with her younger siblings and all the mischief they get into. They are ruining her life! She needs to remedy the situation and comes up with a plan that includes her friends who are also fed up with their own siblings. Of course, her problem solving doesn’t run as smoothly as she thought it would. Kristin (J fiction)
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