March 2011 Book Buzz

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This is what the staff has been reading...

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Lucy is ready for her best year ever! Her older sister is headed off to college, meaning Lucy will have her OWN room to decorate, and basketball season is going to be amazing.  Not far into this read, you realize Lucy’s year is not going to shape up the way she thought it would. A long-lost great aunt from China is coming for a long visit and guess whose room she will be sharing? Lucy’s! With the start-up of a new Saturday Chinese school, it looks like basketball won’t be happening either. Lucy builds a literal wall down the center of her shared room and another in her mind that keeps her from embracing her aunt and her Chinese heritage. What will it take to bring those walls down? Meghan (J Fiction)

The Incorrigile Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling
by Maryrose Wood
This book was very enjoyable, starring the young Miss Penelope Lumley making her way to an estate to apply for a job as a governess to three young children. Once she arrives, the lady of the house, Lady Constance doesn’t even want to talk about the children. Which Penelope finds very odd. As soon as she accepts the job, she signs a contract and then, Miss Lumley hears an odd howling noise. What could it be? Kristin (J Fiction)

A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black
Do you think that a pig parade sounds like wonderful idea? Well it’s not! To start with, pigs hate to march and marching, as everyone knows, is a very important part of any parade. But wait, there are more reasons why a pig parade is a terrible idea! Do you think pigs really care about building floats? Nope, they do not. And they are not fans of marching band music either. You won’t want to miss this wonderfully silly book by the author of Chicken Cheeks. Reading this book, now that’s truly a wonderful idea!
Alia (Picture Book)

Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan
In an era where it seems that poetry is outdated, this sweet and simple story, Word After Word After Word, by Patricia MacLachlan, breathes new life into the genre. Set in a 4th grade classroom, a group of friends are not at all excited about having a guest poet come to their school for six weeks. Ms. Mirabel comes to the school and teaches the students that they all have it within themselves to write great poetry. This group of friends all think that their lives are unexciting and that they have nothing to write about (divorce, cancer, and death of a dog). But with the support of each other and their new found friend, Ms. Mirabel, they all learn to write from what is in their hearts. Jacquie (J Fiction)

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