Book Buzz September, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Beholding Bee
by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Twelve-year-old Bee is an orphan with a large birthmark on her face. She's been on the road with a traveling carnival ever since her parents were killed in a car accident when she was a baby. She's looked after by her beloved Pauline and by Bobby the pig man, but she longs for a place to call home. When Pauline is sent away to work at a different carnival, Bee is left alone. She knows it's time to flee and with the help of the mysterious Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter (who only Bee can see), she starts to build the home she's always longed for. This was a great book about tolerance with both historical and supernatural aspects. Alia (J Fiction)

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
by Nan Marino
Young rock star Elvis Ruby, a pop icon and reality TV star, is hiding out. His father has brought him to live and hide in the Pinelands of South Jersey with his aunt and cousin who run The Pancake Palace. He’s on a break from the reality show he had been on and he is being hounded by the paparazzi. He now goes by the name Aaron and he is trying to blend in, but it is challenging. He meets quiet Cecilia and he tries to keep to himself, but she is inquisitive and doesn’t leave him alone. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Center of Everything
by Linda Urban
Realistic fiction fans take note—this book is a win! Although it is not packed with action, it will appeal to older elementary and middle-grade readers. This book takes us through a few days in the life of Ruby Pepperdine (as well as several memories over time) and is beautifully written. Fair warning: this book can be slightly emotional. Ruby is trying to put all the pieces of her life back together after the loss of her grandmother. The Center of Everything is a touching book with some sweet, funny moments—and if you like books that “make you think,” this will be a good fit. I also think fans of When You Reach Me will like this! Cassie (J Fiction)
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