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Honeysuckle Summer

Leaving behind her abusive marriage with the minister, Raylene Hammond is grateful for best friends, the sweet magnolias. They took her in, sheltered her, and shielded her from her abusive husband, making the house her safe haven. Then, she met sheriff’s deputy Carter Collins, and suddenly her safe haven doesn’t feel quite safe.

THE TWISTED WINDOW

THERE’S A NEW GUY IN TOWN AND HE IS GOOD-LOOKING AND OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED. TRACY LOVES BEING WATCHED BY THE NEW GUY BUT DOES SHE REALLY KNOW HIM AND THE DANGER BEHIND THE PIERCING STARE THAT HE GIVES HER EVERYDAY.

THE THIRD EYE

HE HAD DAZZLING BLUE EYES AND A WINNING SMILE BUT ONLY KAREN COULD GIVE HIM THE HELP HE NEEDED. KAREN HAS VISIONS AND HATES THEM BUT SHE CAN’T HELP IT. WHEN SHE BLINKS SHE TRAVELS THROUGH TIME AND SPACE TO A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED WHEN ASLEEP. AND WHEN A POLICE OFFICER ASKED FOR HER HELP SHE COULD NEVER TURN HER DOWN DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE CHILDREN MIGHT NEVER GO HOME.

The Crossover

This book came highly recommended, but I was a little wary at first. Basketball and free verse just didn’t seem like my thing. Once I got into though, wow! – I was hooked.

The story is told from the perspective of Josh, a 14 yr old star basketball player and twin brother to the other star player JB. The first few poems capture the friendly banter between the two and highlight their differences. They’ve had a ball in their hands since they were 3, thanks to their supportive father, a former NBA star.

Life is good. They come from a great family and have so much potential. When JB meets “Miss Sweet Tea” though things start to change. Josh feels abandoned and maybe a little bit jealous. Then they discover a secret about their father. He’s coughing up blood at games, but insists that everything’s fine. So many emotions are swirling, as Josh tries to keep up with the rules of basketball and life.

The rhythm of Alexander’s free verse is perfect. As he narrates the basketball plays, you can feel the ball bouncing and feet moving across the court. The basketball rules are simple yet profound, and it anstonished me how well they could be applied to real life – “You only get so many free throws”. I read this book in one sitting, and it’s a great pick for reluctant male readers (middle grade to early high school)

The House of Hades

I have read all the other books from the series this one has come from and I loved them all. They have some of the coolest, quirkiest, and nicest characters I have ever read about. It also has a very interesting plot and I love, but at the same time hate how it goes back and forth between the characters points of view. Its just all together an amazing book!

Syren

I read Syren by Angie Sage. It is the fifth book in the Septimus Heap series. I really liked the plot line of this book. I admire how Angie Sage writes, the detail, the word choice. I like how she develops the characters and their relationships. Overall, I liked this book very much and I am looking forward to finishing the series.

Wonder

Wonder is an amazing book about a kid with special needs named August and how people go around and see him and talk about his face he learns how to deal with it.
his family cares for him his mom Isabelle his sister Via and his dad Nate they protect him from people who talk about him but his sister especially hates when people talk about him. his mom and dad care for him when hes not feeling good. When he was a baby the doctors and nurses had to do surgery many times and it changed his face and he says he looks terrible and ugly and hes not like regular people. Hes afraid to go to school because he does not want to be made fun of and is scared no one will like him and he wont have any friends. he warms up to some of the people in the school and makes friends. he gets used to the people talking about him.

Road to Tater Hill

Annie Winters’ whole family is anticipating the birth of her next brother/sister. Even though Annie’s dad is deployed to Germany, Annie feels comforted with thoughts that she will have another sibling. When the baby dies just after birth, the whole family is shaken. It doesn’t affect anyone as much as Annie’s mother. She begins to separate herself from everyone else. Annie feels like she is slowly losing her mother. To find closure, Annie makes a “rock baby” and even befriends recently released “murderer”, Miss Eliza McGee. Will the family reunite after this tragedy in the hills of North Carolina?

No Other God

So far this book was about a girl who got stuck in some ice in the winter. She was with one of her friends that day and he tried to help her get out. Then a foreign boy showed up and helped. She was rushed to a nearby house because she couldn’t walk or talk.

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