Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tracy recommends "Citizen Scientists"

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist?  This book describes four accessible projects that children and adults can do.  It covers a project a season, and gives an extensive bibliography and websites in the back.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Carrie recommends "I Am The Messenger" by Markus Zusak

This is one of Zusak's better books. It is appropriate for any mature teen reader. There is mild language use but it does not distract from the message of the story. The story follows Ed Kennedy around; set in modern-day Australia. The story is easy to follow and interesting enough to make it a page-turner. The unique concept behind the story of sending messages to people Ed does not know makes the book even more interesting! I personally enjoyed the character relationships. By having the characters interact in different ways the story was more relatable and believable. None of the characters were flat making them seem like real people enabling the reader to get lost in the story. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars :)

Carrie Recommends "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones is a page turning mystery with a unique character perspective. The Lovely Bones follows the rape, murder, and investigation around a young girl Susie Salmon. Set in the 1970's this book is hard to put down. There is some graphic images portrayed involving the crimes around Susie. The perspective the story is told in makes it easy to read and unique enough to make the reader want to continue reading.