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Waiting on Wednesday: Homeroom Diaries

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday!

Today it’s time for another edition of Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) and I’m featuring a book that has surprised me a little. I recently saw Homeroom Diaries on another blog and couldn’t believe it when IHomeroom Diaries by James Patterson saw James Patterson’s name attached to it!

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Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently landed in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf. Now, she gets through the clique-wars of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she can count on her diverse group of friends, known as “the Freakshow,” for help. Cuckoo always tries to keep smiling . . . until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough. James Patterson’s most endearing and quirky teen heroine yet shows us that tears and laughter can live side by side, and that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

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I’ve just never heard of James Patterson’s name attached to anything with a bright pink cover about a high school girl who is not a laboratory experiment ( a.k.a. Maximum Ride)! Although I sometimes struggle with the writing style of his books, I’ll probably try to read Homeroom Diaries just to see what its all about!

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I Even Funnier Giveaway Winner Announcement

Hello!

You’ll remember my giveaway post for James Pattersons’ I Funny and I Even Funnier books? Yeah that was all the way back in late December! OOPS!  I’m just now getting around to announcing the winner officially.  Sorry about that guys…sometimes life just gets in the way.

Well, let’s get to it! The winner of the giveaway was:

Lonni G. from San Jose, CA!!!

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Yay! I was so excited to be able to send Lonni her bookish winnings! And I hope that Lonni did her happy dance when she got her package in the mail! Yes, even though I kept forgetting to post the winner announcement, I did already send the books to her.  I hope she enjoys them and gets to share them with some awesome teen readers!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this giveaway and a very special  thank you to the awesome people at Little, Brown Books for making this giveaway possible!

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It’s Giveaway Time!

Hi there BookTasty friends!

Yeah! You read it right! It is definitely giveaway time! Whoot!

Being a middle school librarian, my heart has a special place for middle grades fiction. In fact some of my favorite authors write primarily for those readers in the middle school years!

One of the most popular authors in my library right now is I Funny by James PattersonJames Patterson. Yes! The very same James Patterson who writes adult thrillers also writes middle grade books. His Daniel X books are rarely checked in and it’s the exact same with his Middle School series! Additionally, Patterson’s humorous I Funny has a hold list a mile long and it’s popular among both my boys and girls.

Well, I Funny has a new sequel called, I Even Funnier, which releases TOMORROW Monday December 9!!

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world – and he won’t let the fact that he’s in a wheelchair get in his way.

I Even Funnier by James PattersonAfter winning the New York state finals in the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie’s off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about. Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family?

To celebrate the release of I Even Funnier I’m giving away a copy of BOTH I Funny and I Even Funnier! YAY! Thanks so much to the people at Little, Brown  for donating both books for this giveaway! I’m so excited to be able to host this giveaway!

Okay! So, how do you enter the giveaway? Well, there is just one step to enter. The only thing you have to do is fill out the form below.

All entries must be completed by Sunday, December 15, 2013  (midnight Eastern Standard Time). This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. I will announce the winner on Monday December 16, 2013 on a special winner post. That person will have 48 hours to email me their mailing address or I will select another winner.
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June New Releases

Well hello there everyone!

Happy June 1st!

You may notice a little change. Usually I write a monthly New Releases post as part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme, and I’d just skip one week of the TTT themes. Well, I’ve decided to split New Releases and TTT into two separate entities. Cool right?!

As usual, there are a ton of new books being released this month! I can’t even begin to list them all, so I picked some that sound the most interesting to me. So, let’s get to it!

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (June 4)

Cure of the Ancients by Matt de la PenaCurse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #6) by Matt de la Pena (June 4)

The Pirate's Wish by Cassanra Rose ClarkeThe Pirate’s Wish (Assassins Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (June 4)

The Apprentices by Melie MeloyThe Apprentices by Malie Meloy (June 4)

Rules of Summer by Joanna PhilbinRules of Summer by Joanna Philbin (June 4)

When You Were Here by Daisy WhitneyWhen You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (June 4)

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (June 11)

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed (The Cahill Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (June 18)

Neptune's Tears by Susan WaggonerNeptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner (June 25)

Middle School:How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James PattersonMiddle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson (June 24)

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (June 28)

Don’t these all have potential to be good reads? I’m particularly interested in Out of the Easy, Belle Epoque (I have the ARC thanks to author Elizabeth Ross!!) , The Moon and More and Rules of Summer. Which June new releases are you excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Students’ Picks

Mirage by Kristi Cook

Hi there! Each week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday.  This week is a Rewind week which mean we can choose any topic we prefer. This week I decided to share the spotlight with some of my students. I asked some of my top Media Center patrons (“My Reader Girls/Boys” is what…
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I am Constantly Recommending

Hello!

Each week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and Bookish.  It’s a really fun meme where book bloggers create lists based on a common theme.  To find out more about it, click here.

This week the official theme is Top Ten Favorite Books from Before You Were a Blogger, but I kind of did that list already. So since I skipped the theme for March 26, I’m going to do that one this week. The theme is Books that I am Constantly Recommending to people, whether it be students or friends! Seriously, I recommend a lot of books in my job as a Media Specialist, but these are the ones on my “go to” list because they’re usually winners!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

It’s usually a win with the boys, especially the older  “reader boys”.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This one is a win for new 6th graders who are excited to read the popular book that their elementary school didn’t have!

Smile by Raina Telegmier3. Smile by Raina Telgemeier 

This is just such a fun book that pretty much everyone will love it.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I always recommend this one to my older 8th grade “reader girls” and their friends.  It’s usually a big hit!

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart5. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

I recommend this quick series to my contemporary loving girls. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen6. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I tend to recommend Sarah Dessen to my friends to introduce them to YA.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Another one I recommend to my friends to introduce them to YA.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante8. The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

My go to Sunshine State book for my kids who want to read about drama.

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson9. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The action packed short chapters in this one make it the book I recommend to my reluctant readers this year.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer10. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I recommend this one to my guys who are interested in supernatural fiction but avoid Twilight-like books! Of course my girls usually love it too.

For some reason I’m constantly recommending these books to my kids or friends.  Every once in a while I add a new one to my repertoire, but these are my current go to recommendations! What are some of your “go to” books for recommending?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Maximum Ride Manga (Vol. 6)

Haaaay!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and is intended to promote those books whose release we’re excited for!

Maximum Ride Manga Volume 6 by James PattersonThis week I’m waiting on the newest edition to James Patterson and NaRae Lee’s  Maximum Ride Manga series, Volume 6.

The time has come for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution,” a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them-but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?
Now honestly, I’m waiting on this book not for myself but for my students.  I haven’t read the whole Maximum Ride series and I haven’t read any of the manga series, but these books get massive circulation in my Media Center.  I know that when I add Maximum Ride Manga Volume 6 to my collection my students are going to go CRAYZAY!  I need to preorder this one which will be released on December 11- only a few weeks away!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Fiction Recommendations for Boys

Hi there!

Happy Election Day!

For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish.  This week’s theme is open to whatever us book bloggers want to make our lists about.

I was talking with some sixth grade boys at school recently about books they’ve enjoyed, so I thought I’d focus this week’s list around some of the titles these boys recommended (other than The Wimpy Kid Series).  So, this week’s list is Top Ten Middle Grade Recommendations for Boys. Now, don’t get my wrong girls can read these books too…of course…but these are some of the titles my boys said they love!

Framed by Gordon Korman1. The Framed series by Gordon Korman

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson2. The Daniel X series by James Patterson

Storm Runners by Roland Smith3. The Storm Runners series by Roland Smith

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli4. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant5. Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis6. 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen7. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz8. The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson9. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Everlost by Neal Shusterman10. The SkinJacker trilogy by Neal Shusterman

According to my boys, these are top-notch reads so if you’re looking for something to interest the middle school aged guy in your life, look no further! Do you have any other suggestions for middle grades books?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People who Like Jeff Kinney

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Before we get started I want to wish my awesome husband a Happy Happy Birthday! Yeah, he’s pretty cool! :)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish so that us book bloggers can talk even more about what we love best, books and all things bookish!

This week’s Top Ten theme is Books for People Who Like X Author. I chose to focus on the middle grade side of things this week and am providing you with a list of books you might like if you enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Wimpy Kid books are wildly successful all over (I know the copies in my Media Center are never on the shelf!) and some of those readers might be looking for read-alike books to dig into.

Well, fear not because today I have a list of Books for People Who Like Jeff Kinney! These are all books that are written in a journal-like style and often include little drawings and doodles that add to the story. I will include an asterisk (*) next to the titles I have read. If it doesn’t have an asterisk, I still recommend the title because I’ve heard great things about it!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger1. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger *

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell2. The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell *

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton3. Dear Dumb Diary by

The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt4. The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald5. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald *

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce6. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce *

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm7. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard9. The Boy Project by Kami Kinard *

Journal of a Schoolyard Bully by Farley Katz10. Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies and Wedgies by Farley Katz

Hopefully this will help guide your own future reading or help you pick books out for the middle grade reader in your life!

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Men in Black? The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

Happy summer everyone!

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson is the first Florida Sunshine State book (of fifteen) that I’ve finished so far this summer. I haven’t ready any of James Patterson’s adult fiction, but am familiar with his Maximum Ride series’s, so I was excited to dig into The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Also, I listened to the audiobook as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge!The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The greatest superpower of all isn’t to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power. Daniel’s secret abilities – like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses – have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone’s imagining.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents’ dying breath, he is closing in on the killer. Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.

So, I know for a fact my boys at school are going to love this book. It’s like a teenage Men in Black as Daniel is pretty much an alien hunter. This is a fun, quick read that will appeal to my reluctant readers because the chapters are super short. In fact they were so short and choppy that I had to check my iPod multiple times to ensure that the tracks weren’t out-of-order (sometimes the tracks aren’t titled correctly so they skip around in iTunes.).

Every single chapter is jam-packed full of action as Daniel X follows the trail of the aliens across the country. Now, like I said this is a fast paced sci-fi thriller that is a fun read. However, because it’s so action packed Patterson doesn’t leave enough room for actual substance. I didn’t really feel for Daniel’s plight (his pain from being orphaned at the hands of alien super power, The Prayer). I mean I knew he was attempting to avenge his parent’s murder, but there wasn’t much depth to Daniel’s character.

Despite any shortcoming The Dangerous Days of Daniel X had I still feel strongly that my students are really, really going to enjoy this sci-fi thriller! Patterson’s goal was to write a book for teen readers and I think he succeeded! So, if you’re a middle grade reader in the mood for a fast adventure read, check out this book!

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Hachette Audio (July 21, 2008)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins

Narrator(s): Milo Ventimiglia

Series: First in the Daniel X series

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X