Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reading - Emily Climbs

Emily Climbs by L M. Montgomery

A Junior Fiction

Emily never imagined Aunt Elizabeth would allow her to go to high school in Shrewsbury, and she's thrilled, especially as her close friends Ilse, Teddy, and Perry will be there. But there are certain conditions: for the whole three years Emily must board with hateful Aunt Ruth, and she must promise to stop writing stories. To Emily, this is unthinkable, but she wants an education, and reluctantly agrees.

With the move from her beloved home at New Moon to Aunt Ruth's house, Emily's world is turned upside down. Not only must she prove herself at school, despite rejection and jealousy, but she can no longer count on her friends. Her happy childhood friendships—especially with Teddy and Perry—start to turn into something more complicated, and in a small-town, the merest hint of gossip can cause scandal. p.s. Emily of New Moon is the first book in the Emily trilogy. It is followed by Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reading - Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery

A Junior Fiction

Emily Starr has never known what it is to be unloved. But when her father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. Emily is a stranger to the proud Murrays, none of whom think they can cope with such a heartbroken, headstrong girl. They decide to draw lots for her, and Emily is sent to live at New Moon with stern Aunt Elizabeth, the head of the clan. Kind Aunt Laura and friendly, eccentric Cousin Jimmy also live at New Moon, though, so she is not without hope.

Emily is enchanted by New Moon, but cannot believe she will ever belong there. With her lively imagination and dreams of being a famous writer, she seems to have a talent for scandalizing her family. Before long, though, she has made firm friends: Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper, Teddy, an aspiring artist, and Perry, the ambitious houseboy. She brings so much life to New Moon, that even Aunt Elizabeth might one day wonder how they ever lived without her.

p.s. Emily of New Moon is the first book in the Emily trilogy.  It is followed by Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reading - Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

A Junior Fiction

At least at Camp Wannamorra, I , Rafe Khatchadorian, actually have friedns for the first time in my life. So what do you get when you mix a bunch of "losers" like us with a pack of really mean "cool Kinds" who always seem to make the grown-ups look the other way? Nothing but a whole lotta TROUBLE !

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Reading - Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

A Junior Fiction


The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear n the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents--and find out if they're still alive.

Reading - Middle School: Get Me out of Here!

Middle School: Get Me out of Here! by James Patterson

A Junior Fiction

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Reading - Lexiland

Lexiland by Suzi Moore

A Junior Fiction


Secrets uncovered, mysteries unravelled and a friendship to last forever. This is a story about grief, friendship and identity.

One year ago, Emma's twin sister, Laura, died at thei birthday party and since then Emma's life has not been the same. Without her louder and stronger sister, Emma starts to feel lonely and invisible, missing the one person tha she could always rely on to be at her side. Then she meets Lexi and everything changes.

Lexi is wild, crazy an surrounded by mystery, and Emma quickly finds herself pulled into the orbit of 'Lexiland', a place where it seems like anything can hapen. And, as their friendsip grows, Emma starts to realise that letting someone new into your life can be the best way to mend a broken heart...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reading - Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) by Liz Pichon

This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as he doesn't get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with ...Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint his room funny colours while he's away. Which is annoying. He just hope the only surprise he has when he gets home is the new pet that he hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because he's always wanted a pet!"