VerseDay #5 – VerseNovels.com

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It’s VerseDay! This week Versenovels.com is talking to verse novelist Carolee Dean. Here’s a little taste:VerseDay #5 : Verse Novelist Carolee DeanForget Me Not

This week VerseDay welcomes verse novelist Carolee Dean.

One of my favorite verse novels from last year was Carolee Dean’s FORGET ME NOT. I’ve previously highlighted this book as one of the few verse novels that includes a supernatural element but also as one that deals with the issue of teen suicide. This week Carolee dropped into to answer a few questions about FORGET ME NOT

FTWN: You’ve published young adult books in prose before FORGET ME NOT, what made you decide to write in verse?

CAROLEE DEAN: My previous two novels, Comfort(Houghton Mifflin) and Take Me There (Simon Pulse) both featured boy poets as main characters and contained many original poems. I’ve always wanted to write a novel in verse…

Read more here.

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Newbery Winner – THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

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Last year I read THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate. Mom had already read and she thought I would like it. So she bought a copy at ALA in June and got the author to sign it. Last week this book won the Newbery Award!

This is what Goodreads says about the book:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

The One and Only Ivan

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

I like this book because, it is funny, sad and happy.

The characters are: Ivan a gorilla, Stella an elephant,  Bob  a stray dog. And…Ruby.  The humans are: Mack, George  and Julia. Ivan is my favorite because he makes the most of his life. Ivan says “I think I’ve always been an artist”. And I do too. I relate to Ivan, even though he’s a gorilla and I’m a human!

This would be a good book for families to read together. It is short, only 26,000 words and has a reading level of about grade 3-4.

SISTERS 8 by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Greg Logsted and Jackie Logsted.

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This series is very awesome. READ IT. The author is Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted and Jackie Logsted. Jackie Logsted is the daughter of Lauren and Greg.

It’s about eight sisters whose parents disappear on New Year’s Eve and each of the eight has to discover her gift and her power each month, starting in January and ending in August. Here are the Eights: Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marissa, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia. They each have a cat. The cats are Zither, Anthrax, Dandruff, Greatorex, Jaguar, Minx, Precious and Rambunctious.

Annie takes care of the house. Durinda cooks.  Georgia can be annoying. Jackie is the fastest. Marissa is the sensible one. Petal always worries. Rebecca has lots of energy and Zinnia thinks she can talk to cats. There is a loose stone in the drawing room where they find the first note. They find one note each time one of the eights finds her gift or her power. The first note said that “you have to each find your gift and your power and when the last eight finds her gift or her power you will start to find out what happened to your parents.”

I like this series because it’s a mystery and I like mysteries. I read them really fast and then I got sad because I finished them already. And now I need to read a new series like the 39 Clues.

Lost Girls Chapter Book #1 (Disney Fairies)This week I’m choosing a book for “I can’t wait to read” and it’s called Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe. Here’s what Goodreads says about it: The smell of salt water, a gust of seabreeze, and the bell-like ringing of a fairy’s laugh are the only hints that something magical is happening to Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. In a blink of an eye, the four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to the most wonderful place of all–Never Land, home to fairies, mermaids . . . and now four lost girls. The girls don’t want to leave right away, but Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have figured out a way for them to get home. Will Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby’s fantastic adventure end before it’s barely begun?

I’m going to look for it at the library.

MMGM – Cassidy the Costume Fairy

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This week I am looking at Cassidy the Costume Fairy by Daisy Meadows. I know it’s not quite middle grade but I was looking for something quick and easy to read because I was tired.Cassidy the Costume Fairy

This is what Goodreads has to say about it:

“Fairies and princesses — a magical combination!

Rachel and Kirsty are so excited to spend the week at the Golden Palace. They’re going to live like real princesses! But before long, they discover that something is terribly wrong. The Princess Fairies’ magic tiaras are missing! Without them, both Fairyland and the human world are a royal mess.

Without Cassidy the Costume Fairy’s tiara, costumes everywhere are one big jumble. Rachel and Kirsty have to find Cassidy’s magic tiara in time for the royal pageant!

Find the missing tiara in each book and help save the princess magic!”

I liked it because it’s about fairies. My favorite character is Cassidy because she helps and she’s a fairy. I also liked the part where they do a pageant and they all have good costumes.  One part I didn’t like was where the goblins were fighting about the tiara; it wasn’t very interesting. But it was a very good book.

I would recommend this book to girls 6 to 10 because it’s easy enough to read, but fun for more confident readers. It has 4338 words and a reading level of grade 2.

Right now I’m reading THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch. I will review it as soon as I’m done. And next I will read the sequel, IF YOU ARE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE.

The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret, #2)

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