The Frail Days, Gabrielle Prendergast

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Dear Mum,

This book is awesome. I loved it so so much. Even if you weren’t my mother I would love it. Also, Happy Mothers Day.

Stella, Time to steal the stage.

Stella Wing wants to rock. Like really rock. Like, ROCK. But the problem is her band doesn’t have a singer. When she and the guys in her band, hear Tamara Donnelly sing the national anthem at a baseball game the boys are convinced she is right. But stella doesn’t know. When Tamara finally joins Stella wants to make her an rock queen. But Tamara isn’t so sure. Once Stella sees that Tamara is a rock queen on the inside, even if she dresses like a soccer mom, they begin to really rock.

This book shows that even if you are different, the challenges that you face, you can overcome with effort, time, and belief in your self.

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

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Fire Is Catching 

The Victor’s Tour is about to start and Katniss Everdeen is back home. But she’s not happy. Nor is Peeta. He’s stopped talking to her and Gale is completely ignoring her. There is talk of uprising, unrest and rebellion in all of Panem. Against the Captiol. A rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have started.

This is the second book in The Hunger Games Series and twice as good as the first. This book is great because is demonstrates how even in the future the world is corrupt.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Here’s my first review:

Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine

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Good or Bad is how 11 year old Caitlin sees life. There is only Happy and sad for her. She has aspergers. There is no excited. No distraught. No Amazed. Until she finds closure. You may be wondering why she wants to find closure. She wants it, no her community wants it because her brother and many others were shot. In a middle school. In the middle of the day. Until Caitlin finds closure her life is a blur of black and white. Then she realizes that the gray colors in between are lovely and necessary for healing.

Caitlin is a character so real you feel her troubles inside. Her life is a blur. But a beautiful one.

Here is what Goodreads has to say;

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

Praise for MOCKINGBIRD

* “Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators.” —Booklist, starred review

“A strong and complex character study.” —Horn Book

“This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger’s Syndrome.” —Kirkus, starred review

“This is…a valuable book.” —School Library Journal

“Fascinating characters.” —Los Angeles Times

Out Of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper

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Melody is going out of her mind. She has so much to say but can’t. She can’t talk, she can’t walk and she can’t feed herself. When she finds a way to talk she does. But not everyone around her is ready to listen. 

This book is about Melody Brooks, who has cerebral palsy. Melody can’t express her thoughts with words, or at all. She has to communicate with a page of simple words; Yes, no, please, thank you, I need to use the toilet, goodbye, hello, I’m hungry. Melody is incredibly smart but everyone thinks she is mentally challenged as well as physically. Melody is smarter than the doctors, the teachers and the students that she knows. But she can’t tell them that.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it. (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

I loved this book because is shows how a girl with a major physical disability can pull through and do amazing things.

Love, Aubrey By Suzanne LaFleur

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Love, Aubrey is about a girl, Aubrey, whose sister and father die and her mother leaves. Her grandma comes and takes her to Vermont from Virginia when she realizes Aubrey’s mother has left. When she reaches Vermont she meets Bridget and her family. Her grandma’s neighbours. Bridget soon becomes Aubrey’s best friend, but when Aubrey’s mother is found, she has to make a choice.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

“I had everything I needed to run a household: a house, food, and a new family. From now on it would just be me and Sammy–the two of us, and no one else.”

A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.
With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.
Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer, Suzanne LaFleur. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.

This book is great because it shows that even is something tragic happens to you, you can heal with friendship and love.

The Young Elites, Marie Lu

Hi, It’s Erika here,

I’ve recently finished an amazing book called ‘The Young Elites‘ by Marie Lu, the author of the Legend series.

Here’s what goodreads has to say about the Young Elites;

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Adelina Amouteru is the lead of this engaging novel. The most amazing part of it is that the story portrays a villains journey, not a heroes. I found that very interesting. She starts off as a weak, useless, broken young girl, but as the story goes on, she slowly begins to join the dark side( They have cookies! Tell me in the comments of you’ve seen the shirt, and your name goes in the next post by me). It is full of sharp twists, tears, gasps, and parts when you need to put the book down and take a breather. Once again, Marie Lu succeeds in pulling her readers in with an exciting plot and I can’t wait for her next book!

The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Amira Bright

Opportunity

Drawing, Chasing

Stirring up

The wind.

Waiting, reading

Learning

Loving

Speaking.

Amira Bright.

Amira is finally 12, old enough for new responsibilities. Amira wants to let go of all the traditions that bind her mother. She wants to learn to read and to write. But when the Janjaweed militia come to her village without warning. Her dreams of school may disappear forever.

This book is inspiring because it shows how one girl can chase her dreams even during war time. I loved it because Amira learns to set her dreams free. And to chase them.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

“Amira, look at me,” Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers.“The Janjaweed attack without warning.
If ever they come run.”

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in NyalaAmira’s one true dream.
But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mindand all kinds of possibilities.
New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans’s breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against all odds.