We have five great new reads being featured this month and you can enter a draw to be the FIRST person to check this book out from our school! See below for a summary of each of the books, and come at lunch Wed-Fri to get your name in a draw. You can have 1 ticket each day at lunch!
THIS MONTHS BOOKS:
A SOFT PLACE TO LAND
For Joy, home has always been her family’s house. But when her dad loses his job and they are forced to downsize to a tiny apartment, her notion of what home is begins to change. Their new apartment is far from ideal with it’s paper-thin walls and shared bedrooms but the worst part is that this also means she can’t take piano lessons anymore and now she doesn’t have music to escape to when mom and dad are fighting. The move is really hard on Joy, until she discovers her apartment complex’s best kept secret: The Hideout, a cozy hidden storage area that only kids know about. Here, she starts connecting with other kids in the building and discovers another kid whose grafitti makes her think they are also struggling. Joy is determined to figure out who this mystery writer is but with everything else on her plate, she feels like she is barely keeping her own head above water. A timely and heartfelt story about friendship, community, and connection!
If you liked…A Good Kind of Trouble, Maybe he Just likes you, From the Desk of Zoe Washington…you might like this book
When scientists discover a rare and mysterious mineral buried in the Earth’s crust, they have no idea that it just happens to be the most valuable substance in the entire universe. So valuable, in fact, that it is worth starting a war over. A war that is very soon making it’s way to Earth. Leo knows this all too well. His father is an intergalactic coalition scientist and decides it would be best for them to leave earth behind, but on their expedition their ship is attacked, Leo’s father is kidnapped and his brothers stranded in space. Their last hope is for Leo to stow away on a strange ship of space pirates, and beg the captain to help him find his father. The mission is dangerous, and Leo must decide who to trust as he tries to stay alive and save his family. And he soon comes to learn that there aren’t many beings—human or alien—that he can count on in this brave new universe.
If you liked…Enders Game, I am Number Four, Posted…you might like this book
THE TRAITOR’S BLADE
Calling all Blackthorn Key Fans….Book FIVE is finally here! Christopher, Tom and Sally are back in London at last. The plague has ended, and the King offers a surprising reward, but trouble has followed them home. First an old friend is ambushed, next a mysterious riddle arrives with a warning of a murderous conspiracy. Someone is out to kill the King, and anyone else who dares stand in the traitor’s way! Get ready for another action-packed adventure with no shortage of riddles, puzzles, potions and codes- all waiting to be cracked!
If you liked…Blackthorn Key, Space Case, The Storm Runner…you might like this book
THE MANY MEANINGS OF MEILAN
Meilan’s world consists of her family, the family run bakery and her favourite Chinese fairy tales. When Nai Nai passes away and her family has a falling-out, Meilan, her parents and Gong Gong leave Boston, the only home she’s ever known, and end up landing in Redbud, Ohio. It is a stark transition from the tight-knit community she has in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown to rural Redbud, Ohio and Meilan is not quite sure who she is anymore. On her first day of school, she is renamed “Melanie”, to try to ‘help her fit in’, the first of many instances of racism she encounters and she continues to deal with countless micro-aggressions as she tries to find her place in a small town where she is the only Asian girl at her school. She tries to lay low as she finds her place, but when an injustice occurs at school she must decide to push past her insecurities and do something about it! A powerful story about family, justice and standing up for what you believe in.
If you liked…Front desk, Blended, Out of my Mind…you might like this book
ACROSS THE DESERT
Jolene spends every day she can at the library watching her favorite livestream: The Desert Aviator, where twelve-year-old “Addie Earhart” shares her adventures flying an ultralight plane over the desert. Jolene dreams of what it would be like to fly far away from her own troubled home life. And Addie, who is grieving the loss of her father, finds comfort in her online conversations with Jolene, her one and only fan. One day, Jolene witnesses a disaster, as Addie’s engine stops abruptly and her plane plummets to the ground. Jolene knows that Addie won’t survive long in the extreme heat of the treacherous Arizona desert and sets out to rescue this young pilot with only a hand drawn map and a stolen cell phone. A captivating survival story about not giving up on someone who needs you!
If you liked…Hatchet, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus….you might like this book
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Come get your name in the draw this week!