The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Read this book if you want to get: Historical/Science Fiction
This book is about:
The story of Callie Vee an 11 year old girl living in Fentress, Texas in the summer of 1899, who develops a new understanding of the natural world and being a young girl at the turn of the century.
On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest) I give this book a: 4
Reviewer: Sarah B.
The roar by Emma Clayton
Since his twin’s disappearance a year ago, Mika hasn’t felt complete. Everyone, his parents included, thinks that Elli is dead. Mika however, is convinced that Elli lives. Convinced that it somehow has a connection to Elli, he begins playing a video game called Podfighter.
It’s hard to talk about Emma Clayton’s The roar without giving anything away! There is definitely a lot going on in the book so far. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I think it’s because I’m thinking too much about how the stories fit together.
As it turns out, Elli IS alive and being held captive by a man named Mal Gorman. She appears to be an important part of Gorman’s plans but so far, these plans remain a mystery to me. It probably has something to do with special powers both she and Mika have, but I can’t say for sure. I feel like I’m on the verge of something big happening so I’m definitely going to have to keep listening.
BTW, if you want to give this title a try, I highly recommend checking out the book on CD. The narrator does a great job with all the voices!
The sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander
More than anything, Austin Gray was to be a “hood ornament” in the annual Christmas parade. The sweetheart of Prosper County follows Austin on her journey to becoming a Sweetheart, specifically the Future Farmers of America Sweetheart, thus earning a hood. Step one, (after joining the Future Farmers, of course) is raising a prizewinning chicken. Step two: win the hearts and loyalty of her fellow FFA members so that they choose her for Sweetheart.
I’m listening to this book on CD right now and am on the very last disc. It’s not my favorite book of all time, but it is a book worth reading and definitely a change from the vampire-werewolf-fairy-fallen-angel books that seem to be my usual reading choices. ANYWAY, when I first started listening, I thought the book would be mainly about Austin’s ups and downs as she grooms her rooster, Charles Dickens, to blue ribbon winning potential. (Can you blame me? I mean, come on, there’s a picture of a rooster on the cover of the book.) It is not.
This is not a bad thing (unless of course, you really wanted to read a book about rooster raising, in which case you will probably be pretty disappointed). It’s a book about grieving and growing up and friendship. But mostly it’s a book about liking yourself and being proud of it—a nice message that will probably even appeal to rooster-raising fans.
I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard that people who like Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s books: Dairy Queen (our copies are gone but I’m ordering more) and The off season may also like The sweetheart of Prosper County. If you’ve read those books and/or this book and are looking for even more like it, I highly recommend books by Joan Bauer, especially Hope was here.
The 2010 Lone Star list has FINALLY been announced! I thought I’d give you a chance to better savor the titles by posting a few of the books each day. (And to stretch the post out for as long as I can hee hee). Here’s the first batch for your viewing pleasure.
||Alexander, Jill S. The sweetheart of Prosper County.
In a small East Texas town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, fourteen-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade and, in the process, grows in her understanding of friendship and helps her widowed mother through her mourning.
||Beil, Michael D. The red blazer girls: The ring of rocamadour.
Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago.
||Burg, Ann E. All the broken pieces: a novel in verse.
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin, age 12, is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.
||Cashore, Kristin. Graceling.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.