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Wednesday, July 9
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The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger
Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.
Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 
I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.
Overall: A-
The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger

Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.

Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 

I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.

Overall: A-

The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

Tags:   #i read #middle grade #mg #the swift boys and me #scholastic #kody keplinger #contemporary #books #publishing #read #reading #readers



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Monday, July 7
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Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg
There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 
Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  
Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 
Overall: A
Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!
PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.
xoxo
VV

Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg

There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 

Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  

Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 

Overall: A

Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!

PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.

xoxo

VV

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #scholastic #elizabeth eulberg #better off friends #when harry met sally #contemporary #friendship #wisconsin



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Wednesday, October 3
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Tags:   #scorpio races #scholastic #maggie stiefvater


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The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater

I waited a long time to pick up this book, but I am SO SO SO glad I did. I have always loved Maggie’s writing and her stunning prose continues in The Scorpio Races. She has a talent for stringing words together in a musical way.  I actually listened to this book as an audiobook  which is harder for me to like generally. However, the writing was so lovely and the narrators’ voices so perfect for the characters, I refused to get out of my car because I needed to keep listening. Seriously, I sat there for an hour just to hear more. Steve West should make a recording of him reading the dictionary because I’d buy that just to listen to the soothing timbre of his voice. I don’t think I’ve been that relaxed in ages. Fiona Hardingham is amazing too.

But I digress, the story of The Scorpio Races is unique. The capaill uisce are dangerous sea horses who who run on blood lust and the siren call of the sea, and they are as lethal as they are beautiful. Sean and “Puck” are beyond endearing protagonists. They are both loyal, protective, fierce, passionate and stubborn. It’s a perfect match. I am head over heels for this story, for the Thisby island, for Kate Connolly and Sean Kendrick, and for the deadly Scorpio race that rules them all. I only wish I had entered their world sooner.

Overall: A

This book is out now from Scholastic. The audiobook is from Scholastic Audio. You can get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult books #young adult fiction #ya lit #scholastic #maggie stiefvater #fantasy #audiobooks #i listen



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Wednesday, March 31
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What Makes You Shiver

As you all know, I love Maggie Steifvater’s books and On Our Minds@ Scholastic is giving away three advanced reader copies (I’ve already pre-ordered mine on Amazon).  All you have to do is post an answer to this question: What Make Your Shiver?

My Answer: When the light is just right as the sun begins its downward decent and the buildings of New York turn their faces to the sun like a field of sunflowers following the day down into night. That makes me shiver.


You can enter the contest here: http://onourmindsatscholastic.blogspot.com/2010/03/linger-preview-and-giveaway.html

Tags:   #contest, #shiver #maggie steifvater #scholastic #arc



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