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  • The BFG
    2016 Summer Reading List Grades 3 - 5

    Summer Reading suggestions from School District of Philadelphia for Grades 3 - 5

  • Pride and prejudice and zombies : the classic Regency romance -- now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem!
    Mash-Up Novels

    Mash-up novels combine literary classics (or historical figures) with anything. The "anything" tends to be monsters, zombies, sea monsters, androids, werewolves, vampires... you get the idea.


Reviews

  • The Boston girl : a novel by Diamant, Anita,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    I loved this book! I read it all day Friday, couldn’t put it down! The story brought back memories of other stories told by my grandmother and mother. The plot helped me recall stories of my family living down the street, around the corner, or two blocks away, but always together. That I was a part of that group, part of that family life in the 40s made this book touching in many ways, from memories from of grade school to high school and on to World War II. The author is wonderful.

     

    Read by Doris Grossman –  The Watermark

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Jul 7, 2016

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  • The Raven Boys by Stiefvater, Maggie
    ★★★★☆

    Blue Sargent's entire family is psychic.  Blue's only power is to amplify the abilities of others.  Growing up in Henrietta, VA, Blue has a great life with her mother and other female relatives who share the big house at 300 Fox Way.  But one night while helping her mother record the names of the people from Henrietta that will die in the next year she sees a boy and hears him speak his name.  He is one of the "Raven Boys" who attend a local prep school for the ultra elite.  Typically arrogant and privileged, the Raven Boys are despised by the residents of Henrietta.  When a group of them seeks out psychic help from the residents of 300 Fox Way, Blue is drawn into a mystery involving ley lines, Welsh legend, and the disappearance of another student several years before.

    The writing is great and the story is very well developed.  There are many twists and turns and, of course, it ends on a cliffhanger leaving the reader eager for the next installment.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

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  • The Summer I Learned to Fly by Reinhardt, Dana
    ★★★★☆

    I chose this book because the protagonist has a pet rat and she meets a mysterious boy who knows all about rats.  I was disappointed that the rat didn't play a more prominent role.  It was still a decent story.

    Drew looks back to the summer of 1986 when she works in The Cheese Shop which is owned by her mother.  They have an ongoing feud with the local health inspector, Fletcher Melcher.  She has a crush on the college age student, Nick, who works in the shop and is coming into conflict with her mother more and more often.  Drew seems adrift in a strange new world.  Then she meets Emmett Crane, a mysterious boy who gives her a new perspective on life.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

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  • Captive Prince by Pacat, C. S.
    ★★★★☆

    Damen, heir to the throne of Akielos, is betrayed by his half brother.  Sold into slavery to the royal house of Vere, Damon must keep his identity a secret because of his actions in the ongoing war with Vere.  Damon must also learn to live a very different life as he also tries to save the lives of the other slaves who have also been sent to Vere from Akielos.  

    Eagerly awaiting book two!

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jun 21, 2016

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  • The Woman in Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Griffiths, Elly
    ★★★★★

    While house sitting for a friend in nearby Little Walsingham, Cathbad sees a mysterious woman dressed in blue in the church's graveyard. When a young woman turns up murdered, he realizes he might have seen a real woman rather than a ghostly figure. Ruth is drawn into the mystery when an old friend travels to Little Walsingham to attend a seminar for female priests. She has been receiving threatening letters and asks for Ruth's advice. The mystery deepens when another death occurs.

    The mystery is well devised, but even better are the ongoing relationships between Ruth and DCI Nelson. Nelson learns of a personal betrayal that strikes at his heart. The foundation of his world is shaken. Ruth continues to feel a deep connection to Nelson, but she knows circumstances are against her.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jun 13, 2016

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  • Lord of the White Hell by Hale, Ginn
    ★★☆☆☆

    Kiram Kir-Zaki, a Haldim teenager, has been given a place at a prestigious boarding school, the first time ever a Haldim has been awarded admission. At the Sagrada Academy he is placed in the care of an upperclassman, Javier Tornesal. As Kiram learns about life as an outcast, he is befriended by Javier, and the two young men form a close bond. But something evil lurks within Javier, and Kiram must help his friend discover what it is so it can be dealt with.

    The characters are fairly stereotypical and the world-building is not strong. The mystery surrounding Javier's curse is the only plot element that keeps the reader plodding forward. Nothing is resolved by the end of the book, so reading book two is a must to find out the resolution.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on May 18, 2016

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