What I'm Reading

by jennifer8. September 2015 12:48
I've been reading a lot and it's been GREAT!! I love a good story and I've got some fantastic ones for you this week!! I read and totally loved The Martian by Andy Weir.The story is simple: A manned mission to Mars, Ares 3, has to evacuate the red planet in a big hurry thanks to a dust-storm. Mark Watney, resident smart-ass, botanist and mechanical engineer, gets lost in the ensuing chaos. The rest of the crew makes the tough choice and leaves Mars without him. They think he is dead. Mark, left to fend for himself, deals with life on Mars with no obvious way to survive long enough for NASA to rescue him. Watney is a Space MacGuyver. No joke.And his sarcastic sense of humor had me laughing out loud in situations that were really quite dire.The movie adaptation of The Martian comes out this fall and I'm so excited to see it!!  Okay, so what else have I been reading? I've been reading Big Little Lies by one of my favorite authors Liane Moriatry.I'm only 8 chapters in and she's doing one heck of a job setting up what I know will be a huge plot twist. She does a very good job with doing that. We're dealing with a murder, that much I know. And a bunch of Kindergarten moms ranging in age from 24-40. She's working on building character development so I'm learning all about what makes these women tick. Of course secrets are going to come out, and then the shocking truth will be revealed.  The kids and I have also been reading Serafina and the Black Cloak. Actually Haley has already finished it.The rest of us are about 50% finished with it. It's a quirky story about a girl who lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. Serafina finds out that she's not who she thought she was, and she is befriended by George Vanderbilt's nephew Braeden (who is a fictional character.) It's an okay story. The middle part (which is where we are now) is really dragging on for me, but the kids don't seem to mind, so it's all good.   Have you read The Martian or have you seen the trailer for the movie? Check the trailer out below and let me know your thoughts!

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Ninja books for kids

by jennifer27. August 2015 09:26
Ninjas are as popular as ever with kids.  The Lego Ninjago series is a big hit in our libraries, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still have a following, (especially in my house, Ella LOVES the TMNT.)  Here is a list of picture book and juvenile fiction ninja titles published most recently:   Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson.  A little rabbit tries to follow the rules in order to become a "super awesome ninja," but discovers that his book is wrong about one very important thing.   My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley ; illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.  When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team's soccer ball, everyone is upset--including Ethan. Why can't he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he's happy that his grandma isn't ordinary.   Little Kunoichi, the Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida.  Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival.   Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas.  One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls kick, push, punch, and quickly turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can't control the children, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and story time. No one heeds the master's repeated mantra of honor, kindness, and respect-- until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all that they have done, just in time for pickup.   Ninja Boy Goes to School by Nathan D. Wilson.  A little boy explains what it's like to go to school--when you're a ninja.   Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!by Todd Tuell ; illustrated by Tad Carpenter.  Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a young ninja who uses his special moves to sneak up on the family dog, take a cookie from his brother, and escape Granny's kisses, but before day is done he meets his match.   Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz.  In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.   Ninja!by Arree Chung.  A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear--a true ninja can overcome all challenges.   But not only primary readers are interested in Ninja stories! Check out these great titles for the older readers in your life! Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki and Chris Pallace. Best friends and ninjas-in-training Joey and Johnny are sent on a special mission to investigate their rival ninja school's use of advanced technological weapons.   The Sweetest Heist in Historyby Octavia Spencer ; illustrations by Vivienne To.  On a trip to New York City to visit Randi's aunt, the ninja detective trio explores Randi's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, where they uncover an art heist involving FabergeĢ eggs. Except no one will believe them. So they'll just have to catch the criminals in the act.   The Ninja Librarians : the Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey. Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library, where they discover a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world's greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.   So what do you think?? Any of these ninja books sound like something your child would like to read?? Special thanks to HCPLC for helping to curate this great list!    

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Jenny

What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer26. August 2015 09:13
I am so busy. Life can get so hectic sometimes. I'm sure you all know that feeling. This week I have only had time to read one book, but at least it was a good one!  Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty is about" Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio."   Being part of a trio. That's something I can somewhat understand. Not that I am personally part of a trio, but I have a trio. Sure, they aren't triplets, but having 3 kids all one year apart certainly involves laughter, drama, and mayhem. My kids speak their own language, share their own inside jokes, and have what my husband and I call "the power of three." It's really pretty cool. I love Liane Moriarty. The first book I read by her was called What Alice Forgot and it was fantastic. And then recently I read The Husband's Secret, which was so so good!! And I have waiting in my stack of books, Big Little Lies so I'll be getting to that one soon!! What are you reading?

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