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Double Book Review Day

Well, I'm back from a week in Chicagoland where we spent the holidays with my soon to be in-laws. The holidays were great and it was fun to be with family. But now I'm treating you all to a double dose of book reviews today!:) And be sure to stay tuned for a big contest I'll be having all though January-you gotta start the year off right with books!!! Details to come Jan. 1!

Sisters 8: Annie's Adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg and Jackie Logsted

Rating: 4/5 Stars About the Book: Annie, Durinda, Georgia, Jackie, Marcia, Petal, Rebecca, and Zinnia are octuplets. They were born on August 8th and will be celebrating their 8th birthday and they have eight cats. On New Year's Eve, Mommy went to get eggnog, and Daddy went to get firewood, but they didn’t come back. The Sisters 8 find an anonymous note that says each girl has a power and a gift. Each sister must discover her power and find her gift in order to learn what happened to Mommy and Daddy. But with no Mommy and Daddy around, the girls have more than a mystery to solve. Who will cook them food? Or drive them to school? And how will they pay the bills? The adventures for these octuplets are just beginning! GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: ANNIE’S ADVENTURES is the start to a great new series by authors Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Greg Logsted, along with their daughter, Jackie. The entire family helped write the story and come up with ideas, and there’s definitely something in

Kissing Booth by Lexie Hill

About the Book: Lisi is an NBK - she’s never been kissed. Lisi would really like to be kissed by her crush, Brett, who also happens to be the most popular guy in school. She doesn’t think her chances are very high, since Lisi in not in the "in" crowd. Springtime at Northside High means planning for the famous Spring Carnival. Spring Carnival is a huge deal, and this year the stakes are high for having the winning booth. Whichever booth sells the most tickets wins a trip to New York City. When planning for the school’s Spring Carnival starts, Lisi gets the inspiration for a kissing booth. Lisi is secretly hoping she will finally get her first kiss from handsome Brett, but Lisi’s not the only one with secrets. After the popular fly girls make the Kissing Booth their main target for competition, rumors start to fly and the kissing booth crew just might have gotten themselves in too deep. And Lisi just might be falling

Audio Book Friday

Since I not only read a lot of books, but I listen to tons of audiobooks as well, I decided I'd start reviewing some of the audiobooks I've listened to! I've found that some books I absolutely love as an audiobook and some just don't work for me (partly the story and partly the narrator) But I love popping one in while I'm driving or when I'm in my office at work. Anyone else a fan of audio books? So today's featured audiobook: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban Narrated by Tai Alexandra Ricci Rating: 4/5 Stars From the Book: Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience's applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall. But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe's dreams hit a sour note. Learning the organ versions

3 Willows by Ann Brashares

Rating: 3/5 Stars Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com About the Book: The Sisterhood may be grown up, but their legend lives on. Meet Polly, Jo, and Ama, three girls who are now entering the very same high school the legendary Sisterhood attended. The three have been friends since third grade, but now with high school approaching, they find themselves being drawn in separate ways and spending the summer apart. Ama is all about academics, extra credit, and schoolwork. She’s signed up to spend the summer at a camp that will give her school credit. She’s hoping to be in the library all day, but instead finds herself signed up for the outdoor wilderness hike. Ama is not an outdoorsy girl and can’t imagine herself spending the summer hiking and sleeping in a tent. Jo is spending the summer at her family beach house and working as a bus girl at a local restaurant. She’s hoping to make friends with the older girls from the "in" crowd so she can start high school in the right

Want It Wednesday #3

Welcome to Want It Wednesday where I post books that I'm wanting to read-some that are out already and some that are coming soon. Let me know what you think and as always, what books are you wanting this Wednesday? Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison Kissing Booth by Lexie Hill At Face Value by Emily Franklin

State Book Awards

As a librarian in Missouri, I promote our state book awards. Every year, students are given a list of books to read and if they read four or more titles they may vote for the awards in March and winners are announced in April. I make it my goal to try and read all the nominees between now and April since that's when I start school visits for Summer Reading. I'm hoping this year I can actually meet my goal of reading them all! This week the award nominees for 2009-2010 were announced, so I thought I'd share them with you. Have you read any of these titles? Do you think the books that got picked will be of interest to their readers? 2009-2010 Truman Award Nominations-Grades 6-8 Shark Girl. Kelly Bingham Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vol. 1. Heather Brewer Atherton: The House of Power. Patrick Carman Diamonds in the Shadow. Caroline Cooney Carpe Diem. Autumn Cornwell Into the Wild. Sarah Beth Durst Games. Carol Gorman The One where the kid nearly jumps

Want It Wednesday #2

Books that are on my wish list. Don't you love looking at all the pretty covers?:) Shelter Me by Alex McAulay Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George Thanks for the Memorie by Cecelia Ahern Princess Diaries Volume Ten: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

I'm Still Here!!

I know I haven't been around in awhile. Right before Thanksgiving, I had to rush home for a family emergency, and spent the entire week off work and taking care of family. Then I got back to work and had a week full of catching up and programs and cleaning my office! I've finally emerged from my long catching up and cleaning projects and can get on the blog again-yay!! I'm busy buying books for the holidays and am hoping to post a new wish list of upcoming books soon. There are so many and I'm hoping there are some Borders gift cards in my stocking this year!:)