Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4)Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I began this book hoping for the closure that Forever did not bring to me.

This, again, is a love story that happens to involve a young man who can shift into a wolf.

This is a story about addiction, self-loathing, discovering your truth, and self-acceptance.

This is a story about letting go of the past and forgiving yourself.

Cole St. Clair, rock-star werewolf, evolves more in Sinner than in any of his metamorphoses from man to beast.

Isabel Culpeper, gorgeous ice-queen, spends most of this novel running from herself and from the potential of happiness, fearing the inevitability that life might be wonderful.

This tale is beautifully spun and it depicts a love quite different than the simple, pure love of Mercy Fall's Sam and Grace. Isabel and Cole are all fire and chaos and tumultuous energy. They are passion and need and truth.

Sinner is an excellent addition to the Wolves of Mercy Falls.
However, if you are still wondering how Sam and Grace are dealing with a lifetime of seasonal shifts, you do not get much in the way of answers.

This is Cole and Isabel's story.

Ages 15+ for content. Not suitable for a Middle School Library.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Book Fair for a Good Cause

I am so excited for this year's Book Fair!  We are raising money for a local private Foster Care program and the funds will directly impact these children in a positive way.  The students in my Library Media Club assisted with set up and will help me to run the fair.  Here are some photos of our setup event last night:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a love story. It just so happens that some people in this story turn into wolves in the Winter. Don't let that distract you from the fact that this is a love story. This isn't a Werewolf Thriller, or even a Paranormal Romance. It is a love story between two young people who belong together- Sam and Grace.

Ages 14+ due to content.

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just when you think the love story has its happy ending- that pesky Wolf disease starts to show its ugly face again.

Grace always thought her dad inadvertently "cooked" the Wolf toxins out of her when he negligently left her in a hot car as a child. Unfortunately, those toxins were just temporarily dormant. So now, after Sam is supposedly "cured," Grace faces the oncoming wolf...

Ages 14+ due to content.

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If this is the final book in this series, then I am very frustrated. NOT ENOUGH CLOSURE! Too many loose ends!! OMG- Isabelle and Cole? The rest of the pack? The cure? The new house? I feel undone!!! I need more Wolves of Mercy Falls!

Ages 14+ due to content.

BOOK 4!!!! Thank Goodness!! CLICK HERE!!!...okay, I feel better.  There is one more Wolves of Mercy Falls books left to read.  This better answer my questions!!!

14+, READ THIS SERIES!  You will love it! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Creating Our Very Own READBOX!!!

So, you have all heard of the quick video rental system called Redbox...

Well, our Library Media Club is going to create a book recommendation display called a READBOX!

With the school's permission, and with my father's expertise, I purchased the raw materials for our new display...

Within a day, my amazing father built us a gorgeous READBOX display...

Now, the Library Media Club will paint it, decorate it, and fill it with their favorite books and book reviews...

Stay tuned to see the final product...

Speed Dating with Books!

This past week in Library Media Club,  We had a Speed Dating activity.  We had six books and a stack of DATE CARDS at each of the five tables.  Students had 3 minutes per table to peruse the books and rate them on the DATE  CARDS.  The books were rated from 1-10 (10 being the highest) based on how much the students would like to read them.  After the 3 minute timer went off (we used ), students moved to the next table.  

The 5 tables were: 

  1. Biography 

  1. Nonfiction  

  1. Graphic Novel Fiction and Nonfiction 

  1. Realistic Fiction and Adventure 

  1. Fantasy 

Upon the sounding of the final timer, the students circled their three top-rated books on their cards.    I drew names from a cup to determine who was able to check out their book first.  

We had a lot of fun and the kids went home with books they were really excited to read!!