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Pink with Rhinestones: Indi Reviews

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Emily – “The Living” by Matt de la Pena
Jenny – “Red Shirts” by John Scalzi
Cathie Sue – “El Deafo” by Cece BellKarl – “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak
Adrienne – request for your favorite “Supernatural” episodes. Post on our Facebook page.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink

A written review by Adrienne

So, you know Katniss (Hunger Games) and Katsa (Graceling)? Yeah, they’re wimps. Lily-livered, tea-drinking, wimps. Meet Lynn. All her life she’s only known three things: defend the pond and home, collect and save water and find food. Living with her mother as her only constant companion, Lynn’s life had routine and that was to survive and fight for what was hers. Lynn world changes after a mishap and she is forced outside her comfort zone and learns about friendship and being able to rely on others.

What I liked about this was Lynn character learns and evolves through the story. She’s still tough and able to not only make the hard decisions but carry them out. She’s one tough cookie. Recommended for High School and up.

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Orleans

Orleans by Sherrie L. Smith

A written review by Adrienne

There were five hurricanes after Katrina. Each one with more strength: Isaiah, Lorenzo, Olga, Laura, Paloma. Each hurricane slowly decimated the populations of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. It was Hurricane Jesus in 2019 that was the final straw. After it, barely over 10,000 people were left alive in those southern states. Death came in the form of flying debris, cuts, tetanus, and lack of medicines for most common ailments. Then the fever came; a fever with no cure. Finally, the government decided to save the parts of America it could and walled up those southern states keeping those behind it there.

Her name is Fen de la Guerre, she’s known for her fierceness and she lives in Orleans. Where she comes from, they don’t shake hands. If someone were to get a hold of her with one hand, they could have a knife in the other. What you want to know is her blood type. See, behind the wall, you and Fen couldn’t be sitting together enjoying each other’s company. It’s too dangerous. She’s O Positive and all the other blood types hunt her. Why? ‘Cause their blood not only carriers the fever they will die from it without transfusions; transfusions of O Positive’s like Fen. Now, Fen has this baby girl who hasn’t been touched by the fever, she’s clean, and Fen promised the baby’s mother to get her beyond the wall and to a better life and that’s what she’s going to do.

Smith’s apocalyptic book takes you to a world, similar to ours, but so frightening and despairing. The author does not spare the reader at all. She shows us everything from the dead bodies being kept in the Superdome by the Sister’s to what daily life is like when people are cut off from everything including help. Fen is a strong, quick-witted, survivalist in the order of Katsa from Graceling and stubborn like Quintana from The Lumatere Chronicles.

What I liked was Fen’s single focus on achieving her goal to get her friend’s baby beyond the wall. Fen is resourceful and doesn’t scare easy. I liked that almost nothing surprises her and she adapts to anything that happens just as quickly as the problem arises. Smith writes Fen in a patois or dialect I found it fit Fen’s character perfectly. The tone is grim, resilient and dark. Good things happen, bad things happen. That’s life. Well, that’s life behind the wall.

 

2013 Morris Award Winner & Finalists

“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
“Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
“After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett
“Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby

Safekeeping

Safekeeping

“Safekeeping” by Karen Hesse

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Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:
“Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys

2013 Morris Winner and Finalists

  • “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
  • “Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
  • “Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby
  • “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
  • “After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett

 

Ashes

“Ashes” by Ilsa J. Bick

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Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:

6 folktale picture books
“Nabeel’s New Pants” by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
“The Matatu” by Eric Walters
“The Boy From Dragon Palace” by Margaret Read MacDonald
“The Greedy Sparrow” by Lucine Kasbarian
“The Flying Canoe” by Eric Kimmel
“Little Sister and the Month Brothers” by Beatrice Schenk de Reginers

6 or 7 biography picture books
“Chuck Close: Face Book” by Chuck Close
“Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World” by Tracy Fern
“A Boy called Dickens” by Deborah Hopkinson
“Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child” by Susanna Reich
“The Watcher: Jane Goodalls Life with the Chimps” by Jeanette Winter
“Me ….Jane” by Patrick McDonnell
“Noah Webster and His Words” by Jeri Ferris

Ready Player One or, GAME OVER, MAN! GAME OVER!

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline (author website)

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Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne
Guest: Scott Freeman

Upcoming:
“Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick

6 PB Reviews:

  • “Z is for Moose” by Kelly Bingham, illus by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • “Chloe and the Lion” by Mac Barnett, illus by Adam Rex
  • “The Wind That Wanted to Rest” by Sheldon Oberman, Neil Waldman and Peninnah Schram
  • “Boy + Bot” by Ame Dyckman, illus by Dan Yaccarino
  • “Yes, Yes Yaul” by Jef Czekaj
  • “Let’s Go Baby-O” by Janet and Andrew McLean