Yes She Can

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Yes She Can 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers during the Obama White House – that is a long title. I think most will just call it Yes She Can or as my girls called it Yes She Can 10 Stories of Hope and Change. This book is told by young female staffers while they worked within the white house. Each story is that staffer’s take on their job, the White House and what it was like to work with Obama and Biden.  This non fiction book is fun to read and I learned a lot about jobs with in the government. The Obama era had so many diverse workers from all ethnic backgrounds, he employed many women and gave lots of young people a job. Like any job it all depends on who your boss is. That makes or breaks the job and for these girls it sounds like they had a great boss. They were given big jobs and trusted with policy portfolio’s. They proved they were up for the job and share their experiences with us the readers. There is a section in the back of the book that gives young women information on getting in to the government field of work. This book is perfect for readers middle grade through YA and adult.  The stories were all interesting and I gained knowledge with each,  but my favorite was the first story because it talked about foster care system bill and how they were trying to change the policies that just abandon these kids when they age out. I think that is so horrible and can’t even imagine! All the stories were great and even if you reader is not into non fiction they are short stories that can be read all a once or over time a story or two each setting. The reader’s will learn a lot and maybe even be inspired to look into working for the government on policy changes. Personally I have never been a big Poli-Sci person but I did take a few classes, but this book might have inspired me a little more.

About the book: An intimate look at Obama’s presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful and diverse young women who were there.

Told in humorous and relatable first-person accounts by a stellar cast of accomplished women, YES SHE CAN pulls back the curtain to present an honest, yet refreshing, take on the hard work and courage necessary to build a career in public service and step up to the challenge. From the prologue to the back matter—dedicated to “A Girl’s Guide to Getting into Government”—this book is meant to inspire our future generation of female leaders.

Thank you Schwartz & Wade for sending me a copy of Yes She Can for review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

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Operation Frog Effect

by Sarah Scheerger


Operation Frog Effect is told through a different format than most upper elementary books that I’ve read. This book is told entirely through journal entries, comic book strips, letters, poetry and scrip writing. Told through the eyes of eight classmates in Mrs Graham’s class we learn a lot about how each see’s things, how they are feeling and what they want in the word. They discover who they are and that do indeed have a voice and stand up for what is right. This isn’t just a book about a classroom pet it also tackles several social issues and handles them in a way a younger reader will understand and not be overwhelmed. I enjoyed every minute of this book and know it will be one that will be hard to keep on the shelves at the elementary school that I work at. I think it would be neat if she did a new one each year with a different class, different pet and set of students. If you have a reader that is a fan of Wonder, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and Mr. Terupt to name a few than grab Operation Frog Effect. I think while this mainly is upper elementary some middle school readers would enjoy it as well. My first thought was the cover looked more elementary school. Then I started thinking about the diary books and they also have a younger looking cover and kids of all ages love them. So grab Operation Frog Effect it’s a great book that I think your kids might like.

About the book:

It’s us, Ms. Graham’s class. We didn’t mean to mess things up. But we did. We took things too far, and now Ms. Graham is in trouble–for something we did. We made a mistake. The question is, can we fix it? Ms. Graham taught us that we get to choose the kind of people we want to be and that a single act can create ripples. So get ready, world–we’re about to make some ripples.
Kayley, Kai, Henry, Aviva, Cecilia, Blake, Sharon, Emily (and Kermit, class frog)

Everyone makes mistakes. But what happens when your mistake hurts someone else? Told in eight perspectives–including one in graphic novel form, Operation Frog Effect celebrates standing up and standing together, and tells the unforgettable story of how eight very different kids take responsibility for their actions and unite for a cause they all believe in.

Thank you Random House Kids for sending me a copy of Operation Frog Effect. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Dysasters

by P.C and Kristin Cast

On Sale February 26 2019

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I really enjoyed this book and loved the graphic novel ink drawings scattered throughout the book. This might be the first PC and Kristen Cast book I’ve read. It took a bit to really get into it but once I did I didn’t want to put it down. I would consider this an environmental sci fi fantasy . So much going on and I really enjoyed the weather element superpowers. I can’t wait to see the final copy and see if all the drawings stayed in the final copy. I think this would make a fast paced show on Freeform, CW or Netflix. I am looking forward to book 2 to see where the story goes and how it continues. I rated this a solid 3.95 stars.

I did want to have a disclaimer because I saw many people on goodreads complaining about the tornado part of the book. I live in tornado alley and have been through a few.   I think many readers might think the massive amount of tornadoes at once will seem a bit unrealistic but if you have ever experienced a tornado alley outbreak you will know it could very well happen. Many towns have been leveled and many people have passed away to outbreaks. I just wanted to clarify they can happen like that — they are scary, loud and very destructive. There is maybe 5 minutes warning if your lucky and that part of the book seemed well researched and realistic to me.


About the Book:

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

About the Authors:

#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.


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Thank you so much Wednesday Books for allowing me to read The Dysasters. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Parkland Speaks

Survivors From Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories

Edited by MSD teacher Sarah Lerner

This book was a powerful, emotional raw book to read. I had to read it in short spurts because I would get emotional and go back to that day watching the news filter in through the internet.  The poems, journal entry accounts, pictures and drawings were done by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas themselves. These kids lived that day and still to this day live that day. They experienced something I haven’t and can’t even imagine how it would impact me as an adult let alone a teenager. I work in an elementary school and have gone through the training’s – they scare me and stay with me long after I’m done. I can’t even wrap my head around it being the real thing. These kids are survivors, brave, strong and a voice that will not be silenced!  We need to stand up with these kids – our kids and make sure this and other school shootings do not get swiped under the rug. Kids should not have to worry about this, their biggest school worries should be grades, friends, etc.. School is supposed to be a safe place and so many middle school and high school kids I’ve heard from are scared every day that this could happen to them and that breaks my heart. Each journal entry, poem, drawing and photo was a personal glimpse into what they are feeling after the horrific Valentines Day that forever changed the lives of so many at Stoneman Douglas. I know this book touched me and want to thank each one of them for allowing me to read PARKLAND SPEAKS.

The closig line from CAN’T YOU HEAR by Allyson Sheehy  ” Can’t You Hear the screams now? Cause they are only growing louder.” PARKLAND SPEAKS is making sure that happens and I hope they continue to grow louder till reform and change happens.

About the book: Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018, and continue today. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing, and hope.

The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings, and photographs from the events of February 14 and its aftermath. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change, and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.

Thank you Crown Books for Young Readers and Get Underlined for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Arnold and Louise series

by Erica S Perl

Arnold and Louise is a cute new series hitting bookshelf this month. They are fairly easy to read chapters that are short and perfect for an independent reader. There might be a few words they will need help on but this series will fun for them to read. The stories are also short enough that they would be a fun read aloud for story time or bedtime.  Right now there are 2 books in the series The Great Louweezie and Lost and Found. I hope there are more coming because they are such cute stories. They remind me of the Frog and Toad series I read when I was little. There are lessons to be learned in each book with forgiveness in the end.  I know the kids at the elementary school will enjoy seeing these for check out at the school library. I think they might be some hot ticket books that don’t stay on the shelves for long.

Arnold is a sweet big bear who likes naps, his marbles and his best friend Louise. He  has lots of fun times and adventures with Louise.

Louise is a cute spunky chipmunk. She can be loud and you just never know what’s going to happen next when your hanging out with her.

I can’t wait to read more books from this adorable book series. I know if these had been around when my girls were beginning to read we would have bought them all and had the stories memorized from reading them so much!

The Great Louweezie : Arnold is a large black bear. His best friend, Louise, is a small chipmunk. But one day, Louise insists she is NOT Louise–she’s the Great Louweezie, and she can predict the future! But when the Great Louweezie’s demands begin to test Arnold’s patience, the game feels much less fun. What will happen if friendship isn’t in their future?

Lost and Found : When Louise borrows Arnold’s newly found treasure, he’s sure he’ll never see it again. After all, she loses just about everything he lends her. Louise swears she hasn’t lost it, but to get it back, she sends Arnold on a treasure hunt of her own–or is it a wild goose chase?

Thank you so much Random House for Young Readers and Penguin Workshop for sending me copies of The Great Louweezie and Lost and Found. All opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.

Sleepover At The Museum

by Karen LeFrak

illustrated by David Bucs

Publication Date: January 15th 2019

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First thing I thought of when I saw and read the title of this book was one of our favorite family movies: Night at the Museum! We love the whole series and watch them a lot. This book is adorable and sure to be a hit with kids. I know my girls would have read this one over and over. Sleepover At The Museum is fun because you get to solve the clues along with Mason and his two best friends. The clue is given in bold type and then you flip the page to find out answer is along with information on the answer and room in the Museum of Natural History. You could wait to flip the page till after your reader/listener has given their answer or just flip the page right away. I really liked the fun educational mystery riddles part of this book. At the end of the book you get to find out what room Mason picked to have his sleepover in and I have to say he picked a good one. This book really makes me want to have a sleepover at the Museum of Natural History even as an adult! That would be so much fun. The illustrations are bright and full of bold colors and really captures the rooms in the museum. This picture book is definitely on my top 10 of 2019 and I’m pretty sure it will stay there.

About the book: Mason couldn’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover at the museum of natural history–his favorite place to visit.

Armed with headlamps for the dark hallways, a map, and a list of clues, Mason and his two best friends take off on a scavenger hunt through each hall of the museum. But they aren’t just trying to solve the clues. They’re scouting for the best place to spend the night.

Sleeping next to a T. rex in the Hall of Dinosaurs felt too scary. And sleeping with the monarch butterflies would probably tickle. This decision isn’t as easy as Mason thought it would be….

Wherever they end up, the museum at night is the best place for a birthday adventure!

Thank you Random House Kids and Crown Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Sleepover At The Museum. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

There Are No Bears In This Bakery

written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone Roach

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

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I read The Bear Ate My Sandwich and it was so cute. I love her fun stories and bright vibrant illustrations. In There Are No Bears In This Bakery you follow a cat as he investigates the source of a loud noise at his bakery. He assumes it’s a mouse or two. To his surprise he finds a cute hungry baby bear, so Muffin helps baby bear out by giving him some yummy baked goods to curb that growling stomach. Problem is where there is a baby bear there is a momma bear…

This story is cute and sure to tickle the youngest listener to older listener. Loved how she made the colors of the illustrations really put the emotions into the illustrations. When Muffin was scared the colors in the  illustrations are dark, happy feelings lighter colors in the illustrations. This would be a fun book for storytime, and great for a book to craft activity at home – making some muffins, cookies etc…

About the book: A tough gumshoe of a cat–the name’s Muffin–protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin’s watch.

One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin’s got this case solved–clearly this bear needs some donuts.

In this wonderfully noir-tinged tale, Julia Sarcone-Roach gives us another funny story of a hungry bear in the wrong place at the right time. This tale is sly and sweet, with sprinkles on top.

Thank you Alfred A Knopf and Random House Kids for sending me a copy of There Are No Bears In This Bakery. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.