Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D Schmidt

 

 

I’ve been seeing this book at my library for a few years now, and I’ve grabbed it many times but never read it before returning it. Well I finally grabbed it and sat down and read it in one sitting. Oh my gosh this book wrecked me! I had so many feels while reading this heartwarming and heartbreaking book!! I hope it wins many book awards because they would all be very well deserved. I was immediately drawn into the characters and felt like I had known them for a long time. Jack telling the story of his foster-brother Joseph and how Joseph’s only real goal was to find his daughter Jupiter was what intrigued me about this book. It is told by a 12-year-old boy  about a 14-year-old boy. That right there I’m not sure has ever been done, add the fact that they are just babies themselves. Joseph had a bad home life, heck he had the worse home life and got put into foster care. After a few tumbles he ended up with a loving opening family that ended up being his forever home. He wasn’t going to settle down till he got Jupiter back even if it meant doing it on his own. The book takes a drastic turn and I pretty much bawled through the last half of the book. Grab a copy of Orbiting Jupiter you will not be disappointed!!

About the Book: 

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

Awards & Honors: Capitol Choices 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2015, Middle Grade
Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015
ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers
VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2015; 2016 Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society
CCBC Choices 2016, Fiction for Young Adults
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Fiction
ILA Young Adults’ Choices, 2016 Reading List
YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Coming of Age

Ready, Set … Baby!

By Elizabeth Rusch

Illustrated by Qin Leng

 

 

This picture book is a perfect gift to any child that is about to become a big brother or sister. While some might feel it is a bit graphic with pictures of what babies look like in mommy’s tummy, I never got that feeling nor did any adults that I showed this to for their opinions. Kids will like the story and learn a lot about their future little brother or sister. This is THE BOOK to get it is very similar to the What to Expect when you’re expecting but tamed down fun kid version. The author tackles it all from the loud noises and smelly diapers to the fun of having the sibling around. The whole book is told through a kids point of view and eyes making this a must have on bookshelves. The illustrations are well-defined and detailed with out too much to see on each page. The thought bubble dialogue made this picture book feel a bit like a graphic novel which really made the young listeners excited. They said it made them feel like the big kids that read the graphic novels and that made this book a real hit with the book crowd. The pictures are not graphic in nature and done in a very sweet way. Kids as young as kindergarten enjoy this picture book. Many talked about how their mommy was going to have a baby or just had a baby. It opened up discussion and the kids really enjoyed it. If you wanted to read this in a classroom setting but not sure about the content you could skip some of the dialogue or pictures.  Skim parts of the book and post – it the pages that you are going to breeze over. Maybe set it out and let the parents look over it and you can find out their thoughts. Most of the kids I read this to liked it and remembered more about the stinky diapers – baby farts and screaming than what the baby looked like in mommy’s tummy. Grab a copy and look it over decide if it is right for your child or classroom. Overall I felt it was a good book – well informative – and done up in a tasteful manner. The kids liked it and enjoyed the book. Most of the comment that I wrote down from the kids that were there for the review were about the funny things their own little siblings do that was in the book.

summary: Big kids Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is expected. In a fresh picture book/comic style, Ready, Set . . . Baby offers up a funny, loving, reassuring peek into life as a big brother or sister—with solid information, kid-friendly humor, and even tips for parents on how to help kids thrive when the new baby arrives.

Thank you HMH Books for Young Readers for sending us a copy of Ready, Set… Baby! for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Into the Dim

by Janet B Taylor

Publication Date: March 1 2016

Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

 

Can I give this book more than 5 stars, please! I loved each and every minute I read this book. Into the Dim is a wonderful time traveling, action – adventure, mystery, historical, and love story all rolled into one. I was on the edge of my seat and sneaking moments here and there to read more of it. I was so sad to see the story end. I love the world building and there was a lot and the author did a fabulous job. The characters were great and many times she took you on such a roller coaster ride. I didn’t know which way this was going to end. I know this is book 1 so there will be a book to and I hope I don’t have to wait long for it to come out. Into the Dim is fine for readers as young as middle grade all the way through YA and adults. I can now say enough about this book. This will be at the top of my list of books I loved in 2016. It comes out March 1st and while I’ve already read this book I will buy a hardback copy and I know it will be one of my go to re-read books.

summary: “Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for allowing me to read Into the Dim. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.