Celebrity booksighting: Paris Jackson and Pure

Dear Students,

I came across this paparazzi picture of the pretty Paris Jackson exiting a Barnes and Noble.

She has a new book to read. Pure.

I added Pure to my to-read list on Goodreads. Do you use Goodreads to keep track of your books? I think you should.

These are my dachshunds, Billie Jean (under the sweater) and Michael.

Pure Summary:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

MJ 4Ever

If you like Dystopian books like The Hunger Games or Matched, you would probably enjoy Pure. Have you read it? What do you think of it?

Moonwalking,
Mrs. Kenney

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Books: I read the Hunger Games, now what? (no spoilers)

Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses

–Juvenal

Dear Students,

I love that YA books are driving popular culture. I love that kids share books at school and eagerly look forward to a new book. I love watching parents falling in love with a character that their child cares about. I know that some folks are going to hate and say that they don’t like it or they don’t get it, that’s okay. If you found your way to my page, welcome. Don’t hate. Unconditional love, that’s we are all about here when it comes to books.

I think he is talking to me

Like a lemming, I saw Hunger Games last week, enjoyed the movie even more because I saw it with my girlfriends. I love the scene around these books. I love the creativity of the fans, I love Hunger Games Mania on Pinterest + If Katniss had a pinterest board. Funny.

Tempe Marketplace is the only theatre in the country where you can see the actual bow and arrow that Katniss used in The Hunger Games and Effie Trinket’s dress! Stop by and check them out before you see The Hunger Games! http://ow.ly/9R9Mo

Our book club picked the Hunger Games trilogy last August, I fell in love with Katniss Everdeen–so strong and fierce. After I finished Mockinjay, I looked around and said “What next?”

I googled it on the computer I read Hunger Games, “now what?” and 10,600,000 results came back.

Looking at all those responses made me feel sleepy. I want one of my friends to say “here, read this, this will get you by until the movie comes out

Where would we be without our girlfriends? My friend Emiliee’s family owns A+ Book Fairs. I met her when I started working with her small family-owned company to contract out our school book fair. She gave a book talk on her favorite YA reads for my volunteers. I scribbled down her recommendations on my Amazon listmania page. This year I’ve happily worked my way through her list.

My favorite (so far) on her list is the Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. It is the first of a ten books Ranger series (and it has a movie deal, fun!). I admit, I looked at the book and thought “boy book, ten book series? Not for me.” I already had my Piers Anthony time and when I reread the Adept series as an adult they were not as good as I remembered them. However, I’m a librarian and a mom to boys. I gave it a chance. Emilie raved about the books. That’s all I needed.

Emilie’s family is addicted to the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Her mom reads it out loud to her father.  My husband and I are reading it together now, it’s fantastic. I think what makes a great trilogy is not the setting, but the relationships and the character development over the course of the story. The characters were complicated, the teens acted their age and the bullying subplot in the first book broke my heart.

On my I have no idea but I heard it was good list, my friend Lara texted me about this book, Life as We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It had a reassuring mass of rave reviews on Good Reads and Amazon. Life As We Know was one of the American Library Association’s Best Books For Young Adults Readers in 2007. It is the first book in a series of three. It is my pick for what to read next.

May the odds be ever in  your favor,
Mrs. Kenney