Archive for September, 2017

Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer

September 11, 2017

[SAM]

“But this, dear unauthorized reader (or should I say intruder?) is a playbook. My ultimate playbook, in case you wanted clarification. It’s where I keep all my thoughts and ideas and strategies about how to win at life. Yeah but how is that different from a diary, you ask? Look, diaries are usually about what happened. Playbooks are about how you make things happen.”  

What I love about this book is Gabby’s confidence. She’s good at baseball, she knows it, and she’s proud of that. Even when things don’t work out her way, even when she’s a little over confident, even when she struggles, this story never punishes Gabby for being loud and proud.

The transition to a new school and finding her place on a new team are not as easy as Gabby assumed they’d be. But the skilled, confident Gabby we see in the book opening scene is the same Gabby we see at the end of the book. And along the way, she learns that no one succeeds alone, and no one is an all star all the time.

This book is super fun with appealing Diary of a Wimpy Kid style illustrations. A great chapter book for fans of realistic graphic novels like Roller Girl. Find it Here

Also available on Hoopla.

Gwendy’s Button Box, by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

September 8, 2017

[Sara]

Click here to place a hold on this book at Wiggin
Click here to check out the digital audiobook

gwendyThere are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Quite the opening line.

This outlook at Castle View is the place where Gwendy’s life will change, a presumptive side effect of a meeting between a child and a haunting stranger.

This novella relates well to the reader in this tumultuous world we live in, as the character struggles with the control she has over the delicate balance of good and evil. The master storyteller does it again, with this page turner that will creep you out as well as make you examine your own evil side (you know it’s there. . . )