Alert- James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

51JFWaIrP4L     Alert– James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Hachette audio, (9781478928010), 2015

Format:  Audiobook

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book?  A couple of very adept crazy guys have taken on the destruction of New York City. Detective Michael Bennett and FBI agent Emily Parker have to catch these guys before they destroy the entire East coast of the United States!

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this to James Patterson fans.

Who should buy this book? All public libraries and high school libraries where James Patterson is popular.

Where would you shelve it and why? Shelve in audiobooks, Mystery.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 9/1/2015

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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner series #2) – James Dashner

51uLb4c8eXLThe Scorch Trials (Maze Runner series #2) – James Dashner, Delacorte Press, (9780553538229), 2015.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  4

Genre:  Science fiction, Dystopia

What did you like about the book?  The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series, a dystopian series in which teens are required to endure a series of increasingly harsh tests imposed on them by mysterious scientists. The Scorch Trials take place in a desert setting populated by dangerous Cranks (violent adults who have been negatively affected by the sun’s radiation). This is a new hardcover edition of the same Scorch Trials text originally published in 2010. This edition contains a new cover and a forward by Wes Ball, the director of The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials movies. It also contains four pages of full-color photos from the Scorch Trials movie.  End matter includes two additional items:  Chapter Two of The Death Cure, the third book in the series, and a portion of the first chapter of another book by Dashner, The Eye of Minds.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I’m not crazy about the additional text from two of Dashner’s other books being included, but in particular, it seems odd to publish Chapter Two of The Death Cure, rather than Chapter One.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend for collections where The Maze Runner series is wildly popular.

Who should buy this book? Middle school and high school libraries as well as public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction or Science Fiction if you have Genre shelving.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes if you want to be familiar with a series that is currently very popular among the middle to high school age population.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  8/31/15

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Roald Dahl’s Story Sketcher: Create! Doodle! Imagine! – Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Quentin Blake

81wHTHyTttL       Roald Dahl’s Story Sketcher: Create! Doodle! Imagine! –Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Quentin Blake, Grosset & Dunlap, (9780448481609),  2014.

Format:  Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: non-fiction, education, 300s or in drawing books, 700s or even in 800s for writing stories.

What did you like about the book?  I like Roald Dahl – a lot. I like Quentin Blake – a lot. There are also a great number of children and teachers who do likewise so this book is a great jumping-off point for exploring his books.

What didn’t you like about the book? This will appeal to a limited audience.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this to those who really like Roald Dahl and want to use his works within the writing format.

Who should buy this book? Teachers of Roald Dahl books.

Where would you shelve it and why? This would probably be best shelved in a teacher’s/professional area; 300s or in drawing books, 700s, or even in 800s for writing stories.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/30/2015

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Information Graphics: Space – Jennifer Daniel and Simon Rogers

516mE0ZshSL     Information Graphics: Space – Jennifer Daniel and Simon Rogers, Big Picture Press, (9780763677695), 2015.

Format:  Softcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: non-fiction 600s or 500s

What did you like about the book?  There is a lot of information in this book which needs/deserves to be perused very slowly and carefully. The format and design complement the subject perfectly. A good choice for beginning scientists.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this to young persons interested in space both as science and as technology.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it and why? Shelve in 629.4 for space or in 520 for space in the science sense.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/30/2015

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Let’s Doodle Otis! – Loren Long

516MRSI75cL             Let’s Doodle Otis! – Loren Long, Grosset & Dunlap, (978044848405), 2015

Format:  Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre: non-fiction Drawing book.

What did you like about the book?  This is a book where the reader can create her/his own story as they complete drawings or do originals.

What didn’t you like about the book? This has a limited audience but that is not a major drawback.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is an excellent choice for those who not only like Otis but like drawing books.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and individuals

Where would you shelve it and why? Shelve in drawing books, 743 or 741.2

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/30/2015

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My Pet Human – Yasmine Surovec

51A2vK4hNwL      My Pet Human – Yasmine Surovec, Roaring Brook Press, (9781626720732), 2015

Format: Hardcover.

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This would make great traditional book for readers moving beyond early readers into chapter books. The book is broken into 5 chapters and is filled with black and white illustrations. The majority of the text appears in word bubbles giving the story a graphic novel flavor. Basically, this is the story of a stray cat who doesn’t want to have a “pet human.” When he first meets the little girl, who he names “Freckles,” it is basically a means to get food and tummy rubs. By the end of the story the cat realizes that the needs to pay back his owner and comes up with a plan to help her find a human friend. So Oliver now has a name and a happy pet human.

Anything you didnt like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect book to hand to readers just venturing into the chapter book section of the library.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and lower elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Chapter Books for younger readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our to-read piles?   No

Librarians Name, Library (or School), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 8/30/15

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Happy Birthday, Babymouse – Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

51bv0CtZ4zL     Happy Birthday, Babymouse – Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Random House, (9780307931610), 2014

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Graphic novel

What did you like about the book? Fans of the Babymouse series will love this one. Babymouse is planning to have the best birthday party ever until she learns that her enemy Felicia is having her birthday party on the very same day. How can she outdo the mean girl? Baby mouse tries, but fails to have the perfect party. In the end her friends cheer her up when they throw her a surprise party. The illustrations of black and white line drawing with hints of pink perfectly convey the story with lots of expression and humor. Babymouse will not disappoint.

Anything you didnt like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Babymouse fans will be happy to celebrate her birthday with her. This is a good series for readers moving into beginning chapter books.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our to-read piles?   Only if you love Babymouse.

Librarians Name, Library (or School), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:   8/30/15

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