Memoirs, NetGalley Reviews, Religion/Spiritual

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle

Ages 18+

barkingJesuit priest Gregory Boyle writes about Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world. He preaches the Word of God as well as tells heartbreaking stories of people, and in particular, young people, that he has helped through the program. This book is not your typical Christian book, but it offers insight in ways other books can’t.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Animals, Memoirs, NetGalley Reviews

Bubbles’ Tale: One Cat’s Story of a Forever Home by Colleen Sheehan

Ages 16+

bubblesAfter ten years of marriage, a trip to the doctor has sent Sylvie and Dan into a panic when they find out they could potentially be married for another 68 years. Upon hearing this, the couple devise a plan to keep their relationship fresh, and call it Project Surprise Me. They decide to surprise each other in little ways. Soon, the project is in full swing, and they start to realize they might not know each other as well as they originally thought. It was refreshing to read a romance novel about a couple who has already established their relationship.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, NetGalley Reviews

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Ages 18+

surprise meAfter ten years of marriage, a trip to the doctor has sent Sylvie and Dan into a panic when they find out they could potentially be married for another 68 years. Upon hearing this, the couple devise a plan to keep their relationship fresh, and call it Project Surprise Me. They decide to surprise each other in little ways. Soon, the project is in full swing, and they start to realize they might not know each other as well as they originally thought. It was refreshing to read a romance novel about a couple who has already established their relationship.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

LGBTQIA, Middle Grade Fiction

P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

Grades 4-6

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Consisting of letters to her older sister, P.S. I Miss You is a young girl’s plea for her sister to come home. The entire novel is told through letters that eleven-year-old Evie writes to her older sister Cilla, whose Catholic parents have sent her away to live with her great-aunt after discovering her pregnancy. When Evie realizes she has romantic feelings for her friend June, Evie could really use Cilla’s advice – if only she’d write back. Can Evie navigate the world without her sister at her side?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of the book.

 

Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Abigail Adams: Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin

Grades 3-6

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This book is a fresh new way to teach kids about history. Centered around the time period of Abigail Adams, the story follows Abby, a history student whose friends think history is boring. When she hears this, Abigail Adams goes on a mission to change their minds! She escapes the White House and becomes a Caribbean Pirate. Can Abby fix history before it’s too late?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Grades 3-6

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Stella is a Mexican-American girl who loves animals, and spending time with her mom, brother, and best friend Jenny. Then Stella finds out that Jenny is in another class this year, she doesn’t know what she will do! When she meets the new boy in school, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes she makes mistakes and speaks Spanish instead of English, which makes her turn red. Based on the author’s own experiences growing up, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say is a heartwarming story about a girl who has to figure out how to navigate the world  without her best friend by her side.

Thanks to School Library Journal for  a review copy of this book.

Memoirs, YA Fiction

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms by Tim Tebow

Grades 9-12

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Tim Tebow started out as a college football champion and went on to be drafted to play professionally for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Among all of this success, however, are trials and failures, neither of which define him. In this memoir for young people, Tebow proclaims his love for God and the faith that he has within himself to live through both the positives and negatives that life has to offer.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.