Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Book Gnome Summer reading recommendations part 3

Smile, by Raina Telgemeier. After a sidewalk disaster, young girl Raina must deal with oppressive headgear and braces to fix her missing front teeth. With family tensions at home and attempting to navigate school, things get out of hand. Her other book, Sisters, takes place during the events of the first book and focuses on a family trip, touching on even more family drama and the relationship between siblings when parents are not getting along. Her other two books, Drama and Ghosts, are also amazing. Drama features a young middle schooler getting involved with theater  and tackling drama on and off the stage along with some adult issues. It is an important book and deserves attention. Ghosts features two sisters moving with their family into a new town with a history of paranormal activity and deals with the fear of losing a loved one too soon. Raina also has illustrated four Babysitters Club graphic novels bringing a whole new generation of readers into that series. More about her works at http://goraina.com


Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins. Gregor and his sister, nicknamed Boots, end up trapped underground and must help a society of strange bat riding Underland humans fulfill a series of prophecies to save their world. They must work alongside strange human sized cockroaches, spiders, and other creatures to save the land from evil rats bent on dominating the entire Underland. This was the debut series for Suzanne Collins. There are five books in this series and I can’t wait to read more, having only tackled book one so far. Here is her website http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/index.htm

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