Archive for August, 2019

 

August 27, 2019 • Cee • Lists

When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up.

Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn’t love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn’t know they needed: sisterhood.

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Friendships have its ups and downs. It’s no secret that friendships can be hard to make and maintain, especially when you’re not great at socializing.

When I was a kid (and even now as an adult), I couldn’t work out how to become friends like it was a difficult math problem. How do you make people see that you’re a great person to be friends with? I still don’t know the answer, but when you meet these people, it just works.

For the Strange Birds blog tour, I wanted to recommend some fantastic Middle Grade books about friendships that’ll make you think and reflect on your own friendship history.

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August 12, 2019 • Cee • Reviews

Wilder Girls by Rory Power • July 9, 2019 • Delacorte Press
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It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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First sentence: “Something.”

You do what it takes to survive with the Tox. Every day, life at the Raxter School for Girls is a fight; it’s full of fear and uncertainty about when the next flare-up will be, whether they’re gonna be cured, and who else will go to the infirmary and never come back.

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August 3, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one!

During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of! And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of July 2019.

FICTION

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | There There by Tommy OrangeThe Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead1984 by George Orwell

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