Thursday, August 21, 2014

Books to Read if you liked "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman.

Did you just love the books If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman?  Wondering what to read next?  Here are some suggestions:

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Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

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Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between.

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For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

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Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.

We Were Liars
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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends--the Liars--whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss—a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

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Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world. How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho?

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Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

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Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this - she is dead. And alone in a vast, dark space. The only company Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can reexperience - and even change - moments from her life.

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Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

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Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.
Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?
This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

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Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Top Seven books for people who watch "Finding Carter"

Do you watch the MTV show Finding Carter? Here's a few books that you may enjoy reading!

1.  Before there was Carter, there was Janie Johnson, and The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney. 
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This book spawned a whole series of books about Janie Johnson, and what happened when she discovers she was abducted.  Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don't make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn't have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

2.  Once upon a time, a little girl disappeared...A scary story of abduction Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.
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When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.  Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.  This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget. 

3.  Another story of parental abduction gone wrong is If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. 
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A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

4.  Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.
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When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back--a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

5.  The Night She Disappeared by April Henry is a novel about a girl's disappearance that packs a punch!

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Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

6.  Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a story of a girl abducted from an airport, whose captor wants her to love him back.  Told in the form of a letter. 


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Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

7.  What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles is a vivid novel of suspense of a girl kidnapped and kept buried alive. 

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Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Drugs Cass. Kidnaps her. Puts her in a box-underground. He buries her alive. But Kyle makes a fatal error: Cass knows the power of words. She uses fear as her weapon to keep her nemesis talking - and to keep herself breathing during the most harrowing 48 hours of her life.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teen Tuesday: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

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National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
—Adele Griffin

My thoughts:  OK I'm going to be honest.  After I started reading this book, I had to do a reality check to see if Addison Stone was a real person - the interviews, artwork, and photographs seem very real!  The novel is constructed as a "docu-novel", where the story is told via interviews of different friends, family members, teachers and romantic partners that knew Addison.  The way the book flows together is a tribute to the writing skills of author Adele Griffin.  I was pulled into Addison's story right away, even though you know it is going to be a sad, tragic tale.  This is my book written by Adele Griffin, but I can tell you that I may just pick up one of her earlier books, like All You Never Wanted, Loud Awake and Lost, Tighter, or Where I Want to Be.  Adele has a website, and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Middle School Monday: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan


'A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.' So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. 'If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.' Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.  Published on August 19, 2014.  We will have this title - check for it this week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Reading Wrap Up and Teen Survey


It is hard to believe, but another summer of summer reading is complete!  Here are the facts:

83 teens aged 13-18 signed up for the Greece Public Library summer reading program
25 teens never read an hour!  (I need a surprised Emoji here)
19 teens read 24 hours or more, and earned a free yogurt from Soho Yogurt Cafe'!
920 hours were read during the six week period. 

Here are all the prize winners, week by week.  If you have not already done so, you must pick up your prize by August 29!

Week 1 winners:  Cheyenne Z., Chima D., Andy L.
Week 2 winners:  Katherine T., Kayla M., MacKenzie J.
Week 3 winners:  Brenna Z., Isabella W., Lauren M.
Week 4 winners:  Christopher P., Crystal L., Alyssa F.
Week 5 winners:  Alexis V., Evalina K., Kacie C.
Week 6 winners:  Jenny V., Brianna P.. Savannah B.

We also had a winner each week for our weekly puzzle.  The prizes were $10 gift cards and a free book!  Programs that were held at the library included Storytellers, a Graffiti Artist, the Tops Cooking School, Craft programs, practice ACT and SAT tests, babysitting classes, and "home alone" safety classes.  Did we miss something that you would like to see?  We aim to please, so if you want to see a certain type of class here, please let us know.   If you have a few minutes, please take our teen survey and help shape our library in the future.  We appreciate your feedback to help make your library a better place. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Author Mary E. Pearson also wrote the Chronicles of Jenna Fox trilogy.  New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima has this to say about The Kiss of Deception "This is the kind of story I love--a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set I a richly imagined fantasy landscape." 

My thoughts:  I am already captivated by the story of a seventeen-year-old princess that wants to choose her own destiny!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teen Tuesday: The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

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Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in.

Lisa SchroederHi! I'm the author of this book, and I thought I'd tell you a little bit about it in addition to the official "publisher's description."

It's a book about small town life, about dreams, about what family and friendship mean, and about helping someone else be the best version of themselves. The story is told from two points of view - Colby's and Lauren's. It's similar in that respect to how Brooklyn and Nico tell the story in CHASING BROOKLYN.

A couple of my favorite authors read it and had super nice things to say:

"Full of big dreams and even bigger heart, The Bridge from Me to You is a beautifully told story of love, family and football." - Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
"Filled with grace, wisdom, and bittersweet wonder, The Bridge from Me to You beautifully captures the aches and joys of family, love and friendship. You'll want to hug this book." - Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and The Chapel Wars. 

My thoughts:  A gorgeous cover, real characters with real problems, a believable romance, and a story with lots of hope.  I enjoyed how Lauren's chapters were written in verse, and Colby's in prose.  It helped to distinguish their voices for me.  I really enjoyed this novel!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Middle School Monday: Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen

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Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.

Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.
Shipwreck Island is the first installment in a series from S.A. Bodeen.  S. A. Bodeen also wrote The Raft, Compound, and The Fallout. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's New in August: Hot New Teen Fiction in August 2014

Here's a sampling of some of the new books you will be seeing here at the Greece Public Library in August.  See if anything here looks tempting to you!


Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke is the conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood.  Published on August 14, 2014. 
Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.


Do you like Horror?  Try Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff published 8/14/2014.  When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.


Do you like realistic, edgy fiction?  Knockout Games by G. Neri (a Teen Book Fest 2014 author!) is released 8/01/2014, but I am still waiting to receive our copy.  Gary  Anderson on Goodreads has this to say about this book "Maybe you’ve seen the videos. Random strangers attacked on city streets by kids who seem to have no purpose other than assaulting their victims.  G. Neri, author of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, takes us inside a St. Louis knockout club, a group of middle school and high school kids dedicated to pursuing random violence and capturing it on video. Narrated by the newest member of the club, Erica (nicknamed Fish), a skilled video artist, Knockout Games is as brutal and edgy as it is authentic and important.  Neri doesn’t provide easy answers for why attacking unsuspecting strangers is a gratifying experience for some young people, but readers gain insights into a street culture rarely glimpsed beyond those shocking videos."
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In the mood for a summer romance?  Try Magnolia by Kristi Cook.  In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, The Cafferty and Marsden families are practically royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when the families finally have a baby boy and girl at the same time, the perfect opportunity seems to have arrived. Except Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen—oh, and also? They hate each other.

Also coming out in August:

The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore (August 26, 2014)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (August 14, 2014)
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (August 26, 2014)
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner (August 26, 2014) - sequel to The Eye of Minds
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin (August 12, 2014)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Any Given Number by Sports Illustrated

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Every number tells a story. 3, 7, 16, 23, 42. Our iconic athletes have become synonymous with the numbers they have worn-and this connection can run deep. Think about the players who have switched teams and traded Rolexes or cold hard cash to claim the same digits from a new teammate. In Any Given Number, Sports Illustrated raises the bar to a new level. Simply, who's the greatest athlete across all sports who wore a number best?

While Wayne Gretzky may have 99 locked up, who's the ultimate No. 24? Willie Mays, Jeff Gordon or Kobe Bryant? At 33, would you pick Larry Bird or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Is it Mr. Hockey or Teddy Ballgame at 9? Who wins at 12, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw or Joe Namath? How about Brett Favre or Bobby Orr at 4?

Any Given Number delivers SI's authoritative take on who is the best of the best, from No. 00 to No. 99, breaking down the contenders to name an ultimate winner at each number. It also reveals little-known facts about a digit's history and colorful anecdotes about why an athlete chose it, alongside the stellar photography that is the hallmark of Sports Illustrated.

Let the debate begin!

My thoughts:  I brought this book home over the weekend, and my 18 year old son and I both read it and enjoyed it!  We had fun debating the merits of different athletes, and arguing for our choices of "Who wore it best".  Number 8 was given to Yogi Berra in the book, but MY vote went to Cal Ripkin - the Ironman of baseball!  Check out this book and see if you agree or disagree with Sports Illustrated's choice "Who Wore it Best, from 00 to 99"!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Middle School Monday: Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Half a Chance
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When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.
As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.

My thoughts:  I really enjoyed this new middle grade novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord of RulesLucy learns not just about photography this summer, but learns about caring for her environment when the neighbors invite her to join their loon patrol.  Lucy finds a friend in Nate, next door, but also has to deal with a another friend's jealousy when Nate begins to pay attention to her.  Themes of friendship, caring for your world, and dealing with aging and parents that must travel for work are all explored in a realistic way.  Two thumbs up for this book!