Five stars! I loved this retelling of The Great Gatsby! As long as you don't focus so much on the Retelling part and focus on the actual story, it's a great one! I loved the attention to detail in the story that really helped me to visualize just how beautiful the settings and people in the book were. I also really enjoyed Naomi's character growth as she enters the Hamptons as a slightly rebellious teen to a young woman who knows the difference between who she thinks she is and who she knows she is. Loved it!
Monty and Percy are two young aristocrats sets out to go on "tour of the continent" after the end of their formal schooling. Monty assumes that this trip will be more gambling, drinking, and sleeping with anything that will have him, but he is quickly wronged. Their group is taken over by highway robbers as soon as they've left and end up in a whirlwind adventure involving pirates, a mysterious stolen box with a mysterious key inside it, and many secrets!
I LOVED the story of how being in love with your best friend can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when your best friend is not only of a different race, but the same sex. I'd never considered what a same sex couple would deal with in the 1700-1800s, but Mackenzi Lee depicts it perfectly.
I very highly recommend this book to anyone who not only loves YA, but love stories, Adventure, and historical fiction!
Beautiful! Matt DelaPena tells the story of CJ and his grandmother as they ride the bus on the way to the soup kitchen after church. On the bus, CJ asks his grandmother questions which she answers enabling him to see more than what he thinks he sees. Towards the end of the story CJ wonders how his grandmother finds the beauty in everything. A great story overall of finding joy in every day experiences.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Words do not do this wonderful picture book justice. The book is disguised as a tablet so as to not scare people away from their devices. Tek is a boy who is so connected to his devices that he never goes outside of his cave. His friends miss him and he is missing out on the whole world. One day something happens that causes Tek to have to disconnect and discover he beautiful world around him. If only we could find a way to force children out of their own caves today and disconnect for a little while before they, too, miss out on the beautiful world around them.
Super cute, easy read! I read this to fill some time and it was a surprisingly cute story of two siblings (Emilia and Alfie) who are magically whisked away to Hong Kong where they meet Ying and her family who are about to open their own restaurant. Told from Alfie's perspective, he two siblings learn about Chinese foods, cooking, Chinese New Year traditions, and the importance of family and hard work. I loved all of the small details that allowed me to imagine Hong Kong and the intricate yet simple descriptions of food flavors. I also really enjoyed the look into Chinese culture and family life. Overall, a very cute middle grade novel! I'll definitely be looking out for the rest of the series! #weneeddiversebooks