I’ve finally read Harry Potter! (+ Loads of news!)

Hey guys! Okay, so I know you guys want an explanation as to why I, um, didn’t post an MMGM for today, and the reason is…I didn’t get the chance to read ANYTHING this week. Last week was the week before vacation, and you know my teachers LOVE to pile tests in. But…I have a few things to share. 

Thing Number 1: 

Spring Vacation is upon us (me) and I now have time to read! If you care, my TBR List for the break is quite, um, long. Take a look: 

THE DIVERGENT SERIES. (I know, you must think I’m crazy, having not read the series yet, but I SWEAR I’m getting to it! I even got myself the books. Not from the library. But the actual books. SQUEE!)
THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE. (Just the synopsis itself makes me sad. *sniffles*)
NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST. (I heard the protagonist is fierce. Which is basically what made me interested in the story, hehe)
SOMETHING REAL. (It had to do with a girl who was famous on TV and then–just trust me, it sounds really interesting. 
WIZARDRY GOES WILD. (To be revealed in “Thing Number 3”. Don’t scroll. Live with the suspense! Live with it!)

So that’s my list for vacation, but I know for a fact that I am definitely not going to be able to finish all of them. It’s worth a shot though! What’s on your TBR. Let me know in the comments! 


Thing Number 2: 

I FINALLY READ HARRY POTTER. (As you can see by the title of this post.) No, I haven’t read the entire series (*ducks all the things y’all are flinging at me*) I’m sorry…But hey, I read one of them, so it’s the effort that counts. If you’re wondering also no, I didn’t read the American version (Sorcerer’s Stone), but the British one (Philosopher’s Stone). I’m pretty sure they’re the same, but correct me if I’m wrong. Yes, it is just as amazing as they say, so if you’re hesitating about reading it…well, I recommend you to read it. 🙂 I *almost* considered abandoning it at the beginning *ducks* but my friend pushed me to finish it, and I’m mighty glad she did. Whoop. I feel so proud. *pats herself on back* Anywhoo, a review will be up soon! Not this week. Due to Thing Number Three. 

Thing Number 3:

The thing you’ve all been waiting for…I’M GOING ON A BOOK TOUR! Yes! You read that right! 🙂 And if you haven’t figured it out already, the tour is on WIZARDRY GOES WILD and  I’ll have an interview with the author (and a review probably) ! How exciting! The date I’ll be hosting my stop is April 23rd (which I believe is a Saturday) so make sure you stop by to check it out! I’ll also be sending Shannon the link for MMGM, so that way y’all don’t miss out on this SUPER DUPER EXCITING POST! Squee! I’m so excited! 

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Phew! That was a whole lotta news! Thanks for stopping by to read my rambles!

Signing off!




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Out Of My Mind (MMGM)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another day of MMGM! I’m totally not rushing to write this review today because I have Latin declamation tomorrow. *cringe* So nervous! What was I saying? Oh right. MMGM. This week, I’m reviewing “Out Of My Mind”, by Sharon M. Draper. It’s a lovely read, and those of you who have already read will most definitely agree.

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Source and Format: My library, paperback

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it” (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.



Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. The writing style was really interesting to read and Melody’s story really touches your heart.

The first thing that caught my attention? The moral. At the beginning of the story, Melody is really unsure of herself and she cares very much about what people see or think about her. She’s used to people staring and people thinking that she’s unintelligent, but let’s just say that by the end of the story, she’s become a confident and brave individual. 

The discrimination is real. Melody doesn’t have many friends, because she’s always been in the same “Special Ed” class. One day, her whole world changes: “Special Ed” kids are suddenly allowed to go to inclusion classes (which is basically when “Special Ed” students go to classes with the other students). There, she makes a friend, but not everyone seems to like her. People still think that she’s weird or that she’s not smart, which really ticked me off. Like come on people! Although it really annoyed me, it showed how real the story was. 

I just really love the fact that Melody doesn’t give in to her peers. They tell her she’s not good enough, they try to bring her down, but she knows she’s just like them on the inside, just not the outside. 

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the beginning. It was really…slow. Like, super slow. The first 6 chapters were flashbacks to when she was a child and discovering that something was ‘wrong’ about her. Alright, so maybe that gives us an insight to who she is/was, but 6 chapters? That’s a bit much. We could’ve done without ALL of that. 

Even with its flaws, this is a great book. It might’ve been a bit boring in the beginning, but the ending really made up for it. 🙂 



My rating is…


HUZZAH! FIVE STARS! 



Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Thank you for joining me this week for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

Bye! 

Links: 

If you would like to find out more about Sharon M. Draper or check out OUT OF MY MIND, click HERE
If you would like to head back to Shannon Messenger’s site to check out more MMGM’s click HERE


Fish In A Tree (MMGM)

Hello everyone! Welcome to MMGM! Can you believe it’s already April? This year seems to be going so fast! My weekend consisted of rushed studying and a college tour! I went to Tufts with some of my friends and think that it is AMAZING. Not only is the campus beautiful, but the food is delicious! I even got a t-shirt! 

My amazing t-shirt

ANYWAY, this week, I’m reviewing FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I actually read this one a while ago (February maybe?), but never wrote a review for it, so here goes! 


  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (February 5, 2015)
Source and Format: My library, paperback

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

First things first: This book is now one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. I’m not even sure how you could live without reading it. It’s a really inspiring story that really helped me realize how hard it is to have dyslexia (or any type of learning disability). Fish In A Tree focuses on Ally, a girl with dyslexia. She doesn’t know that she has dyslexia, and neither does anyone else, because she’s afraid to ask, thinking that she would come across as dumb. This story helps you see that if you need help, it’s okay ask for it!

Then there’s the characters. Wowza. The characters in this book may be fictional, but their stories make you want to love them, hug them, and tell them that they’re perfect the way they are–even if they don’t realize it. I loved Ally and Mr. Daniels so much and they will most definitely stick with me for a long time. 

The plot is amazing. It’s wonderfully written and the story doesn’t take FOREVER to get to the point, like some books do. It’s not rushed either, and the pacing was great. The problem is presented early in the book and the story is not too long and not too short. It’s a great read! 

Other things to note: If you guys haven’t noticed the title and cover already, it’s not literal. The story isn’t about a fish trying to climb a tree, I promise! As it states in the synopsis, the cover is supposed to show that if you tell a fish that it’s supposed to be able to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life thinking that it’s stupid. The fish is Ally and the tree is reading. I love how meaningful the title and cover are! I recommended this book to a few of my friends and they looked at me as if I were crazy. They didn’t understand the meaning and will never understand it if they don’t read this book. 🙂 

I don’t have much else to say about this book other than the fact that it was amazing and that I highly recommend it. ❤


It’s quite predictable:


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Thanks for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! ALSO: If you get the chance, make sure to check out my first Book Ramble! Click HERE if you missed it! Leave a comment if you’d like! 🙂 

Signing off! 


Links: 

If you’d like to learn more about Fish In A Tree, click HERE

If you’d like to head back to Shannon Messenger’s blog or check out more MMGM’s, click HERE

Neverseen (MMGM)

Hi everyone! Welcome to MMGM! I just wanted to let you know that my heart has been severely damaged. *cries* Yup, that’s right, I read Neverseen. No, of course I won’t tell you *sniffs* specifically what….thing happens in the book! You’re just going to have to read it to find out. *tries to find distractions to avoid prying questions* Ooh, look at the cover! (Also: I know I’m totally late on the review, sorry!)

Wonder (MMGM)
  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (November 3, 2015)
“Sophie Foster is on the run–but at least she’s not alone.
Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.
But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.
In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it. “

 

Wonder (MMGM)

 

Whew, “game-changing” is definitely an understatement. It had me flipping the pages, flying through each chapter, and gasping at everything plot twist that was in it. It was an AMAZING BOOK.A few things that caught my attention throughout the book:

I know you guys are gonna squeal with me when I say it. Ready? There are new characters! Squee! Yes, you read that right. Although we still read about the original Keeper crew, there are so many new characters that are introduced! I was so happy about how much character development there was and just the fact that the new characters played really big roles in Sophie’s story made me super glad.

Another thing to be excited about. There’s a totally new, completely amazing SETTING! *cue all squealing* Yup, there’s a new setting! And it picks up right where we left off in Everblaze. *winks* I’m not going to say where because I know some of us haven’t read book 3, but I swear it’s worth it.

There’s a LOVE OCTAGON! (There might not be 8, but shh…) If you thought that it was awkward during books 1, 2, and 3, psh, you’re in for a doozy! There’s a ton of Sokeefe, Sofitz, and Sofex moments in store! And not to mention…other stuff.

THEN, there’s…the ending. I kind of wanted to scream when I reached the ending. But it would be impolite to my neighbors, especially because it was around 3 or 4 in the morning. But fear not, I screamed in my head! Yes, I did. After I read that last sentence, my eyes kind of just zoomed over to the next page expecting the rest of the story. *horrified voice* BUT NO! It was the acknowledgements. Which is great, you know, but I mean, IT WAS A STINKING CLIFFHANGER! We were left hanging. Why Shannon?! If you’ve been around social media (Tumblr, twitter, insta) you’ll see that the Keeper Kingdom is going crazy because of this.

But then again, it builds up excitement for the next book, but…I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR?! NoOoOoO!! I guess you can see the ending as both a good thing and a bad thing, but oh, man, it hUrTs!

All in all, this book is amazing and I highly recommend it to every human being in this world. And hey, if you’re in Mars or Jupiter or are orbiting the Earth in a spaceship, I recommend it to you too. Anything Shannon writes is amazing. Anyone disagree? Good. 😉

Wonder (MMGM)

 

With all of that being said, here’s my rating. (It’s quite predictable)

 

 

5 STARS!
It is my favorite book as of right now and I’ve yet to find something that has beaten Shannon and her amazing writing skills. Can’t wait for Lodestar to come out! It seems that each book in the series is better than the last!

 

Thank you so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 🙂

❤️,

 

 

Links:

To find out more about NEVERSEEN and the rest of the Keeper series, click HERE.

To check out more MMGM’s or to go back to Shannon Messenger’s website, click HERE.

IT’S MY BLOGIVERSARY! (with MMGM)

As you can see from the post title, today is (Well, if you’re here from MMGM, Friday was) my BLOGIVERSARY!

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically a blog’s birthday. Cindy Reads A Lot started on March 11, 2015 and today is March 11, 2016, which means that Cindy Reads A Lot is TURNING ONE! WOO! To celebrate, I have an special post that includes my top ten favorite books I’ve read in 2015 and the books I’m waiting on.

PS. I think there’s something wrong with my template coding, which is why you might see huge spaces between chunks of text. It’s really bothering me (because when I type it in here, it’s fine) so a new template might be in the works soon…and besides, I’ve had this look for a while, so now it’s time for something new… 🙂

All right, on to the festivities!
TOP TEN FAVORITES (My little banner thing has disappeared…)
1. Neverseen, by Shannon Messenger
Sophie battles the rebels—and recovers dark memories from her past—in this jaw-dropping fourth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

 

 

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

 

 

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets bigger than anything they’d imagined.

 

 

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

 

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.
2. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page
3. Everything, Everything, by Nicole Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green 
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
5. Blackbird Fly, by Erin Entrada Kelly
Future rock star, or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this debut tween novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers and following her dreams.
Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods, makes mistakes with her English, and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” It becomes unbearable in middle school, when the boys—the stupid, stupid boys—in Apple’s class put her name on the Dog Log, the list of the most unpopular girls in school. When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show how special she really is.
6. Fish In A Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 
 
The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
7. Every Soul A Star, Wendy Mass
And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.
At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It’s also where three lives are about to be changed forever:
Ally likes the simple things in life–labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the Moon Shadow campground, is a part of who she is, and she refuses to imagine it any other way.
Popular and gorgeous (everybody says so), Bree is a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide?
Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined and making friends in the most unexpected situations.
Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one’s place in the universe.
8. The Blood Guard, by Carter Roy 
 
When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove’s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she’s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities—gymnastics, judo, survival training—she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure—dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he’s never much liked and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom’s last words of advice: Trust no one. That’s a lot for an ordinary kid to deal with. But then again, maybe Ronan’s not ordinary at all.

9. Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan 

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

10.  Deep Blue, by Jennifer Donnelly
 

Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

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(Note: Some of these books are already available. I just haven’t gotten the chance to read them yet. ;-p)
1. Sea Spell, by Jennifer Donnelly
 

At the end of Dark Tide, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history? Meanwhile, Serafina and her Black Fins train goblin troops for battle against her uncle Vallerio’s death riders. Will Sera ever see her beloved home–and her beloved Mahdi–again, or will the Volneros take over the mer realms while Orfeo takes on the gods themselves? Nothing less than the fate of the underwater world is at stake in this breathtaking finale.

2. Lodestar, by Shannon Messenger (The wait is an agony. Ughh…)

Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
3. Out Of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper 

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it.” (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

4. The Julian Chapter, by 

A brand new, exclusive chapter from the bestselling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed novel Wonder.

Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book’s most controversial character—Julian.

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.

Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

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And joining me for MMGM! (Next week I’ll have a review up) I also wanted to let you guys know that I have a Goodreads account now, so if you’d like to add me as a friend and/or follow my reviews, my name is cindyreadsalot.
See you next Monday!!!

The Island of Dr. Libris (MMGM)

Happy March, everyone! This week, I’m reviewing The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. Since he’s the same author who wrote Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library and it’s one of my favorite books, I decided to give this one a try. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. The cover fits the book perfectly!

(PS. I know you guys are going to think I’m a total nerd, but ‘libris’ in Latin means BOOK! Coincidence? I don’t think so. *mysterious smile*)
Information: 
  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)
  • Source and Format: Hardcover, my library 🙂
“What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible…isn’t it?” 

 

My Thoughts: 

I had really high expectations for this book, especially since Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was an amazing read. I wasn’t definitely disappointed, it was really good. Not Escape form Mr. Lemoncello’s Library good, but close enough. Other than a few bumps along the road, I really enjoyed The Island of Dr. Libris. What I liked about this book? Um, HELLO! it’s about book characters coming ALIVE. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? (Oh my gosh, if it actually worked, I would totally bring the KOTLC crew to life. Am I right?)

The characters were really fun and realistic. Billy, the main character, deals with parent troubles, bullies, and all sorts of crazy things happening on the island. We meet all sorts of wacky characters from the books that Billy reads.

Billy’s story shows the importance of reading books and using your imagination. This book also explains as people get older, they use less of your imagination because they think it’s better to live in reality (Come on, BOOKS ARE OUR ONLY ESCAPE FROM REALITY!)  and that spending your time imagining things is a waste of time. Reading Billy’s story may help you realize that imagination is far more important than you think it is.

My favorite part of the story was watching all of the stories unfold and collide. Um, let’s just say Hercules meets Robin Hood and *mumble mumble whisper*…

And now, for the rating…

 

4 STARS!
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Links:

If you’d like to lean more about Chris Grabenstein or check out The Island of Dr. Libris, click HERE.

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You’re Invited (MMGM)

Hi, everyone and welcome to MMGM! For some reason, my fingers keep messing up MMGM so it ends up as MMMGM or MGMMM or something like that. Just a heads up on my weird typing predicament. Anyway, this week I’m reviewing You’re Invited by Jen Malone and Gail Nall. (I interviewed Gall during my review of Breaking the Ice! If you missed it, click HERE to read it. It was one of my earlier reviews, so please excuse the reasoning, haha) Back to my review. Look at the pretty cover!

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  • Age Range: 9 – 13 years
  • Series: RSVP (Book 1)
  • Page Count: 307
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 19, 2015)
Source and Format: Hardcover, from my lovely local library
“Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.

 

 

Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.

 

Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.

Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

 

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?”
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Whew, that is a long summary! But I’ll break it down for you. You’re Invited is focused on the friendship of four girls, Sadie, Lauren, (Reb)Becca, and Vi(olet) and their party planning business, RSVP. Sadie originally worked for her mom (who is a wedding planner) but then she gets fired–seriously, her mom fires her–after an on the sea wedding goes wrong. Sadie goes on a mission to prove to her mom that she (her mom) needs her (Sadie). So with the help of her friends, RSVP turns from being just an idea to an actual business. 
 
There are SO many good characters in this book and they all have their own personalities and strengths. They’re all meant for a specific job in the party planning business, which is what makes them compatible. You know, teamwork and all that. 
 
The main message of this book is that as long as you know what you’re doing, how you want to do it, and a group people to help you with it, YOU CAN DO IT. I love the idea of a party planning business run by kids my age (I definitely would’ve never pulled THAT off…) because that shows that age is just a number. (Even adults were hiring them!) 


One of my favorite things about this book are the 4 points of view. I love multiple points of view (when they’re not confusing, of course) because you get to see different sides to a story. In this book, not only do you get to see the different sides, but you also get to learn more about each girl: their lives, their interests, and things like that. You can tell that the authors put a lot of thought into that because it’s not easy imagining several points of views for completely different girls. The story shows their struggles and the challenges they face, which makes it more realistic.


I really liked this one and am looking forward to the second book.

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I give You’re Invited…

 

4 STARS!!!
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(Technically speaking, it’s supposed to be AuthorS)
 

Jen Malone writes sweet and funny books about tweens and teens for readers of all ages. Her middle grade titles include At Your Service, the You’re Invited series (co-written with Gail Nall), and the upcoming The Sleepover, all with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Her Young Adult titles (with HarperCollins/HarperTeen) include Map to the Stars and the forthcoming Wanderlost. Jen’s a former Hollywood movie executive who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about her and her titles at http://www.jenmalonewrites.com.

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel, BREAKING THE ICE (Aladdin/S&S, 2015) and the co-author of YOU’RE INVITED (Aladdin/S&S, 2015). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins, 2015). You can find her online at gailnall.com and on Twitter as @gailecn.

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Links:

To learn more about Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and You’re Invited, click HERE and HERE.

To go back to Shannon Messenger’s blog or check out more MMGM’s, click HERE.