Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia ZimmermanTitle: The Rosemary Spell
Author: Virginia Zimmerman
Publisher: Clarion
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam's older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.

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The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman really drew me in and refused to let go. This book has such an amazing and creative concept, and a mystery all rolled into one. Mystery is a genre that I have been loving recently and this book did not disappoint. Geared for a middle grade audience, The Rosemary Spell is quite enjoyable and makes for a quick read. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Giver

 

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting  and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Book vs. Movie: The GiverTitle: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush
Director: Phillip Noyce
Screenplay: Robert B. Waide and Michael Mitnick
Publication Date: April 26, 1993

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

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The Giver: Book vs. Movie

The Giver, written by Lois Lowry two decades ago is a dystopian book that has captured the hearts of many. Comparing the book vs. the movie is quite difficult. The leap to the big screen in 2014 has excited many fans of Lowry’s The Giver Quartet, however, the drastic changes to the plot make this movie one to wonder why such changes were necessary. Continue reading

Book Review: Chasing Secrets

Book Review: Chasing SecretsTitle: Chasing Secrets
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.
San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.

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Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko is a book that really has it all!  This story is an excellent read that promotes history, while keeping readers on their toes. Choldenko has created another incredible middle grade historical fiction in Chasing Secrets. This time we learn about a deadly plague, a determined main character, and themes of family, friendship and secrets in the fast paced mystery. Continue reading

Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca SteadTitle: Goodbye Stranger
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Bridge is an accident survivor who's wondering why she's still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody's games--or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl--as a friend?On Valentine's Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight? 

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Book Review: Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead is a book that will definitely appeal to you if enjoy a quick mysterious read. This book is a really engaging middle grade contemporary novel. Its middle school setting is very relatable, well-developed characters and a second-person narrative are the perfect mix for an enjoyable and hard to put down read. Continue reading

Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin NielsenTitle: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: May 12, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules. 

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Review: We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen is such a beautifully written book. This is a story that is entertaining, educational and uplifting. The issues examined by Nielsen are so important for today’s students to grasp. This book is diverse and is written in a compelling fashion that will keep readers wanting to learn and know more. Continue reading