South Branch Staff Picks Category: Books
Are you a young princess with ambitions to become a fierce warrior? If so, you’re in for a treat because Kate Beaton has comically captured such a struggle in her children’s book The Princess and the Pony. Adult readers may be familiar with Kate Beaton’s distinctly quirky drawing style and sense of humor from her webcomic series Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton adapted one of her original characters, a dumpy pony, to delight a younger audience as well.
Princess Pinecone is the protagonist of our story. She is the youngest warrior in a kingdom of warriors and is desperate to prove her fortitude in battle (though battling in Princess Pinecone’s kingdom seems to consist mostly of spitballs and general scuffles). All Princess Pinecone really needs to succeed in battle is a horse—one big, strong, and ready to charge! As her birthday approaches, the princess figures that this birthday will be the one where she finally gets a horse instead of yet another cozy sweater.
She thought wrong.
Instead of the stallion she so desires, Princess Pinecone receives a pony. Not just any pony—one decidedly stout, stumpy, and above all, adorable! How can Princess Pinecone strike fear in the hearts of the other warriors with such a pony? Still, the princess graciously accepts her gift (even though his eyes point in different directions!) and tries to make the best of the situation. Pinecone tries to train her pony for battle, but it proves difficult to try and turn a chubby pony into a fierce warhorse.
When the day of the battle finally arrives, Pinecone and her pony enter into battle– and surprise everyone with a secret weapon. Goofy illustrations will make younger readers giggle while adults will enjoy the nonsensical, deadpan humor.
If you liked The Princess and the Pony, look for Kate Beaton’s latest children’s book, King Baby!
Reviewed by: Anique A.
The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez, is a novel written as a series of interconnected stories, each of which could stand on its own. The book tells the story of several immigrant families from Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua and Latin American countries who end up in Delaware. The stories are told in first person and are narrated by different members of the same family. We learn their backstory, what brought them to the United States, and in some cases a little about how they got here, as well as getting a vivid picture of what life here is like for them, living as immigrants in a country with a culture and language so distinct from their own and one in which immigrants are not always openly welcomed.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a book popping up on a lot of different school summer reading lists. For some students, reading is the last thing they want to do when school is out. It can be hard to get your student to read when the nice weather is calling their name. We get it. However, if you’re given a choice on which books to read, this is a great one for students who don’t like to read.
This book is unlike any book I’ve read before. Written completely in verse, there are no more than 50 words on a page. So, just by looking at the pages it doesn’t seem all that bad. It’s a super quick read and the subject matter is very tangible and realistic.
We’re following a pair of twins who are obsessed with basketball, and sometimes girls. Sometimes things are great – you’re winning all your games and you’re getting A’s in all your classes. However, there’s always those times when you’re mom starts making weird dips trying to get you healthy, you’re fighting with a best friend, or your mind just isn’t in the game.
Written by: Megan Y.
“El amor verdadero puede competir con cualquier otro amor de este mundo. Cuando entregamos todo, ya no tenemos nada que perder…..”
Adulterio es el título del libro más reciente del autor Brasileño Paulo Coelho.
La trama de este nuevo libro sale un poco del estilo de escritura del autor, abarcando temas de la vida como pareja, la rutina, los hijos ¿Que te hace ser feliz? ¿Que te hace ser una persona completa?
Este título está también disponible en ingles Adultery
Si te gusto Adulterio, puedes leer: Come, reza, ama: el viaje de una mujer por Italia, India e Indonesia por Elizabeth Gilbert o Demasiada felicidad por Alice Munro
Hazel choruje na raka i mimo cudownej terapii dającej perspektywę kilku lat więcej, wydaje się, że ostatni rozdział jej życia został przesądzony już podczas stawiania diagnozy. Spotkanie z grupą wsparcia dla chorej młodzieży bohaterka powieści poznaje niezwykłego młodzieńca Augustusa Watersa, okazuje się, że jej historia przyniesie jej coś czego nie spodziewała się -radość i wsparcie.
Książka Greena jest wnikliwa, odważna, humorystyczna i ostra, według mojej skromnej opinii, to najambitniejsza i najbardziej wzruszająca powieść tego autora. Autor w błyskotliwy sposób zgłębia ekscytującą, zabawną, a równocześnie tragiczną kwestię życia i miłości. Mimo, że bohaterami książki jest młodzież – książka jest wspaniałą lekturą dla każdego.
Kilka slów o autorze: John Green jest znanym pisarzem amerykańskim – autorem książek dla młodzieży. “Gwiazd naszych wina” przyniosła mu największą popularność i poczytność. Autor jest także laureatem licznych nagród literackich, takich jak: The Printz Medal, Edgar Award oraz Printz Honor.
Space travel is a dream for most people. Being among the stars, travelling to new and exciting planets, and is something Mark Watney is a part of. He’s part of a team that’s sent up to Mars to do tests and experiments. When something goes horribly wrong, he’s stranded on Mars with little resources. Not enough resources to last him until the next mission can pick him up. Dealing with the harsh Mars climate and natural disasters, and minimal supplies, Mark must find a way to stay alive until the next landing.
The Martian is packed full of adventure, science, and the “what if” we’ve all been thinking. This award-winning book is written for adults with teen appeal. This book is available as an audiobook and as an eBook download as well.
Reviewed by Megan
“So she became a symbol of peace, of self-sacrifice in the name of peace, for many people. There was much talk of her ‘Eastern wisdom,’ which she dismissed when it reached her ears. ‘There is no particular wisdom in the East,’ she said to Argalia. ‘All human beings are foolish to the same degree.’” (286)
A young, golden-haired man shows up at the court of the emperor of Hindoostan with a secret. A secret “which only the emperor’s ears may hear,” and a story that has traveled generations and great continents to arrive…
But what do three boyhood friends from Italy have to do with a legendary princess from East Asia? Part love story, part history lesson, Salman Rushdie beautifully weaves numerous interconnected stories, richly detailed against the background of 17th century Italy and Eastern Asia. Though these tales are abundant with beautiful strong-willed women, mysterious world-travelers, and philosophical poet-emperors, there are lessons for all of us, even if it’s just that, no matter how large the world, “All human beings are foolish to the same degree.”
Also available in Large Type, Audio CD, and Ebook.
Review by A.Smith