South Branch Staff Picks Category: Books

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald

Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Did you know there is an exhibit at the science museum called Everybody Stinks? Well there is, and according to Stink Moody, it is amazing! Meet Stink, a second grader and the shortest kid in his class at 3 feet 8 inches tall. During Stinks visit to the museum, he not only discovers incredible facts on smell but learns there is a stinky sneaker contest. With his nose, stink knows he has a chance to win. How you ask? Stink can smell a corpse flower a mile away – gross! Want to know if Stink wins the Golden Clothespin Award? Read Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers as Stink and his fellow classmate Sophie of the Elves challenge each other to see who has the best sniffer.

You may also like: Horrible Harry in room 2B by Kline, Suzy; I even funnier by Patterson, James; Mr. Klutz is nuts! by Gutman, Dan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s

Willow Chance is not your normal everyday 12-year old girl. She a young genius that is obsessed about counting by 7’s, passionate about all medical conditions, and is a strict vegetarian.  But after moving to a new school, Willow is immediately seen as an outcast after being accused of cheating on a test.  To fix the problem, the school district has Willow see Dell Duke, the schools counselor who has issues of his own.  Though she is an outsider at school, Willow loves who she was and loves her life until the day she discovers her parents have been involved in a tragic accident.  Until now, Willow did not need to adjust the outside world but now is forced to adapt.  Her new friend, Mai Nguyen convinces her mom to take Willow in as a temporary guardian which sparks the future for Willow. Counting by 7s is a heartbreaking story that follows Willow Chance through her personal stages of loss, grief, and happiness.

You may also like: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Out of My Mind by Draper, Sharon; Mockingbird by Erskine, Kathryn

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind

Unwind is a dystopian thriller by Neal Shusterman that follows three teens on the run from a government that believes in “unwinding” and body harvesting. This all sounds great and fine on paper, but what happens when you’re the one that’s selected to be unwound? Risa, Connor, and Lev find out. Risa is a ward of the state without any parents and without an overwhelming talent in her selected field; she needs to be unwound to make room in an overcrowded home. Connor is a trouble maker and has always pushed the limits in school and at home. His parents cannot handle an unruly child any longer. Lev is a tithe. He was born and raised as a donation. What happens when they fight back? What happens when they don’t want to be unwound? What happens when they run? This is the first in a series of four. Although controversial in topic, this disturbing novel inspires deep thought about organ donation and one’s personal right to make decisions regarding his or her body

If you like this book, here are some other recommendations: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro.

By: Megan

Prawie siostry Maria Ulatowska

Prawie siostry, nowa powieść autorki bestselleru Sosnowe dziedzictwo Marii Ulatowskiej jest miłą powieścią na lato.

Po ukończeniu liceum Leksi, Teo i Luśka, czyli Aleksandra, Teodora i Jolanta, trzy przyjaciółki z tej samej klasy, postanowiły, że bez względu na to, jak potoczą się ich losy, będą się spotykały co pięć lat w umówionym miejscu, zawsze tego samego dnia. Każda opowie wtedy, co się wydarzyło przez ten czas w jej życiu. A dzieje się wiele, jak to w życiu. Pojawia się pewien mężczyzna, jest więc miłość, odrzucenie, tęsknota, ból po stracie najbliższej osoby, zdrada, wybaczenie… Ale czyż z tym wszystkim nie poradzi sobie prawdziwa przyjaźń? Ta największa, trwająca przez lata…

Osadzona w trzech planach czasowych opowieść o wielkiej próbie lojalności, wierności i pamięci; o wartościach, dla których czas jest najtrudniejszym sprawdzianem.

Maria Ulatowska – autorka poczytnych książek obyczajowych („Sosnowe dziedzictwo”, „Pensjonat Sosnówka”, „Przypadki pani Eustaszyny”, „Domek nad morzem”, „Całkiem nowe życie”), urodzona i mieszkająca w Warszawie, najbardziej chciałaby, żeby można było się rozdwoić I mieszkac w kilku miejscach na raz. Tak jak wielu  z nas.

 

Maria G.

Museum of Thieves

Museum of Thieves

In the city of Jewel, children are escorted by a silver guardchain from the moment they learn how to walk, and are attached securely to their beds at night–how else could the city keep its precious children safe?  But Goldie Roth is tired of living chained to her parents, and when Separation Day is abruptly cancelled, she runs away! Now free to roam the city, but with nowhere to go, Goldie discovers Jewel’s most ancient secret: The Museum of Dunt. As she learns about the darker sides of her city, she will need all of her boldness to protect that secret, and the lives of everyone in Jewel.

This is the first installment in a fantastical, dystopian tale for a younger crowd!

If you like books like this, check out these: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, and The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.