Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Have you heard of this new novel called Wonder by RJ Palacio? It's been the huge rage in many of my library course's in graduate school, just like when The Hunger Games came out. It's not a series but it's a novel that will def give you a new perspective on a 10 year old boys journey about his how people view him. He isn't a normal looking boy. He seems himself as ordinary despite his facial deformity.

Curious about the novel? Watch the book trailer below :) 

Check out this book at your local library or your nearest bookstore! When you're done reading it let me know! I'd love to have a discussion about it. For me, I couldn't put it down from page 1 until page 308!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Handle with Care

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, 
Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it. (source)

My Review: This was a fantastic book. Truth be told I've only read one another Jodi Picoult novel ( My Sister's Keeper) and also thought it was extremely well written. This really captures a families emotional journey trying to make what they believe are the correct decisions for their daughter. How many people have ever been in a difficult situation like this where they think they're making the right choice only to realize... it wasn't? A powerful novel that must be picked up at your local library right now! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Using books to build community

The other night I came across this great story on NBC that discussed a man who began building small libraries for the community to take and give back books. A simple concept turned into a huge ordeal and is now across the country! Take a look at this fabulous video and let me know what you think! 

Using books to build community <-- click this link!

I'm thinking I may start working on my own little library for my community to use!