Battle of the Books – Final Four

Here they are the FINAL FOUR!!!!

We’ve got RESTART going up against GHOST!


CYCLONE doing battle with OCDANIEL!

yikes these are going to be some hard choices. I kind of love them all.


April is Poetry Month

Knock Out by K.A. Holt

Here’s another brand new novel in verse, this time from K.A. Holt. And it’s a companion novel to House Arrest.

The verse styling is very easy to follow and I particularly enjoyed the concrete form poems (the visual appeal packs an added punch – get what I did there?? 😀 ) . As always novels in verse are reads where the author has worked incredibly hard to synthesize the message into the perfect package. I usually tends to read them really fast and often wish I would slow down and to truly appreciate their hard work.  I really liked the first poem ‘Who am I?’ and then the last poem ‘How will I impact the world?’ – I think these are poems we should all be working on.


Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He’s fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he’s always been. He feels stuck. So when his dad—divorced from his mom—suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he’s found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?


April is also School Library Month

I don’t know about you, but I love our school library. I love it for lots of reasons; the amazing collection of books, there’s games to play, there’s space to study or relax, mostly I love the people who visit it. They are curious about all sorts of things and I learn a great deal from them. Day in and day out I’m happy to walk through those doors into this wonderful space. Call it what you want – The Library, The Learning Commons, The Great Room, Exploatorium, Idea-Nasium, doesn’t matter to me; just know that I’ll try my best to make your day.

Here’s a little promo for you:

and one more.


April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and what a great way to kick it off, then with a new novel in verse REBOUND by Kwame Alexander.


Before he’s Chuck “Da Man” Bell, proud father of Jordan and Josh Bell, Charlie is a kid who dreams of basketball glory. In his mind, he can steal, jump, dunk, and make the crowd go wild just like a pro baller. But when tragedy strikes, Charlie can’t help but make all the wrong moves. Will a series of missteps keep him benched, or can he learn how to rebound? Find out in the follow-up to Kwame Alexander’s slam-dunk novel The Crossover.

Here’s a couple of pages that I thought were great: I love the addition of the comic style illustrations – there’s not many but they are amazing.