September 22, 2016

Book Reviews: from Volunteers & Students

From your RSSAA Librarians 2016-17:
RSSAA Lower School Event on Friday 9/23/2016
In the transition from summer to autumn at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, the Ellie Klopp Library opened for circulation on Monday, and we shall end the week with a Middle School Ribbon Cutting & Michaelmas Celebration at the Lower School (>see memories and resources about Michaelmas from last year's festive event).

What is the first book you will check out and read this season? 
We welcome book reviews from volunteers (parents, teachers, staff) and students...visit or send us a message (contact info at bottom of the page: About Us) with your questions or interest. Here are some new or favorite titles that your fellow RSSAA Community members recently recommended:

Book Review by Kate H., RSSAA parent & volunteer

No friendship is perfect everyday, right? Some days, no one gets you like your friends, no one can make you laugh as hard, or sing as loud. Other days, you've never felt so confused by someone in your life. In Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, the main character Raymie Clark meets two girls in a baton twirling class who are quite different from her, and over one summer, they become great friends. Turns out, people are a lot more interesting, and a lot more surprising, the more you get to know them.  
When one of the girls asks, "Have you ever in your life come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on you?"  Raymie sees right away that they have common goals. You see, Raymie's father had left her and her mother, with a dental hygienist, without saying goodbye to her or explaining anything. Raymie feels both terrible grief, and total responsibility, for bringing him back home. Over the course of that summer, full of daring adventures and attempts to set things right, Raymie feels her soul swell when she feels supported by her friends and family, and then at other times, her soul shrinks and shrivels when she is faced with fears, confusing losses and unresolved conflicts.
If you read this book I predict that you will laugh, you will cry, AND this book might just become a treasured friend.
> Raymie Nightingale can be found in our online catalog along with other books by author Kate DiCamillo (links below the book cover pictured above) and on the shelf in the hardcover Fiction section of the Ellie Klopp Library (Call Number F-DiC).

In the spring we asked last year's 8th graders to tell us about some of their favorite books which they have checked out from the Ellie Klopp Library throughout their years at the Lower School.

Here are a few of their book picks and comments:

  • I recommend The Boxcar Children series. These are the first books I read on my own, and since then I have become obsessed with reading. It's about four crime-solving children and all the mysteries they encounter.
  • For a beginner reader I would recommend Junie B. Jones! I love these books, they are very funny, cute and a very easy read! I used to read these books all the time!
  • I would recommend the Little House on the Prairie collection for a little sister or brother. It is a very cute book series! There are also a lot of them, so you can spend a lot of time reading them.
  • I recommend Percy Jackson! It was very fun and interesting and would keep you awake at night!
    • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan [Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Book 3]. It was good, fast-paced, and kept my attention the whole way. If you like a good adventure, then you should read this.
  • I liked Harry Potter.
    • I am on the 7th Book right now, and so far it is great!
    • It was very mysterious and you would get carried away reading!
    • It was a very good series.
  • Ranger's Apprentice was very entertaining.
  • I recommend Ella Enchanted for about 3rd-5th graders. It's a new spin on an old fairytale, in which the Cinderella of the story "Ella" is cursed. Whenever someone asks her to do something, she must obey. (And it's better than the movie!)
  • Rascal is a sweet little story about a deep friendship between boy and pet. The adventures they go on together are the wishes of every exploratory kid, including myself, and though I've read it over 5 times, I still have yet to tire from it.
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is funny but insightful. It tells you about how a girl was supposed to act at the turn of the century.
  • The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place. This book is about a brave girl who never gives up. It is also about 3 colorful towers, a janitor, 2 eccentric uncles, and a few horrible girls. Enjoy.
  • The Princess Bride. Adventurous, bit about love, about people who are plain and ugly and beautiful. It is a book for everyone. Read and Enjoy.
  • A Wrinkle In Time. For those people who love mystery and science, this book is perfect for them <3
  • A complex and intriguing plot line, The Golden Compass really questions the reality that we live in. It balances adventure and cunning schemes from many (sometimes unexpected) characters, and at the end, there is one of the best cliff-hangers I've ever read.
> Click on the Title Links in the comments above to see more information about each book or series in a new version of the RSSAA Online Library Catalog.

Happy Reading! ~From your RSSAA Librarians

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