Month: October 2012

2013 Truman Possibility 12:  Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

2013 Truman Possibility 12: M..

Posted October 31, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 4 Comments

Okay, this will be my last Truman book for about 3 more books.  I’ve got 3 e-galleys that are expiring in the next 2 weeks from Netgalley, and of course I must re-read Breaking Dawn before the movie comes out in about two weeks!  So, once those 4 are done, back to speeding through the […]

2013 Truman Possibility 11:  Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

2013 Truman Possibility 11: O..

Posted October 28, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 2 Comments

Wow, that is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book that I just finished.  I loved this.  Such a good story!  I’m going to have to go back and read The Wednesday Wars now.  Which won a Newbery Honor, so it must really be good. We start out with […]

2013 Truman Possibility 10:  Paintings From the Cave by Gary Paulsen

2013 Truman Possibility 10: P..

Posted October 28, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I actually had never read a book by Gary Paulsen until I began to read for the different award lists.  I know, I know, how many people grew up reading Hatchet?  Not me.  But I have to admit he is a very good writer. Normally they’re not my type of books, but they’re good.  This […]

2013 Truman Possibility 9:  The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

2013 Truman Possibility 9: Th..

Posted October 26, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I always have trouble picking up the non-paranormal, out of the ordinary stories.  I just seem to be drawn to the dystopian, paranormal, futuristic, sci-fi, horror, more than realistic fiction.  However thanks to reading to help choose the Trumans, I get exposed to great stories like these that I would probably never read otherwise. The […]

YA Mythology Giveaway Hop

YA Mythology Giveaway Hop

Posted October 26, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway / 7 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a fan of myths since I was in middle school probably.  And really, I think most people were at that age.  As a teacher, I remember the years when the 7th grade Social Studies teachers did Greek and Roman history, and so the kids always seemed to […]

Stitch by Samantha Durante

Stitch by Samantha Durante

Posted October 24, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 20 Comments

I have to say I was very excited to get to participate in the Stitch Blog tour.  I was able to get an e-book copy of the book and read it, and it was very good!  First, let me share the synopsis of the book from the author: Stitch Synopsis Her heart races, her muscles […]

2013 Truman Possibility 8:  Variant by Robison Wells

2013 Truman Possibility 8: Va..

Posted October 21, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 12 Comments

Now this is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a long time!  Almost every blog I’ve seen review it has really liked it.  And the premise of the story was totally intriguing.  And I have to say, I was not disappointed!  I was able to get a good deal on the book from […]

2013 Truman Possibility 7:  Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

2013 Truman Possibility 7: Lo..

Posted October 16, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 4 Comments

Okay, I started out this book really getting irritated with the main character, Sarah.  She wasn’t happy because she’d moved to a new school with a scholarship from swimming, and no one seemed to like her because she wasn’t wealthy like the rest of them.  She got stuck going on a weekend field trip to […]

2013 Truman Possibility 6:  The Girl of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson

2013 Truman Possibility 6: Th..

Posted October 16, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 10 Comments

I hate to admit it, but once again I had let my judging a book by its cover keep me away from a really good book.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really a fan of fantasy.  It takes a really good story or writing to draw me in.  This one did.  So glad that […]

2013 Truman Possibility 5:  The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

2013 Truman Possibility 5: Th..

Posted October 11, 2012 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

While this is a cute book, it’s not really that great.  To me that is.  I guess it might be more of a draw to the 6th graders who read the Truman books, but it was really kind of childish.  It did have a good message, similar in a way to Silhouetted by the Blue, […]