Tag: Gateway award

Gateway 8: North of Beautiful..

Posted October 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This was a really good book. The main character is Terra. Both she and her brothers are named after map related things because her father was a mapmaker. A humiliated mapmaker as he bought into a fake map supposedly from ancient China. Her brothers are both old enough that they are away at college or […]

Gateway 7: Purple Heart by Pa..

Posted September 14, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I think kids will enjoy this. And I do think it was an interesting look at the war from a young soldier’s point of view. There are some obvious liberal, anti-war statements in the book. Which to me kind of make it so the book is not objective, giving kids a chance to make their […]

Gateway 6: Shiver by Maggie S..

Posted September 12, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I’d seen this book at the store. No idea what it was about, but the cover is very interesting. Even with such an interesting cover, and really a title that doesn’t give much clear idea to what it is about, I can’t believe I never picked it up to read what it would be about. […]

Gateway 5 – Lost by Jacq..

Posted September 6, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I was so sure I’d love this. I have really enjoyed all the historical fiction I’ve been reading from going through this award nominee selection process the past 2 years. And while this was mostly interesting, I’m not sure it will really pull in the high school age. I think it might actually be more […]

Gateway 4: Because I Am Furni..

Posted September 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I had seen this book at the store and thought it looked interesting. And it was good. I can see that teens would enjoy it, even if I was left somewhat just okay with it. This is the story of Anke and her family. Her father is abusive to her older brother and sister, but […]

Gateway Nominee 3: Fat Cat by..

Posted September 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 1 Comment

Oh my gosh, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this book! Our main character is Fat Cat, or Catherine Locke. Cat is very smart, she is in THE science class, the one that can get you to the National Science competition, as well as scholarships to college. The way this class starts out, is that you pick, […]

Gateway 2: The Chosen One by C..

Posted August 22, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This was the 2nd I chose to read from the Gateway nominees. And it was also a very good one. Our main character is Kyra, a 13 year old girl who has grown up as part of a polygamist religious cult. Her father has 3 wives, and they live in homes that are in a […]

Gateway 1:  Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Gateway 1: Wintergirls by Lau..

Posted August 18, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

This was my first read for the 2011-2012 Gateway Award Possible Nominees. The title didn’t give me any idea what it was going to be about. However, I should have known from reading Speak by this same author that this would be a very deep story. This was a VERY hard book to read. Yes, […]

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Posted August 10, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

If you’ll remember from my review a while back on the book 13 Little Blue Envelopes, while I knew of this author from seeing her books at the bookstore I work at, I only decided to read her stuff after following her on Twitter for the past several months. She is so hilarious on there, […]

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jea..

Posted May 18, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I’ve actually had this book sitting in the bathroom in my 2nd bedroom since shortly after it was published about 2 years ago. This is the fourth book in the City of Ember series. It was about as good as the other ones. I think that maybe I’ve been reading a lot more teen as […]