Recommend Books!

Here is basically just a place to recommend books you’ve read, and find others who like them too. It’s kind of like Simone (dragon)’s board, We Need Diverse Books, just for anything you’ve read recently that you’d like to share. 

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Summary (no spoilers please! If you’re stuck just copy the jacket summary or look it up online {;) ):

Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?:



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  • Title: The lie tree

    Author(s): Frances Hardinge

    Genre: Mystery (idk)

    Age range (VERY IMPORTANT, also please include why you are giving it a specific age range): 13+ due to the fact it is a British author, there are some confusing British terms

    Summary (no spoilers please! If you’re stuck just copy the jacket summary or look it up online {;) ):
    The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father's journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.

    When Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues, she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.

    But as Faith's untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter... (less)
    why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: It os just really good

    Other: for the first 130 pages it is REALLY slow moving but stick with it, it gets better, I promise
  • Title: I, Emma Freke

    Author(s): Elizabeth Atkinson

    Genre: Realistic Fiction

    Age range (VERY IMPORTANT, also please include why you are giving it a specific age range): 11+ for mature topics

    Summary (no spoilers please! If you’re stuck just copy the jacket summary or look it up online {;) ): 12 year old Emma Freke (Free-k) really feels like a freak. She's tall enough to look as if she's 16, and doesn't even look like her mom, Donatella, who doesn't like being called, Mom, Mommy, Ma, or anything that refers to her being mom. And then...everything changes.....

    Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: It's just really good!

    Other: Homewooooorkkkk
  • Title: Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

    Author(s): Shannon and Dean Hale

    Age range: 8+ it's very lighthearted and pretty age appropriate

    Summary: WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

    Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: it's fun and a nice superhero story with relatable characters and a great story.

    Other: it's awesome!
  • Title: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

    Author(s): Dan Gemeinhart

    Genre: Fiction

    Age range (VERY IMPORTANT, also please include why you are giving it a specific age range): 10+, because it is very sad in some parts.

    Summary (no spoilers please! If you’re stuck just copy the jacket summary or look it up online {;) ):
    Five years.
    That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation.
    It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.
    Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished—the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box—she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it.
    Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there's Gladys...
    Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.” (I just copied the jacket summary XD)

    Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: It is funny, filled with adventure, but sad, too.

    Other: It is also a diverse book, because one of the characters is gay.
  • Title: The Cure for Dreaming

    Author: Cat Winters

    Genre: Historical fantasy?

    Age range: 12+ for occasional intense themes

    Summary: In early-1900s Oregon, suffragist Olivia Mead’s father hires a hypnotist to erase her rebellious thoughts and make her a ‘proper’ woman. However, attempting to help her, the hypnotist Henri gives her a gift instead - the ability to see people as they truly are. But only she can make her mind her own again.

    Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: The writing was excellent, and the themes of strong women standing up for their rights was a great message. The fantasy element was a neat touch and it was interesting to see how Olivia could see the entire truth of a person and not just who they pretend to be. There are also pictures from the suffrage era and a timeline in the back of the book, so there’s an educational element to it as well. Great read. (I had also read another of Cat Winters’s books, ‘Odd & True,’ but I liked this one more.)

    Other: Oof I meant to write something about this when I finished like two months ago xD
  • Title: Girl in the Blue Coat

    Author(s): Monica Hesse

    Genre: historical, I guess?

    Age range: 13+ (see why below)

    Summary: it’s 1943 in Amsterdam, and 18-year-old Hanneke is working to deliver illegal groceries to costumers. She likes this job because it supports her family and acts as a small rebellion against the Nazis. One day, a customer of hers asks her to find, instead of food, a Jewish girl who she had been hiding in a secret room, but disappeared. Hanneke agrees, but has no idea what kind of mystery she has gotten herself into.

    Why did you like it/why would you recommend it?: Ahhh, this was so good. You know how mysteries are kinda annoying because once you solve it it seems obvious? This is not like that at all. Every solution has another mystery in it, but at the same time it’s a very personal story about a heartbroken girl.

    Other: this book is not extremely mature, it has some swear words here and there and some romance that goes as far as kissing, but it contains a lot of violence and gory details about world war 2. (Not a spoiler) the main character’s boyfriend, for example, was killed when he joined the army, and there are quite a few other murders of Jewish people, so the age range of the book really just depends on how sensitive you are to that. But seriously, this book is SO good.
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