Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Morning Star is a fitting conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy. Darrow, raised as a Red who mined under the surface on Mars and transformed to the ruling Gold caste by the rebellious Sons of Ares, has fallen spectacularly after being at the height of success. He must make his way back to his friends in order to salvage his dead wife’s dream of freedom for people of all castes. Morning Star explores questions of loyalty and friendship in the midst of the brutality of war. As Darrow’s identity as a Red launches an all-out uprising of the lower castes in the Solar System, he must balance the needs of the many with the lives of his friends of all castes and histories. The end was satisfying and surprising; it was thoroughly enjoyable.
~Melissa PST @ PSM
The Secret by Beverly Lewis
I was surprised by this read! I wasn’t sure if I would really engage in a story about the Amish, but this story was really fascinating! It was a very quick and easy read, and the character development was really well done. I never knew anything about the Amish or their way of life before reading this story, but this book inspired me to learn more about the Amish beliefs and lifestyle. It was truly a charming story, with plenty of intrigue and mystery. I would highly recommend The Secret!
~Susan PST @ PSM
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
As the first book in The Stormlight Archive series, The Way of Kings demonstrates – once again – that Brandon Sanderson is a masterful world-builder. Surreal landscapes, unforgettable characters, and an unstoppable plot make this epic tale a must-read for any fantasy lovers out there! Check out Sanderson’s website for updates about his upcoming books: http://brandonsanderson.com.
~Brittany PST @ LT
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman is a master storyteller. This very cleaver story filled with charm, wit and authentic characters, will touch your heart and make you laugh out loud. For Elsa’s entire life her grandmother has told Elsa fairytales about the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miasma. When Elsa’s grandma dies, she leaves a series of letters that Elsa must deliver on her grandmother’s behalf. While delivering these letters, Elsa discovers that her grandmother’s fairytales are based on real people Elsa has known her whole life. Loveable characters, a loyal dog, and fun Harry Potter references, make this a book that I highly recommend.
~Nikki PST @ PA
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
This is about Leigh, a boy who starts writing to his favorite author in 2nd grade. Through these letters and then through a personal diary that the author encourages him to write, he begins to cope with his feelings about divorce, being the new kid, and dealing with an absent, unreliable dad. Through humor, learning empathy, and with a little help from the warm and caring cast of characters around him, his self-confidence and sense of empowerment grows and he begins to take control of these issue for himself. This was a great read for 4th grade and up. An excellent book that centers around often difficult, real life circumstances and challenges that happen to children.
~Robin PST @ PSM