Librarian for the Day: Josie Bullock ’26

josie bullockMiddle School reading recommendations from Josie Bullock ’26

“Tuesdays At The Castle” by Jessica Day George was a fun, magical book filled with a moving castle, wizards, assassins, and royalty. When the princess Celie’s mother and father go on a journey to see Celie’s brother graduate from wizard school, they are attached on the way back home. Celie has two suspects: the princes of the neighboring kingdoms. As Celie, her sister, and her brother (the new king) look closer into the details of who was where and did what, they find that someone is definitely hiding something. But, with the enchanted castle on their side, Celie and her siblings are determined to solve this case and give the villains what they deserve.

“Home For The Holidays” by Heather Vogel Fredrick is the wonderful sequel to the other Mother-Daughter Book Club books. It follows all the girls, who are anything but home for the holidays, as they go their separate ways for Christmas and New Year’s: Jess, who’s going to her aunt and uncle’s hotel with a broken leg, Emma, who’s coming with Jess, Cassidy, who’s going back to California with her family, and Megan and Becca, who are going on an amazing cruise with a really cute guy included. The book switches perspectives from all of them, and when they get their gifts from their book club secret Santas, all the gifts are wrong! Can they figure out what has happened before everybody gets into a not-so-merry Christmas fight? Read and find out!

I loved the “Mother-Daughter Book Club” by Heather Vogel Fredrick! It is very Mother Daughter Book Clubentertaining, and switches perspectives between the girls who are forced into the book club by their moms: Cassidy, a pro hockey player and California native who just moved to Concord after her dad died and because her former- supermodel mom made her, Jess, the genius, whose mom is away in New York starring in a soap opera instead of helping on the family farm, Emma, the aspiring writer and Jess’s best friend, and Megan, Emma’s old best friend who dumped her for the popular kids after Megan’s family struck it rich. All of these girls are so different, but as you read this realistic fiction book, you’ll find that they are more alike than you could have ever imagined.

“Blue Birds” by Caroline Starr Rose provided me with a very interesting perspective of what happened to the settlers at Roanoke in 1587. When Alis, the only female child at the settlement, goes into the woods near her village, she meets a Roanoke Indian girl named Kimi. The woods become their unofficial meeting spot, and they go there once a day to see each other. But, when the English settlers find Alis in the woods alone, they realize she was meeting Kimi and banish her to her house. And when the Natives plan an attack on the English, will Kimi be able to warn Alis even though she can’t come to the woods, or will the Natives attack the English, and their peace will become a memory? Read it to find out!

Al Capone does my shirts“Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko was a very good book! I really liked how the main character, Moose, is always finding clever ways to get things done. Moose lives on Alcatraz island, which was a prison for the biggest and baddest of all criminals at the time, like Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, and yes, the worst of them all, Al Scarface Capone. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling story that ties you in, or to anyone with a love of history, like me. Have fun reading!

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