The incredible story of Melody, a delightful and very intelligent fifth grader trapped inside an uncontrollable body and unable to speak because of cerebral palsy, at first left me feeling sorry for her but I quickly realized that’s not the point of this heartfelt story. Melody is strong, loving and extremely smart! The last thing she needs is for someone to take pity on her, she just wants to be heard, and when she gets a computer that finally lets her speak she’s able to surprise everyone around her, especially her classmates, with just how bright she is. Having the ability to speak now comes with a new set of challenges as she is transitioned into a regular classroom. You will find yourself cheering Melody on as she grows and struggles with changing how people view her and the disappointments she faces along the way. Ages 10+
Reviewd by Melanie from Books Inc. Berkeley
This new author is young - not as young as Paolini of Eragon fame, but she's barely in her second year of college, and this book has been brewing in her head since she was twelve. What's Left of Me is the beginning of another young adult series called the Hybrid Chronicles, taking place in an alternate version of present-day Earth. The people in this universe are all born with two souls housed in the same body. Essentially, by the time a person is past their toddler years, a "dominant soul" is expected to take over the body, while the "recessive soul" fades away entirely. Children who don't completely merge are seen as hybrids, and are dangerous for reasons that aren't fully explained in this breakout novel; the main characters are actually two souls, Addie and Eva, both conscious in the shared body. Once again you've got teens on the run from the government, but as readers uncover the horrible medical and political secrets kept from the public, things get more intense than expected. Addie and Eva communicate through a form of thought/speak reminiscent of the familiars from Pullman's Dark Materials series and Applegate's Animorph series. Because it's two people in one body, it's like reading about a person with multiple personalities, except it's happening at the same time and while a girl is going through the tough teenage years. Seriously, characters in young adult novels have it beyond rough. Ages 13+
Reviewd by Robbin from Compass Books (Our Airport Store)
We're so sorry to announce that tomorrow night's event with James and Caitlin Freeman has been postponed due to illness. We are working on re-scheduling, so watch this space!
We in the Cooks and Books club take coffee very seriously. Love doesn't quite say it... need is more like it. Not just any cup of joe will do, of course. We in the Bay Area are lucky enough to have true coffee artisans living among us, folks who go that extra mile to find and roast the best beans, and present us with something that is awfully close to nirvana in a mug.James and Caitlin Freeman from Blue Bottle Coffee have a new book out. THE BLUE BOTTLE CRAFT OF COFFEE is not only packed with indispensible information and history, but also contains some great recipes so you can make your own delicious treats to go with your perfect cup. We're pretty excited that James and Caitlin will be at our store in the Marina (2251 Chestnut St in San Francisco) this coming Thursday, October 11 at 7PM to talk about their new book. See you there!