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Teen Advisory Board Member Amanda Reviews The Falling Between Us.
The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons
After posting an original song on YouTube, fifteen-year-old Joshua Blackbird becomes a household name almost instantly. With his fame comes the fandom, Birdies, the paparazzi, and the watchful eyes of those who look for your every mistake. Although it’s a teenage dream to become famous and practically worshipped by the many, the pain it brings leads to his disappearance and rumored suicide. Roxie, Joshua’s girlfriend hidden from the media, tells the story of fame and the pain it brings to those who are affected the closest.
To begin with, I had honestly expected this book to be a cliche-ridden troubled boy meets innocent girl story, but the plot and character depth proved much different. Joshua’s and Roxie’s relationship was established from the very beginning, but the way they deal with the fame thrust onto Joshua shows their maturity over the course of the book. My favorite part of reading a YA book is seeing how the characters progress with the experiences they had dealt with, and this book definitely did it right. The picturesque descriptions of Roxie’s love and grief definitely draw the reader in and shows how she deals with experiencing such new feelings.
With so many YA novels focusing on plot, a story with such connection to its audience is hard to find, but this book definitely relates to the reader. Although the average person isn’t rich or famous, The Falling Between Us combines elements of freedom, stress, and love in a highly engaging plot. Instead of a book which focuses on the love life of the characters, it focuses more on the friendship that comes along with the love. I love how this book doesn’t trivialize teenage problems but instead exaggerates it in a greater light where everyone is watching your next move.
Although the character development was one of the reasons why I had liked this book so much, the figurative language helps balance out the rushing emotions through the text. Ash Parsons uses figurative language and takes it to the next level, but not excessively so. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary or people who are looking for a good romance dealing with topics not usually addressed in YA.
"Emily is an Emmy-nominated science TV host. She's featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and a producer and the host of FOX's Xploration Outer Space. She is also a guest science writer and host for Discovery News and covers the space industry as a writer for TechCrunch."
Ada Lace is the perfect series for growing scientists.
Ada Lace Adventure series is available in stores now, including the newest in the series Ada Lace and the Suspicious Artist!
Books Inc. is happy to announce that not only do we have Ada Lace on our shelves, but we have
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Available February 12, 2019!
Third grader and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace is on spring break. But it's just a little less relaxing than she'd imagined. Nina is beside herself with excitement about meeting her favorite artist and enlists Ada and Mr. Peebles's coding-whiz nephew to help revamp her online portfolio.
When Nina finally meets Miroir, he snubs her, and her confidence is shaken--but not enough to miss the art show opening. While there, Ada spots a suspiciously familiar painting that may mean Miroir isn't the original he claims to be.
Will the friends be able to reveal the artist's true nature, before he fools someone else?
"Ada Lace has a new social studies teacher—who loves group projects. While most of the class has constructed regular dioramas with clay and construction paper, Ada, her best friend Nina, and sometimes nemesis Milton have built a complex scale model of an historic silver mine. But when Milton reveals that he added his “old Milton touch” on their project right before turning it in, Ada worries that he has sabotaged their work.
In a desperate attempt to save their project, Ada and Nina use their combined creative and technical prowess to perform a heist and break into their teacher’s supply closet after school.
Do the two friends have what it takes to deceive the school’s security system? Or will they get caught trying to pull off this seemingly impossible mission."
"Third grader and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace likes nothing more than to tinker with mechanics like her robot, George. Her latest project is to fix up a ham radio, something that she could use to contact people on this planet...and beyond. The only problem is that she just can't get it to work properly.
During a sleepover, Ada's best friend Nina hears something strange coming from the radio in the middle of the night. A distant voice says, "Release the swarm " convincing Nina that aliens are about to invade planet Earth.
Could Ada and Nina have stumbled upon something...extraterrestrial?"
"Ada Lace is building a new robot She's determined to beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she's distracted--Ada finds her dad's art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class, basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace's star pupil.
When Mr. Lace suggests that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada isn't speaking to her dad, she's falling behind in art class, and she still doesn't know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her problems.
Will Ada make up with her father in time to test her hypothesis? Or will her hurt feelings leave her seeing red and without a medal at the end of the day?"
"Ada Lace--third-grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire--has discovered something awful: her neighbor's beloved Yorkie has been dognapped!
With the assistance of a quirky neighbor named Nina (who is convinced an alien took the doggie) and her ever-growing collection of gadgets, Ada sets out to find the wrongdoer. As their investigation becomes more and more mysterious, Ada and Nina grow closer, proving that opposites do, in fact, attract."
Signed copies are only available while supplies last so don't wait!
Books Inc in Laurel Village runs two monthly book groups for readers 9 to 12 years old. The Adventurous Readers’ Club reads—surprise!—action and adventure books. Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club is for, you guessed it, girls and their moms.
February 2019 marks a very special occurrence: both ARC and Wild Girls have chosen SWEEP: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier as our discussion book. It is a book packed with both emotion and tension, fact and fiction, the historical and the fantastical. It is both familiar and refreshing, classic and modern. In a word, it is wonderful.
And what is the book about, you ask?
It's been five years since the Sweep disappeared and left Nan Sparrow orphaned and alone in the stark, gritty streets of Victorian London. She is left with no other choice but to work for a ruthless man named Wilkie Crudd, spending her days sweeping out chimneys. The job is dangerous and thankless, but with her wits and will, Nan has managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again.
When Nan gets stuck in a chimney fire, she fears the end has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself unharmed in the abandoned attic of Miss Mayhew’s Seminary for Young Ladies. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from soot and ash.
Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new life in the House of 100 Chimneys—saving each other in the process. Lyrically told by one of today's most powerful storytellers (Peter Nimble or The Night Gardener anyone?), Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.
Won’t you join us one of these Sundays in February? We really want to talk about this book with you!
Summer & JC at Books Inc. Laurel Village