Green Reads: Book Reviews For St. Patrick’s Day
Green By Laura Peyton Roberts
Turning 13 starts off with a bang for Lily. Literally. A birthday present explodes on her porch … and soon after a trio of leprechauns appears in her bedroom. They whisk her away to a land of clover, piskies, a new friend, a cute boy and lots of glimmering, glittering gold. A world of Green. It turns out that Lily, like her grandmother before her, is next in line to be keeper for the Clan of Green, and in charge of all their gold. That is, if she passes three tests. And she has to pass them. Because if she doesn’t she may never get to go home again. She’ll be stuck with the Greens. Forever.
Green Angel By Alice Hoffman
Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she'd once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.
Green Witch By Alice Hoffman
In this powerful, lovely sequel to Green Angel, Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love and loss in a post-disaster world.
Knights Of The Ruby Wand By Tony Abbott
In this Secrets Of Droon book (#36), a big problem’s come up: it seems that the secret of Droon is no longer a secret! Eric’s mom knows about the rainbow staircase … and, what’s worse, so does Gethwing. The Moon Dragonhas sent his minions to the Upper World in search of a magical object that COULD give him power over all of Droon. Now no place is safe from Gethwing’s dark magic …
The Pickle King By Rebecca Promitzer
Bea lives in Elbow, where it rains all summer. Most people leave to go somewhere sunny, but there are always a few kids left behind. Already bored on the second day of the holidays, her friend Sam turns up at her house and drags her through the rain to see a discover he’s made in a creepy, derelict house – a dead man. A mystery unfolds in front of their eyes, and with her gang of misfit friends, Bea must uncover the clues to find the answers. But they’re being watched and the more they discover, the more dangerous it becomes.
After Ever After By Jordan Sonnenblick
After Ever After takes place during Jeffrey's eighth grade year. He has beaten cancer, though it's left him with nerve damage in one foot and brain damage that makes school, especially math, a real struggle. On top of his disabilities, Jeffrey is dealing with his best friend Tad's interpersonal issues (Tad is also a childhood cancer survivor), the looming fear of a statewide assessment exam the absence of his beloved brother Steven and his first real crush on a girl.
Woods Runner By Gary Paulsen
Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston. But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City.
To Come And Go Like Magic By Katie Pickard Fawcett
Twelve-year-old Chili Sue Mahoney has never been outside of her small Appalachian town. Momma says Mercy Hill, Kentucky, is her “true home,” but Chili longs to see the world—to have the freedom to leave and to explore. So when Miss Matlock is brought in as the 7th grade substitute teacher, Chili and her classmate Willie Bright are thrilled. Everyone knows Miss Matlock has traveled around the globe. Why she’s come back to her childhood home after all this time is a mystery, but Chili and Willie are eager to befriend her despite the rumors. As the three spend time together, Chili learns about the jungles and deserts and cities of the world. But she also discovers that there’s more to Mercy Hill than she thought: beauty, in the people and places she’s known all her life, and secrets, sometimes where they’re least expected.