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Nov 13

My Favorites by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 13, 2020 at 2:17 PM by Genesis Gaule

Have you ever had a book that has stuck with you even after you’re done reading it? It might be a compelling plot, an epic fight scene, or even just the first sentence of a book that has always kept you hooked. I certainly have! This is one of the best things about books, at least in my opinion. When a book is so amazing that you can’t forget about it even months later that is a great book. I’m going to share some of my favorites from some books that I have read and absolutely loved!

Favorite First Sentence: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

This sentence stopped me in my tracks the second I read it. It caught me so off guard I didn’t know what to do. It immediately made me imagine that image in my head and it almost made me laugh out loud. In all of my time of reading, no book has made me stop and think so much by the first sentence. I read this series of books in the 8th grade, and I am a senior in high school now, but this sentence has still stayed with me.

Favorite Character Arc: Shatter Me by Tahererh Mafi

Aaron Warner

Throughout the series, my favorite character arc is that of Aaron Warner. I love his arc so much! If I had just read the first book and you were to describe how the end of series Aaron was to me, I would have been dumbfounded. There was absolutely no way that I would have predicted how he turned out. I won’t spoil too much because you should really read this series (It’s my favorite!), but the author Tahererh Mafi has a way with character development that I absolutely love!

Also available in ebook

Favorite Descriptive Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick. [...] You stand in the fading light, the scarf around your neck pulled up against the chilly evening breeze, waiting to see for yourself exactly what kind of circus only opens once the sun sets.”

For description alone, I love this book. It is a beautifully descriptive love story. This is the most detailed book I have ever read. The scenes are enticing and imaginative. They are so exquisite, that you can visualize and see everything in your head. This is also the only book, because of it’s expert description, that I have ever read that uses the 2nd perspective. That is when the author is putting the reader into the story.

Also available in ebook

I could talk more about some of my favorites, but alas, I can only write so much. Instead, I urge you to ponder about some of your favorites. If you can, write a comment down below and tell us some of your favorites, and if not us, tell your friends! It can be your favorite beginning, ending, fight scene, surprice, setting and a whole lot more. The possibilities are endless.

Aug 21

Family Book & Movie Night by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 21, 2020 at 3:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Bring out the blankets and popcorn! Here’s three book-to-screen picks for your next Family Movie (and Book) Night. Check out both formats with our Front Door Pick Up Service and let your family decide who did it better--the movie or the book.


Book cover smiling giant sits on a rock holding a small girl in his open hand who is talking to him

The BFG

by Roald Dahl
Formats:
Book, CD, e-aduio
Ages: 7 and up

A young girl in a nightgown stands next to a pair of giant feet, staring up looking off screen

The BFG

PG | 2016
Format: DVD
Ages: 8 and up

Sneaking about during the Witching Hour, Sophie spies a giant blowing what looks like a trumpet into the window across the street. Being found out, the giant whisks her away regaling her about the many ways giants like to eat humans. But if this Big Friendly Giant isn’t looking for a midnight snack, why did he kidnap her?

Roald Dahl’s unique humor and wordplay bring this tale about discovering friendship and family in the unlikeliest places to life. With an imaginative world and a bit of gross-out humor, The BFG has loads of appeal for young readers and makes it a delightful book to read out loud. Parents should be aware of minor racial insensitivity typical of the 1980s, which can work as a good talking point for families.

The movie's dark tone may be intense for younger viewers, but its moments of sweetness mirror the book’s themes of empathy and courage.

Talk about it together! ReadBrightly Discussion Guide

Love Roald Dahl? Also check out James and the Giant Peach in book, CD, and DVD

a young pre-teen girl in a simple renaissance dress, flashes a mischievous smile to the view

Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine
Format:
Book
Ages: 11 and up

Portrait of Anne Hathaway in a princess crown, smiles at the viewer; a unicorn, castle, and rainbow

Ella Enchanted

PG | 2012
Format: Blu-Ray
Ages: 9 and up

When Ella was born, Lucinda the Fairy bestowed upon her a "gift": that she shall always be obedient. Now, anyone can order Ella to do anything--regardless of whether it's dangerous or in her best interests. Can Ella break the spell and choose her own path?

This book is a great pick for lovers of fairy-tale fantasy for older kids (and adults, too). With a bit of romance and a handful of adventure, this engaging and story is bound to charm with its clever, empowering twist on the classic Cinderella trope.

And although it takes on a sillier tone and departs significantly from the book, the movie is still a fun, high-spirited romp for fans of movies like Shrek and The Princess Bride.

Talk about it together! Scholastic Discussion Guide [PDF]

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson
Formats:
Book, e-book
Ages: 10 and up

Preteen boy and girl walk through an archway to a land of giants and castles

Bridge to Terabithia

PG | 2007
Format: DVD
Ages: 10 and up

Escaping their reality of overbearing parents and bullies at school, two preteen outsiders--Jess and Leslie--form a fast bond creating their own magical kingdom of Terabithia. It not only becomes their safe haven from their real-world problems, but also a source of strength to solve them. But when a tragic accident shatters their idyllic world, one is left to cope with their grief without the other.

The Bridge to Terabithia is a thoughtful drama laced with light fantasy adventure. Both the book and the movie tackle mature themes of loneliness, parental affection, bullying, and death through its captivating, tender story of an unforgettable friendship. An excellent choice for tween readers, it offers a lot of topics for families to talk about together. Reading or watching, prepare to have tissues ready; this one may get your tears flowing.

Talk about it together! Scholastic Discussion Guide [PDF]


If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

Jul 17

New Junior Books by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 17, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Are your kids stuck at home with nothing to do? Or perhaps they have already read through their supply of books and don’t know where to go next? Check out some of these new additions to our junior collection and your kids will find their next great read! All of these books are accessible through our Front Door Pick Up.


City Spies by James Ponti

Fans of stories like Stuart Gibbs’s Spy School series will love the story of Sara Martinez, a hacker. She recently exposed her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers, but then found herself in juvenile detention and banned from computers instead of being hailed as a hero. Until a British spy frees Sara and offers her a home in a secret M16 agency.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Fans of mysteries like One of Us is Lying will also love this thriller. Six students with nothing in common go to a scholarship dinner, only to find themselves locked inside with a bomb and a syringe of poison with the note to pick someone to kill…or else everyone dies.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Want some magic mixed with reality? Long ago the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice by the Snow Queen, leaving its former citizens and crown prince stuck in another world devoid of magic…Arizona.

Xander and the Rainbow Barfing Unicorns: Who Turned Off the Colors? by Matthew Manning

This is an epic story your kids are sure to love! The Rainbow-Barfing Unicorn virus hasn’t affected humans...until now. The virus gives unicorns their rainbow barfing abilities, but it has the opposite effect on humans and is draining them of any color!

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

In the mood for a lush new fantasy? Enter the life of Nirrim who lives in a world where the society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. But then a stranger comes and tempts her with magic, requiring Nirrim to place all her trust, and her life, in the stranger’s hands.

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Love a good graphic novel? Follow the adventure of Stag-B and Rhino-B, two young beetles who explore the world of Bug Village and their own—sometimes confusing and complicated—thoughts and feelings.