Saturday, July 15, 2017

My New Library!

Now that I've been at my job for 2 weeks I decided to share with you some of the things I LOVE about it! My actual job title is Library Information Specialist & I'm in charge of running the circulation desk, creating the desk schedule, adult programs, & a few grants. The building itself is bigger than my previous Library & we see an average of 600 patrons per day.

In our children's section called The Enchanted Forest we have open shelving for all the children's picture books. This form of shelving makes it so easy to organize all the books compared to the traditional shelf

Each bin is organized with a different category like Animals, Things That Go, Holidays, etc. The books are also color coded to match the bins

 Another cool thing we offer is book bundles. These are 3-5 books that are all about the same thing that get checked out as 1 item

Here's an example of 2 bundles (Adoption & Cars/Trucks)

 This is the entrance to the children's area (it was recently redone)

 This is inside the children's area from the entrance

 Another cool part about my new library is it has a teen area

 There's cafe style seating in one section with benches. On each shelf there's also fun posters that have the words from books printed on them (you can check them out here)

 The teen area has all of the YA items in the same room including new books (MY FAVORITE!)

There's also awesome wall decals like Hogwarts, the Death Star, & the Tardis

 We recently held a NASA @ My Library event so we had some posters hanging up from that

 The Library also has a cafe with seating. The cafe is open M-F from 9-2 & they serve coffee, smoothies, pastries, & lunch

 The Library also has a Print Station so patrons can print all by themselves. They can pay at the Print Pay Station & then pick up prints through the  Print Release Station. This makes it easier so the circ desk doesn't have to handle all of this & it also won't let the patron walk away without paying 

If you'd like to see more or know more about the library you can visit the website or follow our Facebook Page

Adult DIY: Upcycled Book Pomanders

Part of my new job at the Library is to host a monthly Adult DIY class. The first Tuesday of the month it's at the Library & the next day it's at the local Senior Center. This month the event was already planned since I was new. Unfortunately no one showed up for the event at the Library, but we had three participants at the Senior Center.

This month we made pomanders. A pomander is a ball or perforated container of sweet-smelling substances such as herbs and spices, placed in a closet, drawer, or room to perfume the air or (formerly) carried as a supposed protection against infection. In this day and age it's more of a decoration than anything. Regardless we had a great time making them so I decided to share it with you all. 


Corsage pins (Assorted colors)
Foam Balls (We used really big ones but they can be smaller if you like)
Paper (Assorted colors)
Paper Punch (You can decide what shape you want to use or you can hand cut the shapes)
Recycled Books (For punching shapes)


Punch/cut out the desired shapes from the book pages & paper (You'll need a lot)
Hold your foam ball & place your shape onto it (We used 2-3 flowers per pin to make it look fuller)
Securely pin it in place 
Cover the ball 90% of the way leaving a space at the bottom/top 

Once you're done with your ball you can either put it on a vase, stick a rod into it & prop it up, or use a hook then attach a string on to it so it can be hung. Below I've included some pictures of the supplies & the final project. 

Next month we'll be making book planters so stay tuned for that!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Undertow by Michael Buckley


Author: Michael Buckley
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Year: 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age: YA 13+

This is the first book in a trilogy that wrapped up earlier this year. I started it on audio but finished it on ebook because I couldn't wait to finish listening to it.
Our main character is 16 year old Lyric Walker. She lives in Coney Island, New York and recently her town has been over run by mermaids.

The Alpha showed up one the beach about three years ago when the story begins. Since then nothing has been the same. The Alpha are a race of merpeople covered in scales, slimy skin, body armor, with magic powers, and their own language. There are many different species of Alpha including Sirena, Ceto, Nix, Feige, Selkie, and Triton. The Alpha were forced out of their hunting grounds by one of their own species, the Rusalka. The Rusalka have the ability to control the ocean and they can hear the Voice of the Great Abyss.

Since arriving on the beach the humans haven't exactly been welcoming to the "fish heads" as they call the Alpha. The Alpha are in a camp of sorts inside Coney Island that has been called The Zone by the media. No one can come or go, even the human residents. It was decided by the government tat Alpha teenagers should integrate with society by attending high school. Between the crazy, hateful mobs, flashing paparazzi cameras, and the National Guard presence school isn't quite normal.

Doyle the new school principal has a plan to learn more about the Alpha and he does so by blackmailing Lyric.  He knows about Lyric and her family's secret, but Lyric is willing to do anything to keep her family safe & get them out of The Zone. Lyric is assigned to Fathom, tell prince of the Alpha. She is supposed to meet with him everyday to learn more about the Alpha culture & teach him about being human.

Through their talks Lyric learns more about her past,  why the Alpha came to the surface, & what will happen in the near future. In the meantime there is a gang at the school called the Niners, and they are causing trouble in the halls and on the streets. Bex, who is Lyric's best friend, is having trouble at home with her abusive stepfather, people are going missing, & a close friend of the girls gets killed in the crossfire.

Lyric is doing everything she can to get her family and Bex out of The Zone, while keeping their secret safe. But can she leave Fathom & the Alpha behind to meet their fate, or will she finally learn the truth about herself while getting caught in the undertow?
Likes: This is a fantasy colliding with reality, other worldly Little Mermaid kind of story. One of the best parts is getting to see something real- life, death, the media, gangs, the police, the government, High school drama, crazy neighbors, etc.

There is a little bit of a love story that develops but is not the main point & I like that for a change.

It was a short book, less than 300 pages. I'm hoping to see a big change in book 2 with the story developing more.

Dislikes: I didn't personally mind this but a younger or more sensitive reader might dislike all the violence.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 TBR

This month I plan on reading at least 3 books & finishing my audiobook. I might be able to get one more audiobook in but my commute to work will be a lot shorter so I'm gonna have to get creative to feed my love of audiobooks!

This Dark Endeavor 

Such Wicked Intent



June 2017 Wrap-up

This month I was able to read 4 books, 1 of which was an audiobook. I'm hoping to read at least 3 books in July but with my new job we will see how much time i have/how tired I am LOL!

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them: Original Screenplay
Click here to read my review

Click here to see my review

I've Got Your Number
Click here to see my review

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Click here to see my review

Stay tuned to see my July TBR very soon!

Movie Trivia Program

This last week we held a movie trivia program that was kids vs. adults & we had movie giftcards as prizes. I thought I'd share the questions with you all so that you could hold one for yourselves or just use it at home for a family night! We had 2 rounds of 25 questions each & a tie breaker round at the end. I'll include all of the questions & answers below.

Kids Movie Questions
1. What is the name of the main red car in the movie Cars? Lightning McQueen
2. What type of fish is Nemo? A clownfish
3. Name the 7 dwarfs in Snow White…Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Grumpy
4. What is the name of the main pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean? Captain Jack Sparrow
5. What zoo are the animals from in Madagascar? Central Park Zoo
6. What is the name of the woolly mammoth in Ice Age? Manfred (Manny)
7. What is the name of the snowman in Frozen? Olaf
8. What is the name of the cruel woman in 101 Dalmatians? Cruella de Vil
9. Which Disney movie features a young girl with five emotions - Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust? Inside Out
10. Can you name all 12 Disney Princesses? Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Tiana, Merida, & Moana
11. In the movie 'Toy Story' to whom does Woody belong? Andy
12. In the movie 'The Little Mermaid' what is Ariel's little fish friend's name? Flounder
13. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Squarepants
14. What is the name of the fairy in Peter Pan? Tinkerbell
15. What is the name of the Lion in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? Aslan
16. What was the name of Dorothy's dog in the Wizard of Oz? Toto
17. What did Sulley name the human child in Monsters Inc? Boo
18. What is the name of the spaceman in Toy Story? Buzz Lightyear
19. In the Lion King, who is the lion that kills Mufasa? Scar
20. In A Bug’s Life what insect do the ants harvest food for? Grasshoppers
21. What kind of animals make The Incredible Journey in the movie Homeward Bound? 2 dogs & a cat
22. What breed of dog is Buddy from the movie Air Bud? Golden retriever
23. Colors of the Wind is the theme song for which Disney movie? Pocahontas
24. When You Wish Upon a Star was the song from what Disney movie? Pinocchio
25. In The Jungle Book, what animal is Shere Khan? Bengal Tiger
26. In Aladdin what kind of creature is Iago? Parrot
27. Which writer created characters that stared in their own movies like The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, & How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Dr. Seuss
28. In Disney’s Fantasia, which character plays the part of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice? Mickey Mouse
29. Which movie stars an ogre who likes the quiet life but finds his swamp invaded by fairytale creatures? Shrek
30. Who or what was Flicka in the 2006 movie remake of the classic My Friend Flicka? A horse
31. In the movie The Jungle Book what was the name of the jazz loving, musical bear? Baloo
32. What are Si & Am in the Disney animated movie Lady & the Tramp? Siamese cats
33. What kind if creature was Keiko in the movie Free Willy? An orca (or killer whale)
34. R2D2 & C3PO are robots from which series of movies? Star Wars
35. Bruce Banner changes into which comic book superhero? The Incredible Hulk
36. What is Batman’s real name? Bruce Wayne
37. How many dinosaurs from the  Jurassic Park movies can you name? Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, Parasaurolophus, Gallimimus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Indominus Rex, Pachycephalosaurus, Mosasaurus, Dilophosaurus, Compsognathus, & Euoplocephalus
38. What are the creatures that help Gru in the Despicable Me movies called? Minions
39. Bumble Bee is the name of what type of thing? Transformer
40. What type of bird is Rio? Spix’s Macaw
41. What is the name of the magical school attended by Harry Potter & his friends? Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry
42. Can you name all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, & Donatello
43. What movie characters falls down the rabbit hole into an amazing new land? Alice 
44. What’s the name of the blue & yellow fish helping find nemo? Dory
45. Based on the famous book by Roald Dahl this character had his own movie in 2016, what is his name? The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
46. What is the name of the famous song from a 2013 movie featuring 2 sisters & a talking snowman? Let It Go or Do You Wanna Build a Snowman
47. What is Scrap always losing in the Ice Age movies? His nut 
48. If an octopus only has 7 arms instead of 8 what would it be called? A septopus
49. What type of creature are Dracula & Mavis from Hotel Transylvania? Vampires
50. How many chipmunks are there? 3

Adult Movie Questions
1. Which blockbuster movie was the first to be based on a ride at Walt Disney World in Florida? Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Who plays “the caped crusader” in the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight? Christian Bale
3. Jack Nicholson won his first Best Actor Oscar for his part in which movie? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
4. For which movie did Tom Hanks win an Oscar playing opposite a mute character called Wilson? Castaway
5. Who played the part of Harrison Ford’s father in the movie Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade? Sean Connery
6. In Which movie did Dustin Hoffman play the part of Benjamin Braddock? The Graduate
7. In which 1999 psychological thriller does a troubled boy, played by Haley Joel Osmont, say he sees dead people? The Sixth Sense
8. In which movie does Julia Roberts portray a gutsy single mother who takes on a big corporation over water contamination? Erin Brockovich 
9. What was Harrison Ford’s profession before he became an actor? Carpenter
10. In which movie does Steve Martin appear as Neil Page, a man who is desperately trying to get home for Thanksgiving? Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
11. Who portrayed the industrialist who saved hundreds of Jewish people from Nazi death camps in the Steven Spielberg movie, Schindler’s List? Liam Neeson 
12. Who starred as the juror who is not convinced of the alleged guilt of a teenager in the movie 12 angry men? Henry Fonda
13. How many searchlights rake the sky in the Twentieth Century Fox logo? 5
14. Which movie characters promises to stay until the wind changes? Mary Poppins
15. Name the producer/director of movies such as The Dark Crystal & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who died in 1990 just as he was going to sell his company to Disney? Jim Henson
16. In what movie do John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson star as a couple of hit men? Pulp Fiction
17. In which movie based on a Stephen King novel are a woman & her son trapped in a car by a rabid dog? Cujo
18. Which actor provided the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies? James Earl Jones 
19. Who in 1997 “protected the Earth from the scum of the universe”? Men In Black
20. In which movie do Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter take on death in a variety of games? Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
21. In which courtroom drama movie does Jack Nicholson, as Colonel Nathan Jessep, say “You can’t handle to truth!”? A Few Good Men
22. What is the repeated phrase said by the students in the Robin Williams movie Dead Poet’s Society? O Captain My Captain
23. Who plays Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies? Gary Oldman
24. In which click flick do Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon hit the road in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird?  Thelma & Louise
25. Which Mel Brooks spoof Western movie features a black sheriff & Yiddish-speaking Indians? Blazing Saddles 
26. What is the name of the killer in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of movies? Freddie Krueger 
27. What novel by Mary Shelley has been turned into at least 20 different horror movies? Frankenstein
28. What speed does Marty McFly have to attain in his car in order to go Back to the Future? 88 MPH
29. In which movie do you hear the famous line, spoken in a diner, “I’ll have what she’s having”? When Harry Met Sally
30. Which 1960 comedy horror movie features a plant with a liking for human flesh? Little Shop of Horrors
31. When the prized mascot of the Miami Dolphins is kidnapped, who comes to the rescue? Ace Ventura 
32. On which pop music star did Johnny Depp base his Captain Jack Sparrow character on from Pirates of the Caribbean? Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones
33. Which beauty pageant is threatened by terrorists in the 2000 movie Miss Congeniality? Miss United States
34. Which 1984 science fiction comedy movie involves three parapsychologists who save New York from malevolent spirits? Ghostbusters
35. To Die For & Batman Forever both featured which actress? Nicole Kidman
36. Who played the part of Peter Pan in the movie Hook? Robin Williams
37. Which Scorsese-directed 1980 movie was based on the novel Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi? Goodfellas
38. The movie Jurassic Park was based on the novel of the same name by which author? Michael Crichton
39. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, which 1969 horror movie starred Mia farrow? Rosemary’s Baby
40. Who played the part of Poison Ivy in the movie Batman & Robin? Uma Thurman
41. What is Brad Pitt’s real first name? William
42. Which swashbuckling hero of the silver screen made his mark with a z shaped slash of his sword? Zorro
43. Which land of myth and legend is the home of the alien race in the movie Cocoon? Atlantis
44. The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is a perfect example of which movie sub-genre? Spaghetti western
45. What is the title of the fourth Indiana Jones movie? Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
46. Who portrayed Doc Holiday in the 1993 movie Tombstone? Val Kilmer
47. Return of the Jedi is which number episode in the Star Wars series? 6
48. The 1991 comedy movie City Slickers starred which actor in the main role of Mitch Robbins? Billy Crystal
49. What is the name of the theme park that Chevy Chase is driving cross country to take his family to in the 1983 movie, National Lapoon’s Vacation? Walley World
50. According to Forrest Gump, “Life is like a..” what? Box of chocolates

Tie Breaker Questions (Adults & Kids)
1. In 1996 movie Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum repeats a line he uttered in 1993’s Jurassic Park. What is it? Must Go Faster
2. What Prince song does Julia Roberts sing in the bath in Pretty Woman? Kiss

3. In "The Jungle Book," what did King Louis ask Mowgli to teach him? How to make fire
4. Captain Hook's has a hook on which hand? Left

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Items July 2017/Job Update

So...I recently got a new job that I will be starting on July 3rd so this will probably be my last post on new items that I've cataloged! In the little over 2 years I've been at my current library as the Technical Assistant I've cataloged 1902 books, 505 movies, 137 audiobooks, 13 video games, 15 CD's, & 8 cake pans...that's 2,580 new items. That doesn't include all the replacements I've done as well. Below are some of my last items, but you can click here to see the list of all the new books, or like our Facebook page here to see all the other items I've done, events, etc. 

I will update on my new job sometime next week. I also still plan on talking about upcoming books, book trends, my book challenge, & doing reviews so stay with me!

Stay tuned for more adventures of The White Mountain Librarian!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy (Screenplay format)
Age: 10+ (If you can read Harry Potter you can read this book)

I picked up this book for my 2017 Reading Challenge. I read the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child screenplay & really enjoyed it. This one I didn't enjoy as much but that could be because I saw the movie & LOVED it. What I loved about The Cursed Child was that it continued the story and there was a lot of dialogue. In this one, Fantastic Beasts, there was more scene & character description & less story line. Overall it wasn't a bad book though. If you'd like to read my review of HP & the Cursed Child click here. (I will warn you that it does contain spoilers including many from the original Harry Potter series so do not read it if you haven't read those)
In this story we follow Newt Scamander who is a young Magizoologist in the 1920's. The wizard Grindelwald is at large in London and the epic battle between him & Dumbledore is about 20 years away. Newt is in New York City to buy a birthday present. One of his animals, the Niffler, escapes & starts going after anything shiny he can get his hands on. Newt's case that contains all of his animals accidentally gets switched with another man's. The other man is Jacob Kowalski & he is at the bank trying to get a loan to open a bakery, his case is filled with pastries. After causing quite a bit of trouble at the bank Jacob leaves with the creatures & Newt is caught by the authorities.

Tina is an investigator with MACUSA, the Magical Congress of the USA. She must take Newt in for the scene he caused in the bank & not obliterating Jacob's memory since he saw the creatures & is a muggle or no-maj as they are called in America. It is a hostile time in New York right now, a creature is running rampant in the city destroying things & causing accidents. Investigator Graves is looking into it & he thinks something magical is behind it.

It isn't long before Jacob discovers that his case & Newt's got switched. A few of the creatures escape and it's up to Jacob, Newt, Tina, & her sister Queenie to get them back. The group run all over town collecting creatures like a Bowtruckle, a Demiguise, an Erumpent, & the Occamy. Eventually all the animals are safely returned to their home inside the case. Along the way they get mixed up with Graves' investigation of the dark magical "creature" of sorts that is causing trouble in the city. Newt is hoping that they can catch the creature & help it before it's too late, but Graves has other plans to use it to his advantage.

Likes: The best part of this story is the animals. The original book is more like a guide & there is illustrations that I think would have been fun to see in this book. There area few in here but not every animal is pictured.

There is a love interest that develops in this book between Queenie & Jacob that I think would be fun too see more of.

And of course in true J.K. Rowling fashion the bad guy is caught & good prevails for a happy ending in this story.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Found by S.A. Bodeen


Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Year: 2017
Genre: Adventure
Age: JUV 9+

This is the fourth & final book in the Shipwreck Island series. This review will contain spoilers from this & previous books. Below I will link my previous reviews if you'd like to read them!
Shipwreck Island (#1)
Lost (#2)
Trapped (#3)
Once again we travel back to the mysterious Shipwreck Island where Sarah Robinson & her family are battling dangerous mutant animals, a mean treasure hunter, & worst of all time...

In the last book, Trapped, the treasure hunter named Fox and his companion Ms. Blackstone returned to the island to collect their treasure. Fox is sure they have the right island because of "the face rock" where the treasure is supposed to be buried. The treasure is the progenitor, a machine that can create things using alien technology; Leo (the alien boy) has the progenitor & is using it to fulfill his mission & return to his home planet.

The Robinson family is split up all over the island. Marco convinced Leo to free his stepdad John from a frozen prison, in exchange for helping him fill all of the capsules with animals before time runs out. Yvonna, Marco & Nacho's mom, is very sick but Leo has medicine that can help her. Cash & Sarge are being help captive at the beach camp with Ms. Blackstone. That leaves Sarah with Fox looking for the treasure & Ahab the Newfoundland gallivanting through the jungle looking for his family.

The gang needs to keep the treasure away from Fox, help Leo complete his mission, & get off the island and safely back home. But can they do it before time runs out?
Likes: Once again Bodeen doesn't disappoint. I have always liked her books & am happy with every one of them.

The animals in this book are both the mutants & animals that Leo is bringing back to life like a passenger pigeon & a Tasmanian tiger.

I am happy that this was the conclusion of the story. I have been reading these books for years now!

We finally get to see some more alien things like a shuttle & Leo's spaceship when he finally leaves Earth to go back home.

Good conquers evil! I was a little worried at one point that something bad might happen, especially when Sarah was with Fox. 

Dislikes: -


I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number

Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House (book) Books on Tape (audiobook)
Year: 2012
Genre: Women's Fiction/Romance
Age: Adult: 18+
Narrator: Jayne Entwistle
11 Discs/ 13 hrs. 26 mins

This is the second Kinsella book I've listened to on audio and I once again enjoyed it. This book is in the same fashion  as Kinsella's others.
Our main character is a young girl named Poppy Wyatt who is in love and about to be married. She's a physical therapist that fell in love with one of her patients named Magnus Tavish. He's a handsome academic type that just adores her.

Enter Sam Roxton, he's a stubborn business man who needs Poppy's help. But he has no idea what he's getting into when he meets her. The pair meet on accident when Poppy's phone gets stolen after she's lost her engagement ring at a hotel, and Sam's PA ditches her phone in the trash--good riddance!

Through out the next week or so leading up to Poppy's wedding Sam let's her borrow the phone she found until she sorts everything out & gets one of her own (I use the term lets her borrow it loosely). In return Poppy has to agree to forward all of his messages & stay out of his business. But Poppy has no intention of returning the phone because it's finders keepers. She does however plan on getting into Sam's business a little bit & improve his communication skills along the way since he is the king of the brush off email!

Sam & Poppy go through a series of crazy situations including getting her a fake engagement ring until her's is returned & Poppy sends one too many emails in Sam's name before it's too late to take them back. Meanwhile Poppy is battling Magnus's family that doesn't really like her & Sam is sharing more of himself with Poppy than anyone he's ever met before. Can Sam & Poppy each find happiness, or will they have to find each other first?
Likes: The dialog is hilarious as with all of Kinsella's books! The story is kind of predictable but you never know what the main character Poppy has up her sleeve. Some of the story is also told through text which breaks up the monotony & keeps your interest.

Poppy adds funny footnotes in when she has a thought. In the book they are all at the end of the chapter, but in the audio version they are said at the time which I find to make the story better instead of flipping to read them or see them later.

Of course there was a happily ever after but with a funny twist!

Dislikes: -


As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Author: Lynne Rae Perkins
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's
Year: 2010
Genre: Adventure
Age: Juv 10+

This book was recommended to me by a fellow school librarian. It's not the type of story I typically read but I still enjoyed it.
Ry is on his way to summer camp when things start to go wrong. His family just moved to Waupatoneka, Wisconsin. But that same summer Ry's parents went off on a cruise to the Caribbean, sent him to camp across the country, and his grandpa Lloyd stayed home with their 2 dogs Peg & Olie. Somewhere in Montana Ry's train breaks down so he decides to call his grandpa to tell him. After not getting a signal Ry exits the train (against the advice of the conductor) to try & make the call. The next thing he knows the train is fixed and rolling away without him.

Ry being the young & resourceful kid he is starts walking. he eventually makes it to the town of New Peche where he meets a man named Del KerHodie. Del is an older guy who owns a tree trimming business and likes to work on cars. With only a few dollars to his name, no belongings except his dead cell phone, and only one show Ry gets taken in by Del. After trying to contact his house where grandpa is & his parents on an island in the Atlantic somewhere with no luck Ry begins to worry-- and for good reason.

Del decides to help Ry by driving him back to Wisconsin to check on his unreachable grandpa and the dogs. The pair encounter a few obstacles along the way. Once they get to Ry's house there's no sign of grandpa or the dogs. Ry's parents have also been calling the house worried about not hearing from anyone. With Del's encouragement the pair then decide their best option is to go down to the Caribbean and find Ry's parents with the help of a few friends along the way.

In between the saga across the world with Del & Ry we learn that Ry's parents have lost their cell phone, and are island hopping but having a great time. We also find out that Lloyd, Ry's grandpa, took the dogs for a walk and got hurt. He ended up in the hospital, then being taken care of by the neighbor and her twin sister. The dogs abandoned him after getting stuck in the woods, and decide to go on a Homeward Bound journey in the wrong direction.

In the meantime Del & Ry are sailing the high seas in the Caribbean islands looking for his parents. Things go south for Ry when Del gets hurt & he must take the boat the rest of the way by himself. Hopefully he knows how to swim! Will Ry fall off the face of the earth? Or will it be a happy ending for everyone?

Likes: The story itself moves very quickly, it's less than 400 pages in total including the pictures & part breaks.

All of the characters in this book are likable, there are no bad guys. Del seems to know somewhere from everywhere & get s along with anyone they meet.

In between the chapters about the humans we get to see funny little comics about the dog's trying to find their way home.

The story is told from the perspectives of the dogs, Del & Ry, Lloyd, & Ry's parents. This makes the story stay in sync but also move along at a good pace. 

When we don;t see pictures of the dog's we get to see pictures of Ry, sailing, the car him & Del travel in, etc. (I couldn't find any online so you have to use your imagination or read the book!)

Nothing about this book was negative despite all of the awful things that happen & I thought that was admirable. 

Dislikes: -


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 TBR

So as I said in my May wrap-up I always have really high expectations for myself then I fall short almost every month. So I'm going to just put this out into the universe & try to do the best I can but LOVE every book I do get to read/listen too regardless of my own expectations. Summer reading is also starting June 3rd so I will be hopefully reading a lot this summer so I can win our staff competition!

Here is what I want to read/hope to finish etc. during the month of June...

Once & For All by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is on my "I order very single book this author publishes list" so I preordered this one last year & it is finally coming out. I don't usually read contemporary but Dessen is one of the authors I enjoy in that genre every time, she never disappoints.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
This book has been recommended to me by Goodreads like 500 times so I had it ordered for the library since fairytale retelling are really popular right now & I plan on reading it for my book challenge list.

Dragon's Teeth by Michael Crichton
I LOVE DINOSAURS! I am obsessed with everything about dinosaurs & I love the Jurassic Park movies. I have all of the books I just have yet to read them which I am slightly ashamed of but some day...Apparently this book was found amongst the authors things & is now being publish despite his death several years ago. We will be getting it for the library.

Found by S.A. Bodeen
This is the conclusion to a great JUV series that I started reading a few years ago when it came out. S.A. Bodeen is another author that I have read all of her books & plan on continuing to do so. 

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
I read The Glittering Court last year & really loved it. So I'm excited to be reading this sequel & I believe next year there will be a conclusion as well. I have read many of Richelle Mead's books in the past like her Vampire Academy series & Soundless. 

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I picked this book up on audio & I'm about half way into it. As usual with this author it is HILARIOUS!

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
I also picked this one up on audio from another library & I plan on listening to it after the Sophie Kinsella.