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: -