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Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish — November 30, 2018

Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish

download (1)Sophia and her coding club BFFs have the best time together. Sure, they work on coding projects, but mostly they gossip about crushes, eat cookies, and do totally silly impersonations. Now they’re about to participate in their first hackathon–a full day of coding and meeting other coders–so it’s time to step up their game!

I really liked this book, although I think that it could have been done better. I enjoyed the character development a lot, but the pacing was off and all of the responsibilities heaped onto Sophia seemed a little bit inaccurate.

The writing style didn’t change at all from the last book. I wanted it to be a little bit different, but it wasn’t. Stacia’s style was (once again) really really basic. I wish that there was a little bit more prose in it, just because prose makes a story interesting and I love interesting stories. I really liked the way that Stacia used the setting to convey the mood of the characters, and how the others reacted to it. I didn’t particularly like the way that Stacia wrote, but I can live with it.

Team BFF_ Race To The Finish

The characters were okay, but I wish that they had been more detailed. I enjoyed reading about them, but I think that they could have been better written. All of the characters seemed very two-dimensional and I just wanted some well-written 6th graders (that aren’t from the Percy Jackson universe). All of the characters developed during the course of the book and I loved that a lot. All of the characters were so sweet and funny. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships in this book and hearing about how diverse it was. Stacia tried to make this book as diverse as possible, and I love her for that. 

The plot was not very intense. But maybe I’m just used to reading action-packed fantasy books. There is no magic in this book (unless you consider coding magic). I enjoyed this book, but I wanted things to happen sooner than they did. There was also the matter of pacing. This book’s pacing was very uneven. Things would be happening at the speed of light, and then they’d slow down to a snail’s pace. I just wanted the pacing to be steady like it was in the last book. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first one, but it’s target audience might.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one, but it was okay. I recommend to middle-schoolers and people who love coding. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael Lopez — August 27, 2018

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

downloadTitle: The Day You Begin

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: Rafael Lopez

Date Published: August 28th, 2018

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding the courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

This ARC was provided by the publisher. All opinions are entirely own. 

This book was so cute!!!! I gave my little sister, who hates reading, and she loved it!!! I think that this book was amazing and teaches a lot of important lessons and will get any kid addicted to reading.

Ms. Woodson’s writing was just as amazing as it has been in the past books and it makes me want to read all of her books. This book was written in such a way that the child has to read the next page, otherwise, they won’t finish the sentence. All of the other books I’ve read by Ms. Woodson have not been like this, which makes me want to read more of her picture books to see if it’s the same style.

The art was so unique and I wanted to sit still and look at it for a while. Everything was so bright and colorful and I was entranced. This picture book would have kids hooked, if not on the story than on the art. I loved it, my little sister loved it, and most children will love it as well.

The Day You Begin Quotes

I loved how different everyone in this book was. There were so many people and the odd thing was, I didn’t know any of their names. I thought that was cool. I can’t help but smile when I remember the ending of the book. This book also lazy summers and how it’s okay not to go any vacations. I loved this book and I want to read more of Ms. Woodson’s picture books. 

Ms. Woodson’s books are always so lyrical and I can’t wait to read her next one. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons