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Mrs. Hadden's Book Picks


Monthly Favorites!

January

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
 
This book is about two girls told from alternating points of view:  Eagan, a figure skater who has a freak accident and dies and Amelia who receives Eagan’s heart through a transplant.  Eagan’s story is from the afterlife, looking back on her life and memories.  Amelia, who has a second chance at life, takes on new characteristics after the transplant -- traits from Eagan perhaps! 

February


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
 
I love fairy tale retellings so this book was right up my alley.  This Cinderella story is in a futuristic sci-fi setting in New Beijing, China.  Cinder has a sassy android sidekick who joins her on a quest to defeat a crazy evil queen and her moon army.  There is a mean stepmother, a handsome prince, and of course a formal ball.  The back of this book says “This isn’t the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.”

March


Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
 
The Inquisitor’s Tale is a book told in story form to a bunch of travelers who are consumed by the tale of three children and their faithful greyhound.  These children and their dog are chased through France by King Louis IX because they try to stop the king’s plan to burn all the Jewish books in France.  If that’s not enough of a reason to read the book, then how about a character who keeps his treasures in his underwear and a creature who is able to kill by farting!

 

 

Arpril

Inside of a Dog: What dogs see, smell and know by Alexandra Horowitz

This month’s pick is a non-fiction book about dogs.  This book will give you a firsthand look at the world through a dog’s eyes.  What do their licks mean?  Did you know dogs have a second nose?  It’s what scientist named the vomeronasal organ.  Go ahead and pick up this book but beware because the way you see your dog will never be the same.

May