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Best Books: Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha)

Does your young reader love a good suspenseful story? Does your young reader love space? They will not want to miss this book then.

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha) is the story of the first community based on the moon. They live their entire lives within this small community. Everyone knows everyone. SO not much can go wrong — right? That is until the Moon Base Commander goes missing. Moon Base Commander Nina Stack has disappeared — completely off the face of the moon. There aren’t many places to hide, and yet no one knows where she is. Enter Dash Gibson. Dash is a 12 year old boy that loves a good mystery, and nothing is more mysterious than this case.

Follow Dash as he discovers things about the Moon Base, and his fellow settlers that he did not expect. What can readers expect? Aliens, friends, mystery, and a possible sequel.

Stuart Gibbs has created an incredible world in this and his other Moon Base Alpha books. Be sure to check him and his series out if your young readers fall in love with this story.

Best Books: : A Wrinkle in time

The magic of books is that many can stand the test of time. A Wrinkle In Time is one of those books. It may have been written over 50 years ago, but its magic, its beauty, and its tale of fitting in never stops being important.

Meg Murry and her younger brother Charles Wallace are trying to fit in. The whole town is talking about them, and believes that their father is a loser scientist that has left them, their siblings, and their brilliant scientist mother without any word or hope to ever see him again. But Meg Murray and Charles Wallace do not believe it. They have made one new friend, Calvin O’Keefe, and together the three of them are going to have the most amazing adventure ever.

When a strange neighbor, Mrs. Whatsit, comes to them and asks for their help they discover a whole new strange and magical world. They also just might find Meg’s Dad isn’t such loser scientist after all.

A Wrinkle In Time was the 1963 Newbury Medal Winner, and time has only made this story better. There is a movie in production, to be released early 2018, starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Chris Pine. With the movie coming out soon it is the perfect time to introduce a new generation to the amazing stories by Madeleine L’Engle. Check out the book now and be ready to see it come to life on the big screen next year.

Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.