Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two for Tuesday: 45 Pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barron and Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge45 Pounds (more or Less)

45 Pounds (more or Less)


I wanted to love this more…the premise is, well, right up my alley *ahem*.  And it is not like this wasn’t good...well written, good story, well developed characters ect. ect. ect.  I just didn’t fall in love, with the story or the characters.  It was a tad predictable and just meh.

Book Description via Amazon

Release date: July 11, 2013

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:
She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!

Will & Whit

Now this I loved!  This is such a great graphic novel– beautiful illustrations, wonderful writing, and an amazing story.  Perfect for 6th grade and up.

Wilhelmina “Will” Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.
Laura Lee Gulledge’s signature visual metaphors will be on full display in this all-new graphic novel, a moving look at shedding light on the dark corners of life.

Praise for Will & Whit
"This sophomore offering shines as bright as the lamps Will surrounds herself with... Quirky, clever and insightful."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Gulledge creates engaging characters (especially Reese, Noel’s precocious younger sister), and draws them with believable expressiveness… Gulledge’s values are wholesome, and her energy is up-to-the minute fresh."
Publishers Weekly

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