Monthly Archives: June 2018

2018.52 – Word Nerd

It’s no secret I adore Susin Nielsen! I first read We Are All Made of Molecules a few years ago, after a friend sent me a link to preorder it. I mean, it has molecules in the title, so a science teacher must love it, right? Duh!

I read it as a read aloud to my 7th graders two school years ago (read more here), and they loved it! I did the same this year with a similar response. There are so many places to stop and chat in that book.

I’ve had Word Nerd on my stack for a few months, and I finally read it. There really wasn’t much time between the start and finish because it instantly hooked me, and I had a hard time putting it down.

Ambrose, a social awkward 12-year-old, is pulled out of school to be home schooled after his “friends” put a peanut in his sandwich, not believing he was actually allergic to peanuts. He befriends Cosmo, his landlords’ ex-con son, and together they join the Scrabble Club. The catch? Ambrose’s mom doesn’t know and definitely doesn’t approve of his friendship and joining the Scrabble Club.

I adore the way Susin Nielsen develops her characters. She’s great at giving them quirks, and making them instantly likeable! Plus, she doesn’t shy away from addressing family dynamics, honoring both the struggles of the parents and kids.

If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend them! All of them! (Even the ones I haven’t read yet…)

2018.51 – All Rights Reserved

This book (for me, audiobook) was nuts. I love love love the concept!

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.” – Book Description via Goodreads

Such an interesting idea. We already copyright quite a bit. So, what happens when that gets taken too far?

In Speth’s world, people can sue each other for the most minor infractions and offenses, all from their cuff–a device placed on their wrist to track body movement, record and charge for words, and make transactions. At age 15, all individuals must give a Last Day speech, which marks their transition into adulthood. After her friend dies by suicide, Speth is unable to make herself speak, sparking a resolve to stay silent until there is societal change.

She must learn to subtly communicate without sound or gesture, as she carefully navigates her world.

There are so many twists and turns, it was hard to put this book down (or rather, hit the pause button). Not only was it a fun dystopian YA novel, but also it makes me think quite a bit.

And, I’m so excited the sequel, Access Restricted, comes out on August 28th!!