Arturo is trying to save his family restaurant, and navigate his first crush without his two best friends who are away for the summer. When a slick developer comes to town and threatens the family restaurant can Arturo find the voice he needs to speak up? Can he find the words to tell Carmen how he feels about her? Or is he in for an epic fail? With fantastic characters, and wonderful story this book will steal your heart and have you rooting all the way for the Zamoras! Recommended for grades 5th and up.
Jarrett is used to having a revolving door of babies in his house. After all his Mother is a foster parent who takes in the babies temporarily while they find a more permanent place for them. All that changes the day his mother takes 2 year old Treasure - and her 12 year old brother, Kevon after Treasure was hurt at home and no parent could be located. Right from the start Jarrett and Kevon don't get along. Jarrett resents having to share his room, and Kevon resents having someone else taking care of Treasure. Jarrett just knows Kevon is lying about what happened to Treasure, and is determined to find out what happened. But can he handle the consequences? Can the two of them ever become friends? Booth does a fantastic job in capturing the emotions of these boys on the page as well as building a story that you will find hard to put down. Winner of the Washington State Sasquatch Award, this is one book everyone should read. For grades 5th and up.
This book takes place in a futuristic western United States 100 years after an alien race has invaded and colonized the planet. The Zhree aliens have chosen to share their technology with a small group of humans, while the remaining humans live in less than perfect conditions. It is in these unprotected areas that some humans are part of Sapience, a terrorist movement that aims to drive out the alien invaders. It is on a raid against suspected Sapience operatives that the main character, Donovan, a member of the Special Forces, finds himself kidnapped. Donovan is much more than just a Special Forces operative, he is the son of the Prime Liaison who is the highest ranking human in the government.
You are dropped right into the action, which is nonstop from the first paragraph. There is a lot of book related vocabulary introduced in the first few chapters, that takes some time to understand. Sensitive readers may object to the use of torture and derogatory slang. Deaths are numerous, but not graphic in nature. The plot struggles in some areas, but overall it is well done. It will leave you thinking about certain things long after you put it down. Appropriate for grades 7 up.