I had the opportunity to read three, soon to be released, books over the course of the past couple of weeks. NetGalley provided me with all of the titles that I will be reviewing today. (BTW...if you're a teacher, this site is FREE to join! Free eARCs, which do "magically" disappeared off your device after the book's archive date.)
Title: Living With Jackie Chan
Author: Jo Knowles
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Review: I pretty much loved this book! For his senior year, Josh has moved in with his karate loving uncle. Josh is leaving a past filled with bad decisions, and parental turmoil, to establish a fresh start before college. What Josh didn't realize is that he would still be haunted by his past, and eventually lean on his uncle for much needed support. This is the follow up to Jumping Off Swings, which I have yet to read. Without the background knowledge, from Jumping Off Swings, I was still able to understand the deep emotions that ran deep, throughout this story.
Title: Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Author: Jeffrey Brown
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Review: Roan, a recent middle school student, has dreamed of attending Pilot Academy his entire life. However, that dream is just not meant to be. Instead, he will be attending Jedi Academy, a place most students have attended since they were toddlers (not middle school students). This book, written in a graphic novel format, is full of laughs and typical middle school drama. I can't wait to share this one with students!
Title: Hypnotize Me (The Hypnotists Book 1)
Author: Gordon Korman
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Review: This is another book I can't wait to share with students! According to Jackson Opus's best friend, Tommy, he has always been persuasive and able to get his way. What Jackson doesn't realize is that he is a descendent of one of the most powerful hypnotist families in the world. Jackson has been recruited to work for the Sentia Institute, in order to make the world a better place using his abilities. However, things start to go very, very wrong and Jackson almost loses everything. This book was a roller coaster ride of action and unexpected twists. I would recommend this book to students who enjoyed the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix.