Reading is Power

book talk

As Overlake students head off into a two week break from our distance learning, we'd like to think that reading is on the "to do" list of activities.

Overlake Librarian Rebecca Moore is making reading selections easy with her series of Book Talks. Whether it's adventure, romance, sports, science fiction, or history, Overlake's library helps take the guess work out of selections. Picking from nineteen selections, she provides a quick synopsis in her book talks. "Mrs. McCandlish and I do booktalks each quarter, and these are some of the titles for the fourth quarter; they were ready to go, and represented a variety of genres. All but two are available through Overlake's Overdrive collection. I've also collected the videos on a Padlet divided by genre, and included grade levels for the intended audience."

While the books are meant for Middle School readers, Moore insists that anyone will enjoy these selections. "I think two key reasons to encourage reading now are empathy and escapism. Reading books, especially fiction, builds empathy like nothing else, and we need empathy and understanding now more than ever," explains Moore. "As for escapism, this is an uncertain time, and aren’t we all looking for worlds we can crawl into and wrap around ourselves and just be somewhere different for a while? Give your brain a break, and you’ll come back to this world refreshed."

Check out Moore's recommendations below, and click on each title to see her book review.

The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

Click here to learn more about Eva Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan.

The Naming by Alison Croggon

Click here for Rebecca's Book Talk for The Naming.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Click here for Rebecca's Book Talk on Fuzzy Mud.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Biacigalupi

Click here for Rebecca's Book Talk on Zombie Baseball Beatdown.

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Click here to learn more about Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder.

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Click here to see Rebecca's Book Talk on Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Click here to learn more about Beyond the Bright Sea.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Click here to learn more about Three Times Lucky.

Under the Egg by Laura Max Fitzgerald

Click here to learn more about Laura Marx Fitzgerald's Under the Egg.

The Not so Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis

 

Click here to learn more about Matthew Landis' The Not so Boring Letters of Private Nobody.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy

Click here to learn more about Dana Alison Levy's book The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island.

 

 

Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Click here to learn more about Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

 

Click here to learn more about Two Summers by Aimee Friedman.

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker

 

Click here to learn more about Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker.

Popular-A Memoir by Maya Van Wagenen

 

Click here to learn more about Popular-A Memoir by Maya Van Wagenen.

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire

Click here to learn more about Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar

 

Click here to learn more about Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic.

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner

Click here to learn more about Icebreaker by Lian Tanner.

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Click here to learn more about the Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke.