It’s time to move another letter down the alphabet for The ABC Book Challenge!
Every couple of weeks I’ll be sharing at least one memorable book with a title beginning with the letter of the week, and one (or more) books currently on my TBR.
I’ll be ignoring any As etc at the beginning of titles
The ABC Book Challenge – W
A Memorable Book…
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed – Illustrated by Iman Geddy
About the book
Omar and his brother Hassan, two Somali boys, have spent a long time in the Dadaab refugee camp. Separated from their mother, they are looked after by a friendly stranger. Life in the camp isn’t always easy. The hunger is constant . . . but there’s football to look forward to, and now there’s a chance Omar will get to go to school . . .
With a heart-wrenching fairytale ending, this incredible true story is brought to life by Victoria’s stunning illustrations. This book perfectly depicts life in a refugee camp for 8-12 year olds.
This was the first graphic novel I’d read and it was such a moving description of Omar’s life. It really does tell such an important story and is told and illustrated in a way that is so accessible for middle grade readers.
A Book On My TBR…
About the book
Morrigan may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And it’s important to remember that not all magic is used for good . . .
I read and adored Nevermoor when I read it and I’ve been meaning to catch up with Morrigan and Jupiter ever since but I’ve not quite got around to it. I have the paperback edition of Hollowpox on order though (I had to match couldn’t have two paperbacks and then a hardback) so I think I’ve got until June to get this one finished!
About the book
When a high achiever is rejected by every Ivy League college–AND her safety school–her life is turned upside down. Becky Albertalli meets The Princeton Review in this witty, nerve-racking, and occasionally heartsick look at college admissions.
Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she’s rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly resume-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) … all that for nothing.
As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as “The Ophelia Syndicate,” Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.
In her sophomore novel, A. E. Kaplan cranks the humor to full blast, and takes a serious look at the extreme pressure of college admissions.
I’m not sure if this one has a UK publisher, I stumbled across it (I think through a Barnes and Noble blog) and ordered it from Amazon as it sounded interesting. I have absolutely no experience of the American college application process, although I did go to university in the UK so I’m intrigued to read it!
One memorable and two to be read W books! Let me know yours in the comments and be sure to come back on the 25th when I’m finally rounding off the challenge with my X, Y and Z books!