Challenger Deep…a book review.


IMG_4875Caden Bosch is a normal teenage boy that finds himself slipping from reality and diving into the depths of the unknown. His struggle is heart wrenching, yet hopeful in the end.

It doesn’t happen very often that I read a book that takes my breath away. This book literally left me breathless. Perhaps it’s because of the passion I have for books that shed light on such a taboo subject as mental illness or maybe it’s just that Neal Shusterman’s writing style captivates me. Whatever the reason, CHALLENGER DEEP is a book that should be read and discussed in every library and every classroom. I truly believe that.

This book is eye opening and a must read for teens with family members or friends with similar experiences.


Photo Essay from #txla15!

I was fortunate to attend the Texas Library Association annual conference April 14th – April 17th in Austin. I spent time volunteering, attended panel sessions, met lots of authors, and even moderated a panel session!

Here are some highlights:


 Kim Warwick, the librarian at Beckendorff JH, and I spent National Librarians Day volunteering at the registration table at TLA and taking goofy pictures.



 Several Katy ISD librarians attended a Young Adult Round Table Meet & Greet and ran into the amazing Jason Reynolds. If you aren’t familiar with his books stop what you are doing right now and look them up.  Simply. Amazing.



 Don’t be jealous, but I got to meet the author of the SELECTION series! Kiera Cass is the most down to earth author I have ever met. SOOO funny!



 Yep! That’s me and author Marie Lu!



My most fave picture of the conference! My author crush, Neal Shusterman, and his son, Brendan, were signing copies of CHALLENGER DEEP. I can’t say enough great things about this book. See my separate blog post for a full review.



I saw Adam Gidwitz signing books and ran over to get one for my 5th grade daughter. She loves spooky stories!



The one and only Chris Van Allsburg! I now have a personalized copy of Jumanji! You are never too old for picture books, right? 🙂



I also spent some time volunteering at the Texas Teens 4 Libraries Day. These teens had an incredible opportunity to listen to authors, get free books, and have them signed! All smiles!



Thrilled to be serving on the Young Adult Round Table executive board this next year!



#txla15 Swag. Enough Said.

March Madness Book Champion!

After a long battle, WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart clenched the March Madness – Battle of the Books Champion title on Monday!

If you have not had a chance to read this suspenseful novel, stop by and check out a copy from the library. You won’t be able to put it down…just ask Mrs. Crestani, our OTHS Calculus teacher. 🙂