Welcome back, MSM readers!
This weekend is sort of a bummer for me. I was supposed to spend it traveling to Toronto with a close friend of mine for… a BTS concert. Yep. You read that right. I, Miss K., am a huge BTS fan. I’m sure some of you had tickets to the same show, so this week’s first book recommendation is meant to ease some of the heartbreak of the concert’s postponement. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo is about a K-pop star named Lucky. Growing up, Lucky wanted nothing more in life than to be an idol, but after two years under the spotlight’s pressure, she just wants one night of escape. When she manages to sneak out after a concert in Hong Kong, she meets a boy named Jack. She thinks Jack doesn’t know who she is–but he does, because he’s an amateur tabloid photographer. He pretends not to recognize her, hoping to spend time with her so he can get the ultimate celebrity scoop. However, when Jack and Lucky start to fall for one another, he starts to question whether his job with the paparazzi is cruel, while Lucky starts to wonder if she’ll ever want to go back to the idol life. It’s a sweet, funny, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking romantic comedy that I could definitely see being made into a movie someday.
The second book I’m recommending this week is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. This is the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that takes place during the Gold Rush. The main character, Lee, has a secret power to detect gold–even the smallest nugget in a stream of water. When the wrong people find out about Lee’s magical ability, she’s forced to disguise herself as a boy and flee west to California. If you have any interest in American history, you’ll love this book. The author pays such close attention to the gritty detail of life during the Gold Rush. Just a heads up, some scenes are a little tough to stomach, so if you’re queasy, I wouldn’t recommend this book for you. However, the characters are unforgettable. I finished reading this book months ago and I still think about Lee and her friends from time to time. If you can’t quite decide whether you’re in the mood to read historical fiction or a fantasy adventure next, this is definitely a good choice.
Thanks for tuning in today. Next week will be the final Shelf Care post for the 2019-2020 school year, and I’ll be doing something a little different, so be sure to check back.
Ms. Lee Ann Kostempski, Library Media Specialist