Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”.
I missed last week’s It’s Monday! post as we were enjoying a ski vacation and I was plagued by a inconsistent wi-fi that was consistently annoying. But avoiding the internet meant I could get quite a bit of reading done in between ski runs with my family! The books below cover reading from the last couple of weeks.
Early Chapter Books
Frankly Frannie by AJ Stern
My littlest book hound, Small, aged 8 recommended this beginning chapter book. Frannie is reminiscent of Junie B. Jones with her attraction to odd ball goof-ups and misunderstandings. She also has the same problem with mid-pronouncing words like Junie B., which personally I find super annoying. I find other characters in early chapter books, like Clementine and Marty McGuire, a bit more enduring than Frannie, but I understand the appeal of this series. Recommended for ages 6-9. (2010)
Every Day by David Levithan
I really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would. A, wakes up every day in a different body and must live the life and challenges of the a person be they male or female. Usually, he just drifts from one body to one body making little impact on each person’s life or memories. But as Justin, he meets Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon and he wants to maintain contact with her. It all becomes very complicated as he struggles to continue to see her and explain his dilemma to her. I was wary, as in a way, this reminded me of The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I didn’t like very much, with the challenges of “not always there” love, but I found these characters much more appealing. I also really liked Levithan’s broad range of characters that really allow the reader to get inside the minds and lives of people potentially very different from themselves be they obese, LGBT, or have mental illness. Great for older teens and adults. (2012)
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and have an especially big spot in my heart (and bookshelf!) for historical fiction set in the West. Throw in a strong female character and I’m bound to be over the moon about a book. This book (released 2/12/13), which is the sequel to Hattie Big Sky, fits those categories perfectly and does not disappoint. Kirby Larson is a master at this genre and her commitment to research is so very evident in this book. The details of 1919 San Francisco were just so vivid for me. As I read it, I wondered if an older Hattie, dealing with more adult things like a career and courtship might be less appealing to older middle grade or middle school fans of the first Hattie, but Tall, my eleven year old daughter is really enjoying it, too. Thanks Delacourte Books/Random House for the Advance Reader Copy! I’m hoping my schedule will permit me to go see Kirby when she’s at a Seattle bookstore later in the week. Recommended for historical fiction fans, ages 10 and up. (2013)
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
What a lovely book, crafted beautifully by Linda Urban. Ruby is her small town’s Bunning Day Essay Girl and we follow her through her day as she prepares for her speech. Through flashbacks, we learn that not all is perfect for her, even on this day of honor. She misses her Grandma Gigi terribly and wants for anything to relive her Gigi’s last day. Urban is a master at conveying children as complex emotional beings. And nobody does a more emotionally packed short sentence than Linda Urban. For those who’ve read it, you know what I mean: “There is no apple crisp.” She knows just the right words to say, and not a word extra. Thank you Harcourt Children’s Press for the advanced reader’s copy. This book will be published March 5, 2013. With the flashbacks making this storyline non-linear, I’d recommend for strong readers age 9 and up. (2013)
Ongoing . . .
For the Newbery Challenge. Very short and very sleep inducing. Moving at a snails pace with this one.
So far, I’m only a few chapters in and I’m completely mesmerized by the story.
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!