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”.
Here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading lately, and what is coming up in the reading queue! Thanks for visiting, and do share what you are reading!
Click the book cover’s to be taken to Goodreads for a more complete synopsis of each title.
A bunch of books from 1956 and 1957 for the Caldecott Challenge — look for my post later in the week!
I adored this book! Quirky characters pepper an interweaving plot line where little pieces and clues to a larger puzzle are slowly revealed. Some fantastical events appear alongside the mysterious elements of the story, but not enough to deter me, as I’m normally not drawn to fantasy stories. The story takes place in a town where many people have a Talent, which may seem ordinary (spitting or cake making, for example) or magically extraordinary (like floating). Throw in a Talent thief, a long-lost and coveted recipe, a particular suitcase, a mysterious gray suited gentleman, a pet ferret, and cake recipes after most chapters, and you have quite the story. I think it would make a fantastic read aloud for grades 4-6, and strong readers in grades 4-7 will enjoy it on their own. I know I had fun reading things and thinking, “Is that what I think it means?!”, so it’d be fun to share those moments of revelation with a group of kids. I found the story fresh and creative and one that I’m sure I will re-read just to study how it all comes magically together at the end! (2013)
My adult book . . .
I enjoyed this, though not as much as School of Essential Ingredients, which is favorite of mine and a great one for bookish-foodies. Like in Essential, Lillian is the center piece around which the other characters move and connect, often with each other. The focus here is not so much on food and cooking as therapy, but more about the life transitions that many of the characters are facing. Bauermeister has very descriptive writing and interesting characters but their individual stories weren’t as compelling to me in this one, except for Isabelle, a woman slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s. Her imagery of Seattle is lovely. (2013)
Continuing . . .
My youngest and I are about one-third the way through this and enjoying this adventure/fantasy and wonder how Conner and the boys are going to pull this off!
Next up . . .
1942 Newbery Medal, for The Newbery Challenge
My eleven-year old couldn’t put this one down, or stop talking about it. I’m glad it’s done making rotations with her friends so that I can get a chance to read it!
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!