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”.
Another quiet reading week for me, but take a look at what I did read this last week . . .
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
Do you have a Star Wars fan in you house? This would make a great Father’s Day present. Each page is a one panel comic of Darth Vader in action as he parents young Luke Skywalker. Lots of funny parenting moments with a Star Wars spin on them. My favorite is when Darth Vader is tickling Luke using the Force while saying, “I have you now .” I haven’t yet read the just released second book in the series, Vader’s Little Princess, but I’m on hold for it at the library. Recommend for avid Star Wars fans of any age. (2012)
Finished this graphic novel:
I really wanted to like this more than I did, as I know lots of people who LOVE this book. The art is terrific and the storyline has an interesting premise which introduces us to young astronauts in training. You meet a broad range of characters including Hakata, who already has a past as crime fighting hero. I found the storyline disjointed and at the end I felt I didn’t really know any of the characters very well, and frankly many of them just didn’t appeal to me. Maybe the second, just released book in the series, Astronaut Academy Re-Entry, takes it forward? If you’ve read it, let me know if I should read on in the series. I think this has more of a middle school feel than upper grade school, mainly because it has a lot of peer relationship issues. (2011)
Finished this young adult novel . . .
I really enjoyed this young adult novel. Mallory, a junior in high school, is fed up when she finds out her boyfriend has been having an online relationship in virtual-world game that he plays. Disgusted with his obsession and bothered by her peers’ reactions to the break up, she decides to abandon all technology as she tries to live a more authentic teen life. Her vision of an idealized teen life is pieced together from saved items she finds which belong to her grandmother, who was a teen in the early sixties. As time goes on she learns a lot about what she wants and needs from the friendships and her own family members–honesty and authentic-ness, even if that might include a bit of technology. I found this a smart and thought provoking and a great one for today’s teens to read. Lots of great discussion points. As for the content, I found it pretty clean with mainly some kissing and vague mentions of going beyond that, plus a teen pregnancy (not the main characters!). I’d recommend for grades 9 and up, or perhaps younger as a shared read. (2013)
Next up . . .
I’m sharing copies of this and the first Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel books as my final Book Fairy visit to the 4th/5th grade class, so I will be finishing this up. I love Zita and think they will too!
This moves up in the queue as it due at the library in a few days and I can’t renew it as it’s needed for a hold. I’ve heard great things about this middle grade novel.
And then if time permits, I move on to this one . . .
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!