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Okay, September is clearly not my month of avid reading. I had great dreams, but they just didn’t materialize. Other things just got in the way. Little things, like new school routines and busy after-school activities schedules. Big things, like a large DIY deck sanding and staining that involved stressfully dodging a whole lot of unusual September rain in between phases of that project. So in other words, not a lot of reading time. Below is a recap of what (little!) I did get to this month! Please do share what you’ve enjoyed reading!
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
I read these picture books . . .
Imagine if Harold and the Purple Crayon collided with a David Wiesner book…you might just end up with Journey. The book is wordless but tells a magical story with stunning and fantastical illustrations. I think I clapped with happiness at the last few pages. I sure hope this is on the 2014 Caldecott committee’s radar. Recommend for preschool and up. (2013/Candlewick Press)
Great for illustrating and identifying emotions. Fun, lively monster illustrations will appeal to the preschool and kindergarten crowd. (2013/Lemniscaat USA)
Finished these novels for middle grades . . .
This was a very satisfying action-packed sequel to the hero vs. villain thriller, The Cloak Society, and the story is perfectly set up for the last book in the trilogy. My 12 year-old daughter snatched it out my hands as soon as I was done and declared it terrific, too! Release date October 1. Recommend for grade 4 and up. (2013/HarperCollins)
This one will tug at your heart-strings. With an absentee or distracted, at best, single mother, Addie is forced to fend for herself. A few adults in her life become the roses amongst the thorns for her. You will cheer loudly for Addie and marvel at her perseverance. Both in theme and writing style this reminded me a lot of Joan Bauer’s books, and I’d certainly recommend it to her fans. Life is pretty tough for Addie, so I’d recommend this for mature fourth or fifth graders and up. (2008/Katherine Tegen Books)
This was a fun and fast paced read aloud with my fourth grader that prompted some good discussions about authority and disobedience at school. In my head the kids seemed far to precocious to be fifth graders, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It would be a good one to recommend to students who enjoyed the latest Origami Yoda book, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett. Recommend for grades 3-6. (2007/Atheneum)
A lovely, quiet book that will remind you that seemingly random encounters between people just might happen for a reason. It was a very quick read that is still lingering with me. Not everything is explained, which may frustrate some readers, but it will definitely have you thinking. I’d be curious to hear if anyone has done this as a read aloud, because I think it would result in some great “Why . . .?” and “What if . . . ?” discussions. Recommend for grades 3-6. (2013/HarperCollins)
1946 Newbery Medal. I recall enjoying this when finding it at my grandmother’s house when I was young. Now, upon a re-read many years later, I found it okay. It’s certainly more readable than many others in these first few decades of the Newbery award, but I found the dialect very tiring by the end. Mr. Slater’s overnight conversion and retreat from alcoholism was extremely unrealistic for me as well. For farmsteading and pioneer stories represented by the Newbery, I prefer Thimble Summer and Caddie Woodlawn. Thanks to Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum for spurring me to jump start my Newbery Challenge and for reading some of these early titles together!
And I continue . . .
This is a great one to just read a chapter at a time, hence it’s taking me a while to get through it. Fascinating.
On Beth from Foodie Bibliophile‘s recommendation, I’m listening to this on audio. Great fun.
Next up . . .
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!