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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Reading Resolutions: October Update
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Friends of the Library!
Hang on to your hats, I read a lot of books this week!
Recommended by a Family Book Club goer.
A magical and delicious tale about dreams granted, wishes gone awry, and family. Each of the characters especially the Bliss siblings and the mysterious Aunt Lily were all memorable. At times, I felt the situations were a bit over-the-top but by the time I was fine with it. I appreciated the little bits of quirkiness thrown in for the adults. I really didn’t think I’d meet a former President of the United States in the book!
In the Family Book Club, we discussed how appearances can be deceiving and how we were glad that the antagonist had a good-enough motivation to do all the questionable things she did. Kids were eager to read more of the series!
I hope the paperback version of this book has a new cover that will appeal to more people because despised the cheesy poses, this is actually a good story. I enjoyed the issues that were tackled here- some directly, some indirectly- and all from the perspective of eleven-year-old Jarrett. The writing seemed very spot on in capturing the thoughts and actions of a boy his age and all the things thrown at him- summer school, a revolving door of foster kids, his first crush, and yoga. I can easily overlook the fact that the mom wasn’t realized fuller because in real life you don’t get explanations of why people are the way they are. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Read this.
This was another book I had initially dismissed because of the cover, which to me screams, “lite fare kids book.” But this was a rather substantial middle reader novel that delivers a powerful emotional punch from its multiple but connected storylines- Lucy’s relationship with family and her interest in photography; Lucy’s summer relationship with the boy next door, Nate; the worsening condition of Nate’s grandmother; and, their observations of a family of loons.
Except for what I felt were some rather clunky parts here and there, this is a book worth checking out. “Even half a chance beats none.”
I marveled at the beautiful words revealing hideous truths. War is an unnecessary reality. Based on decades-long battle in Guatemala, Caminar tells Carlos’ story through poetry. His village savaged, and everyone he knows gone, this is his journey leaving his childhood behind and becoming a man on a path filled uncertainty and danger.
Book lovers will get a kick out of this novel. If you’ve ever loved a book and wanted everyone to read it, then you can relate to the three friends who conspire to get copies of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird into the hands of the reading public- by making all the copies “disappear.” Before they know it, their plan spirals out of control- axe-wielding Santa anyone? A quick read full of literary references.
Poppy has a lot on her plate- a sick grandma, no place to call home, and being an eye-witness to murder. I was surprised to like this book as much as I did- even if it involved a side plot about a misunderstood dog in an animal shelter. Her conflicting emotions and behavior actually ring true even if I find her impulsiveness bordering too much on being reckless.
This was an interesting story based on real circumstances- particularly the exchange of Friendship Dolls between the US and Japan after World War One. The story built around it is one I could totally relate to.
Lexie is sent to leave with her grandparents in Portland while her Mom stays on in San Francisco with the mom’s boyfriend to make a living. With all the changes in her life, it doesn’t help that she also has to find a way to fit in at school with a boy who teases her and a girl who makes her life untolerable.
When an opportunity arises that may reunite her with her Mom, she takes it without thinking through all the consequences of her decision. While some parts were predictable, I really enjoyed seeing the growth of the characters.
First of all, let me say I’m not the intended audience for this book. I can see how early middle readers may find this funny and interesting. There are plenty of doodles and jokes to keep them entertained. And, I laughed more than I thought I would. A basic quick read.
Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m going to continue reading books for the Cybils and my Picture Book Month reading challenge.
Have a great reading week!