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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–The Wonder of Wonder– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating kindness. I highly encourage everyone to participate in this weekly reflection. It reminds us there is good and there is love when bad and hateful things happen in the world.
–LGBT Book Drive– 17 donors from 4 states. Over $320 raised to buy 47 books to donate!
[**] For the life of me, I can’t remember a thing about this picture book and I’d just read it recently. I’m sure it was sweet and cute.
[***] If you’re looking for the next fun read-aloud, this is it! I can’t wait to hear the giggles with this one!
[***] There seems to be a string of books not only taking place at night but uses its darkness and shadows as almost another character or component to the story. A nice enough bedtime story.
Even though it’s Abigail Rook’s birthday, readers are the ones who get a gift with this novella featuring our intrepid adventure, her boss- the supernaturally gifted Jackaby, a treasure map, goblins, and vegetables. A smart move for fans of this smart, spooky series until the next installment comes out!
Stonewall, a nonfiction book intended for a teenage audience, is an informative look into an important part not only in gay history but American history as well. It details the corruption and the causes of the infamous riots, noting the key players and events that would spark a revolution. It includes a note from the Author sharing her story why she wrote this. With all the news involving gay rights, it’s an exciting look at how far we’ve come and what’s possible ahead.
The audio book is narrated by Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever.
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One of the great things about our Family Book Club is that authors are sometimes kind enough to join us. Deborah Hopkinson was the most recent author to do so. She was great and provided great insights into her books we normally wouldn’t have known had she not shared those information. I am in awe of how creative she is. She seems to be writing machine!
As someone who normally wouldn’t pick a historical fiction novel to read in their spare time, I was glad we chose this one for our Family Book Club. Having read Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map (and falsely remembering liking it more than I actually did), I enjoyed how Deborah Hopkinson wove facts with fiction incorporating actual characters and events with the made-up struggles of a boy named Eel. I liked the section that discussed the scientific method. This book will definitely make a good choice as a classroom read.
[****] This tall tale is fun, fun, fun! And, as you may or may not know, I love books with long titles. A family travels westward with the dad bringing along his fruit trees. Misadventures follow them but doesn’t deter them- not when they work together and use their gumption.
[***] Based on actual events, this is a good story to show kids that every little thing they can do to help those in need matters.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
Have a great reading week!