Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!
Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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Small WorldSmall World by Ishta Mercurio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the circle of her mother’s arms when she was a baby to the other elaborate shapes found in nature that she observes as she gets older, Nanda’s world becomes more expansive that she could have imagined. A wonderful meditation in where we fit in in the big scheme of things.

How to Be on the MoonHow to Be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice follow up to How to Find Gold. The two friends go off on another one of their imaginative adventures- this time to the moon with plenty of sandwiches.

Sadiq and the Fun RunSadiq and the Fun Run by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq isn’t excited that his friends are allowed to be on the football team while he has to join the running team.

Sadiq and the Pet ProblemSadiq and the Pet Problem by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq forms a club to help his class decide which pet to get.

Sadiq and the Green ThumbsSadiq and the Green Thumbs by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq convinces his friends to help their injured teacher with some yard work. My favorite in the series so far since I love books about kindness.

The Next Great Paulie FinkThe Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This reminded me a bit of Stargirl (which I didn’t even like) because everyone was talking about this larger-than-life character who doesn’t show up during the first day of seventh grade. His classmates try to fill the void by holding a reality TV style competition to search for his replacement. Quirky characters and not your typical situations may be a bit much for some readers to really get into it but I found the story to be quite enjoyable. It has a great message of trying to figure out who you are by deciding what kind of person you want to be.

Other Words for HomeOther Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novel in verse about a family separated due to violence in their home country. Jude and her mom must learn to adjust to their new, unfamiliar, strange, and confusing home in the US while her father and older brother stay behind.

Shouting at the RainShouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a season of change for Delsie as summer brings in tourists from all over including one of her best friends, a new girl who causes a rift between the two friends, and a boy who has a bit of a wild side. A coming of age story that explores the complexities of family and friendship. I liked that the author has included an anagram puzzle involving the characters’ names!

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

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7 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- July 22, 2019

  1. I don’t think I’ve heard of The Next Great Paulie Fink, Earl. I’ll put it on my list. I liked the other two you shared & the anagrams from Shouting At The Rain were fun, I agree. Thanks also for the Sadiq books!

  2. The Next Great Paulie Fink is on my list because I adored The Thing About Jellyfish. I loved Shouting at the Rain and Other Words for Home. I listened to the latter and am waiting to read it again with my eyes. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the Sadiq series.

  3. I have been thinking about getting The Next Great Paulie Fink, and I loved your review of it, including the comment on Stargirl which I agree with. The Thing About Jellyfish was a polarizing read in my district people seemed to love it or really not get into it. You have several other books that I am hoping to read soon, thanks for the shares.

  4. Lots of great books this week! I just received Sadiq, looking forward to reading them. I was not a fan of Paulie Fink. Could not get into it and didn’t really like any of the characters. I loved Jellyfish and had high hopes but this one was not one I enjoyed. Shouting at the Rain is definitely another Lynda favorite!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed Other Words for Home and I can’t WAIT to get my hands on Shouting at the Rain. I always enjoy seeing your reading list, Earl. Thanks for sharing all these titles! #superlatecomment

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