Well, our Back to School newsletter came out... that means #bookaday is coming to an end. No more lazy summer days reading. Wait? Have I had any of those? Pretty sure that would be a no! Why do we pack so much in during the summer time and skip on the relaxing? I need to amend that. I still have a month left (darn newsletter making me feel like school is a week away!), need to find that hammock in the shade!
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
It's funny, and since Scholastic has printed a report that states kids are looking for funny books, then this one is sure to be a hit.
It has a surprising main character - a princess who is ready to be a warrior. And a humorous secondary character - the farting pony.
While not a favorite book for me, I would recommend it to kids because they are going to want to read it. Again and again.
Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols
The Maple and Willow series is such a perfect one for young readers. And the illustrations... they are some of my favorite to look at!
Sweet story about the older sibling, Maple, leaving to go to school for the first time and the effect on the sibling that stays home.
Little Bird's Bad Word by Jacob Grant
I first read this book at ALA Midwinter and knew it was one I would want to own. Great themes of how words can hurt and how words can heal. And it has a funny ending that will leave you chuckling!
Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah Harrison
Oh, this book is wonderful just for the pouty pout face of Bernice!
But really, another great story to teach theme and learning a lesson.
And really great illustrations!
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
This was actually my first Rebecca Stead book. This shouldn't be my last since I have Liar and Spy on my #mustreadin2015 list!
I had heard some good reviews and some ok reviews. I heard some people say they just didn't get it. I think when you read reviews before you read a book, there are times when it influences you in a way you don't want it to... and there are times where it actually helps. This is a time where it helped. My expectations were set maybe a bit lower. I didn't have all hype to live up to. I knew there would be an unnamed character helping telling the story.
And for me, it all fit together. I loved the multiple voices. I thought Stead captured middle grade quite well and explored a very relevant topic. I think there are going to be adults who criticize the sensitive and adult nature of the topic, but I don't think schools should shy away from it. Kids are growing up faster than ever and social media is having a huge push on that.
I loved the unnamed character's chapters and seeing the parallel from the main story.
I think students 7th-8th grade are really going to enjoy this book. I think a mature 6th grader, one who will be able to understand and think about the topic, will also enjoy it.
Looking forward to more Rebecca Stead books!
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
I have seen so much love for this book. We've had it in our Guided Reading library for so long and no one has really checked it out. I wanted to give it a try, but other books always got pushed in front of it. With a 4 hour trip to nerd camp looming, I figured I would try the audio. And here's where the audio debate comes into play. Does every book do well on audio? For me, the audio of this book actually did harm. I really did not like it and my opinion was definitely affected. I listened to 2/3 of the book on audio before I gave up. Luckily, I switched to the paper copy of the book and found it to be much more enjoyable. I ended up liking the character, Calpurnia, and what she faced at the turn of the century. I liked the way the author kept true to what was expected of a girl and did not have a false ending. As with many historical fiction books, I think this book can be a hard sell for students, especially when my building only goes to 4th grade. There will always be a student here and there that will like this type of story, and for those students, I will happily place this book in their hands. At some point, I would like to read the second book, and I will definitely read the print copy, not listen to it!
How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have a Clue by Jess Keating
Have so much love for this book. In fact, it requires a separate post. Will write about the series later this week. Check back in!
The Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Seems to be a bit of a ghost story...
Only a few weeks left, but my reading tower is still that, a tower! What are some books you want to finish before school starts?