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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Titles of 2017

12 Dec

I took the time to promote some titles that I haven’t seen as much buzz about (that also fit together as they all have blue-ish, green covers). I wanted to steer clear from some of the titles and authors that EVERYONE has heard about – Rick Riordan, Alan Gratz, Katherine Applegate, etc. And not that there’s anything wrong with those books – I loved them too, but I wanted to take the chance to promote a few titles that people might not have heard about – all of which would make great reads as we finish up 2017.

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  1. Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  2. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  3. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  4. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  5. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  6. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  7. The List by Patricia Forde
  8. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  9. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  10. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

8 Dec

npr booksI’ve posted about NPR’s Book Concierge over the past few years and am always interested in seeing what kind of titles NPR chooses to highlight. Just a few things to point out this year (and I’m focusing on the kid/teen titles) – I think NPR focused on providing a diverse list of titles from different perspectives this year with a lot of great titles that I’m seeing on many other lists as well as few titles I’ll have to get my hands on (I haven’t heard about them yet!).

Take the organizing tool with a grain of salt because I first assumed that NPR hadn’t chosen and graphic novels for kids (because you couldn’t pick that format in the concierge tool), but I did find a title on the list, if you just pick Kids’ Books. Other issues I’ve found include titles being only available in a few genres, rather than crossing over to all genres that fit that title.

Regardless, I love checking out the titles that different organizations choose to promote that have been published over the past year – allowing me to catch up with titles that I haven’t gotten to yet or opening my eyes to new titles that I haven’t heard about in blogs, on Twitter or in reviews.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/27/17

27 Nov

As expected, I didn’t get as much reading done as I expected to this week, as I was spending much of my week with family for Thanksgiving. I was able to finish The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar which are both set in the 1940s, but in two very different worlds. As I knew very little about either (life in England during World War II and life in India under British rule), I enjoyed both very much!

I’m hoping over the course of the next week, I clear off my TBR list of library books and read the following:

  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

What are you reading lately?


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Middle Grade Review: The First Rule of Punk

22 Nov

32050089Synopsis: It’s the first day in a new school a thousand miles away from her dad, best friend and everything she knows and loves and Malu is nervous. After a tough day (violating the school dress code, upsetting the school’s queen bee and so much more), Malu has disappointed her mom… yet again. Malu is nothing like the daughter SuperMexican (as she calls her mom) wants her to be – she hates cilantro, loves punk music and zines, and just wants to move back home.

But, with some courage from her dad she creates her own band of outcasts and learns that following the beat of your own drum is most important! There’s just one thing… her mom doesn’t know about the band and Malu’s pretty sure she’s not going to be happy when she finds out! Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

21 Nov

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This list could go on forever, so I tried to force myself to keep to titles that I’m thankful for that were published this year in middle grade fiction. I still had a lot more titles that I would love to highlight, but here’s what I came up with for my list:

  1. The First Rule of Punk by Celia P. Pérez
  2. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  3. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  4. The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner
  5. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  6. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  7. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  8. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  9. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  10. Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo

What books are you thankful for this year?


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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