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12 Somewhat Scary Stories for Middle Grade Readers

30 Oct

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a scaredy-cat – I don’t like haunted houses, scary movies or even scary books! But I know tons of readers who love books that creep them out, so if that’s something you love – check out these creepy titles for middle grade readers!

  1. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud*
  2. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  3. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz*
  4. The Shadows by Jacqueline West*
  5. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  6. Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
  7. Took by Mary Downing Hahn
  8. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste*
  9. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty*
  10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
  11. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  12. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen

*First in a series!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During the First Year I Started My Blog

12 Sep

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s amazing to think that I didn’t have anything in my mind worth sharing with the world. It’s been an awesome journey and one I know that will continue to change as I change and it was fun to look back at what I was reading when I first started this journey!

  1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  2. One for the Murphys by Lyda Mullaly Hunt
  3. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  5. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  6. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  7. Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  8. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  9. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  10. Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/20/17

20 Feb

25203675I didn’t get to quite as many books this week, but I enjoyed the ones I did get to read!  Wish is a sweet story about family and friendship found in unexpected places (and a small spoiler alert – although there is a dog on the cover of the book, the dog does NOT die!) hour of the Bees is a story of magical realism that reminded me a little of The Lightning Queen with stories and folklore woven into the story.  Finally, The Star-Touched Queen was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. A fantasy story seeped in Indian folklore – I read the whole thing in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

This week, my plan is to read the other books I didn’t get to last week:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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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 community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday:Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

17 Jan

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  1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
    A novel about what it’s like to want the best for someone else, but also feeling guilty for wanting something for yourself.
  2. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
    A historical fiction, mystery novel about the first female detective for the Pinkerton Agency in 1859 – she might even have the chance to save Lincoln’s life!
  3. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
    The perfect book for those looking for adventure in a fun and quirky package!
  4. The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Firefly Lane is the perfect utopian society until Ilana moves in, then the kids start asking questions…
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    Corinne’s story is rooted in Caribbean folklore – a great story for those who love fracture fairy tales and fairy tales re-done.
  6. Last in a Long Ling of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
    Lou learns about her family’s past as she tries to save her family’s home from being condemned – a story that doesn’t shy away from slavery, racism and prejudice both in the past and in present time.
  7. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
    A story that spans generations – this is a beautiful story of friendship among the most unlikely of people.
  8. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
    Randi Rhodes is not only a ninja but also a detective and she’ll need all her wits about her to save the Founder’s Day Festival and her small town.
  9. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
    Another folktale-esque story of a peasant girl and a princess who are charged with a quest to cure Aon’s sadness, but prevent the fall of monarchy at the same time.
  10. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
    Brine Seaborne (best name ever) has a past that she can’t remember, but with the help of an obnoxious apprentice, Peter, some pirates and a little bit of magic, she may discover who her parents are or they’ll be eaten by sea monsters – either one!

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

Picture Book Month Theme: Fractured Folk & Fairy Tales

5 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight  by Penny Parker Klostermann
  2. Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
  3. Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger
  4. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  5. Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
  6. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
  7. Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
  8. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
  9. The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
  10. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

 

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