Tag Archives: magical realism

Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/9/17

9 Oct

I kicked butt reading this weekend. You know how when you eat a really great meal and you feel full, but so good? Well, that’s how I felt reading this weekend. I started out the week reading The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann, a romance novel a coworker told me about – it’s one of those cheesy books you don’t have to think about while reading, but it was a lot of fun with some really great librarian references in it. Then I spent much of the weekend reading some really great middle grade and young adult novels – The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/25/17

25 Sep

I’m back! I made it safely back to the States last Monday evening and spent the last week catching up on sleep, laundry, emails and work. I’m glad to say that I think I’m starting off this week in a really great place – and that I read far more than I expected over the past few weeks. I’ll share more about my vacation later, but for now…

I was able to complete:

  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Goodnight, Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Kim Smith
  • Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
  • Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrated by George Ermos

There will be a lot of reviews to come, so look for those. Otherwise, I’ve got a few more books I want to read this week, including:

  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon


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

Book Review: The Incredible Magic of Being

2 Sep


Julian’s stressed out family affects him, but he remains ever optimistic that he’ll be able to name his very own comet and be able to live forever. He’s even more excited that the family is moving away from Washington DC’s light pollution, to Maine where his mom and Joan plan on opening a Bed & Breakfast and where Julian will be able see the stars and that potential comet even better.

But, with a teen sister who believes every decision the family makes is against her and a next door neighbor who could end the bed and breakfast dream, Julian believes he needs to show his family and neighbor the magic of the universe and all will work out.

What I loved most about this story is that Julian loves science, but also understands that there is still so much we don’t know and that there is a sort of magic that exists in tandem with science. Although Julian is anxious about a lot of things, you don’t truly understand why until you get deeper into the story and then it makes a lot more sense. His mom is stressed out, his sister is a pain and his mom’s partner is working extra hours to cover the cost of renovating the B&B, so Julian befriends the neighbor, Mr. X and through his own magic understands what Mr. X needs in his life and how it will help him move past his wife’s death. This story runs along the line of magical realism, where you’re not quite sure where the real world stops and the magic begins, and that’s my favorite type of story.

I won’t give too much away, but this is a story that would open up a lot of conversation with kids about family bonds, feelings, dealing with stress and anxiety and with a touch of fantasy that kids will just have to talk about.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Julian’s excited to name his own comet, but a stressed out mom, overworked partner and crank.y sister just don’t understand its importance

Title: The Incredible Magic of Being
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 256 pgs.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/21/17

21 Aug

This week was a busy one (as they all are!) but I did manage to read Slider by Pete Hautman and The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine. I also cracked open The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and got through the first chapter before I fell asleep last night. I’ve already written of book reviews that will be posted next month while I’m on vacation for both books I read. Slider is a great middle grade read with competitive eating as a backdrop to understanding where you fit in, not only in your family, but with your friends too. The Incredible Magic of Being is the story of a young kid who’s connected to the universe in a way his family doesn’t understand, but proves to be a powerful connection when it helps to save someone’s life and bring his family together in a way they haven’t been in a long time.

This week I plan on reading The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork and (hopefully) Sparrow by Sarah Moon. I’m getting closer to finishing up the ARCs taking up valuable space on my bookshelf, just in time for the Princeton Book Festival where I’ll buy more titles to add…it’s a delicate balance!


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

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