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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/9/17

10 Apr


I really enjoyed The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge this week – a mystery story with a fantastical element set in 19th century Victorian England. It’s an interesting look at gender roles at a time when women were not expected or encouraged to be educated. I also, finally, got my hand on The Hate U Give by debut author, Angie Thomas. It’s a story with its roots in the Black Lives Matter movement and was such a real story that I finished in a day and haven’t stopped thinking about yet. There’s talk about books being mirrors and windows and this story is both – a mirror for so many teens growing up in a low-income neighborhood, while it is very much a window for make teens who have never experienced what Starr, the main character, experiences on a daily basis. Angie Thomas writes very much like teens speak and although the language, sexual content, and violence may be too much for more conservative people, this story directly reflects what has been happening across this country and was truly eye-opening and educational for me.  This is a must-read!

I have finally started The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi and am already enjoying this high adventure, historical fiction story about a boy in search of his family and on the run from a crime he couldn’t help, but commit. I’m not sure what else I plan on reading this week, but I’ve got a bunch of ARCs I still want to finish before summer starts, so most likely I’ll pick up one of those!


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

Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Must-Read Mysteries

13 Sep

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Mysteries were one of my absolute favorite genres growing up – and they still are today! I love puzzles, murder mysteries, absolutely everything, but I especially love anything that has to do with art history as well. In fact, I considered an art history minor in college and also thought about a joint museum/library degree in graduate school. I never thought about it too much until I was putting this list together, but one of my all-time favorite books as a kid was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – probably not a coincidence!

  1. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  2. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  3. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  4. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Gravbenstein
  5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  6. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  7. Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  8. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  9. Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
  10. Greenglass House by Kate Milford

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Set in Victorian Era

16 Aug

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The Victorian Era was one of my favorite time periods to read about as a child.  Check out these great books written about the time period:

  1. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by
  2. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  3. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  4. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  5. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  6. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
  7. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  8. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  9. Meet Samantha by Susan S. Adler
  10. Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

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

Kids’ Review: Minor Details (movie)

14 Jul


I’m going to try starting a new aspect of my blog with some of the kids I know at the library reviewing books (and movies) they love (or don’t!).  My first reviewer is “S”, a coworker’s daughter who I’ve known for a number of years.  She’s in middle school now and is an avid graphic novel reader – Bake SaleKristy’s Great Idea and Roller Girl are just a few of the graphic novels that she has devoured more than once.  She knows the library well as she’s often hanging out as her mom works and has begun helping me this summer with little projects I have.  So here is S’s newest review of a movie she loved watching with her sister:

Minor Details

Production Company: Mainstay Productions

Rating: PG

Rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being hated it and 10 being loved it): 10/10

Brief Summary: Four girls – Paige, Abby, Claire and Taylor go to the same boarding school.  But one day on the bulletin board hey saw some mysterious notes and on and off food poisoning.  Will the girls be able to solve the mystery and find out who did this?

Review: I liked this movie because I really like mystery movies.  I really like mysteries that take place in school and I liked it because it had a lot of interesting detail sin it.  I liked it because I didn’t expect it to be the person who caused all the mess!  That’s why I love the movie, Minor Details!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Middle Grade 2016 Releases So Far This Year

21 Jun

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I decided that although I love a lot of the books coming out this year by popular authors such as Kate DiCamillo, Kwame Alexander and other books creating a buzz in the children’s literature world, I chose to highlight some that I enjoyed by other authors.  So without further ado, here is my list:

  1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
  2. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  3. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
  4. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  5. The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary
  6. Teh Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
  7. The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
  8. Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
  9. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  10. Soar by Joan Bauer

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

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