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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/13/17

13 Nov

I must say, I kicked butt reading this week and boy does it feel good! Work has slowed down a little bit and with few evening commitments and a cell phone sitting in a bag of rice (phones + toilets don’t mix), I read more than I have in a long time. I finished not only what I had planned, but a few extra titles as well!

  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  • The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Long Way Done by Jason Reynolds
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

I’m hoping to continue my reading streak (as I’m behind where I want to be for the year!) with the following titles:

  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dust Bowling
  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

I think this list is super ambitious for the week, but I’ve been trying to catch up with some titles that I keep hearing about on Twitter and on other blogs, so what I don’t get to this week, I’ll work on next week as well! What are you reading lately?


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Book Review: The Nest

27 Feb

23271637.jpgI am not a huge fan of horror fiction… it scares me just a little too much.  Coraline was absolutely frightening, Doll Bones terrified me and even though I’ve met Mary Downing Hahn, I didn’t have to guts to tell her I’ve never read her work because I hate being scared.  I’m not a fan of haunted houses, scary movies, etc.  So, every once in a while I’ll pick up something deemed “scary” to ensure that I at least am familiar with a few titles for patrons who come in looking specifically for scary books.

The Nest  by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen is the story of Steve and his family.  Steve’s baby brother is very sick and the doctors aren’t quite sure how to make him better which causes the family stress as his parents are constantly taking the baby to doctor’s appointments, hospital visits and more.  Steve and his sister are often left at home throughout the summer with a babysitter, while his parents take the baby to appointments.  Understandably, Steve is a worrier (which makes his parents worry more); he’s worried about germs, his family, the wasp’s nest outside (he’s allergic).  But, Steve is mostly worried the baby won’t survive, until he is visited in a dream by a wasp queen that might be able to help.  All Steve has to do is say, “yes.”  But, yes is a word full of power and when Steve is finally shown what will happen, he begins to wonder if “yes” was the right answer.

The story itself moves so quickly as you try to keep up and find out what happens with Steve’s baby brother, his family and the wasp nest hanging from the eaves of the house.  And, let me tell you when it comes to the climax of the story, I was reading so quickly to get through the scary part and find out what happened!  It’s also important to note that Steve has obsessive compulsive tendencies that are addressed in the book a few times (i.e. visits with a therapist for coping strategies), which makes for a very real character who is just trying to do the best he can.  It’s a fast read for kids who want a thrill in their stories – perfect for a quick summer read!

Read Alikes: 

  1. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  2. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  3. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  4. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): A sick baby brother, a dream and the power of a single word… The Nest by @kennethoppel is a horror story you won’t be able to put down!

Title: The Nest
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2015
Page Number: 256 pgs.

Listening for Lucca

16 Dec

untitledI picked up Listening for Lucca with trepidation because (and don’t repeat this!) I often judge books by their cover!  Not, unlike the kids I suggest books to.  The cover we have for this book, looks like an old fashioned cover with a painted image and washed out colors, it definitely didn’t look like the cover of a book published in 2013.  But, I’ve heard the buzz surrounding this book, so I picked up and I’m so glad I did.

Written by Suzanne LaFleur, who also wrote Eight Keys, you can check out my review, Listening for Lucca is a interesting story that crosses a number of genres – children with disabilities, supernatural, and historical are a few of the parts of this story that make it so intriguing.  Siena’s family moves to an old house on the coast of Maine in the hopes of helping her younger brother, Lucca, begin talking again, her parents also hope Siena will make some new friends and stop having so many life-like dreams about the past.

Little do her parents know that the past residents of the house had a similar problem, but Siena knows and hopes that by understanding and helping these ghosts, her family can begin to move forward.  I really liked how the story straddled the lines of history crossing between World War II and present day.  The characters were well developed and I though the plot moved forward at a good pace, my only concern was how the author chose to deal with the brother’s muteness.  Throughout most of the story, I thought it worked really well, but I didn’t like how Siena helped her brother choose to begin talking again.  I’m not sure if it was a believable ending to the story and more so, I don’t believe that’s how children should perceive how muteness is “fixed.”  That being said, much of the story involves “time travel” to some extent, so children may be able to separate fact from fiction in this example as well.

listeningQuickly, getting back to the cover art, I found a different cover of the book and one that would be much more intriguing to me as well as to kids too!  See what you think!

You can visit Suzanne LaFleur’s website for more information about her work!

Title: Listening for Lucca
Author: Suzanne LaFleur
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: 2013
Page Number: 229 pgs.

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