A little late, but so worth it! 🙂
It’s Monday, December 26, 2011-What are you reading? This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.
You can also check out a link up for this meme at this fabulous blog by Jen and Kellee-Teach Mentor Texts. Or hop over to Page In Training to check out her reads.
Have I got some books for you from this past week!!!!
And not in any particular order: Breadcrumbs, The Future of Us, Clementine and the Family Meeting, My Weird School#2, A Monster Calls, Bigger Than a Breadbox
Breadcrumbs was a magical book written with beautiful and vivid language that made me feel as if I was there with Hazel in the snow. A full length review will be coming later this week. For now, just let me say that I was whisked away on an enchanted journey with Hazel as she searched for her best friend and what he USED to be! I’m not a big fan of fantasy, but this book won me over.
This one, The Future of Us, can be marked down as an all time favorite of mine. I could connect to the references to technology from the 90’s perspective-they even made me laugh out loud. I LOVED that even though the book was centered around teenage lives, there was no meanness or bullying or any of that kind of stuff that makes your stomach turn! 🙂 This book DOES have some mature content so while my 17 year old daughter could read it (and is by the way and loving it), my 6th graders will NOT touch it! 🙂
What can I say about this book, A Monster Calls? It was a great read. A deep one. An emotional one. A powerful one. This story deals with grief, sadness, and guilt through the heart of a young boy. The illustrations throughout the book really bring the story to life. It’s a book that I’m glad I read and would read again but be forewarned: You need to have a lighthearted book waiting for you after this one. 🙂
In fact, here is a great lighthearted book to read after A Monster Calls! Clementine and The Family Meeting. Or any Clementine book for that matter! Clementine is my new best friend with her quirkiness, funniness, and her sense of self. Now I’m just waiting on the next one-and there better be a next one! A must read for all kids!
I wanted to read this one, My Weird School#2-Mr. Klutz is Nuts, to see how I would recommend this series to my 6th graders that need simple stories to keep them engaged. It was a funny, simple, wacky tale of school. Mr. Klutz, the principal, really was nuts! 🙂 I am going to
shove put this book into the hands of some of my reluctant readers when we come back from break.
Bigger Than a Breadbox-I JUST finished this one. And LOVED it! Rebecca is dealing with a new home, a new town, a new school, AND a separation of her parents. This is a realistic fiction book mixed with fantasy, and I have to say that is my kind of book. Laurel Snyder did a fantastic job of writing a story that would resonate with kids-a little bit of magic with a big dose of an issue that affects a lot of them. Look for a lengthy book review later this week, but go right now to your nearest bookstore and BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT! 🙂
So those are the books that I read last week-I did good didn’t I? Now on the agenda-this is the hard part because I will select several books that I want to read and then change my mind so don’t hold me to it-but I think I’ll be delving into:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows
True by Katherine Hannigan
And hopefully a couple of adult books since I have won SEVERAL from some giveaways on goodreads.com and librarything.com.
Check back with me next Monday to see if I stayed true to my word OR if I changed my mind completely-I’m prone to doing that!! 🙂