I finished reading all of the 2013-2014 SC Junior Book Award nominees! Yea!
Now to begin my work reading some teen/tween romance titles as part of the Middle Grade Book Boot Camp. Interested in discussing and learning about middle grade books? Join us! Here is the form to enlist. I'm looking forward to collaborating and discussing books with other middle school librarians. We're going to be blogging, wiki-ing, tweeting and possibly Google Hang-outing. I know. That was cheesy. It's the middle school in me.
Last week I finished reading:
Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice- This book was a quick read that I will recommend to students that like to read survival stories.
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull- I listened to the audiobook. I liked how this story got off to a quick start with Jason landing in Lyrian via a hippo. Several of my fantasy readers have already finished the second book in this series.
Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby- I'm always on the search for our next Read Across America/Disability Awareness Month title. The main character of this book is named Joey. Joey lost her hearing at the age of seven. Her mother wants her to rely on lip reading, instead of learning sign language. Joey's world cracks open when she meets Charlie and Sukari, a chimpanzee who uses sign language to communicate.
Skinny by Donna Cooner- This is a serious title about a young woman that undergoes gastric bypass surgery. Without realizing it, this book is also a romance. It was hard to appreciate that as I was more concerned about the more serious health issues that this book glides over.
I read these books to my little guy:
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey- I loved this title!!
Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- My son really liked this story about chopsticks.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
I am currently reading:
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman