Sunday, October 11, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10/12/15

I am currently reading Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith. 

I am a fan of Jennifer E. Smith's books. She writes young adult realistic fiction with romance, comedy and friendship. 

I just finished reading What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott. It's a suspenseful thriller that will have you guessing until the very end. You will also probably rethink that next camping trip after reading this book. 

I also read The Time Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antionette by Bianca Turetsky and illustrations by Sandra Suy. I enjoyed this fantasy, historical fiction novel.  The combination of fashion and time travel through history made this story fun for me to read. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz 
Candlewick Press, 2015, 387 pages

Reading this book took me back to middle school when I first discovered Jo March from Little Women and Anne of Anne of Green Gables

In The Hired Girl, fourteen year old Joan Skraggs is an avid reader whose father does not value education or girls that like to read.  Instead, Mr. Skraggs pulls Joan out of school to work full time as a housekeeper, maid, cook and chicken coop cleaner on the family farm.  As a farewell gift, Joan's teacher Mrs. Chandler gives Joan a diary as a gift and encourages Joan to write. Joan's diary is what we read as we follow Joan's journey from the farm in Pennsylvania to her job earning six dollars a week as the hired girl cooking and cleaning for a family in Baltimore.

Joan is smart, funny, innocent and a total romantic. With each diary entry, I wanted to know what happened next. What mishap, tragedy or comedic event would Joan be involved in that would have me laughing or cringing. Highly recommend this title. 


Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10/5/15

It's Monday and I've been reading Laura Amy Schlitz's book The Hired Girl

I am currently listening to Cherie Priest's book I Am Princess X via Hoopla available through our local public library system. 

I recently finished reading Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and listening to A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 

I am a fan of Raina Telgemeier's books. Sisters is a funny story of how two very different sisters, Raina and Amara, love and support each other in the only way sisters can. I have a big sister and I could relate to this book. We drove each other nuts as kids but no one knows us better than each other. (Graphic novel & Nonfiction) This book is really popular in our school library, including Telgemeier's other titles, Smile and Drama

We recently held a Scholastic Book Fair at our school. Students loved the book trailer for A Night Divided and many purchased it. Twelve year old Gerta's family is separated overnight by the rise of the Berlin Wall. Gerta's father and middle brother are stuck in West Berlin unable to return to her, her mother and older brother. As Gerta and her family try to survive in East Berlin under the watchful eye of soldiers with guns, she keeps watch for her father at the Wall. One day she actually does see her father standing on a platform on the western side of the Wall. And then she receives a mysterious drawing. Is her father trying to give her a message? Will she figure it out? Will this be the key to reuniting her family? (Historical fiction & mystery) 

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