Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? #7

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.  Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleasing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

Last week, I read and reviewed several really good books.

First up is Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis.  This is historical fiction based on a true story about two 15 year old girls who are attracted to each other.  The problem is that they are living in Iran in 1988, and homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.

Next, I read  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.  This is a novel about a girl born with a pair of wings.  She goes on a journey through her family history to try to figure out who she is and where she came from.  While I think this is a beautifully, lyrical book, I think it is for mature teens.

I also read Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai.  This is a nice middle grade novel about two cousins, on an Afghani American, the other newly arrived from Afghanistan who are at first rivals, but then come together with friends to solve the mystery of who is vandalizing Afghani grocery stores in the same strip mall.

And lastly,  I reread Harriet the Spy.  This is her 50th Anniversary and a new edition was issued that includes the thoughts and memories of some of Harriet's more famous readers, like Judy Blume, Lenore Look, Rebecca Stead and Meg Cabot.  Harriet wasn't the nicest of protagonists, but she still has something for kids today to learn.

And right now, I am in the middle of The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

These are the books on this week's TBR shelf:

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
The Finisher by David Baldacci
Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

 What are you reading this week?


  1. Looks like the Impossible Knife of Memory is receiving a lot of love recently. I should get to that soon. :) My twelve year old girl read Harriet the Spy two years back and she adored Harriet. :)

  2. Yes, by all means try to get hold a The Impossible Knife of Memory, especially if you like Laurie Halse Anderson. My Kiddo loved Harriet as well when she read the book. Now she is a struggling ESL teacher and a more struggling writer, and Harriet was one of her inspirations.


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