Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? #10

It's Monday! What are you reading? is the original weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  It's Monday! What are you reading? - from Picture Books to YA is a kidlit focused meme just like the original and is hosted weekly by Teach Mentor Texts.  The purpose is the same: to recap what you have read and/or reviewed and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week.

Last week, I read:

1- The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy - the ups and downs of a family through one school year.  The is a 5-star middle grade novel, not to be missed.

2- The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy - the adventures of Margaret Hubble, 12, as she begins Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches.  An old favorite from 1974 that's being reissued, also for middle grade readers.

3- El Deafo by Cece Bell - the story of a girl who loses her hearing at the age of 4, it is a graphic novel for middle school readers based on the author's actual experiences.

4- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  In this autobiography told in a series of free verse poems the author tells about growing up in the 1960s and 1970s as an African American living in South Carolina and Brooklyn.

I also read:

1- The Winter Hoses by Philip Kerr - a 15 year old Jewish girl in the Ukraine tries to save the only two horses of a rare breed from being killed by the Nazis, exciting and suspenseful.

2- The Light in the Cellar by Sarah Masters Buckey - an American Girl mystery from 1944.  Molly and her friends try to solve the mystery of who is stealing the precious, rationed sugar from the Red Cross and other places.  Well-researched back matter tells what life was like for kids in 1944.  
3- Christmas Truce by Arron Shepard - tells what really happened during the WW I Christmas Truce of 1914 in a fictional letter from a soldier to his sister, based on actual letters and other documents.

This week, I am going to have much chance to read because I am getting ready to go on vacation to San Francisco, but I am hoping to read the following:

That's my reading week, what are you reading?


  1. Wow, what a lot of good books read, Alex! I definitely will look for the new Misadventures of Family Fletcher and The Winter Horses-both look good in very different ways! Lucky you to have read Brown Girl Dreaming-I've pre-ordered it, still waiting. So many good ones are coming out this summer! Have a great time in San Francisco!

  2. Brown Girl Reading sounds fantastic! I have never read Woodson because poetry still intimidates me as a medium for telling a story - I'll be interested to hear your thoughts. The book would also qualify for the A More Diverse Universe challenge, if you are interested in participating again :-) Sign-ups are open!

  3. Really curious about the Fletchers - will have to check that one out!

  4. A vacation in San Francisco sounds awesome - love that city and looking forward to visiting again late this year. I am excited to find and read Brown Girl Dreaming by Woodson - I love novels in verse. Rock & Roll Highway looks great too. :)


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