Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? #11

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.

The week before last I was in California and returned home on Monday.  I had a lot of work to catch up with, so I didn't get to read as much as I would have liked, but I did read and review these three books:

1- The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm 
What would you do if you were an 11 year old girl and your mother brought home a 13 year old boy who turns out to be your grandfather?  Here is a very funny, entertaining story about just that.

2- Revolution by Deborah Wiles
A coming of age story set in the summer of 1964, Freedom Summer.  Sunny Fairchild, 12, has a lot to learn about herself and about the people in her Greenwood, Mississippi community, both black and white.  The story is supported with copious documentation from the political to the popular.

3- My Friend The Enemy by Dan Smith
In the midst of war, two friends discover that the enemy isn't so very different after all.  

I have another trip at the end of this week, but I am hoping I will be able to read the following, even if I don't get them all reviewed.  

Saturday September 13, 2014 is Roald Dahl Day and this year is also the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  If these aren't two good reasons for celebrating, I don't know what is.  You can hop over to the official Roald Dahl Day website to find some good celebratory ideas.  Our plan is to reread Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this week.
1964 1st American Edition cover 
Already a fan?  You can read the previously unpublished chapter, Fudge Mountain, HERE


  1. Thanks for the heads up to Roald Dahl day, what gifts he gave to us! I've read The 14th Goldfish & loved it, have Revolution, should start it soon, and I've put My Friend, The Enemy on my TBR list-sounds good! Thanks, Alex! Best wishes for the reading & the trip!

  2. I loved The Time of the Fireflies! It had just the right amount of mystery and fantasy! The Great Greene Heist was really fun too!
    I loved The 14th Goldfish! Can't wait to share it with kids!

  3. Great suggestions...haven't heard of any of them and am always looking for new YA titles (although finding the time to read them all is tough!).

  4. Lots of really great titles here that I haven't read yet! The 14th Goldfish is receiving lots of love - its premise sounds a lot like 17 again, so I'm looking forward to reading it.


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