This week was a lot of reading and rereading for the Cybils and other awards, so it was a middle grade fest as far as I am concerned, though I did miss my usual fare of picture books. Of course, today are the ALA awards and I am curious to see what will win the Newbury this year - just a few hours left and all will be revealed.
These are my rereads:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulson Books, 2014, 336 pages
A 2015 Newbery Honor Book
Written in free verse, Woodson remembers the family members, friends and experiences of her childhood and youth, allowing the reader to see the evolution of her as the writer she is today. A slow reader as a child, we see how she struggled with the very same words that came to mean so much to her and her writing. She has written Brown Girl Dreaming with unflinching honesty and love, as much an homage to her life as it is to her craft.
Feiwel & Friends, 2014, 240 pages
For Rose Howard, the world is a chaotic, confusing place, but as Martin carefully explores the world from Rose's point of view, we see how she keeps her world under control with rules, homonyms, and prime numbers. And when she loses her beloved dog, only to discover later that Rain belonged to another family, she is compelled to return him to the rightful owners. However painful it may be, it is after all, the right thing to do.
Chronicle Books, 2014, 220 pages
Not really understanding why her dad's legs have fallen asleep, Maggie, 11, discovers that her family has been shielding her from his multiple sclerosis. But now the disease is progressing faster, and Maggie must "pulls up her bootstraps" and come to terms with all the changes that will mean for her and her family.
These are my first reads:
Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford
Puffin Books, 2014, 272 pages (paperback edition)
Based on the mystery person who was really leaving cash around for people
to find, this is the story of how one 11 year old lawbreaking boy with a
transplanted heart named Sam ends up becoming Nickel Bay Nick. Normally,
Nick leaves $100 around this impoverished Maine town just before Christmas,
but this year he didn't show up. Sad and depressed, Christmas was a bust for
the town's residents, but thanks for falling out of a tree on private property,
Nickel Bay Nick aka Same returns for the 12 days of Christmas.
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
Random House, 2014, 272 pages
After his dad dies, Ben, 12, and his mom hit some hard financial times. Now,
on the verge of eviction, Ben feels the need to make money to help his mom,
but selling candy bars from WaWa isn't enough. Ben is also a "sweeper" which means he enters as many contests to win money as he can, but so far all he has is an interesting correspondence with the head of Royal-T toilet paper, and coupons for free rolls. There is lots of toilet and toilet paper info throughout the book.
The Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Pope Osborn
Random House, 2015, 192 pages
Young fans of the Magic Tree House will like this longer version of this series. Jack and Annie time-travel back to Nazi occupied France to rescue Kathleen, a young enchantress from Camelot. It is a gentle introduction to World War II and though mention is made of Hitler's hatred of Jews, it is not really a true Holocaust story.
These are this exciting week's reads:
What are you reading this week?