Monday, April 23, 2018

📚 It's Monday! What are you reading? 📚

It's Monday! What are you reading? - from picture books to YA is a kid lit meme
hosted weekly by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at
Unleasing Readers. The purpose is to recap what you have read and/or reviewed and to plan
out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. Twitter: #IMWAYR

Read and To Be Reviewed:
Last week, I indulged my love of mysteries and read To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear. It's the 14th Maisie Dobbs mystery. It takes place in the midst of the Dunkirk Evacuation during WWII, so there was plenty of excitement plus a mystery to solve. 
We also read two books about gardening, just in case spring decides to really stick around the northeast. First we read The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, pictures by David Small. This is a perfect book for my city kids.
Then we read a book called The Ultimate Guide to Gardening: Grow Your Own Indoor Vegetable, Fairy, and Other Great Gardens by Lisa J. Amstutz. We found some really good, doable ideas in this book, which work whether you live in a city apartment or a house with a yard.
Read and Reviewed: 

Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today - an eclectic collection of short oral histories about different experiences during WWII

Ruby in the Ruins by Shirley Hughes - now the WWII is over, young Ruby's father, a man she barely knows, returns home, and now, there are some big adjustments for her make.  

The Rizzlerunk Club Book 1: Best Buds Under Frogs by Leslie Patricelli - two girls become best friends, and have fun forming the Rizzlerunk Club, until a former best friend returns and takes over.
This book we are looking at picture book biographies

Mark of the Plague Book 2 of the Blackthorn Key Adventure) by Kevin Sands - The plague has arrived again in 1665 London, and orphan-apothecary-apprentice Christopher Rowe, 14, finds himself in the middle of a mystery concerning cures for the plague.

To be Read and Reviewed This Week:
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

We are going to be looking at picture book biographies for older readers. We haven't quite finished out list of books to read, but we are working on it. Any suggestions?


  1. I have some Maisie Dobbs mysteries, would love to have time to read them. And I have the WWII stories, but still haven't touched it. Maybe soon? Enjoy Ghost Boy, though it is a heartbreaking book. And I hope spring is here & loved The Gardener. We have a very warm day today & then a snow/rain mix tomorrow. Weird April! Thanks, Alex!

  2. I think I should get right behind you in the gardening books. My 5 kids and I put together a big garden each year, but we usually start later than others since we've been known to have blizzards around Mother's Day. But reading some great chilren's book on the topic would help get us in the mood! I'm also looking forward to reading your review of Ghost Boys. Have a wonderful reading week!

  3. I'm listening to that Maisie Dobbs book right now. I love them! Learning a few things about WWII, and caring about both the recurring characters and the mystery.

  4. The Gardener is a gorgeous book!
    I'm waiting for Best Buds Under Frogs to arrive at my library. I do love her picture books and am hoping this will be a good.

  5. I will have to read Jewell Parker Rhodes soonest! :)


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