In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! This has been a week that I didn’t feel very productive with my reading of regular books. I enjoyed audiobooks, eBooks, read alouds with my son, but I think I’ve begun too many books and become a little overwhelmed with which one I should complete. Sure to get through some more in the next week! Or at least I can enjoy more audiobooks! Just love the rereading time with my son lately.
Mr. Penubra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – Mystery/Suspense – Adult (High School) – I enjoyed listening to this book quite a bit, it was perfect timing for listening to a fascinating, complex mystery. I enjoyed the characters, loved the really odd 24-hour bookstore setting, and also the secret society that was revealed through the book. Quite an interesting book I’d recommend to others. Goodreads Summary: “Global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, young love, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession shuffles Clay Jannon from his web-design drone job to night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Curiously, few customers come in repeatedly and never buy. Analysis reveals astonishing secrets …”
Secret Ninja Spies – Tokyo Surprise by Alex Ko – Early Chapter Book, Adventure, 2nd grade and up – Interesting little adventure, I enjoyed the twists and turns as I read this aloud with my kiddo. He was entertained… Publisher book description: “She’s high-kicking. She’s power-punching. She’s back-flipping. Quick as a cat. Silent as a shadow. She’s over 70? When twelve-year-old twins Josh and Jessica visit their old gran in Tokyo things aren’t quite what they expected, for starters her flat is the most high-tech place they’ve ever been outside Dixon’s. Suffice to say it makes them a little suspicious. But when their friend, popstar Kiki, is kidnapped and the twins set out to investigate they find themselves aided by a mysterious hooded ninja. But who is this shadowy crimefighter? None other than their gran! She’s been busting crime for as long as she can remember as Tokyo’s secret ninja agent. But can the twins and their granny piece together the kidnap mystery and rescue Kiki in time? The first in the high-kicking martial arts adventure series filled with crimefighting action!”
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale – Adult – Mystery/Romance – It was lovely to return to Austenland so quickly after I read the last book. This was a surprising turn since there’s a good quality murder mystery that leads you through the story. I enjoyed how Shannon Hale had you hump back in time to read how the character was a mite too passive in her past and comes to her own with the help of experiences in the present. I guess I don’t tire of those books that have a character learn how strong they were all along… This was a really good vacation book for me! Goodreads Summary: “When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests’ Austen fantasies. Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn’t sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside’s mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte’s heart be a sign of real-life love?”
Merlin and the Ring of Power by Tony Bradman – Fantasy, 3rd grade and up – Students who enjoy fantasy will enjoy this book quite a bit! It is an easier book, published in type and spacing that is “dyslexia friendly”. The story follows Merlin as a young man who is taking on responsibilities, dealing with royalty’s ignorant moves, and flying around on his dragon. This is a sequel to Young Merlin which was frustrating to realize. Publisher Summary: “Merlin must find a Ring of Power in order to save the kingdom! A gripping sequel to Young Merlin, plotting Merlin’s journey from his youth to his mastery of magic. Merlin is doing everything he can to keep Britain from being captured by the Saxons. But when the foolish King decides to try and steal a statue from the Irish, Merlin finds that the Kingdom’s enemies have now doubled. The only way to defeat the approaching armies is to find a Ring of Power to amplify Merlin’s magic – but will Merlin be able to find one before the enemies attack?”
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume – So special to jump back into Judy Blume’s world… innocent and realistic dialogue throughout with a stubborn, slightly annoying character, Sheila, who rarely tells the truth because she’s worried about revealing her fears– of water, dogs, etc. Since my son is learning how to ride a bike presently, I am looking forward to getting him to listen to this one and seeing how it’s ok to overcome your fears. Thrilled to be introducing him to this series! Goodreads Summary: “Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who’s afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs. When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she’s an expert at everything, but she knows she isn’t fooling her new best friend, Mouse Ellis, who happens to be a crackerjack swimmer and a dog lover. What will it take for Sheila to admit to the Tarrytown kids — and to herself — that she’s only human?”
Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume – Interesting to reread this book after so many years in between, touching family. Goodreads Summary: “Fudge is back and driving his brother Peter crazy, as usual. This five-year-old human hurricane is more trouble than ever. His latest plan is to marry Peter’s sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman (how disgusting!). But Peter’s problems are about to get worse. His parents have decided to share a summer house with the Tubmans. And Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks! It’s going to be an unforgettable (and hilarious) trip for both families, filled with old friends and new ones, plenty of surprises and lots of laughs. It may not be the vacation of Peter’s dreams. But as millions of Judy Blume fans know, it won’t be dull. Because with Fudge around, anything can happen and does!”
Book I LOVED reading over and over throughout the book with many classes?
Journey by Aaron Becker, just adore this wordless picture book, fit perfectly into my Y1 classes, they’re focusing presently on journeys, what an amazing journey this little girl goes on. I’ve challenged students to think about the journey they’d like to go on… can’t wait to hear their ideas next week! Goodreads Summary: “Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship. A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery by Alexandra Wallner – Picture book biography – Lovely illustrations and fascinating introduction to this wonderful author’s life. I’m a huge fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, read around 20 books by Lucy Maud Montgomery when I was a teen. Goodreads Summary: “Before she grew up to be a best-selling author, young Lucy Maud Montgomery was raised by her grandparents on Prince Edward Island. Imaginative and tenacious, she loved to write. When Maud was sixteen, she published her first poem, but it took years of hard work and perseverance before she published her masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables, and its sequals. Complemented by her charming, folk-art paintings and a simple, lively text, Alexandra Wallner tells the story of Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose books captivated the hearts of readers throughout the world.”
There are cats in this book by Viviane Schwartz – Way too cute of a book! Loved the flaps, actions, and the interactions throughout the book in addition to the little story. I can imagine that many children were excited about this book when they looked at the cover, isn’t it inviting? Goodreads Summary: “There they are, purring under a blanket. But not for long! Three sprightly cats named Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre are eager to involve you in their games, whether it’s tossing a ball of yarn (oof!), lifting flaps to find them in boxes (comfy), or getting caught in a pillow fight (biff!). As their antics get wilder still, they’ll need a kind soul to blow on the page to dry them off! With an irresistible story that directly engages the reader, this book’s clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for cat-tastic lift-the-flap fun.”
Sparkle’s Song by Samantha Hale – Cute picture book with a special celebration of music, self expression, and family understanding. Goodreads Summary: “Sparkle’s Song is Samantha’s first book for children and the story is of a little girl who has lost her parents and is sent to live with an old Aunt who likes everything quiet in her house. Sparkle isn’t even allowed to play her radio.”
I shared these this past week as well:
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