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 is a quiet week of reading… Enjoyed a few books and prewriting this as we are moving to a new apartment and a few other distractions are coming soon. Many lovely books on the horizon. What have you been enjoying lately?
YA Novel I was lost in this week:
The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick – YA – Really enjoyed this novel, review coming soon. Goodreads Summary: “Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This “vacation” is the brainchild of Penny’s flaky mother, who’s on the other side of the country hunting ghosts. Penny most definitely does not believe in spirits. Or love. Or family. Until, that is, she discovers two very real apparitions which only she can see
and meets George, the handsome son of the inn’s owner
and crashes into some staggering family secrets. If only Ghost Girl didn’t want Penny dead. If only George were the tiniest bit open to believing. If only she could tell her mother. Then maybe this could still be a vacation. But it’s not. It’s a race for her life, her first love, and her sanity.”
Picture Book Fun:
Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox – PreK and up! – such a thoughtful, beautiful book… good to partner with other “egg” stories… Goodreads Summary: “When a mysterious egg appears outside Hunwick’s burrow after a terrible storm, no one knows what to do with it. And when it doesn’t hatch right away, everyone is even more bewildered. Everyone, that is, but Hunwick. For Hunwick understands the egg. It is his friend. And he is the only one who knows its secret.”
The Wishing Tree by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Connie McLennan – 2nd grade and up – Guess where I want to go? This is set in Hong Kong about a Wishing Tree family tradition! Going to visit soon. If you could make a wish, what would it be? This is a beautiful picture book celebrating tradition, culture, and family. I appreciate how forgiveness and appreciation pop up within the book as well. Goodreads Summary: “Every New Year, Ming and his grandmother visit the Wishing Tree, and every year his wish comes true– until he makes his most important wish of all.”
Digger! written and illustrated by Liz Million – PreK and up! – Read this aloud to numerous classes since Liz just visited school, quite an exciting, entertaining, and fun… post about Liz Million is coming soon.
Presently listening to:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Adult – Still lost in this one… Goodreads Summary: “A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.”
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