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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I had quite the random reading week… enjoyed the books read but actually didn’t dig into any picture books… Worked on a committee selection books for a new children’s choice award for Hong Kong, can’t wait to post about it soon…

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang – Animal Fiction, 4th grade and up – What a powerful, beautiful story about a hen who is desperate to be a mother… what an adventure she goes on! From being stalked to finding a place to call home, she grows and remains true to her dreams. Love this book. So glad I heard about it… just translated in 2013 but published in 2000 and adapted into film, comic book, play, musical and more. Originally from South Korea.  Goodreads Summary: “This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.” I found this interview long but fascinating…

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt – Realistic Fiction, 6th grade and up – Loved the flow of this book, revealing bits of life through a year… appreciated the humor and especially the connection to reading Shakespeare… Most excellent book, chuckled through it. Goodreads Summary: “It’s not like I meant for him to get hurt…Julian Twerski isn’t a bully. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade–blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.” – Great book talk about this book:

The Convent Rules! by Anjali Mittal – Mystery, 4th grade and up – I just enjoyed an author visit with Anjali Mittal at Bradbury, interesting to hear her perspective about getting published and also listen to her inspiring messages about writing and reading for students… My son and I agreed that we’d enjoy this book together… we had fun reading this book, think about living at a boarding Catholic school, being taught by nuns in a Convent, and watch how the author revealed mysteries, complications and the value of friendship and family. Quite enjoyed this book, lovely language and story development.  Goodreads Summary: ““On the highest peak of the mountainous resort sits a strict convent school for girls. Tammy, Marina and Betty wait in anticipation for the arrival of the Hamilton sisters. When Anya and Sacha Hamilton turn up at the school they have to contend with getting used to being away from home, all the strict rules, the girls at the school and not to mention the ghosts in the corridors. Who would have known that the girls would be thrown together to experience the greatest adventure of their lives? A tale about secrecy, mystery and courage. Above all a story about how everlasting friendships are formed.”

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo – Historical Fiction/Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – WOW. Just loved this book. Over the past two years, numerous students recommended this book when we were chatting about various Michael Morpurgo books. It was a quick read although had such depth and powerful storytelling. I never tire of reading this author’s books. The enduring friendship between human and animal are exemplified within this story… just loved. Reminded me of Born Free a little bit, quite the touching book. Interesting war story mix in the middle with the perfect transitions through the years…  Goodreads Summary: “After Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld, they are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion that ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.” *Loved hearing Morris Gleitzman explain a little and then read a portion of his book!

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – Publ. August 2014-  Sharing review closer to publication time! But I did REALLY ENJOY this book…. Goodreads Summary: “Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers’ quest to find life on other planets seems at an end when his parents decide to move to Las Vegas, but while they look for a house he stays with his neighbor, an astronaut who soon becomes a friend.”

Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman

Blabbermouth by Morris Gleitzman – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – Picked up this book because it might be part of a special book list for Hong Kong… thrilled I got to read, learned that it is part of three novel series and additionally has a tv show adaptation of it. Another wonderful story I loved with a main character with a flaw, this character is a sweet girl who is concerned about her dad’s feelings more than her own situation. She has been moved to a new school and is nervous about how she will be accepted since she cannot speak. Unfortunately, she has a pretty fiery temper and quickly stuffs a frog into a boy’s mouth after he teases her on her first day of school. Goodreads Summary: “Hiding in cupboards is one way of dealing with your problems. Especially when you’ve just stuffed a frog into Darryn Peck’s mouth. But Rowena Batts has a bigger problem. Her dad. How can she tell him that his shirts, and his singing voice, are wrecking her life? This is the hilarious first book about Rowena Batts – an extraordinary articulate girl who doesn’t let a fact like not being able to speak stand in her way. There are three novels about Rowena – BLABBER MOUTH, STICKY BEAK and GIFT OF THE GAB (Puffin).” *Really loved watching this interview with Morris Gleitzman, provided me with a little more insight into his background and passion…

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10 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. We carried The Hen… in our store during the holidays but in our Grown Up fiction section! I hope to find it again. It did sound interesting.

  2. I actually almost abandoned Twerp because I wasn’t loving it in the beginning but I’m glad I stuck with it.

  3. linda Baie (@LBaie)
    May 26, 2014

    I loved Twerp, reminded me of the Gary Schmidt book, The Wednesday Wars. Thanks for sharing the good words about “The Hen” and “The Butterfly Lion”- will look for them!

  4. I am pretty excited for Jennifer Brown’s MG book. I have enjoyed her YA books.
    I have Twerp and really need to read it. I think I have some kids who will connect with it.
    Thank you for sharing the others–new to me!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  5. Ricki Ginsberg
    May 27, 2014

    I didn’t realize that Morris Gleitzman wrote non-serious books! I am glad you shared Blabber Mouth. I was completely thrown off guard when I saw the author!

    • The Styling Librarian
      May 27, 2014

      Yes, he’s written numerous humorous books… My favorite? Toad Rage- animal fiction/humor. That’s how I learned about him as an author. 🙂

  6. Ricki Ginsberg
    May 27, 2014

    Hmm. I may be double posting here, but it doesn’t seem that my post registered.

    Thank you for sharing about Blabber Mouth! I didn’t realize that Morris Gleitzman wrote books that aren’t about serious topics! I love his Once series.

  7. Myra GB
    June 3, 2014

    I have yet to familiarize myself with Morris Gleitzman’s novels – I do have a review copy of Once – and its sequel. Looking forward to reading it for our upcoming theme on War and Poetry. 🙂 Michael Morpurgo is another author whose books I own but haven’t read yet. So many books, so little time indeed!

    • The Styling Librarian
      June 3, 2014

      I just read the other two in the series after Blabber Mouth, so touching… quick reads as well…

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