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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! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!
All the Answers by Kate Messner
LOVED this book. Happy to celebrate it this past Saturday.
Click on the link to find more out about Kate Messner’s newest treasure!

Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett – Mystery – 4th grade and up – Release date: March 31st, 2015 – I was so happy to experience this mystery after loving the other books by Blue Balliett. meeting up with many Blue Balliett characters was bliss, especially some I adored from other books beyond the mysteries with Calder, Petra and Tommy.  More review to come close to release date! Goodreads Summary: “THE PIECES: Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them.

THE PLAYERS: Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they’ve been matched with two new sleuths — Zoomy, a very small boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words . . . and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure.
The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it’s not just Mrs. Sharpe who’s acting suspiciously — there’s a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up.
With pieces and players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery from the amazing Blue Balliett.”

Beyond the Moongate – True Stories of 1920s China by Elizabeth Quan – Non-Fiction= 2013- Beautiful short stories to share that connect with culture, traditions, holidays and follow a family as they live in a remote village for two years. Touching and lovely. Enjoyed the illustrations as well. The picture of China back in the 1920s is quite achieved and useful for cultural study. Goodreads Summary: “MOONGATES DOTTED THE LANDSCAPE OF OLD CHINA. Ancient Chinese architects had sculpted stone piled on sculpted stone to form round doorways, with the spiritual symbolism of the full moon. To step through one of these doorways was to step into a world of peace and happiness….
And so it was in the 1920s that the Lee King family – father, mother, and six children, aged ten months to seven years – traveled from their home in Canada, across the Pacific Ocean, to inland China. There, they had the opportunity to step beyond the moongate into a land not yet touched by modern warfare or political unrest.
The story of the moongate, tells of the two “golden” years the family spent with Grandmother in a remote village in the south, which hadn’t changed for centuries.
Step inside and live the long lazy days of a China forever gone. The moongate beckons….”

Smasher by Scott Bly– 2014 – Science Fiction – 3rd grade and up – This was a surprising, different type of time travel story. Really enjoyed the different characters, major twists and turns, and adventures. Interesting complexities in the book. It has been a while since I read a complex science fiction book that is appropriate for 3rd grade and up, nice surprise.
Quote from book: “Tackled by bullies and slammed into mud, Charles couldn’t know he would soon encounter far more dangerous enemies. In fact, he would travel through space and time to face a power so terrible it threatened to end civilization. But every tale has a beginning. This one begins with a frog.” Goodreads Summary: “In this riveting suspense thriller, two children race the clock to stop a futuristic murderer and his plan to enslave the world.
In thirty days, a cold-hearted corporate tycoon will unleash a deadly biological computer virus on the entire world. As the public eagerly awaits his invention that promises ultimate relaxation, harmony, and community, the evil big-business sorcerer plans to put an end to freedom.
Can he be stopped? The world’s only hope is if Charlie, a math genius with otherworldly skills, and Geneva, a robotic girl from the future, can team up to track down some very dark secrets. With a method that uses atomic particles, Geneva and Charlie use “Smasher” to break through the walls of time. They travel to find an unlikely solution. But will it work?”

The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang – Historical Fiction – Really enjoyed this touching book. To be released April 28th, 2015- will share more thoughts close to the release date. Goodreads Summary: “From the award-winning author of THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU comes a beautifully written and poignant story of family and loss, healing and friendship, and the great American pastime, baseball.
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.”

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

  1. You’re reading all the books I feel I should be reading. Every year, I say I’m going to read Kate Messner but I never get around to it.

    • The Styling Librarian
      January 26, 2015

      I thought the same about your “read” list… Kate Messner’s got a few gorgeous picture books you could enjoy! 🙂

  2. msyingling
    January 26, 2015

    I was hoping that The Way Home Looks Now would be happier. Kind of ruined my day yesterday when I read it. Will still buy it for my baseball fans, but wanted to punch the mother in the face. Seriously.

    • The Styling Librarian
      January 26, 2015

      YES. THAT MOTHER WAS TERRIBLE. I had NO empathy for her. NONE. One of those wanting to slap her in the face and yell “snap out of it” moments as I read her scenes…

  3. Cheriee Weichel
    January 26, 2015

    I’m was already forward to All the Answers, and now I’m excited about Smasher. Finding really good reads for that age group isn’t easy. I enjoyed The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, so I’m excited aobut The Way Home Looks Now.

  4. Tammy and Clare
    January 27, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about these upcoming titles. We are especially interested in reading The Way Home Looks Now. We are always on the lookout for wonderful historical fiction that is accessible to grades 3-5 readers.

  5. Gigi McAllister
    January 27, 2015

    I so want to read All the Answers! I have The Way Home Looks Now. I have it, but a students is reading it. Thanks for sharing all the great titles!

  6. Linda Baie
    January 27, 2015

    I’m always loving the Kate Messner books, but those last three sound so good, too, Debbie. I’ll pass on Smasher to some of the colleagues with younger students. Thank you!

  7. Kellee
    January 27, 2015

    I really need to read more Balliett books. I love Art, and so many of her books deal with the arts.
    And I definitely need to get the new Messner. She is always a wonderful read.

    Happy reading this week!

  8. Michele Knott
    January 27, 2015

    I have not read any of Blue Balliett’s books, even though I own most of them! I really want to get to them. I’ve seen someone else mention The Way Home Looks Now. I’ll have to check it out. And yes, loved All the Answers 🙂

  9. Ricki Ginsberg
    January 27, 2015

    I have such a passion for history. Beyond the Moongate looks so good! I must have missed this publication when it came out. Thank you for sharing it with us. I need to see if my library will order it for me! Have a terrific week!

    • The Styling Librarian
      January 31, 2015

      There is another book that sounds good as well connected to Beyond the Moongate. Beautiful one… happy reading week to you.

  10. carriegelson
    January 27, 2015

    Oh . . . a new Blue Balliett title! So excited about this one!

  11. Myra GB
    January 29, 2015

    The Way Home Looks Now seems like my kind of book. Haven’t read any of Kate Messner’s titles yet. I have a collection of Blue Baillett books that I haven’t even started reading yet, and he has a newly published one! Have to catch up soon. 🙂

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