Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are your reading? From Picture Books to YA (32)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

I was somewhat all over with my reading this week.  I read several picture books, early readers, some middle grade and some YA books.     

Here are a few notable books from my the past week's reading adventures:



Letters to Leo by Amy Hest; Illustrated by Julia Denos - This is the sequel/companion novel to Remembering Mrs. Rossi.  Annie is now in 4th grade and has gotten the dog she has always wanted.  The story is told through a series of letters which she addresses to her new pet. 



Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride - I feel like I have been waiting forever for the sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.  Sam and the gang are back.  Many second books (because there better well be a third book in this series) feel like filler as the reader waits for the 3rd and final book.  However, I truly felt that this one not only stood on it's own but was even stronger than the first one (and I loved the first one).  One of my favorite YA reads of the year so far.



Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge; Illustrated by Andrea Dezso - This is one odd book.  Gruesome, dark, and at times bizarre, Koertge retells (in verse and poetry) some classic fairy tales like you have never heard them before. Definitely upper YA/adult. 



Frankenstein by Rick Walton; Illustrated by Nathan Hale - This parody of the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is perfectly done.  I had to buy it when I found it at Mysterious Galaxy.  Can't wait to share it with students at Halloween.



Where's the Doctor? by Jamie Smart (click here for the review) - Definitely check out my review for this book.  This is a must have for Doctor Who fans that are also fans of kid lit. 

Don't forget to share what you are reading?!



9 comments:

  1. Awesome books. I haven't read any of them. I'm in the middle of Keeper of the Lost Cities. It's awesome.

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    1. I have known Shannon for the past several years and have been cheering her on. So glad you like her book.

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  2. I used to love the Madeline books when I read them with my girls. I have to look for Frankenstein!

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  3. Kind of a creepy list this week. Ha ha. Kidding.

    My family is listening to The Maze Runner. We took a 16 hour trip this week and put this in midway. Oh my word, what an exciting story. The narrator is fantastic. My son is 13 and he loves it. I think it may be too scary for kids younger than that.

    Happy reading everyone.

    Jenna

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    1. I didn't set out to read creepy books this week, but you are right...kind of a creepy list. However, Necromancing the Stone is more humor than dark.

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  4. SO jealous that you got to read Necromancing the Stone, ha! Loved the first book in that series and so glad she is writing sequels. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses intrigues me. I want to read it, but not sure I want to buy it for my library's collection. Have heard some middling reviews.

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  5. NECROMANCING THE STONE!!!!! I'm so excited to read it. I love that you loved the first one...I feel like more people need to read it. I'm glad you liked it. Second books are so tricky but I usually seem to like them because the characters are already developed to a certain degree. I'm so glad you liked this second one!

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  6. PS - I love the new header! Very cute!

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