The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

I was lucky enough to read The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie through an ARC on Net Galley. It was released on Tuesday, October 10.

This book presents like a creepy MG thriller and it delivers on this promise with a moderately scary plot that will be suitable for almost all middle grade readers. It’s certainly creepy but young children are not likely to be too scared. In addition, like other creepy books that my grade 5-7 students have enjoyed such as The Nest by Kenneth Oppel or The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, the book has many other important messages and themes that are delivered in a subtle fashion through engaging characters.

Here is the book trailer, and my review continues after:

Tessa is a middle school-aged girl whose life is in a state of upheaval when her family moves from Florida to Chicago. She misses her best friend, Rachel, and is not sure how she will thrive in the Windy City without her. Matters are compounded when strange things begin to happen in the old house the family moves into, which her parents got for a “steal”. With her parents busy sorting out their new job and unpacking, Tessa is not sure who to turn to. Luckily, Tessa stumbles upon Andrew and the two form a friendship that gives Tessa some of the support she needs to puzzle through what is really going on and find the courage to survive increasingly freaky events.

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The possibility of a ghost being in her house provides a mystery that readers will love trying to solve with Tessa and her friends, making the story both spooky and thoughtful. Tessa benefits from the help of Nina, who loves researching the paranormal and knows that Tessa is “having a bad time and… need(s) help right now.” The kids in this book know that part of being a friend is giving someone what they really need. Friendship is key to characters in this book. When they have it, things are positive and hopeful, and the characters that are unable or unwilling to lean on friends at certain points are shown to struggle.
Image result for the peculiar incident on shady streetYoung readers are often attracted to spooky plot lines and it’s here in abundance with ghosts, creepy noises in an old house and a walk in a cemetery, but readers will also be engaged by the characters working together and overcoming fear. The message that family and friends should support each other is also perfect for MG readers. This would be a good addition to any library around Halloween, but also throughout the year.

About the author: Although Lindsay is the author of several YA books, I think it is clear that she belongs in MG due to the fact that she always wanted Anne Shirley’s red hair. This book appears to be a labour of love as it combines her home city of Chicago as the setting and the spooky elements of it remind us of her favourite holiday, Halloween. Below, Lindsay Currie offers more information as part of her walking tour of the setting of the book including a graveyard in Chicago.

 

Thanks for stopping by, this is an excellent book and I hope that many of my students get the chance to enjoy it!

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It’s Monday What are You Reading 10/09/17 Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to any Canadian reading this! I feel I have much to celebrate and a large TBR list is one of them. I managed to remove a few from that list this week, but I am sure more will be added when I link this post up to teachmentortexts.com (thanks to Jen for hosting) and unleashingreaders.com (thanks to Kellee and Ricki for hosting).

Books I finished this week:

Wonder

Third or fourth time I have read this one and it is still fantastic. It was a terrific class read aloud with characters that compelled my students to urge me to read through break and PE. Like many educators, I have kids now asking what they should read now that we are finished Wonder. I usually answer with something like Out of My Mind, Mockingbird, or Auggie and Me. I Wonder what other people use for readers who want something like Wonder.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

This was a book that lived up to the hype for me. I have reading about this book for months and months and eagerly anticipated the pre-order that I had made. The cover gives you the premise that it is really about what happens after the more famous events in the life of Humpty Dumpty and it is a beautiful story of perseverance, courage and growth. The pictures are stunning and the ending will stay with you for a while. I will be reading this to pretty much every class I can find next week. It is not only entertaining but hits on so many themes that teachers want to talk about. If you have a chance to listen to Dan Santat talk about the inspiration for this book, it is also a memorable experience, but maybe not for all students.

By the way, I am not liking some of my pre-order decisions as they seem to come well after release date. I have no book store where I live so I order online a lot. Curious if other people are happy with pre-ordering a book they are anxious to get. I have a theory to test.

Greetings from Witness Protection!

Greetings from Witness Protection is from debut author Jake Burt. This book had a neat premise, as an orphan girl who had many experiences with the foster care system becomes a key cog in a plan to disguise a family who is in the witness protection program by adding a child to it. The dynamics of adding a child to an existing family were told with humour and heart. The events seemed authentic both within the family and within the school. All of the characters were well developed, and I could read more with these people and/or more from this writer.

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, #3)

The latest of my read alouds with my seven year old, and another series we always head back to having gone through the six Mercy Watson stories and now a third in the spin-off Tales from Deckawoo Drive. Kate DiCamillo is one of the only writers who can hold my youngest’s attention without any magic, or action scenes. I think she just really likes the characters even when they act in ways she would not (Eugenia Lincoln). I loved to see her thinking about what it would be like to be Baby Lincoln, a secondary character whose world kind of expands in our eyes. We waited for the paperback to come out and had some regrets about that at times, but if you are a fan of the series and have not found your way to this book, it is a necessary journey. We may not wait for the fourth installment to go to paperback, the hardcover is out on Tuesday.

Currently Reading:

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True StoryThe Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)

A Long Walk to Water is my current class read aloud. We have two classes in our school participating in the Global Read Aloud. We are connecting with schools in California, Argentina, and hopefully this week with Texas and New Zealand the week after (they are on break). I have previously read this book and it is amazing and gut wrenching. This is the first time I am reading it to students. The first three chapters have been eye opening for students. I am reading the second installment of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series, and it is very much vintage Riordan, I am a fan. My family is reading Inkspell, the second in the Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke. This will take us a while, but we really enjoyed the first book.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian reading friends, and happy reading to everyone! Have a great week, the alternative is not nearly as enjoyable.

 

It’s Monday What are you Reading? The It’s Already October Edition!

The fact that it is already October is frightening to this teacher, but I have still been able to get in some great reading by myself and with my family. I am pleased to link up to the kidlit It’s Monday hostess’: Jen at teachmentortexts.com and Kellee and Ricki at unleashingreaders.com. Both are terrific websites all week, but even better on Mondays.

Books I finished this week:

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk

Josh Funk can really do no wrong in my library, and usually my grade 5/6 classes look forward to seeing his books before I get them into the library. This one will work well with those older students, and some young ones too. Jack wants to modify parts of his story in this tale, and he finds other characters that are willing to work with him (much to the dismay of his narrator). A funny story that would work well at the end of a fairy tale unit.

Goodnight, Hockey Fans

Just a cute little story about a kid who really wants to stay up and watch hockey but has to go to bed. It has a traditional feel to it when the child ends up listening to the game on the radio. There is also a dream like feel when the child falls asleep thinking about hockey. The illustrations add to the dream like quality. I think adults who had similar experiences will love this book the way I did. Others might have trouble relating to the experience, but will hopefully be drawn in by how much joy the boy gets out of hockey. I think this one comes out on Tuesday. I got an E-ARC on NetGalley.

Stella by Starlight

There is a very minor spoiler near the end here (although another readers says it’s not) A slice of life story of a young girl and her family living in North Carolina in 1932. Stella’s family lives through some of the racial turmoil of that time as well as the Depression. This book is full of thrilling events that test her family’s mettle. Readers will be excited with the action and also distressed at the racism the family is forced to endure. The ending of the novel was not the tidy conclusion that you would expect from a story, because Stella’s family had to continue to persevere after the story ends. That racism did not end, and life went on. This, it seems, is one of the points of the book. Indeed, there is a moment in which Stella has to decide whether to let the people in the town know about a particularly egregious event that takes place late in the book. She decides that everyone in town already knows that the perpetrator is a racist, and responsible for many despicable acts. She doesn’t really announce it to townsfolk. I struggled with this one part of the ending for a while. We teach kids to speak up, and I’m not saying the characters don’t fight racism in this book, they certainly do, but at one of many pivotal moments the response is a little muted. I have been thinking that this is likely realistic for people in that situation, and perhaps they had to fight battles that they had a chance to win, instead of all of the ones that worth fighting. Certainly, this is a novel full of points worth discussing and this is one of them for me. This is a really well written, thought provoking read.

Dory Dory Black Sheep

I continue to love reading this with my seven year old (and my ten year old lurking nearby to witness the hilarity). Dory enters grade two and struggles with her reading, which I think was a brilliant addition to this character for readers who may be doing the same. The machinations of her wild imagination kind of interfere with her ability to buckle down and learn to read. Usually, this poses no problems but now she is separated from her best friend during reading time. This motivates her to “get into” her book, a story that takes place on a farm. Once old favourites like Mr. Nuggy and Mrs. Gobble Gracker enter the story along with the existing characters, chaos ensues. This is my current favourite among early chapter books. I am consistently impressed with how well Abby Hanlon writes small children as characters. Maybe that says more about my kids. My family could read these all day.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

I think this was one of my favourites of the series. It seemed like the ante was upped in this one and Harry and his friends had more to overcome and had to amp up their game. There were a lot of shades of gray in which characters did not behave the way Harry wanted them to, or in a way that made things simple for him. There were a few small surprises along the way as well, in which J.K. Rowling could have made life simpler, and better for Harry, but instead the plot went a different way. Which is not say that it was all gloomy, as the very end was not. There is an interesting point to be made about a person’s support network, or the community that they build around them.

Currently Reading:

WonderWhere Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume ThreeThe Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)Greetings from Witness Protection!

Wonder is my first class read aloud of the school year and I think we will finish tomorrow. It has been great! Where are you Going Baby Lincoln? has been a “necessary journey” with my seven year old as we have read all of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive (this is the third) books together. We waited for paperback on this one, but its good. I am reading two books by myself at the moment, an E-ARC through Net Galley of Greetings from Witness Protection. It is funny so far, and I think Jake Burt has an authentic voice that knows his characters (from teaching, I think). When my IPAD is not practical, I am reading the second in Rick Riordan’s Norse mythology series. I am only on chapter two, but The Hammer of Thor is vintage Riordan from the get go.

On deck:

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True StoryInkspell (Inkworld, #2)

Tomorrow is the kickoff for the Global Read Aloud, a reading event started by Wisconsin educator Pernille Ripp in which classes all over the world connect and share through reading a book in common. My class will read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water and we are connecting with at least three classes in three different countries so far. There are five reading options for GRA, and over 2 million students in over 80 countries are planning to take part. This will be my third year in GRA, it is a lot of fun. Also, I have read the book and it is phenomenal. Inkspell is our new family read aloud starting tomorrow. We rotate choices, Harry Potter was my seven year old’s choice, and this one is my wife’s. Happy Reading Everyone!

#IMWAYR Sept. 25/17

I am happy to be able to link up this post with Jen Vincent’s blog at teachmentortexts.com and Kellee and Ricki at unleashingreaders.com to see what everyone has been reading this week.

The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key, #1)Mark of the Plague (The Blackthorn Key, #2)The Assassin's Curse (The Blackthorn Key, #3)

I actually have not read these books this week, but I will be listening to Kevin Sands talk about them on Monday in my school’s library. We have Kevin visiting our district for three days. A great way to start the week. He will be talking about what it was like to be a child in the 17th century, and also about secret codes, which are both a big part of the book.

Books I finished this week:

The Great Art Caper

Ever since I read Rollergirl, I try to get everything by Victoria Jamieson. This series is obviously quite different though. This is the second, and follows The Great Pet Escape. Its a super cute, funny graphic novel about class pets that get into adventures at night when the school is empty. I think its a terrific series for early readers.

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Honestly, I could not immerse myself in this story as much as I did the first one. The first half of the book seemed to dawdle a little bit. I did enjoy the last half as the mystery started to ignite a little more. The Pine family runs Greenglass House as an inn for smugglers. The setting itself is creative, unique and almost the most intriguing character in the book. Young Milo Pine and a friend work to solve a mystery featuring a kooky set of suspects that mingle through the inn as Christmas approaches. There is a supernatural component to the mystery as well as heavy use of an RPG called Odd Trails that allows the young sleuths to have the abilities necessary to effectively tackle the mystery. The mix of fantasy and mystery worked really well in book one, Greenglass House, but not as much in book two for me.

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This is a very cute picture book about making new friends. There is also a lot about being brave here as well. It also has a lot of honesty to it. It seems like another huge Mo Willems hit. I had a teacher ask if we could do a Movember thing in November with Mo Willems books and the obvious answer was yes. I immediately moved to buy more of his books.

Long Way Down

Loved this book! Read most of it in one sitting, and would have but life happened. The last 50 or so pages are especially brilliant, but the last page… wow. This writer can do so much in just a few pages, just a few words. A vicious cycle of violence is brilliantly presented in a way that will stick with readers. Will’s brother is shot. He plans his revenge and the novel goes through a 60 second span in which he considers the decision. Long Way Down was just put on the list of contenders for the National Book Award, but if you have read anything by Jason Reynolds you didn’t need to know that to want to read this book. It does not disappoint.

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A graphic autobiography of a young girl’s journey through her school years with a focus on the ups and downs of forming and keeping friends. Its an honest and emotional read that I let out to a couple of my students in the first week of school. It was devoured by both within a couple of days. Students that are drawn to graphic novels or realistic fiction (mostly girls, I think but not only girls, I really liked it) will love this book.

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I read this with my seven year old. I found it funnier than the first in the series. If you are unfamiliar, a Venus Flytrap aspires to be the greatest detective in the world with the help of his assistant Nina, the goat who eats nearly everything. In this one, President Horse G Horse reminded me of a certain someone. See if you can guess:

When the President is asked to take down a large statue if himself in order to save the world he replies, “Nope you stupid plant. And I’m the President, so you can’t make me! So HA-HA! So find some other way to save the city, the country, and the world. I’ll be busy taking photos of myself holding my salt and pepper shakers next to my limo parked under the statue of me!”

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A really pleasantly illustrated book about perseverance and bravery. Lou has lots of fun with her friends but there is one thing that they like to do that she is not able to. She invents “SO MANY REASONS not to try” but in the end has the bravery to try. The ambiguous ending is actually refreshingly honest and worthy of discussion.

Currently Reading:

Stella by StarlightWonderHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep

I am reading and enjoying the second half of Stella by Starlight this evening, a great book that I should have read long ago. It portrays an important piece of American history, as blacks in North Carolina have the courage to seek the vote and defy the KKK. With my class, I am reading Wonder, and it is going really well. My family and I are in the home stretch of the fifth Harry Potter book. With my seven year old, we are reading the third Dory Fantasmagory book. Every time we start reading this, my ten year old sneaks close enough to listen taking a break from whatever Rick Riordan book she has right now. She would never have picked this book up herself, but can’t resist the brilliant humor of these characters.

Have a great reading week everyone! Thanks for stopping to view this post.

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday What are you Reading 9/18/17

I am once grateful for Jen at teachmentortexts.com and Kellee and Ricki at unleashingreaders.com for providing a place for readers to link up their review of kidlit reading over the past week.

Books I finished this week:

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It was mostly graphic novels this week for me, and I would never have believed that two years ago. I have been reading my novels through NetGalley on my IPAD this week and there are places that my IPAD should not be going, and when I have been in those places I have been carrying these graphic novels. This is a really popular series at my school amongst the grade 5-7s, particularly girls. Even after reading it, I am not totally sure why, I thought it was okay, kind of funny in parts. My best guess is that the characters in this book seem to feel free to act however they please, even if it is irreverent and a little kooky. So, if you have some free spirits that are looking for reading material, I think this series might work.

Zita the SpacegirlLegends of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl #2)The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #3)

Recently, I finished Ben Hatke’s second Mighty Jack graphic novel, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. I really love that series and the newest has spent almost no time on shelves since the school year started. It made me want to go back and read this series. If you are fan of the first Mighty Jack and are close to reading the second one, make sure you read these first. I think it will help you to enjoy MJATGK even more.

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The latest in Ryan Higgins’ books featuring the lovable, grumpy bear from Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce sees Bruce decide that enough is enough and its time to escape his home. I don’t find this one quite as funny as the first two, but its still really good. My primary grade classes are clamouring for this one, which I pre-ordered and got a lot earlier than expected. The release date, according to Goodreads, is Sept. 26.

Currently Reading:

Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House, #2)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)WonderInspector Flytrap in The President's Mane Is Missing

Ghosts of Greenglass House is an ARC I am reading on my NetGalley account. The first half has not really grabbed me. I really liked the first one, but it seems to have taken me a while to get to where I am right now in the plot. I think it is just starting to get interesting as I reach the halfway point in the book. I think fans of the first will likely enjoy this one when it comes out on October 3, but might have to exercise some patience. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the type of family read aloud that has Dad cheating and reading a little extra the last few nights. We have less than 200 pages left and there is a lot of tension right now. Wonder is my class read aloud and I think almost everyone knows how great it is for grade 5/6s. One of my kids said that she likes it, but misses last year’s first read aloud, (she was in my class that year too) The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen (more action, she says). The final book here is the second Inspector Flytrap book, a good early chapter reader. My seven year old thinks its hilarious that a plant can solve mysteries. I think her Mom might get a Venus Flytrap for her birthday, hopefully she won’t read this.

Happy Reading Everyone!

It’s Monday What are you Reading? 9/11/2017

I am happy to be able to link up this post with others at teachmentotexts.com and unleashingreaders.com in order to see what many kidlit bloggers have been up to.

The first week back should be a week in which maybe not quite so much reading is done. However, I did acquire two books this week that needed to read quickly so that I could get them out to students who were forming quite the mob at my desk. I also managed to finish the latest in a classic graphic novel series with my youngest.

Books I finished this week:

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About two years ago, I tried a new series called The Blackthorn Key and it has become one of my favourite MG series. I shared it with students and they also loved it, it was voted the Intermediate Book of the Year as part of my district’s Battle of the Books. The second book, Mark of the Plague, was also excellent and the third does not disappoint.

The Assassin’s Curse has all of the elements that have made this series successful. Great characters, mysteries and codes that have you thinking along with Christopher, an apprentice apothecary, and his faithful friend Tom, the son of a baker in 17th century England, and there are also terrific action scenes. The mix of history, science and math is rare and engaging for this age level. I think what I enjoy most is the relationship between Tom and Christopher. The loyalty and trust between them makes them admirable characters and the wit in their exchanges adds levity to some serious situations that they face.

This particular tale in the Blackthorn Adventures features the characters travelling more than in the past and I think they might face their toughest, most dangerous adversary yet. Fans of this series will love this book and I don’t really want to spoil anything but this might be my favourite ending of this series.

This book came out on Tuesday, September 5. There is a great giveaway of five signed copies on Goodreads right now. Kevin Sands is also touring to support the book, my school is hosting him on September 25 after his stop in Vancouver.

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This is the seventh book of the classic graphic novel series, Amulet. My children were so excited to get me to the latest book in this series so I could share their angst over the (to them) seemingly never-ending wait for the eighth book that is promised for 2018. Kazu Kibuishi, in addition to being a very talented artist and storyteller has infinite patience for the people asking him when the book will be ready on Twitter. I know I am not the only one with many readers waiting.

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I was fortunate to win an ARC of this book on Goodreads. This is another very sought after book at my school. I held a random draw to determine the reading order of the holds placed on The Assassin’s Curse library copy and there will be another one for the second copy that I will be keeping in my classroom. The draw for The War I Finally Won, also tomorrow, will have even more people in it. Almost all the girls that I taught last year are in. They are so invested in Ada, and with good reason. This book picks up shortly after The War that Saved My Life as World War II continues and the lives of Ada, Susan, and Jamie continue to evolve. It’s a roller coaster of belief, tragedy, hope and belonging that is every bit as wise as the first one. I remember thinking that the first one was so great that I really did not want a sequel but I was very wrong.

 

Currently Reading:

WonderHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Zita the SpacegirlGhosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House, #2)

I am reading Wonder with my grade 5/6 class and it is great in the early stages. I can see so much thought from many of the students. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is our family book, we love the evilness of Delores Umbridge, I can’t wait to watch how that character is played on the screen (we never watch the movies until we have read the book). Zita and the Spacegirl is a recommendation from my daughter. After reading the second Mighty Jack graphic novel by Ben Hatke, I am compelled to read this whole series. Ghosts of Greenglass House is a book I have on NetGalley and I really enjoyed Greenglass House, so I can’t wait to start that in the next few days.

 

Must Read in 2017- End of Summer Update

I have been pleased to be a part of Carrie Gelson’s Must Read in 2017 challenge. I have a list of 66 books that I have been working on. Realistically, I know that I will not reach all of these books. I do not even have access to all of them right now. Some are not even published. I think I felt that if I got to 50 I would be content with that. I am probably on pace to do that. As was the case last year, I did much better before the first update. I had read 20 at that time. Now, I have read 34. Here is a list of the books that I have read since the last update starting with most recent.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- fantastic YA classic that should be read by early teens for years to come. I wish it were not so necessary.

Stand Off by Andrew Smith- terrific sequel to Winger, another YA title, I get more of those done in the summer.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell- a Catcher in the Rye ish main character from Britain struggles through adolscence.

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani- I really wanted to like this but it did not quite come together for me. Lots of action though. Some MG readers will love it.

Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer- The sixth and final Land of Stories tale brought together many characters and plot lines that have beloved by my family for years.

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon- I love this transitional chapter series. Such a funny take on the imagination of kids, and so perfectly accurate too. I actually read this one before the first update too, but this second read was with my seven year old.

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder- a thought provoking story about the journey through childhood that leaves you with much to ponder.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel- An interesting spin on the tale of Viktor Frankenstein.

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel- Not my favourite by Kenneth Oppel but a quicker lighter YA read that held my interest but I preferred This Dark Endeavor.

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol- Very funny picture book!

Snow White by Matt Phelan- an imaginative take on the classic tale set in, I think 1920s New York City. Striking black and white visual images. Clever reinvention of the dwarves. Not an easy one for young readers though.

Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look- I have to say that I kind of liked this early chapter book when I was reading it (probably at the high end of that category) but it did not really stay with me.

The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk- I love this series. The rhyming and the word play are great with different lines working for different ages, and there are so many little details to discover in the pictures in each reading. Very funny! Like many schools, we love Josh Funk.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk- I found this one a little slow to build but a very interesting tale of perceptions and prejudices that benefits from discussion.

House Arrest by K.A. Holt- By contrast I raced through this novel in verse and so have several students I gave it to. So much feeling in this book, I kind of want to read it again, right now.

 

However, if I do it will further impair my ability to get to at least 50 books and hopefully closer to 66, which appears to be out of reach. I had hoped to be in the 40s but so be it. I am starting The War I Finally Won today, which made my list but after that I know I will be distracted by others that are not on the list. I think I am more distracted by the sheer volume and (I think) quality of books I have acquired recently than I thought possibly (Patina, Refugee, Ghosts of Greenglass House just in the last week or so).

Here are the books that are still on my list. Help! Please tell me which ones I need to ensure that I do not miss.

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North AmericaThe Left-Handed FateThe Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)Me and Marvin GardensThe Mostly True Story of JackMaybe a FoxStill Life with TornadoWhere Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive)The Mighty Odds (The Odds Series #1)Seven Ways We LieThe Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard: A Peter Nimble AdventureFoxheartInto the Wild (Warriors, #1)The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket SquirrelFurthermoreChallenger DeepCartwheeling in ThunderstormsThe Shadow Thieves (The Cronus Chronicles, #1)The UnwantedsCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)Half BrotherGone (Gone, #1)Going OverRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, #1)The Man from Beijing

I also have Read the Books Lemmings, which I know I will read and The Fall by Neal Stephenson, a book I was excited to see on Goodreads, but now I am not even sure it will be out. Possibly, the listing was confused with The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Stephenson and Nicole Galland, which I did read. I might give myself that one and up my score to 35. Please let me know which of my books I should not miss out on this year, and thanks for reading. I look forward to seeing the progress of others.