Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009

It has been to long since my last post so I have decided to take up a challenge. I am joining Callapidder Days and her Spring Reading Thing 2009. Between now and June 15th I will read the following books.
The Five Ancestors #6 Mouse- Jeff Smith

Watch Me Throw a Ball-Mo Willems

39 Clues #3 The Sword Thief-Peter Lerengis

Sisters 8 #3 Georgia’s Greatness-Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Inkspell-Cornelia Funke (Listening)

Mudshark-Gary Paulsen-Book Talk for Random House

Sisters 8 #4-Jackie’s Jokes-Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats-Alexander McCall Smith (listening)

Sister’s Grimm #6-The Everafter War-Michael Buckley

Elephants Can’t Dance-Mo Willems

Who was Walt Disney?-Whitney Stewart

Charlie Bone and The Shadow-Jenny Nimmo

And more…
Ok, so this is my ongoing list, I have confidence that these will be easy to complete. I will turn items pink when I have read them and then add to this list as I go. Happy Spring to all.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

100 Cupboards

As I drove to work every day I listened intently to 100 cupboards in my CD player. I love all of the characters expecially Anastasia's mannerisms. Henry has come into a loving family and wild adventures. How fun would it be to have cupboards in your bedroom moving you to different places. I also love the post office box. Can't wait for Dandelion Fire to come out. I hope it is soon.

Other blogs talking about this great book: BESTBOOKSIHAVENOTREAD'S, and Some Read's

Durinda's Dangers

The Sisters 8 book #2 is just as good as the first. Durinda gets her chance to find her talent and gift. Lots of the adults in their lives are trying to figure out what is going on with these 8 girls and their 8 cats. I love how well the girls keep everything going and are still looking for clues to find their parents. What fun! Looking forward to book 3 in March.

Other blogs mentioning this book...Alyson Noel, GreenBeanTeenQueen, and Jen Robinson

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Sister's 8

I am so excited for the new series The Sisters 8 written by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Greg Logsted, and Jackie Logsted. By the way Jackie is only 8 years old. This wonderful new series tells the story of 8 sisters and their 8 cats. The first book is about Annie's Adventures, she is the oldest and tallest sister. The second book is about Durinda's Dangers the second oldest and according to their website, there will be nine books in all. Each book will tell more about a sister, her cat, her secret gift, and her talent. The third book titled Georgia's Greatness will be released March 23, 2009, and the fourth book Jackie's Jokes debuts April 20, 2009. A fun read for all ages. I also love the illustrations.

Other blogs talking about this series: Kid's Books and GreenBean Teen Queen.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

3 Willows

My first Random House book talk for 2009 is now posted. Here is the booktalk I published.

3 Willows by Ann Brashares

Entering high school marks a new chapter in a young person’s life, which is marked by many changes. Not only do you change schools but your body changes, your attitudes and desires can change, and so too can your friendships change. 3 Willows explores the summer before three childhood friends start high school. Polly, Jo, and Ama have been friends for as long as they can remember. In third grade they planted three willow trees and have watched them grow over the years. But just like the willow tree their friendship can either grow and branch out or shrivel and die. The three girls are in separate summer locations but they find that they still need each other. Polly is coming to grips with her weight and not-so-perfect body, Jo finds her first true love, and Ama discovers a love of the great outdoors. Only time will tell if their friendship will continue to blossom.

I enjoyed this book. I have never read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series so I don't have a lot to compare to, but I have seen the first movie therefore I understand what it was about. I think this new book will be great for middle school readers to help them understand how life changes as you get older. Well written.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Book Talks for 2008

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt

The Hope Chest
by Karen Schwabach

Charlie Small 1-Gorilla City
by Nick Ward

Charlie Small 2-Perfumed Pirates of Perfidy
by Nick Ward

The Winter War
by William Durbin

Lost Boy
by Linda Newbery

Nim at Sea
by Wendy Orr

Love Me Tender
by Audrey Couloumbus

Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride
by Barbara Ensor

Roots and Wings
by Many Ly

Rogelia's House of Magic
by Jamie Martinez Wood

The Seance'
by Ian Lawrence

1001 Cranes
by Naomi Hiroshara

Up & Down the Scratchy Mountains
by Laurel Snyder

Gran, You've Got Mail
by Jo Hoeslandt

by Helen Lowe

by Linda Newbery

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose
by Diana Leszczynski

The Goodbye Time
by Celeste Conway