Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  For more information and to find out what other bloggers are reading check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

Books I've Been Reading...


The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O'Leary

On the night of a blue moon, a boy and his cat go on a walk through the forest and it turns into a magical journey to the moon and back. This is a story about wishes and imagination. The boy and his cat also realize that their home is the place where they are meant to be. The illustrations, mostly shades of blue, are gorgeous. A magical and lovely read.

Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds by Abby Hanlon

I have been a Dory fan since the first book was published. Dory is slightly mischievous, but funny and imaginative. In this book, the fourth in the series, Dory has her first loose tooth which leads to an adventure involving her imaginary nemesis who is posing as the tooth fairy. This series continues to entertain. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for providing my #BookExcursion group with an advanced reader's copy of this book.

Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner

Kennedy and his friends have named themselves the EngiNerds because of their love of science and technology. Kennedy finds a box of parts that assemble themselves into a robot and soon there is an army of robots which the friends must defeat. With an engaging, humorous, and action-packed plot, this book has lots of kid appeal. Humor related to bodily functions will definitely be enjoyed by many middle grade readers. Readers who have an interest in science will also be able to relate to the the characters in the book.

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Charlotte and Ben play online Scrabble with each other and, although they live miles away from each other, they form a friendship that extends beyond the game they are playing. Both Charlotte and Ben are dealing with family issues and having a hard time fitting in at school. The connection Charlotte and Ben make shows the power of reaching out to others when in need and how one person can make a difference in another's life. For middle grade readers also dealing with challenges in their family and school lives, this will be a book to which they can relate. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book thanks to the publisher, HarperCollins, at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention.

11 comments:

  1. These are all new to me, Lisa, though I've heard of this new one by Erin Estrada Kelly. It sounds nice. Thanks for each one, will put them on my list! Have a great week!

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    1. Glad to give you some titles to add to your never-ending reading list!

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  2. I need to pull You Go First out to read soon! I picked that up at NCTE too.
    Love EngiNerds and Dory. We just had Abby Hanlon at our school!
    The Boy and the Blue Moon is such a beautiful, quiet book. I have it out to read with students soon. I am wondering how they will react to it.

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    1. How lucky to have Abby Hanlon at your school! That must have been fun!

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  3. I hope my local library gets the new Dory Fantasmagory book soon. This is the third review I've read of it, this morning and it looks SO cute! I also believe my second born will really enjoy Enginerds. Looking forward to the release of You Go First, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Dory Dory Black Sheep is still my favorite, but all the books in the series, including this latest one, are great.

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  4. The Boy and the Blue Moon looks like a beautiful book! I’m definitely going to look for it!

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  5. I loved Enginerds and Jarrett was gracious enough to Skype with my literacy lunch bunch. Looking forward to Book 2!

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  6. I think The Boy and the Blue Moon is absolutely stunning! Just loved this one. I am in awe of those illustrations.

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  7. I enjoyed Erin Entrada Kelly's two novels (Land of Forgotten Girls and her Newbery winning novel Hello, Universe) - really looking forward to seeing this one. The Boy and the Blue Moon looks great.

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  8. What a delightful collection of books this week. I am gnashing my teeth with envy over the Dory one! I'm also keen on You Go First. I am a fan of everything else she has written.

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