Monday, August 13, 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. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. You can also follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...


Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes

In 1955, at age sixty-seven, Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail in one trip. This book tells her story, providing insight into both, the challenges and wonder of hiking the trail. Interspersed throughout the book are two-page spreads showing a map of the states that Emma hiked through along with facts about the trail. This is an amazing and inspiring story of a unique woman.

My Dog Laughs by Rachel Isadora

This books celebrates the joys of having a canine companion. It also gives insight into what is involved in having a dog as a pet. The book is divided into sections, such as "Getting to Know My Dog" and "My Dog Plays" and features illustrations of different children with dogs of all varieties, shapes, and sizes. There's humor within the pages of this book, too, as some of the dogs get into some mischief. This book will appeal to those who have a dog or anyone who has ever wanted one.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Meg Medina's middle grade novel is a must read. It's a heart-warming story about family and change. Read more of my thoughts about the book here.

Snazzy Cat Capers by Deanna Kent

This book is full of silliness and fun. Ophelia Von Hairball is a cat burglar on a mission to win the Furry Feline Burglary Institute's biggest challenge by stealing a rare Himalayan Diamond located in Paris. Ophelia prefers to work alone, but Oscar Fishgerald Gold, a fish, is sent to her and he is determined to stay by her side and assist. The humor will appeal to many young readers, as will the format which includes lots of illustrations and pages throughout that are written in comic-book style. There are many cat-related puns which are also amusing. Thanks to the publisher for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, an advance reading copy. This book publishes in September.

The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

When Nico falls over a cliff after being bullied, Tyler and Emma, two of his friends, and Opal, another schoolmate who he's not sure he can trust, rescue him. At the bottom of the cliff, they discover a mysterious island and an abandoned houseboat. The kids are intrigued and even more so when what's in their imagination comes to life. Visiting this mysterious place is fun at first, but soon their lives are in danger. This book has some creepiness and suspenseful action. For kids who want to read something a little scary, this would be one to recommend. Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for providing my book review group with an advance reading copy. The book publishes in October. 

10 comments:

  1. Grandma Gatewood is such a beautiful book. The Darkdeep looks very interesting. I will definitely look for that in October.

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    1. Grandma Gatewood is beautiful, interesting, and informative.

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  2. There are a lot of great books here. I tried to get a copy of The Darkdeep through NetGalley but I did not, it looks very interesting. I have had it and Merci Suarez on my list for a while. I think a lot of young prospective pet owners in my library will love My Dog Laughs, and I will be adding it and Snazzy Cat Capers to my list for the library. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Darkdeep will definitely appeal to those readers who like scary books. I think Merci Suarez will be one of my favorites of 2018.

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  3. Three of your books: Grandma Gatewood, Merci Suarez, and Darkdeep are either in my library pile or on my digital reader and I really need to get to them. I keep getting distracted by all the other books starting to pile up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them and the other two books I have yet to pick up! Have a great week!

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    1. Hopefully, you will find the time soon! So many books, so little time!

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  4. My Dog Laughs looks so precious!! I do a lot of dog-sitting as a side gig and have really gained an appreciation for the unique personalities of each dog, so that sounds like a book I'd love. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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    1. The text and illustrations definitely convey the many personalities of dogs!

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  5. You know I can't wait to read My Dog Laughs! I just loved Snazzy Cat Capers and already know kids who will love the series. So sad that the summer is winding down and I will have less time to read. Enjoying the last two weeks while I can. Have a great week Lisa!

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    1. You should be receiving My Dog Laughs any day! I'll be sad not to fit in as much reading, too!

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