Monday, November 16, 2020

Recent Reads

Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, 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, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Lubaya's Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Philemona Williamson

Lubaya is a daydreamer and an artist. She likes being alone, sitting quietly, and listening. When her family attends a march, they share Lubaya's posters which everyone agrees speak the truth. This is a powerful story that shows how one can use their voice in quiet ways. 

Geeger the Robot Goes to School by Jarrett Lerner

Geeger is a robot designed to eat unwanted food and supply electricity to the town of Amblerville. Because he is lonely, Geeger decides to attend school. While he is nervous about starting school, with the help of others, he learns to fit in and move past his mistakes. This is a fun and silly start to a chapter book series that I think many readers will love. The short chapters and illustrations will be appreciated by those who don't yet have the stamina for longer text. 

A Thousand Questions by Saadi Faruqi

This book alternates between the perspective of two girls who become friends in spite of the fact that they have very different life experiences. Mimi lives in Texas and is visiting the grandparents she barely knows in Pakistan with her mother. Sakina lives in Pakistan and assists her father who is a cook for Mimi's grandmother. Both girls are dealing with family struggles and they each play a role in improving the other's situation. This a heart-warming story of friendship. The alternating viewpoints and the insight into Pakistani culture also make it a very interesting read. A very beautiful book.


  1. Lubaya's Quiet Roar sounds very special, Lisa, & I shared A Thousand Questions today, and loved it, too! Thanks!

  2. Just started A Thousand Questions - loving the structure so far. Interested in Lubaya's Quiet Roar -- thank you for sharing.

  3. I enjoyed A Thousand Questions and would love to see a dual author book with a boy as the main character. Sort of putting together dream teams of authors together in my head.

  4. A Thousand Questions sounds wonderful. I think my daughter my enjoy it as well. I hope you have a great week!

  5. I have Lubaya and Geeger to read soon. I really enjoyed A Thousand Questions and liked the dual perspective of it.
    So sad to think we should be catching up this week. No NCTE is hitting me hard right about now.

  6. I sure wish my library had a copy of Lubaya's Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson. I adore Marilyn Nelson's poetry!

  7. These books sound excellent, especially A Thousand Questions! Thanks so much for the great post!

  8. I'm so excited about Jarrett Lerner's new Geeger series. I just looked it up and learned that we have a local copy, so YAY! I'm also looking forward to reading A Thousand Questions. Thanks for these shares, Lisa!