Monday, October 7, 2019

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 or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell

This is a lyrical picture book about a Cherokee family hoping for the safe return of a family member serving in World War II. The text is sparse, but captures the many emotions, worry, love, and pride, that the family is feeling. The author's note gives background information about the woman who was the inspiration for the book.

Cape (The League of Secret Heroes) by Kate Hannigan

Another World War II story that I read this week, but this one's also a superhero adventure. Josie wants to help out the war efforts with her puzzling skills, but she's held back because she's a girl until she meets two other friends and they discover their powers. Comic-book style text is sprinkled throughout the book. Thanks to the author, I won a copy of the book (and a cape) through a Twitter contest.

Dory Fantasamagory: Tiny Tough by Abby Hanlon

Dory is back in her fifth book and she is as fun and imaginative as ever. This time she's off on a pirate adventure. I know my Dory fans will be looking forward to reading this one. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing #BookExcursion with a review copy.

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Herbie Lemon is the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel by the coast in the seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea. A peculiar girl shows up and they embark on a search to find out who her parents are and unravel the mystery of the Malamander, a legendary monster that roams the sea. This is an intriguing book with adventure, spookiness, and eccentric characters. Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick, for a review copy.

Shine! by J. J. and Chris Grabenstein

When her father gets a new job, Piper starts at a new school, which is a little more prestigious than her previous one and where she feels she might not measure up. As she makes friends and realizes that being oneself is what matters, she finds her place. There's also a message about the importance of being kind. Thanks to the publisher, I received an advance reader's copy of the book. It publishes in November.


  1. Ooooh.... what is audience for Cape and Shine! Grades 3-5 or more 6-8? Both look great! I loved At the Mountain's Base as well and Dory is a favorite for sure! Thanks.

  2. Shine sounds really great. I will definitely look for that one.

  3. I have At The Mountain's Base, will read it soon, Lisa. And I enjoyed Malamander a lot, will look for Shine! Thanks!

  4. I dropped into KidsBooks after work today and saw Tiny Tough. I was tempted to sit down and read it, but was sidetracked by all the glorious picture books.

  5. I have all of these books to read except for Cape - I already read that one! I can't wait to see what happens in that series!

  6. I also enjoyed Malamander and its eccentric characters. I think it makes for a great start to a series. Have a great reading week!

  7. YAY for a new Dory Fantasamagory book!! I hope we get a copy before too long. What a funny and spunky little character she is. And I'm off to look up Shine! and add it to my list on Goodreads. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  8. Candlewick is a very strong publisher -- I'm always glad to see their imprint. And yay for another Dory book!