Monday, March 9, 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...

Kaia and the Bees by Maribeth Boelts

Kaia is brave, except when it comes to bees. She spends time helping her dad, a beekeeper, take care of his bees, but the fact that bees sting still scares her. Kaia not only learns to face her fears, but also understand how important bees are. This is a sweet story with a message about bravery and appreciating and protecting bees.

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

This is a book that will go on my favorite books of 2020 list. It's an historical fiction, middle grade novel set during the Depression, in the mountains of Maine. Ellie's family has started a new life on Echo Mountain after losing their home in town. When Ellie's father has an accident she desperately wants to heal him and believes "the hag" of Echo Mountain, who she is told to stay away from, can help. This book explores themes related to family, compassion, resilience, and hope. It's a story that sticks with you long after you close the book. Thanks to the publisher, I received a review copy. The book publishes in April.

Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal by Shauna Holyoak

This is another engaging mystery featuring Kazu Jones, who debuted in Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers. In this book, Kazu and her friends are trying to identify the anti-comic graffiti vandal targeting local comic book stores. Kazu also has her own mystery to solve at home because she doesn't know what's going on with her mother who is bedridden. Comic book lovers will definitely be intrigued. The book publishes in April. Thanks to the author for an advance review copy.

Wannabe Farms by Brian McCann

Written in rhyme, this is the story of Wannabe Farms where the animals want to change their lives for the better. This is a silly and humorous book, but it also has a message about pursuing one's dreams. I think kids will be amused!


  1. Well, each one seems fit for certain readers. I love historical fiction, will look for Echo Mountain for sure, Lisa. Wannabe Farms does sound silly, but fun for readers who love humorous tales. I have a couple of reader friends who love mysteries, so will also look for Kazu Jones! Thanks!

  2. Wow, Echo Mountain sounds fantastic -- especially if it's going on your "favorites" list! Thanks for all these shares, Lisa, and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

  3. Thanks for sharing these books today. All are new to me! While reading your review of Echo Mountain I couldn't help but connect to My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, a book I adored. My library has Echo Mountain on order so I'll be looking forward to reading it.

  4. I am looking forward to reading Kaia and the Bees. I like the fact that the story has multiple messages for kids. Have a great week!

  5. I do not know any of these!! All four are now on my TBR!

    Happy reading this week :)

  6. Kaia and the Bees sounds like the perfect book for my daughter, who has developed a fear of bees. I'll have to get a copy, thank you for the recommendation. I look forward to reading Echo Mountain as well.

  7. I wasn't sure of Wannabe Farms but I think I should give it another look.

  8. I have Kaia and Wannabe Farms in my stack to read. It's just a very large stack right now, lol!