July/August Favorite Reads

Free time to read:  how I love the summer!  I’ve enjoyed numerous titles for children, young adults, and adults so far this summer:

How many OBOB books have you read?  Here’s the 3rd-5th grade titles:

Oregon Battle of the Books

Elementary School Reads:

Justin Case by Rachel Vail – Hilarious book which would be an entertaining family read or classroom read aloud.

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee – really enjoyed this book and think it would be a fun class read aloud.  I loved the main character and her growth through the story.

Last Hunt- Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville – a conclusion to the excellent, complicated fantasy series.

N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley – hilarious spy adventure with unexpected main characters. http://www.abramsbooks.com/nerds/

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez –  fast read with some great plot twists.  – I read this book after watching this video link: http://www.msfrizzle.com/bookfairs/books/fb_detail.asp?bid=1125&pid=MS&wid=lq2SKwvJIe1248901498

Books I read for the Newbery Beaverton Club:

Countdown by Deborah Wiles – my favorite read which threw me back in time to the Cuban Missile Crisis with an interesting, fun format.  If only my high school textbooks were written by Deborah Wiles…

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis – original, beautiful exploration of the life of famous poet Pablo Neruda.  I felt that this book was a gorgeous example of how the illustrations guide the book along as well as the words, last time I felt that way was with The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper – touching, heartwrenching realistic fiction story with a poignant main character.  Couldn’t stop reading until the end… http://sharondraper.blogspot.com/2010/02/out-of-my-mind-my-newest-novel-great.html

The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy – I loved this book, touching historical fiction story set in the beginning of the Holocaust.  I’d recommend this for a class read aloud and I think it would lead to some great discussions.
Great book promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqVsQUfW060

One Crazy Family by Rita Williams-Garcia – fascinating historical fiction book, think it could win something in the coming year.  This review says it all: http://librarianpirate.blogspot.com/2010/07/one-crazy-summer-by-rita-williams.html

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata – Historical fiction – this book was brilliant- but not appropriate for elementary…

Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham – Interesting story exploring power of one person to help or hinder a whole community.  Book trailer/more information here: http://www.irenelatham.com/novels.html

Intermediate/Young Adult Reads:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – I enjoyed this genre termed “steampunk” in which you’re reading a story set in the past but integrated with science fiction features such as genetically engineered animals.  I wasn’t able to stop reading this book and was frustrated at the end when I realized it is part of a series.  I enjoyed Scott Westerfeld’s other book series Uglies: http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/books/

Chasing Brooklyn, Far from You and I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder – I enjoyed every one of these books with the writing in verse.  Interesting exploration of ghosts, accepting change, moving on after tragedy… simply beautiful writing and intriguing storyline with each book. http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/

Adult Reads:

Birdology by Sy Montgomery – I enjoyed learning about those little dinosaurs/chickens, dancing birds, huge attacking birds, falconry and rescuing hummingbirds while I read this rich, fascinating book.  Loved reading another of her adult books: The Good Good Pig.  http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Sy-Montgomery/1128761

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow – most touching adult read I’ve experienced in a long time.  Quite a beautiful celebration of friendship.

This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson – A well researched, interesting book about one of my favorite subjects exploring hidden areas within the various library jobs.

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn – laughed my way through this book but additionally took away some helpful advice for projects around the house.

From my other blog on the main library page:



Cat the Cat Who Is That? by Mo Willems

Mo Willems’s wonderful new beginning reader series is entertaining for children.  I also think his website is the perfect connection to reading and developing technology skills:


Cat the Cat



First Light by Rebecca Stead

This has been my absolute favorite read of the summer.  I also recommend it as an audio book.  I found the world that Rebecca Stead created in this book completely engrossing.  Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Award this year for her wonderful title: When You Reach Me.  First Light will be part of the Oregon Battle of the Books 6th-8th grade division for the 2010-2011 year.


First Light


Kakapo Rescue Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by

Sy Montgomery

This author never fails to write a fascinating non-fiction book whether for children or adults.  I enjoyed reading this book and additionally new her adult book: Birdology.


Kakapo Rescue

Check out my books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-debbiea


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