July 2011 Update

Happy Summertime Everyone!
I have enjoyed many days with time to read and enjoy life. There have been numerous “gems” that I’ve enjoyed this past month.

My top picks are:
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens -one of the strongest fantasies I’ve read in a long time.

Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner -great read aloud for the beginning of school to lead discussion on bullying, communication, and friendship.
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires- hilarious graphic novel with plenty of humor and actually some points about research.

Historical Fiction:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Touching WWII story focused on the Japanese Internment Camp impact on a community in the Seattle area.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay.
Be prepared, this is a difficult book to read. Touching and upsetting. Holocaust book which bounces between the past, July 1942, and present day, May 2002.

Picture Books:
The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster, 1st grade and up.
Get ready! This is a hilarous, entertaining story about an ogre who doesn’t react well to respect. From the author and illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth.

Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett, 2nd grade and up. Cute science fiction/fantasy about a girl’s science project gone awry.

Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland, Kindergarten and up.
Precious story of a moose who was initially scared in life to do anything adventurous but then life experiences change this.

The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black, Kindergarten and up.
Funny, interactive picture book will entertain many, fun for a read aloud!

Historical Fiction:
Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle, 5th grade and up.
Mature historical fiction following pirates from one ship to another in the Caribbean Sea.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thahha Lai, 4th grade and up.
The Vietnam War forces a family to leave the only home they know and love and move to America into a community that only partially welcomes them, learn new traditions, language, and customs.

The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker, 4th grade and up.
Fun story about a family that almost everyone expects very little of and a girl from the family who proves multiple times that she can rise to any occasion and impress even her family.

Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger, 4th grade and up.
I thought this was a hilarious interesting little mystery.

Till Death Do Us Bark, Book 3 of 43 Old Cemetary Road by Kate Klise, 3rd grade and up. Entertaining mystery book following an author, boy, and ghost and their adventures and communications

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, 4th grade and up.
Excellent fantasy book which will be released this fall. Read The White Queen first and then enjoy this story which is set in present day with the fantasy twist included.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, 3rd grade and up.
This was one of the best fantasies I’ve read this year. I enjoyed the characters, adventure, and plot… the setting was fantastic and well worth every moment. It is the beginning of a series but not an obnoxious book that will have you angry and left hanging at the end. It will be a book I can’t wait to pass to eager fantasy readers…

The Emperor of NihonJa- Ranger’s Apprentice, #10 by John Flanagan, 4th/5th grade and up. Terrific adventure set in a fantastical world following a number of Rangers who work to protect whatever community they are living in.

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, 2nd grade and up.
Cute story following a mouse who doesn’t stick with regular mouse routines and prefers to explorenew places which leads him to mischief and extreme danger.

Realistic Fiction:
Ellray Jakes is Note a Chicken by Sally Warner, 2nd grade and up.
Cute story about a boy who cannot figure out why a boy “hates” him and is bullying him.

One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin, 3rd grade and up.
Touching story centered on a community and their connection to the orange tree at the end of the block.

High School:
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Realistic Fiction.
This is a terrific fiction following a teenager who receives envelopes from her aunt and is sent on an adventure from one place to another in Europe.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Realistic Fiction.
Heartbreaking book following a girl who is recalling a devastating accident and deciding whether to fight for her life.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, Realistic Fiction.
Touching story following a girl who changes herself when she moves to a new community but doesn’t completely feel like a whole person. Life turns upside down when a boy returns to her life from the past.


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