Another busy audiobook week for me, including books that I am sure everyone except me has already listened to or read. Now I am getting a bit nervous as I have been on such a good listening roll and worry for an impending slump, or is that just me?
- Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor narrated by Patricia Santomasso. Quickly becoming another go-to author, Leslie Connor, has once again driven me to tears with the story of Lydia. Lydia is going to live with her aunt and partner, Eileen when her mother dies from heart failure. Once on the farm, her two aunts, Elloroy, who owns the farm, an adopted troubled dog and treasured goddess creations, become intertwined in a story of love, acceptance and hope.
- Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt narrated by Christopher Gebauer: Not sure why I kept putting off enjoying this masterpiece, but oh my Joseph and Jack will be with me for a long time. Foster brother Joseph comes to live with Jack and his parents on a farm. Joesph comes with some heavy-duty issues; he tried to kill a teacher and is a father to newborn Jupiter. A story of so many life lessons; love and loss, friendship and family in a manageable length book. I should have read this book a long time ago.
- Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, narrated by the author: Wow – this is a must-have book for middle-year classrooms and libraries. I so appreciate and will take any opportunity to listen to an author narrate their books. Jade is a young girl on a scholarship to a predominately white school and has been allowed to be one of twelve girls selected to be part of a black mentorship program. Jade is not so sure she needs the program and feels that perhaps the mentorship program and mentee can learn something from her. A story of a young girl finding her voice, exploring privilege and coming of age novel.
- Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake with pictures by Jon Klassen: A new series for our transitional readers, Skunk and Badger, end up being new roommates with polar personalities. I wrote a post on this book last week if you want further details.
- Canadian picture books: I enjoyed a variety of past recommendations that I missed and officially looking for Shining Willow nominees. Look for highlights of my favourites at the end of the month.
- Skrypuch’s Sky of Bombs Sky by Marsha Forchuk – another book that I didn’t quite finish and want to enjoy – it that good and then reward myself with the video chat I missed
- Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen: I am glad that this will be my focus this week so I can enjoy the last few chapters of this strong follow-up to her debut What Stars Are Made Of
- Siha Tooskin Knows Series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead and illustrator Chloe Bluebird Mustooch: just waiting on two titles so I can post about this great new series
- Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks – enjoying this art mystery that keeps me on my toes, and I am thrilled there is a stand-alone sequel with Art and Olivia will be released next year.
Down the Road…
I am a big fan of both of these authors, and looking forward to the audiobook version of Patrick Ness’s Burn – A Monster Calls is still in my top ten all-time favourites. I loved Gillian McDunn’s Caterpillar Summer and the Queen Bee and Me with her realistic characters, so I am looking forward to meeting Annie in These Unlucky Stars.
I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? has changed from becoming a meme for adults to the sharing of children’s’ lit. This idea to include #kidlit came from Unleashing Reader blogger Kellee Moye and Jen Vincent, from the Teach Mentor Texts, blog. They thought there should be a children’s lit focus too and hence a version for #kidlit began! So every Monday, join in on the fun by sharing what you just finished reading, currently are reading, or are anticipating reading. Use the hashtag #IMWAYR on your social media sites to share, follow what others are reading and to show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.
Hope this week has you excited about some books, and if you want to get some suggestion you may want to check out the #MGBooktober hashtag that’s happening right now- there are lots of book suggestions, and the prompts are below if you want to join in on the fun.