#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Jan. 25/21

This week I got lost in an adult audiobook that has occupied most of my reading time. I am listening and enjoying Robert Galbraith’s latest Coroman Strike book, Troubled Blood.  I received this from the library early this week, and with it being just under 32 hours, it has been the book dominating my time. And oh my, Robert Glenister does a fabulous job with the many accents and characters narrating. I will look at listening to more books performed by him. When I finish Troubled Blood, I will look at the library due dates and adjust my next audiobooks accordingly. Some may lapse, and all that means is I will enjoy them later.

I did manage to read one of the Winter Challenge Books, one of the two books I have slated for the two books by one author. The plan is to read one more from the challenge before the end of the month to make a total of four. So what did I read from my Winter Challenge list? 

Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. A beautiful verse book that deals with culture, identity, family relationships, cancer and death. I loved every moment reading this book. Rehe is an only child who feels torn between her two worlds, her American school life and her Indian home life, but when her Amma becomes sick, everything in her world changes. Released next week, pre-order this is one for your classroom and libraries – readers in grade 5+ will love this one.

This week’s picture book highlights continue to include my nonfiction holds from my public library as I continue to play catch up with 2020 titles. Oh, how I miss purchasing books and simply browsing at my local indie bookstore. Here were four favourites from this past week.

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer introduces readers of all ages (including adults) to poignant Black events, people, places and publications. The end matter includes additional details for the words used for specific letters. Loads to learn, unpack and discuss with gorgeous illustrations that include two-page spreads that also add to the learning by sharing specifics, so be sure not to miss them.

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Julie Downing, is a beautiful story sharing the life of Helen Martini. As a young married couple, Helen and her husband Fred yearned to have a baby of their own. When this did not happen, her husband brought home a lion cub until the zoo took it away. Soon tigers arrived and 

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by Alexandra Stewart, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton, is a powerful story of how Everest was conquered not just by Sir Edmund Hilary but also Tenzing Norgay. Enthralled with the unique approach to this story, I will write a separate post on this book. 

Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery by Meeg Pincu, illustrated by Yas Imamura, tells the story of many curious individuals from all over the North American continent who solved the mystery of monarch migrations. Nothing says teamwork like this book, and the best part is that you can become part of the team. Another book where I liked the way the story unfolded interspersed with facts about the monarch butterfly.

I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? changed from becoming a meme for adults but also to including children’s lit. This idea 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 join in on the fun every Monday 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 show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.

Happy reading!

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Jan. 18/21

This week I read another nonfiction book and discovering that I am enjoying the adventure type nonfiction books. I continue to be grateful to my local library, Alice Turner library that keeps me supplied with picture books. I miss the luxury of going to bookstores and buying books and have to rely on the library to purchase, process and get out on the shelves.

Seven Voyages by Laurence Bergreen and Sara Fray is a nonfiction upper-middle grade book, sharing details of China’s greatest ocean explorer, Zheng He and the Seven Voyages, in the early 1400s BC. This book taught me a great deal about the construction, magnitude and size of the Treasure Ships.  

I also finished one of my Winter Reading Challenge books, The Puck Drops Here, by Canadian author Kevin Sylvestor. This read reminded me of Aaron Reynolds Bad Guys series, and the appeal is there for this new series – hockey, kids who love hockey, evil genius and mutant giant ice squids. These kids will be popular; problem solvers, learning to work together as a team to save the world. 

Currently, I am listening to the final book of the Magisterium series (The Golden Tower). I finished books three and four of the Magisterium series (The Bronze Key and The Silver Mask), and now I am listening to the final book, The Golden Tower.  I still am reading Stuart Gibb’s Belly Up, which I am enjoying. 

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I continue to play a bit of catch up with pictures books from 2020 that I wanted to read. This week I would recommend the following books to add to your classroom and/or library.

A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein, illustrated by Qin Leng. Oh, how I needed this reminder of the many wondrous things that can happen over a year with a touch of humour when it comes to things involving your siblings. Illustrations with a variety of sizing and vibrant colours will be a great one to read in January.  

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin. Wow! I loved how Jason took young eight-year-olds and used relative size to work our way to the vastness of the universe and back again, teaching readers relative size. There is additional information to take in as we compare distances, size and scale. The visuals will help readers quickly see the differences, as Mr. Chin moves us farther away from earth and back again.

Field Trip to the Moon by John L. Hare. A wordless picture book about a classroom field trip to the moon where one of the students misses the bus-ship back to earth after falling asleep off the beaten path. What happens as the student awaits rescue becomes an adventure in itself.

Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar, illustrated by Khoa Le. A young immigrant is missing her family and friends, unsure about how to embrace her new country and make friends. Her aunt tells her the story of how another group of immigrants were not welcome by the king. They looked different, spoke another language, and there were too many of them. The king said there was not enough room and wanted them to leave. The immigrant leader showed him a cup and filled it with milk suggesting the cup was full and could not add any more. Then slowly, the leader added sugar to the milk, carefully stirring and sweetening the milk. The king understood the metaphor and accepted that the group could live among his people and make it better. The young girl makes a plan of her own to sweeten the place where she lives.

I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 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 join in on the fun every Monday 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 show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.

Happy reading!

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Jan. 11/21

Last week was a decent reading week despite everything else that became distracting. My reading in 2021 is off to a good start – finishing a few digital and audiobooks plus several picture books from my local library. I am trying to share more picture books on my IG account to include more photos of each book read. Highlights from this week include my usual mixed bag of middle grade, audio and picture books.

Race to the Bottom of the Earth by Rebecca E.F. Barone, which I highlighted last Thursday on the blog is F A N T A S T I C. I found the format and the content riveting, and I could not stop reading it. This title is one to purchase for adventure and nonfiction fans.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the second Charlie Thorne book titled Charlie Thorne and The Lost City, released in March. Charlie is back with a new adventure and more people after her, wanting to control Pandora. This time, the mystery revolves around Charles Darwin and clues he has left behind regarding a treasure. I think this book is stronger than the first, and there is a tremendous amount of research that allows readers to learn about the rain forest and scientist Charles Darwin. With Alex Rider on Amazon Prime, this will be a great series to suggest for those fans and strong female protagonists.

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Right now, due dates from my library dictate my reading, so I am reading some of my #MustReadin2021 titles, Belly Up by Stuart Gibb, followed by a Winter Reading Challenge Book Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. Audiobook wise, I continue to enjoy two John Flanagan’s series and finished two Ranger Apprentice books; The Siege of Macindaw and Erak’s Ransom (Books 6 and 7), and the Brotherband Chronicles’ fifth book Scorpion Mountain. I am now listening to the third book in the Magisterium series, The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

A few highlights of the picture books read this past week are Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Katy S. Duffield and Mike Orodan, highlighting how architects help animals safely cross high traffic areas. An #ownvoice story  I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons, Jessica Verdi, and illustrated by Dana Simpson is a transgender boy’s identity story very well done and not often seen from a transgender boy perspective. A Gift for Amma Market Day in India by Meera Sriram, illustrated by Mariona Cabassa, is a beautiful book about a young girl looking for a present for her Amma. The book shares unique colours and items found in the market of the author’s hometown Chennai. Additional information about the items shown in the market is in the endnotes. Finally, Addy’s Cup of Sugar by Jon J Muth shares a young girl dealing with the grief of losing her cat. This book is a beautiful adaptation of the Buddhist story of The Mustard Seed. I recommend purchasing all of these picture books for libraries, and I strongly encourage you to read all of these gorgeous books.

I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 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 join in on the fun every Monday 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 show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.

Happy reading!

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?) – Jan 4/21

Happy New Year! Like you, I was very happy to flip over the calendar to a new year, and I’m excited about all the wonderful books I have on my options pile to read this year. I have several holds placed at the library, a couple of book orders on their way, and a full Kindle of eARCs to enjoy. I’m taking part in the Bit About Books Winter 2021 Reading Challenge, and I have a small list of goals for the winter reading season, but I also plan to read at least one book per month from 2020 to keep the love going for authors who really didn’t get enough last year. I’ve set some reflection questions to think about at the end of the winter season, so I’m excited to continue my reading journal and reflect on the books I read.

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi (May 11/21) This is my first read of 2021, and I was blown away by the beautiful writing. I have so many quotes I wish I could share with you, but since it’s an eARC, you’ll have to trust me that the imagery and lyrical language are exceptional. This novel is verse is written from the perspective of 13-year-old Nurah, and follows her journey from Pakistan to a new home in the United States. (5 stars – full review coming on January 20th).

  • Over the Top by Alison Hughes (August 3/21) This is my first Canadian read of the year, and though it doesn’t come out until August, I really like the fact that it’s only 192 pages and will appeal to a wide audience. Diva is likes to live a life where she can blend in, but it’s difficult when she has a mom that’s over the top. Diva has to survive her mom’s great ideas, while also trying to avoid the wrath of the mean girl who lives next door. (3.5 stars)
  • Race to the Bottom of the Earth: Surviving Antarctica by Rebecca E.F. Barone (Jan 5/21) This fascinating, extensively researched nonfiction book for young readers book is told from the perspectives of two races separated by over a hundred years. Captain Robert Scott and Roald Amudsen each manned expeditions to the South Pole in 1910, with the intention to be the first to reach the South Pole. Captain Louis Rudd and Cody O’Brady each set off to be the first to complete an unaided, unsupported solo crossing of Antartica in 2018. These four journeys are brought to life and show the reader the dangers, challenges, obstacles, losses, and triumphs faced by the individuals involved in journeying across this unforgiving landscape (4.5 stars)

I think the last book has also inspired me to think about my spring goals, and possibly reading a book set in each continent this year.

What are you reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? has changed from becoming a meme for adults to the sharing of childrens’ 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.  

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Jan. 4/21

Happy New Year!I know 2020 was an unsettling year, but there were many gifts in terms of books! I think last year my TBR pile was at it’s highest with so many phenomenal books that I wanted to read! I couldn’t keep up (and will address that in tomorrow’s post). There were times that I also struggled with reading and had trouble focusing. Since November, I have found comfort revisiting friends from books already read.

Currently, I am listening to John Flanagan’s Ranger Apprentice books and the series spinoffs Brotherband Chronicles, the Early Years, and the Royal Rangers. I am happy to be on waitlists from my local library to revisit these series in a new audiobook format. Despite it being an older series, it is still extremely popular, resulting in long waitlists for all four series. I now have finished the recently released Royal Ranger The Missing Prince that left readers with a cliff-hanger, so I will be watching for the publication of the next book in that series to find out how that gets resolved! 

If you enjoy fantasy fiction, with a medieval setting, heroes with imaginary wars and battles with young apprentices, this series will keep you entertained. The series began as twenty short stories to encourage his then 12-year-old son to read and that Will is based on his son, sharing similar physical characteristics and interests. One of my all-time favourite series, this was one I would often recommend to readers.

 I am not totally caught up in the past! I am almost finished my first book of 2021, Rebecca E.F. Barone’s Race to the Bottom of the Earth, which is spectacular! I am trying to read more nonfiction and this book has me up late at night. I love how Ms. Barone has set up the book alternating between two different time periods and two different types of races. I am learning so much about Antarctica and the courageous individuals who explored that continent. My next read will be one from the Winter Challenge, as I have a lot of catching up to do with so many participants getting several books read!

I ALWAYS need to have an audiobook on the go so while I wait for my audiobook holds, I began a series new to me, but many of you will have already read The Magisterium series. I am now listening to the second book, The Copper Gauntlet.   I like the struggle that Callum is battling and see similarities to the other popular fantasy series.

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 join in on the fun every Monday 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 show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.

I also managed to pick up a pile of picture books, some graphic novels and chapter books from my local library. My hold and request have skyrocketed after scouring the various lists and blogs to find the ones I missed. I look forward to reading those in between breaks of walking Kaizer and being with my family. I hope you all have had time to spend time with your loved ones and to read. I already know this year is going to be a great year of sharing and reading books!

Happy Reading,

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Dec. 28/20

The last week of a very bizarre year with hopes of something better on the horizon. Since November, I have found comfort revisiting friends from books already read. I am listening to John Flanagan’s Ranger Apprentice books and the series spinoffs Brotherband Chronicles and the Royal Rangers. I am happy to be on waitlists from my local library. I am pleased that despite it being an older series, it is still extremely popular. I now have finished the recently released Royal Ranger The Missing Prince that left readers with a cliff-hanger so I will be watching for the publication of the next book in that series.

Patiently Waiting Library Holds

  • Ranger Apprentice Book 6/11: The Seige of Macindaw by John Flanagan, narrated by John Keating
  • Brotherband Chronicles Book 4/8: The Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan, narrated by John Keating.
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, narrated by Avi Roque

Currently, I am finishing up The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray and will then dive into some 2021 debuts. I hope to finish three debuts before the end of the year to meet my December reading goal. While I wait for my audiobook holds, I began a series new to me, but many of you will have already read The Magisterium series. I am now listening to the second book The Copper Gauntlet.   I like the struggle that Callum is battling and see similarities to the other popular fantasy series.


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 join in on the fun every Monday 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 show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.

I scored a pile of picture books, some graphic novels and chapter books I have been waiting for or discovered as I checked out various lists and blogs to read the ones I missed and look forward to reading those in between breaks of walking Kaizer and being with my family. I hope you all have had time to spend time with your loved ones. 

Happy reading!

Laurie

 

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Nov. 30/20

This weekend I participated in the #stayhomereadmore reading marathon hosted by the #LitReviewCrew, and I found out about it via Alexis Ennis (@Mrs_Bookdragon). It was great to connect with old friends and see what they were reading, meet new readers and, of course, naturally add to my TBR/Options pile. I was not as hardcore as others in terms of my tracking, but it did get my butt in gear to finish up some books I had been neglecting and to get ahead on my Canadian Shining Willow picture book nominee stack.

Last Week

Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini by Betsy Uhrig. Reluctant reader Alex has been asked to help his aunt review a book she has written. It is incredibly dull, so Alex and his friends are providing suggestions with the help of a ghostwriter. A delightful debut and had me chuckling out loud with some of the antics the trio of friends found themselves in as they worked together to improve the book. A definite purchase for classrooms and libraries and would make for an engaging read-aloud. I appreciated the super short chapters to balance what some readers may find intimidating with the length.

The Icebound Land by John Flanagan. The third book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series has two focuses; one on Will and Evelyn as prisoners of the Skandians, and Halt and Horace, who are attempting to find and rescue the pair. This is one of my favourites of the series as we see other sides to the main and supporting characters, and is a bit darker than the previous two books.

Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner and Nora Raleigh Baskin: Told from two perspectives and in two timelines, readers meet Lukas and Joy two best friends who love math, puzzles and scavenger hunts. Every year on their birthdays only two days apart, they create a scavenger hunt for one another. This year Joy is still trying to get over the death of Lukas that happened on her birthday. She finally decides to begin the scavenger hunt she never started on the day he died. When it is Lukas’s perspective, we are back in time, seeing the preparation of the clues to the scavenger hunt leading up to the cause of his death. I LOVED this story and am shocked that there has not been more buzz about this book and will write more later.

The Calm and Cozy Book of Sleep: Rest +Dream + Live by Beth Wyatt. This was an informative quick read on ways to improve your sleep. Chapters included setting up your bedroom environment to settling down and waking up routines. Although I do not have trouble sleeping, I found this book engaging and picked up a few pointers for myself.

Up Next

Picture Books and Nonfiction Books: As always, I have a stack to savour in between reading and listening to novels.

Peril at Owl Park (Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen #2) by Marthe Jocelyn. Going into one of my favourite genres of reading, some mysteries. I enjoyed the first Aggie Morton (The Body Under the Attic) so I am looking forward to reading a Christmas themed murder. 

I have two adult books on the go…

A Promised Land by Barack Obama and narrated by the author. Delving into an adult book – I enjoyed Michelle Obama’s Becoming so much I thought I would listen to his memoir as well. This is a lengthy but captivating read, but it will be one that I pop in and out of as other books from my library become available.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May. As suggested by Kathie, this book looks to fit in nicely for my post tomorrow. Just started, Ms. May has a strong writing voice, and I look forward to the journey she is going to share with me.

Down the Road

Many audiobooks on hold from my public library, including the elusive Royal Rangers #4 The Missing Prince, by John Flanagan. So, whatever shows up will be what I start. In the meantime, my print books will be of a mystery theme – Premidated Myrtle Elizabeth Bunce and then the recently indie purchase The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray.

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.

Happy reading!

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading) November 23/20

Not a very productive reading week, Kaizer was on his second week living with the cone and also had a lot of appointments with my mom, so that took away reading time. I did manage to get my Willow nominee books read and listen to the second book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. I am enjoying revisiting the series in a different format.

Last Week

Genius Jolene by Sara Cassidy, illustrations by Charlene Chua: One of the appealing factors of this book is that the setting of the story is inside a truck. Jolene’s dad is a truck driver, and Jolene is spending time with him on the road. The story shares their adventures and that every year on their trips, they decide to rate different foods, this year being onion rings. Jolene’s parents have divorced because her dad came out as gay, and the parents have an amicable relationship. The focus is not necessarily on Jolene’s father’s relationship, but they do encounter an individual who states that it is horrible and a sin. 

Burning Bridge by John Flannagan, narrated by John Keating: Book 2 in the Ranger Apprentice series, has Will, Horace and Gilan on a special mission for the Ranger Corps, travelling to Celtica, a neighbouring town to Araluen. They discover that all the villagers have vanished, and Gilan suspects Morgrath has devised a faster way to go through the mountain pass. Gilan rides off to warn King Duncan and his army, leaving Will and Horace to follow the Wargals. Along the way, they encounter a young girl Evanlyn, who claims to be a maid to a lady of the Araluen court but is the Princess herself. As they continue to follow the Wargals, they discover that Morgrath has built a bridge that the three must destroy with a cliffhanger ending. An enjoyable series, anew listening to them.

Up Next

Skyhunter by Marie Lu narrated by Natalie Naudus: I have had some trouble focusing on this one, so may come back to it another time.

Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini by Betsy Uhrig: I am continuing to enjoy this book but having trouble finding time to sit down and read. My focus has been tough – not the book, but for me. Hoping this week will allow me some time to enjoy. Reluctant reader Alex has been asked to help his aunt review a book she has written. It is incredibly dull, so Alex and his friends are providing suggestions with the help of a ghostwriter. Funny and a mystery to solve – a welcome combo.

Picture Books and Nonfiction Books: Scouring the piles to decide what to highlight for this week’s Favourite Finds for Everyone and Nourishing and Noteworthy posts. There were a lot of great books read this week and, I am grateful to the digital titles also available from my public library.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama and narrated by the author. Delving into an adult book that arrived from my local library. I enjoyed Michelle Obama’s Becoming so much I thought I would listen to his memoir as well.

Down the Road

Royal Rangers #4 The Missing Prince by John Flanagan: well, I have moved up in the queue for this book but still waiting.  I think that I will probably get others books before this one, so we will see.

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.

Happy reading!

Laurie

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Nov. 16/20

Another busy week of shovelling as we received more snow and my poor dog got “fixed” as they say, so lots of time devoted to him as adjusted to life with the dreaded cone and therefore not a lot of reading accomplished. Despite that, oh how the books were EXCEPTIONAL!

Last Week

  • Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow #3 by Jessica Townsend, narrated by Gemma Whelan. Ms. Townsend has down it again. Although darker and hitting a little too close to home with a mysterious disease attacking the Wunimals, this series is phenomenal and can stand right alongside Harry Potter. In the third installment, Morrigan Crow, the only Wundersmith in Wunsoc is learning the Wretched Arts. As Morrigan learns more about her abilities and the past Wundersmiths, readers see more of the political side of Nevermoor and how many people have something to gain by using Morrigan. I hope we do not have long to wait for the next book in the series.
  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham: Dear Martin was so incredibly strong, but Nic Stone has raised her game to another level with this book. Written in a similar format to Dear Justyce, we meet Quan, incarcerated for the murder of a police officer. Pleading not guilty, Quan writes to Justyce (the protagonist of Dear Martin)  and details just how systemic racism has landed him where he is in this cell. This was gut-wrenching to read because it is sadly too accurate. Quan will stay with me for a long time. This is a must-read.
  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat: I am so so glad that this book #ownvoice author Christina Soontornvat shared this story and provided the details from the Thai perspective. Learning about the Thai Navy SEALS and the work that Thanet and Colonel Singhanat did to divert the water out of the cave and seeing the photos of what they accomplished was incredible. Soontornvat expertly intertwines the expository information as it comes up in the exploration of the cave by the boys or the rescue. Well researched and a personal author note make this a favourite nonfiction read for me this year.

Up Next

  • Skyhunter by Marie Lu narrated by Natalie Naudus: I have enjoyed other books by Ms. Lu, so I was happy that the audiobook came in from the library. Looks to be another dystopian type book – a genre I haven’t read for a while.
  • Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini by Betsy Uhrig: I started this one based on a conversation during the #MGBookChat by @aslan_magic, who was reading it and finding it funny. I wanted something light, and yes, it is quite humorous. Reluctant reader Alex has been asked to help his aunt review a book she has written. It is incredibly dull, so Alex and his friends are providing suggestions with the help of a ghostwriter. Funny and a mystery to solve – a welcome combo.
  • Genius Jolene by Sara Cassidy, illustrations by Charlene Chua: This is a Shining Book nominee, and I am looking forward to reading this one as there are not many chapter books that include LGBTQ+ characters.

Down the Road

Royal Rangers #4 The Missing Prince by John Flanagan: well, I have moved up in the queue for this book but still waiting. 

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.

Happy reading!

Laurie

 

#IMWAYR (It’s Monday What Are You Reading?) Nov. 9/20

With everything that went on last week and the arrival of winter here yesterday, it is a good thing that I have those graphics made by Canva as my mind is drawing a bit of blank of what I read.

My reading this week and in the next few weeks will be a bit dependent on my holds from my public library as they begin to come in – so what’s in my graphic may change up a bit.

Last Week

  • Hockey Night In Kenya by Eric Walters, and Danson Mutinda, illustrated by Claudia Davila: A chapter book that shares friendship, hockey and books I’m in! Set in Kenya, we meet Kitoo and Nigosi, two friends who live in an orphanage. When Kitoo becomes enthralled with ice hockey after seeing the Canadian men’s hockey team in a book, Nigosi and others from the orphanage and the library support his dream of skating on ice. Although the boys have different interests, they support one another, and that is something that I appreciated. Hockey lovers of all ages will enjoy this feel-good story.
  • High and Dry by Eric Walters and illustrated by Sabrina Gendron: Dylan is living in his grandfather’s cabin with his parents for a year. Now that the summer is over and people have left, he has gotten to know the various wildlife found on the island, in particular a pod of whales. When his parents leave for a gallery show, his grandfather comes back to look after Dylan. One day, when they are out walking along the beach, Dylan hears the whales making strange noises. When he carefully climbs some rocks for a better view, he discovers the young orca he has nicknamed Oreo beached in the small cove. Dylan knows Oreo is in danger and has to keep cool until the tide comes back in. Kids will love this story featuring the whales and Dylan, a kid being the hero.
  • Something to Say by  Lisa Moore Ramée, narrated by Sisi A. Johnson: Jenae is an 11-year-old who has no friends and is content to be invisible both at school and at home. She believes that her thoughts and wishes can change the course of events – but not in a positive way. When new student Aubrey who is the complete opposite of her, decides she is going to be his new best friend, Janae is not sure what to do. Things get even more intense when the two of them are partners for a debate about changing their school name. A story about friendship and finding your voice, I enjoyed the family dynamics and the friendship that developed between Aubrey and Jenae, and I know many readers will identify with trying to fit in and make it through middle school. 
  • Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist: If the title sounds familiar, it may be because you have met Isaiah Dunn in the collection of short stories in Flying Lessons and Other Stories.   In this adapted version from the short story, Isaiah is dealing with the death of his father. The aftermath that comes with that, his mother’s depression and drinking leading to unemployment and homeless, and the harassment at school leads Isaiah down several new paths to honour his dad, look after his kid sister and help his mom. Strong writing and character development I will be talking more about this book!

Up Next

  • Hollowpox The Hunt for Morrigan Crow #3 by Jessica Townsend, narrated by Gemma Whelan. An exceptional fantasy series that I do not seem to hear about a great deal but should be on more reader’s radar. I started this last week, but I am only listening during the day to savour Morg’s latest adventure. If you have not read this series – pick it up. Ms. Whelan’s narration and accent make the audiobook come alive.
  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham: I have been waiting for the sequel to the magnificent Dear Martin audiobook, and it has finally arrived from the library.and. I am very excited to read this one. Nic Stone is one of my favourite YA authors.
  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat: Another book from the library – reading in a digital format so I can take in not only Ms. Soontornvat’s writing but the photos.

Down the Road

  • Royal Rangers #4 The Missing Prince by John Flanagan: this is one of the books I am waiting for from the library, and I am looking forward to the latest adventure of Maddie.

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.

Okay, my shovelling break is over so off I go again while listening to my audiobook! Happy reading!

Laurie