Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Book-a-Day Challenge week #4

22. Scumble by Ingrid Law - middle grade - companion novel to Savvy. The story tells about a 13 year old boy's challenge to learn to manage is new talent, his savvy. 8/10

23. Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb - adult - Eve Dallas novella, futuristic crime mystery - 9/10

24. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton - board book - Love Boyton!! 10/10

25. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - board book - classic - 9-10

26. Trials to Bear by Linda Wells - adult - Pride and Prejudice what if?, second book of a trilogy - Elizabeth and Darcy's first year of marriage

27. Are You Sleeping? by Debbie Trafton O'Neal - picture book - children's song with additional verse, wonderful illustrations - 10/10

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Book-a-Day Challenge week #3

14. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs - middle grade - boy investigates the murder of a hippo, after no one believes him - 7/10

15. Junonia by Kevin Henkes - younger middle grade - girl's annual Florida vacation & birthday turn out differently than usual - 8/10

16. Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen - young adult - boy gets caught in the web of his many lies - 9/10

17. The Tudors by G.J. Meyer - adult - concise summary of the reigns of the Tudor kings and queens; not the best choice for summer reading! - 8/10

18. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm - middle grade - the story of the only girl growing up in a family with 7 brothers in 1900's Washington state - 9/10

19. The Trouble of May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm - middle grade - continues the story of May Amelia - 8/10

20. Perfect Fit by Linda Wells - adult - modern Pride & Prejudice story - author Elizabeth Bennet meets William Darcy at his cousin Anne's wedding - 10/10

21. Room by Emma Donoghue - adult - told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, who has spent his whole life inside the Room with his mother - having no other contact with other people - haunting story - 10/10

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Book-a-Day Challenge week #2

Not quite one a day this week, but six more is pretty respectable!

8. Chance Encounters by Linda Wells - adult - Pride and Prejudice what if? novel - Elizabeth and Darcy meet by chance at a London theatre -10/10

9. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - middle grade - four sisters spend the summer at a cottage on an estate and have adventures with the neighbor boy -9/10

10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox - adult - expanded graduation speech, not as good as his biographies - 8/10

11. Hero by Mike Lupica - young adult - a boy discovers he has super hero powers and must learn how to deal with them and who to trust after the death of his father - 7/10

12. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith - middle grade/young adult - a boy spends the summer at his grandmother's B&B and discovers that all the guests are really from outer space! - 8/10

12. The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar - middle grade/young adult - Australian novel; a boy and a girl uncover the mystery behind the mysterious Visconti house - 10/10

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book a Day Challenge - Summer 2011

So, someone I greatly admire is sponsoring a book-a-day reading challenge for the summer. See her post here. My goal is 79 books for summer 2011, following her rules. Can I do it?

Let's see:
1. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Patterson - young adult - story of one family's experience with Kosovo, ethnic cleansing, and immigration to America - 8/10

2. School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari - middle grade - four students come to School of Fear to overcome their various overwhelming fears -9/10

3. School of Fear: Class is Not Dismissed by Gitty Daneshvari - middle grade - students return to School of Fear to help save the school and continue to work on overcoming their fears - 8/10

4. Fate & Consequences by Linda Wells - adult - Pride and Prejudice what if? novel - Darcy saves Georgiana from Wickham, but scandal spreads - the one joy is a chance meeting with a young lady named Elizabeth Bennett - 10/10

5. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes - middle grades - Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a young girl and her friend working together to survive - 8/10

6. Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret - middle grade - young boy finds a dog being abused and is prompted to help by a ghost dog - 10/10

7. The Well by Mildred D. Taylor - middle grade - historical fiction, early 1900's Mississippi - story of a drought and black/white interactions - 10/10