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What I have read recently,



Stretch by Doreen Cronin

Another cute story by children’s author Doreen Cronin. Children get to move with this book and explore the creative ways in which we can stretch. My pre-k students love Stretch, Wiggle, and Bounce.

It’s Hard to be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis

Cover of "It's Hard to Be Five: Learning ...   Jamie Lee Curtis created a fun story about growing up and becoming a big kid versus still being a baby. Sometime it is hard but it also rewarding. Kindergarten and first grade students like this. Some of the words are beyond my pre-k groups.

Louella Mae, She’s Run Away by Karen Beaumont Alarcón

  • Students love this rhyming book and are very surprised to find out where Louella Mae has hidden and why. Very fun! Read with PK through 1st and they all got a giggle out of it!

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

  • My students love the lyrical side of this story. A little boy who promises his mommy that he isn’t going to paint the walls and furniture any more discovers a new outlet for his craft. Very fun!

All By Myself! by Aliki

Cover of "All by Myself!"

A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1) by James Dashner

Another dystopian story but intended for a younger audience. Two tweens, Dak and Sera, discover a secret experiment, their world falls apart. Missing parents, time travel, historical figures and events. The past is not as we know it and they must travel back in time, all the while hiding from and evil group who has risen to power through influencing the past. Good historical references, moderate action, and a bit of humour. Intended for the Pre-teen crowd. Can’t wait to introduce the series to my third and fourth graders.

Young Adult (YA)

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) by Orson Scott CardCover of "Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)"

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Dystopian view of the US, very popular today. At 16, kids are required to choose a faction in which they will spend the rest of their lives. They will leave friends and family if they choose a faction other than the one in which they were raised. As in all dystopian stories, the system is broken and these kids must figure out how to fix it. Similar to the Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) in that children are put in harm’s way over and over to survive. Some make it and get stronger, some crumble and turn, some do not make it out. I am concerned that the movie version of this series will be like Hunger Games and use actors much older than the book characters and change the “feel” of the story. The who idea is that children are put into situations even adults cannot bear. I did not like the ending to the series. I understand why the author wrote it the way she did, I personally wanted a different outcome.

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Starting Line and Progress Post

"One of the lovely things about writing i...

“One of the lovely things about writing is you can get revenge.” -Gail Carson Levine (Photo credit: MrSchuReads)

Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors. She writes books anyone can read, but what I find wonderful about her books is they show young girls that they can overcome adversity. Her books are so well written that some of my boys, those who are willing to give a “girl’s book” a chance, find they love them and begin recommending them to their peers.
Great for all ages. Great for all genders.

Adult Authors

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

No, not authors who are adults but authors who write for adults. I have noticed a trend, as of late, where adult mystery authors (Patterson, Kenyon, Baldacci, etc) have entered the children’s and YA arena.

What’s up with that? I mean, why? Is is something you have always wanted to do or is there better money in children’s/YA lit since Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games?

Most notable, I believe, is James Patterson‘s entrance into YA. Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard are the two that come to mind. I read most of Maximum Ride and one or two of Witch & Wizard. I could not go on. Do not get me wrong, I have read and own the entire Women’s Murder Club series and have loves reading the Alex Cross series. I think this is where he is at his best writing. Adult (murder) mystery books. Not a big fan of his YA though. It felt as if he worked really hard to sound like a teenager. It read like he tried too hard. It was too contrived. As a teacher who hears kids talk, it felt fake when reading the books.

I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday and noticed adult murder mystery writer Sherrilyn Kenyon in the YA section. Her series, The Chronicle of Nick, looks appealing but I am not sure I am ready for another adult author trying to horn-in on the YA trend.

That being said, I am liking the new 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers #6 book written by David Baldacci. Maybe it is because I am not a fan of Baldacci’s adult work that I appreciate his YA work? I don’t know. Maybe?

I will be watching…

The Hunger Games

Okay folks, I read the series a while ago and with the movie coming out I decided to read the first again. I read the books mainly because I was familiar with another series, Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins and enjoyed them. Warning! This series is not for elementary students. The Hunger Games are more for middle school to high school and adult ages. Maturity is required.

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