It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/24/14

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books: 

I liked last week’s formats, so I am using it again. If I have more to write in the future about a particular book, I will mix it up a bit.

Homesick by Kate Klise was a bit of a mixed bag for me. While I liked the subject matter: a boy must live in a hoarder home with his dad and is ultimately helped by neighbors and a tornado, of all things, I also couldn't get past a few things. As a mother, I just can;t see how Benny's mom would leave him in a dangerous, filthy place when she, herself, fled. And if everyone in town knew about the state of the home, why wasn't Benny removed from it? Guess I just couldn't suspend disbelief that much.
Homesick by Kate Klise was a bit of a mixed bag for me. While I liked the subject matter: a boy must live in a hoarder home with his dad and is ultimately helped by neighbors and a tornado, of all things, I also couldn’t get past a few plot points. As a mother, I just can’t see how Benny’s mom would leave him in a dangerous, filthy place when she, herself, fled. And if everyone in town knew about the state of the home, why wasn’t Benny removed from it? Guess I just couldn’t suspend disbelief that much.
I reviewed all six books in Enslow's forthcoming series 11 Science Experiments in One Hour or Less. I am not supposed to share comments until my review is published, but if you check my Goodreads, you'll see that I gave each book one star.
I reviewed all six books in Enslow’s forthcoming series 11 Science Experiments in One Hour or Less. I am not supposed to share comments until my review is published, but if you check my Goodreads, you’ll see that I gave each book one star. I feel I must point out that this is a reflection on the publisher and not on the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading/Listening To:

So if you read the comments on past posts, you will see that this is one of the creepiest books ever. EVER.
So if you read the comments on past posts, you will see that this is one of the creepiest books ever. EVER.
Need to finish for my new book club meeting on Tuesday.
Need to finish for my new book club meeting on Tuesday.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/17/14

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books: 

Short and sweet edition for this busy week.

Still beefing up my Shusterman "read it"-list as he is visiting in just over one week!
I now know what my sister has loved so well for so many years. What a fascinating look at the afterlife. And I love how all the characters are not what they seem at first–sometimes even to themselves.
42miles
This short novel in verse is about JoEllen, who feels she has been living two different lives since her parents divorce…and what happens when she decides she’s had enough of that. Although I enjoyed this novel in verse, it felt rushed to me. I needed more between JoEllen’s decision and it coming to fruition.
camogirl
Eleanor and Z have been two against the world for most of elementary school, with Eleanor taking care of Z, for the most part. Z reminds me of a mini-Sheldon Cooper–very smart yet puzzled by and not interested in the rest of the world. When Bailey moves in, he starts to stand up for Eleanor, who has been bullied because of the different colored pigmentation of her skin. But Eleanor’s new friendship is not comfortable for Z, and he does something dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading/Listening To:

illbethere
This one is for the staff book club at one of my schools. It’s by the same author as Counting by 7s.
Things are heating up as I listen to this during my commute, which I can only do half of the week since I drive my son the other half. Not sure he is quite ready for this one.
Still listening and still creeped out.
homesick
I started reading this today when the internet–and circulation system–was down in our district. Free reading was a relaxing way to start the week with students in the IMC.

 

 

2015 Rebecca Caudill Roundup: The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

fivelivesofourcatzook

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin is an excellent realistic ficiton book for middle-grade readers. Right at the start of the book, readers know that Zook is sick–probably sick enough that he won’t get better. Deep-down, ten-year-old Oona knows it, too, and her goal is to get Zook out of the vet’s office by any means necessary, so that she and her little brother, Fred, can spend as much time with him as possible. To make things easier for Fred, Oona assures him that cats have nine lives and proceeds to tell stories about Zook’s previous lives.

At the same time Zook is struggling with his health, Oona is still struggling with the death of their father, which was from cancer and more than two years ago. She refuses to wear anything but her dad’s old sweatshirt. She hates that her mother has a new boyfriend, Dylan, whom she dubs “the villain” and imagines all manner of terrible things about him. Yet, she has a family and neighbors who love her and help her manage her difficult feelings. While there is no happy ending for Zook, Oona is able to take steps towards moving on and accepting new people and new situations into her life.

Extras:

Here’s the story of how Rocklin got the idea to write The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.

And here’s a great trailer:

And this makes the 20th and last book featured in my 2015 Rebecca Caudill Roundup!

Other 2015 Rebecca Caudill Reading Roundup Posts

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/10/14

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Book:

wewereliars

I had been hearing (and at the same time not hearing) about this book for quite a while, and let me tell you that I was intrigued. So many people are keeping things spoiler-free that it has seemed almost like a cultish vow of silence. Naturally, then, when I saw this is in the “new” section of my public library’s YA area, there was no way I could resist.

I do not typically read books about over-privileged children, old money, and family drama. But I read this one, and I loved it, and all the hype is well-deserved. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see it on more than one awards list. And that’s all you’re gonna get out of me :-)

This Week’s Books:

Things are heating up as I listen to this during my commute, which I can only do half of the week since I drive my son the other half. Not sure he is quite ready for this one.
Things are heating up as I listen to this during my commute, which I can only do half of the week since I drive my son the other half. Not sure he is quite ready for this one.
Still beefing up my Shusterman "read it"-list as he is visiting in just over one week!
Still beefing up my Shusterman “read it”-list as he is visiting in just over one week!
random reads

November Random Read

In October, I got all caught up with my Random Read books. YAY!

This month, random.org chose #26 for me, so I will be reading 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. I think Fate has smiled on me, as this is a slim novel in verse. I should definitely be able to stay on track this month!

42milesHere is the goodreads description:

JoEllen’s parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided. Now on weekdays she’s a city girl, called Ellen, who hangs out with her friends, plays the sax, and loves old movies. And on weekends she’s a country girl, nicknamed Joey, who rides horseback with her cousin, Hayden, goes fishing, and listens to bluegrass. So where do her loyalties lie? Who is the real JoEllen? Linked free-verse poems, illustrated with a quirky array of found objects and mementos, create the vivid, realistic portrait of a young girl at a defining moment in her life.

2014 Challenges: October Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 125 books in 2014: 11 this month; 109 total
  • CORL 2014 goal of 25+ books from my “plan to read” shelf: Three this month: Under My Hat, Rapture Practice, The Peculiars; 16 total.
  • Random Reads goal of 1 book per month: Three to get caught up! Under My Hat, Rapture Practice, The Peculiars; 10 total