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.
Today’s installment will be short and sweet, as we have been finishing a home improvement project before we go back to school on Thursday. And also I have a raging headache for the second night in a row 😦
Last Week’s Books:
Jennifer L. Holm’s new book The Fourteenth Goldfish will be published on 8/26, but I got to read it on NetGalley. Ellie begins sixth grade with some apprehension–she is not a big fan of change and her best friend has almost abandoned her for the volleyball team. And then…her mom brings home a strangely familiar 13 year old boy–who turns out to be Ellie’s grandfather, Melvin! It seems he has been working with an anti-aging drug derived from a rare jellyfish and tried it on himself. Melvin, Ellie, and Ellie’s new friend Raj get into a few scrapes trying to break into Melvin’s old lab. And by the book’s end, Ellie hels her grandfather realize that perhaps the world in not ready for his discovery. This quick middle-grade read was enjoyable, but the goldfish motif seemed an unnecessary and unsubtle add-on.
I read The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff to participate my Goodreads All About Fantasy group’s “Sisterhood of the Travelling Book 2014.” A number of us are passing the book around and writing comments in the endpapers. In this creepy novel, there is something rotten in the town of Gentry, and it has been there for a long, long time. Sixteen-year-old Mackie is not your average teenager–in fact, he is not even human. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a stolen baby, unable to stand the sight of blood, to touch iron, or to stand on consecrated ground. His family have accepted and protected him, but he definitely stands out in a crowd. When a toddler dies, her older sister, Tate, approaches Mackie for help, and he enters the world below to find out more about himself and to try to steal back Tate’s real sister. The tone of this YA book was well-developed, and I found myself both sympathetic to and unsettled by Mackie and those like him.
Mo LoBeau has lived with Miss Lana and the Colonel ever since she washed up on a river bed during a hurricane. Together, they run Tupelo Landing, North Carolina’s best, and only, cafe. When local crotchety old man, Mr. Jesse is murdered, not only is the town in an uproar, but Mo’s best friend, Dale, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and might be the prime suspect. The two decide to investigate the murder, but have stiff competition from out-of-towner detective Joe Starr and Deputy Marla. And when Miss Lana is kidnapped, things get even worse. This novel has the same folksy tone as The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, but it started to wear a little thin for me. The mystery, however, had an interesting and unexpected resolution that I found quite satisfying.