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Middle School Scheming: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

Aloha!  Welcome back!

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy GrenwaldToday’s review is for the second 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State book I’ve read this summer.  There are fifteen total so I still have quite a way to go, but I’m not worried.  It is summer after all!

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he’s managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he’s in middle school, avoiding reading isn’t as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he’s tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.

First let me say that Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading is really fun.  Yes, I know I’m a librarian so I shouldn’t be excited about a book that gives kids tips for not reading, but this is such a cute book!

I know for a fact that my students are going to love this one.  It is written in the same style as Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and my students love those so much that this one will be an easy sell!  Even my reluctant readers will approve because of the fun illustrations and super short, but not choppy, chapters.

In between each chapter Charlie Joe Jackson gives the reader one of his 25 Tips for Not Reading, which are hilarious and break the story up in a good way.  Even one who loves reading as much as I do got a kick out of Charlie Joe’s reasons why sports are better than reading!

Charlie is your average middle school boy.  He is funny, smart (but not super smart), mischievous and just a nice guy.  He just doesn’t like reading.  Charlie’s scheming does get himself and his friends into trouble, but that’s a normal part of middle school.  He actually reminds me of a student I had years ago who is now in high school probably still planning ways to get out of reading!

What I really liked about Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading is that there isn’t some cheesy moral at the end.  Charlie doesn’t wake up one day realizing the fault of his non reading ways and suddenly learn to love books.  He just doesn’t, but that is okay because he does learn some other equally important lessons along the way.  I would have been disappointed if it ended up being a bait and switch and I know my students wouldn’t have appreciated that either.

Overall, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading was a fun, cute and humorous.  There were even times when this book had me chuckling and reading paragraphs out loud to my husband, so if you’re looking for a light and fun middle grade read I highly recommend this one!

Author: Tommy Greenwald

Publisher: Roaring Book Press (July 5, 2011)

Format: Paperback

Length: 240 pages

Series: First in a series

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

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Book Trailer of the Week: Legend by Marie Lu

So, I was in Boston this past week on vacation visiting my brother!  I had a fabulous time exploring the city and learning my way around the T (I did pretty good if I do say so myself!).  But now, I’m back in the sweltering heat of Florida and it is time to get back to regularly scheduled posts.

It is Friday so we all know that its time to showcase a book trailer!  This week’s trailer is for dystopian, sci-fi novel Legend by Marie Lu.  Here is a little bit about the boo, which I’ve heard is a really awesome read!

Legend by Marie LuWhat was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

This trailer is short and sweet closing in at right around 30 seconds.  In my opinion this is the perfect length for a book trailer because I only have a few minutes to promote books on the morning announcements at school.  Plus, it allows for a quick sneak peek without boring the students or giving them too much info before they actually read the book.

I have already heard great things about this book, which was released this past November, so here is another one to add to my ever-growing To Read Stack!

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Bittersweet Symphony: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hi there!

Today I bring you a review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson!  I received this book as part of the Southern Book Blogger’s Tiger Lily ARC Blog Tour, and this was my first time participating in a blog tour ever!

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in theTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.  Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

I can’t say it enough (I say it a lot on this blog!) but I absolutely adore fairy tales retold!  Now, I have to be honest that I’m not and never was a huge fan of the Peter Pan story, but reading Tiger Lily has caused me to revisit my feelings for this tale.  I was also a little hesitant because we all know that the romance between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily is pretty short-lived, but although my heart broke multiple times while reading it I really, really enjoyed this novel. (Also, look at that breathtaking cover! The colors are just lovely!)

First let me say that Anderson’s prose is gorgeous! Her descriptions of Neverland and it’s inhabitants is at times poetic and lends this story more romance and mystery.  There is very little dialogue as the story is narrated through the eyes of a very loyal and observant Tinkerbell.

Every little detail Anderson gives us is like a puzzle piece that fits perfectly into the story you thought you already knew. Anderson fills in the gaps in the narrative that weren’t answered in the original tale in a way that just makes sense.  The way the world of Neverland is imagined as an actual island somewhere in the Atlantic that you cannot find if you’re looking for it is incredibly creative and mythic.  Also, having Tink as the narrator is such a fabulous idea and allows the reader to see multiple sides of the story that they wouldn’t have seen had the narrator been Peter or Tiger Lily or anyone else.  Tink has the ability to go unnoticed so we see Tiger Lily’s life in the camp with her people and also the Lost Boys’ burrow when no one is watching them.

I never really understood the lure of Peter Pan (the character) before, but reading the story through a different narrator (not Wendy or her brothers) allowed me to see the appeal.  Peter is such an excitingly flawed character.  He is incredibly savage in a way that is both enticing and frightening.  He is also not willing to accept reality, which is both refreshing and frustrating at the same time.  There is this allure to him that I can only describe as the “bad-boy” pull.  Tiger Lily knows that nothing good can come from knowing Peter, but in her fearlessness she is drawn to him none-the-less.  Let me also say, I used to like Wendy.  Now I don’t think I do.  And that’s all I have to say about that – you’ll see!

Despite being a little slow to start, Tiger Lily is vivid, mysterious, beautiful and bittersweet all at once.  There were times where I wanted to put the book down to have a break from the heart-break, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to read more.   If you’re a fan of Peter Pan (Ha! That rhymed!), love fairy tale re-tellings, or are just in for a tender love story you should definitely get your hands on this one!  As far age ages go, the book is good for high school aged readers as I think middle schoolers might get bored with the lack of dialogue.

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Teen (Scheduled Release July 3, 2012)

Format: ARC, paperback

Length: 304 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Tiger Lily (Pre-order)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Finale

Howdy!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book blogger meme focused on sharing titles that we’re eagerly waiting for and is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.   This week I’ve decided that my Waiting on Wednesday title is Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickNora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn – but which sides are they on?

I’ve read the first two books in this series, Hush, Hush and Crescendo, but haven’t  yet had a chance to pick up the third book, Silence. These are kind of guilty pleasure reads for me, as they’re your basic supernatural teen fiction with fallen angels (and nephilim!!). But I love the characters and am so caught up in the story that I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I do have a little bit of a wait since Finale is scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 23, 2012. That gives me plenty of time to finish book number three before number four comes out!

What books are you eagerly anticipating today?

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Top Ten Tuesday: July New Releases

Welcome back!

Its time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and Bookish to encourage book bloggers getting to know one another and showcasing all things book related.

As usual a new month brings new delicious looking books to desire! July has tons of new books but this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I’m showcasing ten July New Releases that look and sound like good reads. It’s a good thing I don’t have an unlimited amount of money because I would buy all of the books, not just these!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (July 3) YA

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines2. The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines (July 3) YA

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop’s detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother’s supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet.

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy3. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (July 3) MG

After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta4. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta (July 3) YA

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove. Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (July 9) YA/MG

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

A World Away by Nancy Grossman6. A World Away by Nancy Grossman (July 17) YA

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She’s never even talked to someone her age who isn’t Amish, like her. When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can’t wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can’t imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (July 10) YA

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever. But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman8. The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman (July 10) YA/MG

The woods behind St. Bede’s Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede’s feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it’s only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.

Before You Go by James Preller9. Before You Go by James Preller (July 17) MG

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her. Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Endlessly by Kiersten White10. Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White (July 24) YA/MG

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

These all look so good, I can’t wait! Are there any new releases you’re excited about this month?

 

 

 

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Iron Fey series

Book Trailer of the WeekIt’s Friday!

And you know what that means! Book Trailer of the Week time! Every week I bring you a book trailer that I believe deserves a little attention.

Iron Fey series by Julie KagawaToday I’ll be showing off the book trailer for the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.   I honestly can’t escape good the buzz for these books! They’re raved about on tons of book blogs, so I know I’m going to have to make these a priority!

Half human. Half faery. Fully endangered. Meghan Chase is about to come into her legacy.  The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both—to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl.

Doesn’t it sound like a fun supernatural fantasy series?  Like I’ve said, I keep hearing great things about these books and the trailer makes me want to read them that much more!

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Men in Black? The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

Happy summer everyone!

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson is the first Florida Sunshine State book (of fifteen) that I’ve finished so far this summer. I haven’t ready any of James Patterson’s adult fiction, but am familiar with his Maximum Ride series’s, so I was excited to dig into The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Also, I listened to the audiobook as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge!The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The greatest superpower of all isn’t to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power. Daniel’s secret abilities – like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses – have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone’s imagining.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents’ dying breath, he is closing in on the killer. Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.

So, I know for a fact my boys at school are going to love this book. It’s like a teenage Men in Black as Daniel is pretty much an alien hunter. This is a fun, quick read that will appeal to my reluctant readers because the chapters are super short. In fact they were so short and choppy that I had to check my iPod multiple times to ensure that the tracks weren’t out-of-order (sometimes the tracks aren’t titled correctly so they skip around in iTunes.).

Every single chapter is jam-packed full of action as Daniel X follows the trail of the aliens across the country. Now, like I said this is a fast paced sci-fi thriller that is a fun read. However, because it’s so action packed Patterson doesn’t leave enough room for actual substance. I didn’t really feel for Daniel’s plight (his pain from being orphaned at the hands of alien super power, The Prayer). I mean I knew he was attempting to avenge his parent’s murder, but there wasn’t much depth to Daniel’s character.

Despite any shortcoming The Dangerous Days of Daniel X had I still feel strongly that my students are really, really going to enjoy this sci-fi thriller! Patterson’s goal was to write a book for teen readers and I think he succeeded! So, if you’re a middle grade reader in the mood for a fast adventure read, check out this book!

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Hachette Audio (July 21, 2008)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins

Narrator(s): Milo Ventimiglia

Series: First in the Daniel X series

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7)

Waiting On WednesdayHi! I hope you’re having a wonderful day today!

It’s that time of the week where I post about a book I am eagerly anticipating.  This The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinneyweekly event is called Waiting on Wednesday and is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m spotlighting the soon to be newest installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Third Wheel!  If you don’t already know (you must not know any middle schoolers) this book series  is a pretty big deal.  I seriously can’t keep them on my shelves, which is fine with me!  A new Wimpy Kid book means more of my students reading and an increase in my circulation!  You can’t go wrong with that!  Seriously, if Jeff Kinney just keeps writing new additions to this series, my job will be that much easier!  (Thanks Mr. Kinney!)

So, this new Wimpy Kid title will answer some serious questions:

Will Greg finally get a girlfriend?
Can Manny become any less annoying?
Will Rodrick ever give Greg a break?
We can’t wait to find out!

I know my students are going to be asking me about this book as soon as school starts in August, which means I’ll have three and a half months of telling them that The Third Wheel is scheduled to be released by Amulet Books on November 13, 2012 (which also happens to be my birthday!).

Are you waiting on a specific book this week?!  Leave a comment with the title – I always love to hear about some upcoming new reads!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to talk about books, our favorite things!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be Books on My Summer To Read List, but I feel like it would be me just talking about the same books that have been on my to read list for a while now, so I decided to mix it up a little and pick an older topic to do a little rewind.

So, my top ten for the week is My Top Ten Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction.  We all love the main characters because they’re usually awesome and they’re the focus of the story, but sometimes there are some amazing and lovable minor characters that we just can’t seem to forget. Today I want to share those supporting characters that I just love.Foxface Hunger Games

1. Fox Face from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Foxface makes me laugh.  She always turns up right when Katniss least expects it and is, I think, a lot like Katniss.  I love how Katniss respects Foxface and even gets a kick out of seeing her out in the Games.

2. Newt from the The Maze Runner series by James DashnerLuna Lovegood Harry Potter

Oh Newt.  I love him.  Newt stands by Thomas pretty much from the beginning.  He is funny and  loyal, and has an Irish accent (I listened to the audiobooks).

3. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Luna is so awesomely nerdy and cool.  She is her own person and does things her own way.  She doesn’t really care too much that people think her and her father are odd, she knows who she is.

4. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Magnus is someone I’d just love to hang out with.  He is always up for fun, but is also incredibly loving and thoughtful.  Plus he wears glitter.

5. Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harroy Potter series by J.K. RowlingSnape

Snape! Snape is like the most bad-a character ever.  His loyalty and willingness to sacrifice everything is mind-blowing.  And Bellatrix is the world’s most awesome villain!  She is the BEllatrix Lestrangeperfect combo of fabulous and evil mixed together.  I think I want to be her for Halloween…hmmm…

6. Dwight from The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

I just love that Dwight is nothing less than a weirdo.  A loveable, observant and smart weirdo, but a weirdo none-the-less.  I mean this guy digs wholes in his back yard, sits in them, then fills them back up.  That just cracks me up!

7. Maggie, Esther and Leah from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

These girls are willing to overlook Auden’s bad judgement and befriend her anyway.  They don’t give up on Auden when she tries to push them away either (which she does, a lot).  They continue to pursue her because they understand the value of deep relationships.  They seem like the type of people I’d like to get to know.

8. Marcie Millar from the Hush, Hush books by Becca Fitzpatrick

I know Marcie is suppReepicheep Narniaosed to be Nora’s arch nemesis and everything, plus she says some mean things about Vee, but things are just more colorful and fun with Marcie in the story!  I really enjoyed the second book and I’m convinced its because there is more Marcie in it.

9. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Oh. My. Gosh. Break my heart! I honestly can’t think of Reepicheep too long without my heart hurting.  This little guy is the epitome of courage, faith, and perseverance.   Plus he is an adorable, talking, sword wielding mouse!!

10. Macey, Bex and Liz from The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

These girls are part of the reason why I wish I was a Gallagher Girl!  They’re loyal, fun and smart, but also (best of all) they’re spies!  I love the banter between these girls in this series so much!

So, those are some of my favorite minor characters in YA and MG fiction.  I have tons more but these were the ones that popped into my mind first.  Who are your favorite characters in supporting roles?

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Tasty Treats (2)

Well good morning everyone and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

(Do any dad’s read my blog?  If so, let me know!)

Getting new books is like getting tasty treats that I can’t wait to devour, hence the name of this post “Tasty Treats”! (I am working on a Tasty Treats banner…well my husband is working on it for me!)   This morning I wanted to share all the fun books and audiobooks I got-my-hands-on this past week. So what are we waiting for!?

Tasty Treats Stack

Every thing in this stack is a title on the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Book List.  These are some of the books I need to read since I’m a school Media Specialist and the Battle of the Books team coach.  Not only will I be reading and reviewing these books over the summer, but I’ll also be writing a ton of trivia questions from each book for my team to study. Lets look at the covers shall we?

The following titles are the Sunshine State books that I already had in my Media Center catalog.

Sunshine State Books

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman

Some of the books on the list were not already ones I had in my Media Center, so I’ve had to go buy them, like the books below.

More Sunshine State Books

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

I addition to all these middle grades titles I also needed some Young Adult audiobooks in my life.  If I read just YA or just MG I get kinda bored with the one genre, so I have to mix it up now and then.  Since the summer is a time full of middle grade reading,  and I needed some new audiobooks to listen to while running, I decided to pick up some YA listens from my local public library.

Beastly and If I Stay

Beastly by Alex Flinn (currently listening to)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

So, there you have it – my recently received tasty treats! I know I’ll be having fun attacking these over the next few weeks!  What fun reads did you get this week?