Cindy and Lynn: We so enjoyed K-8 librarian Gundry Rowe’s recent post for the Booklist Reader, Summer Reading At Last, that we thought we’d do our own. In her post, Gundry says she brought home a couple dozen books from her library to read this summer—and we’ve stocked up as well. Since our middle-school campus is under construction, access to Cindy’s libraries is off limits until sometime in August. And so, like guests at a cruise ship buffet, we’ve taken one of everything in hopes of filling up on delectable reads. Here’s what’s on our plates. (If you can’t wait for us to tell you what we thought of them, click on the title links to read the Booklist reviews.)
Ashes (October 2016) by Laurie Halse Anderson
Not only do I yearn to read the conclusion of Isabel and Curzon’s story, I NEED to before the kids find out I have it and it gets yanked from my hands.
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Our book club kids are loving this, and I’ve been wanting to read it since May! Besides, I can’t resist the hamster on the cover.
Moo (August 2016) by Sharon Creech
Two kids move to Maine and encounter an ornery cow named Zora. I can’t wait!
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
A high school girl and her mystery club, the Eye of Know and the powers it potentially grants those who wear it, friendship, and family—a great mix!
Still Life with Tornado (October 2016) by A.S. King
A new book by A.S. King. That is all that needs to be said.
A Taste for Monsters (October 2016) by Matthew J. Kirby
Jack the Ripper, Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, ghosts in 1888 London. Wow! Besides I was a big fan of Icefall.
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
I’m excited to have another Jason Reynolds book to share with my middle-school students this fall. This one features two brothers who spend their summer in the Virginia countryside with their grandparents and discover the nuances of bravery.
Falling Over Sideways (September 2016) by Jordan Sonnenblick
Middle-school angst with serious family health drama by a man who excels at heart-wrenching with a side of humor.
Full of Beans (August 2016) by Jennifer L. Holm
Holm returns to 1934 Key West in this companion novel to Turtle in Paradise. I’m eager to revisit this time and place with another member of the Diaper Gang.
Ghosts (September 2016) by Raina Telgemeier
Telgemeier’s latest graphic novel will inspire middle-schoolers to haunt my library looking for a copy on September 13th. With a print run in the six figure-range, we can’t be the only ones eager to read it!
Wax (August 2016) by Gina Damico
The author of the “Grim Reapers gone wild” Croak trilogy is back with a book set in Paraffin, Vermont and features the Grosholtz Candle Factory and some lifelike wax sculptures. I can’t wait!
There are more wonderful books piled up everywhere here but I’m also determined to finish last year’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1, At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus, so I’m ready for Vol. 2, coming this October.