Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers pose my favorite question on Mondays — what are you reading? For Monday, July 28th I would like to recap some of the books I loved reading this past week. Donalyn Miller’s #bookaday challenge has helped fill my summer with wonderful books so I have some terrific titles to share.
Picture book: Beach
Elisha Cooper’s lovely ode to the summer beach is a perfect book for late July. The reader arrives at the shore before the crowds to enjoy the morning peace and quiet. But as the day goes on, Cooper uses vivid language and soft watercolor sketches to share the hum of activity on a summer beach. Beautifully drawn, this book is great to throw in the beach bag or put on the classroom shelf.
Middle Grade Novel: Half a Chance
Lucy is used to moving. Her father, a famous nature photographer, loves to travel and moves his family often. Home this time is a lakeside cottage. Will she make friends? Will this spot truly become home? As Lucy finds her way in a new town, she views the people and places through the lens of her own camera. I love this story and Cynthia Lord has a magical way with words. It is a pleasure to read each of her sentences.
Young Reader/Middle Grade Novel: Absolutely Almost
Oh how I love this book! Albie is a charming, good-hearted fifth grader but life is not easy for him. He must start over in a new school after his private school forces him out because he struggles as a student. His best friend is starring in a new reality show and his parents search for the perfect nanny. Albie’s voice is clear and strong throughout this masterful book. What’s more, Albie’s story is poignant, funny and hopeful. I cannot wait to recommend this book to students.
YA Novel: We Were Liars
E. Lockhart’s new novel is hard to forget. The Sinclairs enjoy a kind of privilege most people never see. On a windswept island off the coast of Cape Cod this monied New England family enjoys sun, sand and endless meals prepared by the help. Cadence vividly remembers the start of her fifteenth summer but the thread of memory is cut when she suffers a head injury during the summer. Lockhart moves the story fluidly from one teenage summer to another and back again. This is a book to devour in one long sitting if possible. The perfect summer read.
I am excited to be a few chapters into Gae Polisner’s new book, The Summer of Letting Go. I will say more about this book next week but I can’t wait to follow Frankie through this story. I feel as if I know her personally. In fact, Frankie drew me in from the first page.
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Wow, you read some of my favorite books this week! Love all the novels… Haven’t encountered Beach yet, shall look into that one, thanks!
Just added Cynthia Lord’s book to my Amazon account, and I’m waiting for my nephew to return Absolutely Almost–he snagged it from me when I was on page 100 and it’s gnawing at me. Thanks for the recommendations.
I absolutely loved The Summer of Letting Go. Probably my favorite YA read of 2014.
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I put Beach on hold at the library – looks like a very timely book! Absolutely Almost is just amazing. I’m looking forward to rereading that book this school year. I have We Were Liars on deck and then Summer after that. Have a great reading week!
Enjoy your reading this week!
Great suggestions! Still waiting to get off the wait list at the library for Absolutely Almost.
I loved every one, except Half A Chance which I haven’t gotten to yet! And, I wish I’d had Beach last week when I was there. So glad you enjoyed The Summer of Letting Go-what a great family story really. And Absolutely Almost is so poignant. I just wanted to reach out to give Albie a hug! Thanks for sharing!
Ahh – The summer of Letting Go is also an absolute favourite for me. I also really liked Half a Chance and Beach! Such a gorgeous picture book. Have you seen Farm? (also by Cooper)
I haven’t seen Farm but will put it at the top of my PB list. Thanks for the recommendation!
Should of just titled this “Books Kellee Wants to Read.” All of these are on my TBR, and I really hope I get to them soon!
Happy reading this week! 🙂
Have a wonderful week of reading too!