I am appalled at myself for not having written about this series. Now, I know I have written about Roland Smith before but somehow I have missed talking about this series. In Peak, the adventure starts with Peak, yes that’s his name. A 14 year old who is a little bored, a little mischievous and a lot in trouble. Peak likes to climb, but, he lives in NYC. There are no mountains to climb in Manhattan so what does Peak do? He climbs a skyscraper and gets caught. He has a choice now. Spend time in juvie, or go live with the father he really doesn’t know, Joshua Wood. Joshua owns a climbing company and he himself loves to climb. Part of his job is to help other summit mountains all over the world. But could Joshua have something else in mind for his son? Will their relationship grow through this adventure?
I forever thought this would be a stand alone but much to my surprise, The Edge shows up about 8 years later. Peak has returned home and has become a non-skyscraper climbing 15 year old, who loves spending time with his younger twin sisters. He hasn’t climbed since Everest (ooops, could be a small spoiler:-) but when he is approached by some old climbing friends with a chance to become part of documentary he contemplates his choice of climbing again or staying with all feet on the ground.
Just when I couldn’t be any happier about a sequel, there’s a threequel (yes it’s a word, look it up:-) In Ascent, Peak visits a girl he has met. A girl he kind of likes. A girl who just happens to be the daughter of a French Ambassador. She also loves to climb. Sounds like a recipe for happiness. Peak has been invited to climb Hkakabo Razi, one of the most isolated mountains in the world, to determine the true elevation of this illusive mountain. Once again, filled with action, friendship and climbing this was the perfect ending to this series.
Ahhh, just kidding. Descent will be the final book of the series. But it doesn’t come out until the beginning of 2020!!! Well, it isn’t an 8 year wait!
If you aren’t in Oregon then hopefully students in your state will have some kind of reading competition they can participate in. OBOB is Oregon’s version of this competition. I am a coach for the 3rd-5th grade division as well as the 6th-8th grade division. There are 16 books on each list so I have a lot to keep me busy this summer.
Stef has become embarrassed of Tia Perla. She is unhappy when Tia Perla picks her up at school, and when Tia Perla shows up at soccer. It was not always that way though. Tia Perla really isn’t an auntie, but a food truck. An old food truck that Stef’s dad owns. Stef isn’t allowed to walk home alone yet, so how does she get picked up? The food truck.
This is a story of family, growing up and fighting for what’s right. This was the first book I read off the list (3rd-5th grade) and it was a great start.
What would you do? What do you do for your family and loved ones? What if you didn’t have enough money to pay for life saving medicine? Would you steal?
Timothy knows that his family has very limited money ever since his dad left. He also has a very sick brother. Opportunity and timing present itself to Timothy and he makes a decision that forever changes his life.
This is on the 6th-8th grade list for this year.. A read for everyone in your house.
tells the story an ugly dumpling who doesn’t get eaten and just can’t figure out why. Enter the cockroach and the story turns toward acceptance and friendship.
Last, and certainly not least, is Malala’s Magic Pencil. Malala Yousafzai has written a picture book about her childhood. Every night she wished for a magic pencil.. a magic pencil that didn’t arrive. Malala soon learned that using her voice was just as powerful as a magic pencil.
I think I have to credit Goodreads with finding this title. I have been on a more realistic fiction path recently which has not been horrible…it’s just not my normal. I think that I will try Niven’s All The Bright Places since I had success with this one!
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started this book. I almost put it down because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to accept the negativity…but i kept going and i’m glad I did…the negativity plays an important role in this story of acceptance and love and friendship.
Libby is overweight and has been since her life started spiraling out of control after her mom passed away. She quit attending school and got so large that at one point she had been named America’s Fattest Teen. She lost weight, started high school and wondered if she would ever be able to fit in.
Jack Masselin seems to have it all together…a hot on-again-off-again girlfriend, good friends and swagger. But Jack is harboring a deep dark secret that threatens to ruin his entire life. When he decides to write Libby a letter and join the “Fat Girl Rodeo” both lives are changed forever.
A story about acceptance of yourself and others, of true friendship and finding love.
I have been on a roll, reading ARCs and Galleys (I’m not sure why there are 2 names for the same thing) and there are some very cute books coming out. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for access to these great titles!
Before I talk about the picture books I read, I just have to say how excited I am to be reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. This is being described as a sequel series to Fablehaven, my 2nd favorite series of all time. Same characters, new adventure!!
First up for today is Littles and How They Grow written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.
What a great story. A tale about “littles” and how they grow. This book showed diversity in the families and love on every page. I can’t wait to see this as an actual book.
Expected sale date June 13, 2017
Next up: Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time! written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen (pronounced Le Win) Pham. Freckleface Strawberry books are very fun and sweet. I am not sure if this is the first beginning reader for Moore but she does a great job, tackling a friendship situation with text that kids can understand. Great illustrations.
Expected sale date July 11, 2017
Next: Naptastrophe written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka. If you are a parent of anyone over the age of 2, you can relate to this book. It is a tale of our little Lucy, who isn’t tired. She isn’t tired when she is put down for a nap, she isn’t tired when she goes shopping with her dad, she isn’t tired at dinner and she is not tired when she falls face first into her food. Fun illustrations and text.
So I will be honest….I hadn’t read an Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems book until this one. I wasn’t against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn’t feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn’t know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie…this series is over. However, in case you didn’t know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.
Kate Messner writes about such a wide range of topics. I actually discovered this book because I read an article that Kate was asked to NOT attend a school visit due to this book. I would imagine that we will see this on the Banned/Challenged book list very soon.
Charlie is an Irish dancer, a sister, a friend, a daughter who she discovers a fish that grants wishes. She quickly learns that wishing for what she wants doesn’t always turn out the way she expects.
This book deals with the very difficult topic of drug addiction. I can understand the reluctance of educators and parents when it comes to this book, but Kate’s response to the disinvite was brillant: “When we decide a book is inappropriate for a school library because it deals with a tough subject, we’re telling kids in that situation that their problems can’t even be talked about,” read the whole article here.
These types of books are important. It can help a kid not feel alone. It can help a parent talk about a difficult topic. It can help everyone start a conversation.