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Peak by Roland Smith…why haven’t I written about it?!?!

Published June 13, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

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?

Peak (Peak #1)    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.

23719240    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.

33413914   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!

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Oregon Battle of the Books

Published June 5, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

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.

Oh Me Oh My…..

Published June 5, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

It has been way too long since I  have posted anything.  I’ve been reading….lots, but other things in life happen as well and sometimes the things you love most take a backseat to whatever you have going on.  I’m going to try my best to keep up but the only guarantee I can make is that I am absolutely reading something good…..

 

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It’s been a long long time…..

Published January 14, 2018 by neverwearmatchingsox

2017 was a terrible year…well I shouldn’t say terrible, I should say bad.  My father passed away unexpectedly just 5 days in to 2017 and with that came turmoil and stress beyond belief.  I hardly read a book let alone review any.  I had just started reviewing for a website and had to let that go.  I had finished writing my first picture book (which needs an illustrator) and let that go.  My head hurt, my heart hurt but I had to pick myself up and push forward.  It sucked.

Now I am more clear headed, physically a wreck and I know I need to get back to what I love.  So, today, Jan 14th, 2018, I start anew with the hope that 2018 doesn’t suck worse than last year.

Karl Newsom Edwards

Published December 5, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I previously reviewed “Fly” by @karledwardsart about a year ago.  I had found in on Edelweiss and fell completely in love with it!  Now Karl is on a roll and has a few more picture books coming out.  His blog has information about Hugely Wugely (which I have NOT read yet…hint hint Karl) but I have read I Got A New Friend which is due out in May (so.far.away).  In this story a little girl and a puppy become new friends….they play together, they eat together, the get messy together…the illustrations are great and the text is sweet and will make a perfect storytime reading!

Getting my groove

Published November 21, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I’ve been blogging for about 3 year now and while I am still certainly a novice, I do feel like I am getting better.  I’ve changed this site a bit and am trying really hard to be more creative with it.  I’ve also started writing reviews for Children’s Literature out of DC but I think that I cannot use the same reviews so I will have to rewrite some things…Anyways, with the hope that I can get more creative, here is some picture book catch up that hopefully is different enough from my Goodreads that you won’t be bored.

 

How to Find A Fox by Nilah Magruder is a great new picture book.  The illustrations are great and the text will be so much fun to read at storytime.  How do you catch a fox?  Finding a fox hole, having patience and not falling asleep are great ways to try and catch a fox.  Unfortunately for our little girl, it doesn’t seem to fall that way for her right away.

27414370  This fun little one is exasperated and you can completely feel her pain as she is waiting waiting waiting.

 

Dinosaurs in Disguise by Stephen Krensky  and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Of What Grandma/Grandpa/Uncles do best) come together to bring us a fun new picture book about dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs aren’t extinct, they are just hiding.  Dinosaurs have been hiding so long that we just don’t notice them anymore.  This will make a fun storytime book!

 

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So many books….so little time

Published October 6, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

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!!

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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.

  Expected sale date May 2, 2017