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Oregon Battle of the Books, or OBOB in our neck of the woods

Published December 22, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

I’m sure that I have written about OBOB before.  A state wide voluntary reading competition that students in grades 3-12 can compete in.  I am a coach for both 3-5th grades and 6-8th grades.  It seems that I won’t have a 6-8 team so I have stopped reading those titles but I didn’t get through a few:

           

These are the three titles I read from the 6-8 list and I enjoyed them all.  I’ll write about Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and it’s follow up Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus.

The elementary (3-5) list this year is very engaging and also very different from one another.

 

   

 

These are just three of the books for the 3-5th grade list.  There is something for everyone.  If you have kids in school, I sure hope that your state/city/county has some version of Battle of the Books.

Ali Cross by James Patterson

Published December 22, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

   I am so happy to read another suck me in until the end Patterson book.  As I have never read an adult novel by him, I was not sure if this story is a continuation of an Alex Cross book.  Ali is the youngest child of Alex Cross and he tends to go all in when something needs his attention.  His father is going to trial, his friend is missing and he has to deal with bullies at school.  Ali thinks that the police aren’t doing enough to find his friend Gabe, so he starts his own investigation.   It’s Christmastime so houses are full of gifts.  Break-ins start to happen, even at the Cross home.  Ali wonders if his friend Gabe has anything to do with it.

A book about not giving up, being true to your friends and standing up for what’s right.  I hope this is a series.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Published October 11, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

This book makes me so mad…I mean REALLY mad…..at myself. Let’s be honest…I’m a white woman of privilege and it has absolutely nothing to do with money.  I read this (actually I listened to it which was probably more intense for me) and I realized how truly naive I have been all my life.
This is the story of Mia and her parents who are all immigrants. They have not been in the states for long and mom and dad both try to keep employment but through no fault of their own, they end up getting fired. However Mia’s mom applies for a job at a motel, thinking she would never get it, and guess what??? She gets the job but her husband has to work there too. “Two for the price of one” says the owner. Mia runs the front office…she’s 10….and does her best to make things good for the customers and the weeklies, and safer for her family.
At the end of the audio book, the author notes that the events are based on true life events in her life. Then I was sad because how humans can treat other humans so poorly is beyond what I can understand.
So many more things happen in this book…it would take a very long time to explain it all. Pick the book up or download the audio version. Read it as a family, read it yourself, read it to your class….just read it.

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The Happy Book by Andy Rash

Published September 9, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

The Happy Book and other feelings is a great book to talk to kids about feelings.  Happy camper and his BFF Clam struggle with some emotions, especially when they aren’t feeling the same way.  Colors and emotions are matched up in this wonderfully illustrated picture book….red is angry, happy is yellow etc.  I read this at story time and what I loved was that one little person said all the colors were happy. If only adults could have an attitude like that.

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Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Published August 13, 2019 by neverwearmatchingsox

Lovely illustrations go along with the story about saying goodbye. Do goodbyes always have to be sad? Does it always mean something bad? In this picture book, you and your littles will discover that when a goodbye happens, a hello will soon follow.

 

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!

book cover of Descent

 

 

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.