In my eyes, Jen can do no wrong. If you are a Jen Lancaster reader, then you have followed along with her successes and struggles through life. This memoir is a grown up version of Jen…and we follow along as she discovers her talent for repairing and restoring furniture, taking her first trip out of the country, and making a conscience decision to try and unhook from social media…something I have wondered about for a while now. We happily lived our lives for many many years without being completely connected…waiting for that next comment or poke. When did our society decide it was ok to be mean and rude to people they don’t know? Would these people do that if they had to be face to face with a human being? Thank You Jen!!! You give me hope.
If you have an elementary or middle school kiddo, you may have heard Amulet being thrown around your literary household….if not, then let me share the beauty of Kazu Kibuishi with you. In addition to being author and illustrator of Amulet, Kazu also was chosen to redesign the Harry Potter covers for Scholastic in 2013…and being an avid Harry Potter fan I was anxious to see what these new covers would be like. In my humble opinion, they are amazing. There a few different ways for you to experience Kazu..his website Bolt City is where you find out current information (http://boltcity.com/), Gallery Nucleus has his art work for sale (http://www.gallerynucleus.com/artist/kazu_kibuishi), Scholastic has a page for him (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/kazu-kibuishi#cart/cleanup) and just recently I discovered that he has signed a 3 book deal with Scholastic Graphix to celebrate Graphix 10 years in the industry (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/65449-new-telgemier-kibuishi-deals-mark-graphix-s-10-year-anniversary.html).
Hands down Clementine is one of my favorite series for kids. The latest installment is Completely Clementine (book 7 of the series). Clementine is a sweet girl who has a best friend that hates germs, a brother that continuously calls vegetable names and a third grade teacher she is not ready to say good bye to. It’s summer and time for Clementine to accept the fact that she has matured and grown. Couple that with the fact that she is so mad at her father she has stopped talking to him and she has trouble dealing with all of these emotions. Never mind that he mom is due to have a new baby and there is no name picked out yet. If you haven’t yet picked up Clementine, do yourself a favor and dive into this wonderful little series.
So you can pretty much read Fancy Nancy in any order (and OH by the by, did you know that Nancy is 10!! And AAA has teamed up with FN and Flat Stanley for passenger safetyhttps://www.fancynancyworld.com/) and somehow I missed this one. Nancy has too many tutus in her closet. So many, in fact, that the closet doors won’t close. When the school decides to hold a clothing exchange, Nancy’s mom thinks this the perfect time to get rid of a few tutus…but will Nancy find the tutu of her dreams at the exchange???
I absolutely love love love this book. I read it with a “mickey spillane” tone in my head and drank up the illustrations. Nick Trunk is a detective who works for peanuts….literally. Nola Gale has lost her marbles…her luck marbles that is. Nola is a singer and needs her lucky marbles to perform. She hires Nick to help her solve this mystery.
I wish this was a series but it’s not. I went to order it from amazon and they don’t have any new copies so I ordered a used copy…and I don’t even care!
So much to say…so much to give away…I must proceed with caution. The twists kept me on my toes….the relationships that are developing are extreme, complex and yet simple at the same time. In this 3rd installment, Cress becomes a main character yet Cinder and Scarlet are as much a part of it as in the previous 2 books. Winter is introduced ever so subtly and new characters become an integral part of the storyline. My only disappointment with this is that I will have to wait another year for Winter to be released.
These are the books that I absolutely cannot wait for. They are in order of pub date, not by any other ranking
The last book in the Legend trilogy. This one is already out, but my library hasn’t finished processing them…ugh. This series is going on my Christmas wish list!!
This is book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The really cool thing is that these books always come out near my friend Angie’s bday so I never have to think about what to get her. The sad thing…there is always a year between books:-( Pub date Feb 4th, 2014
A kids graphic novel. The first one was called Misadventures of Salem Hyde Spelling Bee. I hope that there are several more in this series. Pub date May 20, 2014.
This series is in my top 5 series. It reminded me of Harry Potter when I first started reading it. Seth and Kendra have been sent to stay with their grandparents….grandparents they don’t know very well. Neither of them are looking forward to this visit. Once they are there, they discover that things are not always what they seem. The kids are introduced to Violet, the magical-milk-giving cow…who is as big as the barn.
Book 2 was the most difficult for me to get through but I knew it was something I had to do. I’m upfront with kids when I recommend the series and tell them that they just need to push through.
I am so in love with this series. I think that I am going to add it to my “all time favorites”. While they are very quick reads for me, I truly enjoy every one I read. I am going to recommend these to a kiddo at school who, after talking to Mom, I have discovered he has trouble finding things to keep his interest. I love that this series would really work for boys or girls, adventurous sorts as well as the quiet non-adventurous sorts.
Here are the covers, in order:
If you have yet to read this book, I say DO IT! DO IT NOW!! However, if you are an adult, have some tissues handy. I read this while riding the bus and did NOT have tissues…but snotty nose and all, I pushed through. It affected me like the events actually happened to me or a loved one. It is powerful, funny, touching and amazing.