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!
Elephant and Piggie want to share with you what they are reading….so out of that comes the “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series. The first 2 books in the series are written by different authors so I imagine that others in the series will too (I have not researched that). In this title by Laurie Keller Walt and his friends all grow and discover things about themselves..the curliest, the tallest, the silliest…but Walt does not know what he is. That is, until the lawn mower comes by and cuts them all back to the same size. I think that kids who love the Elephant and Piggie series will love this new spin off.
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.
I have been seriously slacking! I wrote about more Otter fun without ever mentioning Otter before…I hope Otter and Sam will forgive me. Otter lives with Otter Keeper and together they celebrate Halloween, talk about school and Otter even goes to outer space…in addition to starting her own school. This is such a fun series with great illustrations. I can’t get enough of Otter.
So much fun! Capt James Hook has died and his only heir is his daughter, Jocelyn. She has been instructed to avenge her father’s death by killing to crocodile. But she is conflicted….she has lived with her grandfather ever since her mother’s death and he has now sent her off to finishing school to become a proper lady. This is an OBOB title for 2016-17 and I think the kids will have so much fun with it!
What would you do if your parents were supervillains? Not every family has zombies living in their basement and not every family has a gyfted kid. The Dread Duo are doing their best to take over the government while still allowing their son, Joshua, to attend school and make friends. One day, Joshua discovers his gyft and his world changes yet again. Book one introduces us to Captain Justice who chases the Dread Duo all over the country. But is a supervillain always a villain??? And is a superhero always a hero?
This was a super quick read and to be honest, before it got added to the OBOB list I had never heard of the book or the author. I love when you find something that grabs you enough that you will want to continue on with the series! I think the kids in OBOB will really like this book.
Historical fiction is not my favorite genre but true to OBOB form, it forces you to try something you might not try…Kate Messner has written some really great stuff (Marty McGuire for starters) and I decided to do this one as a read aloud for library classes. The kids are engaged and asking questions and those who are participating in OBOB are finding information that may be useful. This series is up to book 3 currently.
I’m so so happy that there are Fancy Nancy books for older kids. They love them so. As with the other Nancy Clancy books, all of Nancy’s friends are here as well as her sister JoJo. Nancy is not the best soccer player and certainly not as good as Bree. But Bree is patient and even asks JoJo and her friend to play a bit of soccer with them.
What a pleasant surprise! I have not read anything by Ally Carter before and I looked and looked at this one. I had nothing to read one day and picked it up…finally. Grace is sent to live with her grandfather 3 years after her mom dies. Grace is convinced that she saw her mom get murdered but others think she is just crazy. This left me wanting more. With book 2 set to come out in December, I can’t wait to continue on!
So these titles are both on the 2015-16 OBOB list for the 3-5th graders. I always feel that non-fiction is hard to review and these are no different.
In What Was the March on Washington by Kathleen Krull there were things I learned and things that truly shocked me, but that is maybe the point of historical non-fiction…to get you to feel something. I applaud Kathleen Krull for tackling such emotional and intense subjects. I will encourage kids to read this even after OBOB is finished.
In What Was Ellis Island by Patricia Brennan Demuth,kids will be exposed to another historical time…a time when people fled to the United States in search of a better life….something I can’t imagine. It serves as a reminder for me that our ancestors worked hard for their families.
This book happened to be at my scholastic bookfair and the cover art grabbed my attention. I didn’t have time at that moment to see if it was fiction or non fiction but I purchased it for school and today I got to read it. ADORABLE. Writing a non fiction book aimed at kids is a talent…it has to grab their attention enough for them to read it through and not overwhelm them with facts they can’t remember. What I really liked about this book is that facts about one animal will lead to facts about a completely different animal (squirrel have pouches they store their food in, kangaroos have pouches too but those are used for their babies). We start on page one with hippos and end with blue whales and a whole lot in between. I had no idea this was a series so I’m going to order the whole thing!