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!
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 if you have followed my blog at all, you know that I love the I.Q. series by Roland Smith. When I read the last one–which I didn’t know was the last–I was pretty upset. I had no hope that anything else would compare. Enter Beneath. The story of Pat and Coop O’Toole…brothers who live in DC suburbs. Always up for an adventurous plan, they did a tunnel under their house. After a fight with his parents, Coop then disappears, and there is no way to contact him as he doesn’t use a cell phone or email. Pat feels betrayed by his brother but when Coop finally contacts Pat things are not as they seem. This was originally going to be a stand alone (according to Smith) but he has decided to add another book to the story called Above due out in 2016. Check out Smith’s website http://www.rolandsmith.com/.
This is my first experience with Patrick Carman. I’ve seen his books move through the library and I just never picked up one. Last week I was left without something to read and decided to give this one a go as a kiddo had given it to me thinking I would like it. Crazy clues to follow, lots of ducks and making new friends….things kids are sure to love. This was a quick read with a heartwarming ending. Not sure I will get to book two anytime soon as the partial list for OBOB 2015-16 is out but I will finish the series as soon as time allows.
Lincoln Baker is always in trouble…more trouble than he can remember. Well, actually, maybe he does remember it all. But when his last stunt lands the entire family in hot water, Linc is at a loss. Enter the government. What could they possibly want with a 12 year old trouble maker like Linc?
I am always on the hunt for books that are good for boys and girls. This one fits that category. Action, adventure, world travel, chicken poop….what else could a kid want?
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. Anne Villeneuve has done it again with another fabulous Loula book. This time, Loula wishes to have a sister and asks her parents for one…right now, or tomorrow is ok too. She inquires what ingredients would be needed and sets out to get everything needed to create her sister. With the help of her driver, she acquires all she needs to create her new sibling. Enter a stray dog and Loula ends up with the best sister of all.
Theo, or Teddy as his mom calls him, has grown up around courtrooms and lawyers. In fact, some of his closest friends are Judges and clerks at the courthouse. Theo’s friends are always calling upon him to help with some legal matter, whether it is getting a beloved pet out of pet jail or finding a lost friend or trying to solve a murder, Theo uses his keen sense of right and wrong to help him with whatever comes his way.
I had never read a John Grisham novel until I picked up the first Theodore Boone. I don’t know if I will read his adult novels or not, but I will continue to read this series and any other he happens to write for kids. All of the students at school that I recommend this book to seem to really enjoy it…both boys and girls.