Books just finished over the weekend:
Luckily, all of these turned out to be good reads. My daughter loved Sydney and Taylor, and we’re hoping to get the second and third books in the series next. Gone to the Woods and Red Wolf were fantastic reads. My review for Red Wolf will be up soon because the publication date is in July. This one adds another book for the retelling challenge, which is a plus.
We are still reading The Last Unicorn. I was really skeptical at first because the book wasn’t pulling me in, but now I’m in a good place. It took me some time to get used to the writing, and I know it isn’t always easy for my kids to understand, but we are enjoying it. My kids are comparing it to the movie as we read along. It’s definitely not the same. This book is fairly thin at around 300 pages, but because we’re reading it together and pausing for vocabulary study, it’s taking a bit longer.
This week’s new reads:
I’m reading The War That Saved My Life with my middle-graders. We’re about 60% in. This book set in WWII deals with anxiety, abuse, escape, and trust. It’s heavy at times, but the kids are captivated. We opted to read the physical book along with the audio, and the narrator is perfect.
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.
Fable is my personal pick for this week. I’ve started and finished up to chapter two. I wasn’t sure how this was going to go with mixed reviews from friends, but I’m intrigued and will be going forward with the book.
For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.
Here’s a cute series for early chapter book readers:
My youngest daughter received the first book in her Easter basket. She loves it! Luckily there are at least three more books in the series. These are super colorful, cute, and at the perfect level for children just getting into chapter books. She’s reading this one on her own, but I’m sitting in and enjoying it with her.
Meet Rainbow Tinseltail and the unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries series!
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Bo Tinseltail loves going to Sparklegrove School with the other unicorns. Every unicorn has a magical power. Bo is a Wish Unicorn with the power to grant wishes. Bo has lots of friends, but one thing Bo wants more than anything is a best friend. When a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry pops into the forest, will Bo’s big wish finally come true? And what will Sunny’s Unicorn Power be? Discover this TWINKLE-TASTIC, full-color series from Rebecca Elliott, creator of the USA Today bestselling Owl Diaries series!
That’s it for me this week! What are you guys reading? Let me know in the comments section below.
If we don’t chat beforehand, enjoy your weekend!