Happy Anniversary to my Super Blog Buddy!
We started this new venture at the start of last school year – and so I thought I would celebrate this start of another blog year by being blog-absent. Oops! It’s been a busy week.
But, now, onward!
In the spirit of wrapping up summer vacation (sniff, sniff) and also Darcy Pattison’s Random Acts of Publicity, here’s a random list from my summer readings – books that have stood out to me for one reason or another. Books to read! Recommended!
- Appelt, Kathi. Keeper. Written in beautiful rolling language, this surprising middle-grade novel looks at all kinds of love, longing, and forgiveness – with a pirate cat! And mermaids!
- Graff, Lisa. Umbrella Summer. This bittersweet middle-grade novel looks at deep and profound loss of a sibling without ever being too heavy–for kids anyway. (I cried, but they might not.)
- Hutchinson, Shaun David. The Deathday Letter. A teenage boy gets his deathday letter – and discovers he has twenty-four hours to live. Excellent premise and starting point for discussion groups. I loved the voice and also the interactions between the guys – a YA dude fantasy in lots of way.
- Maguire, Gregory. Missing Sisters. This one took me by complete surprise. A middle-grade story about separated twins meeting each other – and about good people trying to do the right thing. Sweet, touching, and funny. (And very different from Wicked!)
- Moskowitz, Hannah. Break. Just finished this YA novel – still processing. And I need to get over my wonder at the fact that the author wrote this while in high school – I loved the voice and the premise of a boy who is on a mission to break all his bones so he can grow them back stronger – and take care of his brothers: one with life threatening allergies and the other a baby who never stops crying.
- Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. I’m not sure how you make a heartbreaking situation – the sudden unexpected death of a beloved older sister – into a sweet funny love story with an edge… except that’s what this is. Fantastic cast of supporting characters. Amazing prose and poetry mixed in. So very satisfying.
- Smith, Andrew. Ghost Medicine. This YA novel about friendship and life on a ranch and growing up and dealing with loss and heartbreak is beautifully written – I love reading really good stories for boys. This one is a brilliant example (for writers) of how to balance show and tell – he says so much in the simplest of ways.
Go read and enjoy…
Sarah Wones Tomp
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