Summer Reading

Came home to some more books on my doorstep.  It's like a super sweet reward for spending so many hours working in my classroom on this gorgeous day.
 I've read Ghost Knight already and liked it quite a bit.  I usually love a good ghost story.  I'm excited to have Splendors and Glooms, as I've heard interesting things about it already.  Has anyone read Storm Makers yet?  As I was reading the jacket flap I felt like I was experiencing deja vu in the form of a combination of Trouble Twisters and Savvy.  Hmmm.

Now, here is a book I am excited to be sharing:
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker.  Balzer + Bray, 2012 (275pages)

Yes, it is the author of the series about that lovable little Clementine.  But no, it is not similar at all.  Pennypacker's newest novel is for older readers.  I would say as young as 4th and up through 7th.  It's hard to decide what to tell about this book, because when discussing the plot it sounds pretty out there.  But it is anything but.  Let's just leave it at:
A girl dealing with her mother's mental illness and absence.
A second girl that has been placed in the foster care system.
A picturesque ocean side setting.
A tragedy and then a beautiful understanding of what matters most. 

So, do yourself a favor and check this book out of your library and then go to the bookstore to buy it.  Because you will love it that much :)
Than find some good friends to read with!

Me + Book + Blanket + Lucy & Moots = Good Summer Night!


  1. I loved that book, too. Loved the dark humor.

  2. Barb! Hey, good to see you here. Please tell me you got these books in the mail today too... My fingers are tightly crossed.


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