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Books I Read this Week:
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Wendy Lamb Books, 2013
Realistic Fiction/Supernatural combination
Recommended for grades 5-8
Ever since I laid my hands on Love, Aubrey I've been a huge Suzanne LaFleur fan. She writes in such a fashion that you feel the characters are authentic and true to their age. Siena is a middle school age girl wrestling with guilt and hope. Siena's four year old brother Lucca doesn't talk, which is a constant stressor in his family. After moving to a seaside home in Maine Lucca's family has hopes that their new home will be the key to Lucca speaking again. Unbeknownst to her parents, Siena is communicating with spirits or memories of the past, and discovering that the past and the present are not that very separate.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Recommended for grades 4-6
I listened to this story, and I'm glad and I'm not that I did. I'm glad I listened to the audio version because Lyle Lovett does a masterful job reading this story, bringing each scene to life. I'm not glad that I went the audio route because I missed out on highlighting, underlining, dog-earring and page flagging this amazing writing. With balances of sugar sweet and heart aching and belly laughing lines, you really can't miss out on the text version. See, right now I am wishing that I could share one of my favorite lines with you, but I can't, because I don't have the book! Let's just say it involves "poof and poof respectively." Needless to say, I will be buying this book.
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Have a wonderful reading week!