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Books I Read this Week:
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Recommended for grades 5-8
This didn't mistakenly win a Newbery Honor, it well deserves it. It's almost one of those books that I find myself weary of reviewing (especially while Sunday-night-pregnant-lady-tired), because I can't give it nearly the beautiful description it deserves.
So I won't bother tonight. What I will bother doing is saying that this book is unlike any other children's literature I can think of. An interesting historical setting-with a backdrop of an important pigeon migration that was unknown to me. Main character Georgie is one that you can fall in love with right away because she is just chock full of personality.
Go on, check this title out, you will be glad of it!
Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
Recommended for grades 3-7
This series has been very popular among my fourth graders, and after reading it I can see why.
As the title and cover suggest, this story finds 4 siblings, from a blended family, stranded on an island. Kids love stories with no adults in them, it let's their imaginations run wild with a story. How would they react if they were one of the kids on the island? It's fun, and better written than I had expected. I was easily wrapped up in this story after the first few chapters.
This is one of those titles that will appeal to those boy readers that have trouble getting into stories.
Below by Meg McKinlay
Candlewick Press, 2013 (first US edition)
Recommended for grades 5-8
An interesting story set in an Australian town that had the damn opened up, and was drowned. The town was rebuilt nearby with residents all starting over in a fresh new location. While not heard of all that frequently, this is not an unheard of event. In fact, it happened here in Maine to a town called Flagstaff.
The idea of a town sitting at the bottom of a lake is enough to get your mind spinning. How creepy, how sad, or...how fun to explore! In Below Cassie is drawn to the sunken town and the allure of the unknown.
The story starts out slow. By starts out I am referring roughly to the first 100 pages...But once you add in a kind male classmate with a mysterious past and a shifty town mayor trying to keep the old town well below the surface of the lake, things do become interesting.
Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters, illustrated by Adam F. Watkins
Price Stern Sloan, 2013
Recommended for grades 4-7
I am perhaps disturbed for loving this genre, but there's no denying it, I love a good creep out. As a kid I would have enjoyed this right alongside my Scary Stories books!
While I wouldn't give this to just any 4th grader, some are much more sensitive to this genre than others, I will say that the poems are not all meant to scare. Some of the poems within this text are quite humorous, and once you add those creepy drawings you've got a nice little book to read in the dark of night.
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