It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4-27-15

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers.
Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews!

Books I Read this Week:

(ARC details)
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Bloomsbury, 2015
368 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

More on this to come! I am saving my review for the book's birthday on May 5th!

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books, 2015
Graphic Novel: Realistic Fiction
240 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

This is by far, my favorite roller derby novel ever! Ok, ok, it's the only one I've ever read, but I know it would be my favorite, even if I'd read others.
Vibrant colorful and expressive drawings jump off the page, I became so wrapped up in Astrid's world and perspective, that like her, I didn't even notice some of her shortcomings until we were both smacked in the face with them.
Strong themes of hard work and friendship make this the perfect book for...everyone.
If you're a classroom teacher and want to add this to your classroom library, be warned that there is a minor female development reference, and Astrid shares a less than positive nickname she was given in 2nd grade. Sound out her name, slowly, you'll get the first part. Otherwise, I should think this book is in all public libraries, because it is phenomenal!

I'm Currently Reading:

On Deck:

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful week!


  1. Roller Girl is on my list! Looking forward to it.

  2. I've heard lots of great things about Roller Girl! It was mentioned during #titletalk last night.

  3. I just purchased Roller Girl but haven't gotten to it yet. Your review makes me want to move it to the top of the TBR pile! I need to get back to Witch's Boy and finish. I was reading aloud to my son and he got bored. I was a bit bored too. It's well-written but the pacing is very slow.

    1. I'm listening to it now, and I find myself drifting away and then back again...

  4. I have Roller Girls on reserve at the library. It looks interesting, and I always needs more sports books of ANY kind.

  5. Roller derby is quite popular here, that may be a book I need to check out!

  6. I really like Bakemore's work so I'll have to read The Friendship Riddle when it's available. Roller Girl is sitting on the table in front of me. I have to read it this week! The Witch's Boy is on my list so I look forward to reading what you have to say about it.

  7. I was laughing reading this thinking - favourite roller derby novel? How many are there? then I saw you were being cheeky! This book is in big demand at our library!

  8. The Witch's Boy is a book that you have to sit-back-relax and read - it has moments of beauty, but not the most fast-paced read. Roller Girl sounds like a riot! :)


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