Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4-18-16

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Books I Read this Week:

Science Comics:
Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
By MK Reed & Joe Flood
First Second, 2016
Nonfiction Graphic Novel
120 pages
Recommended for grades 3-8

This is a new series to watch for! There are two books out right now, with a third on the way. The artwork is vibrant and alive, colorful and detailed, and the text is rich with information. What I particularly like about this book is how it points out our ever-changing understanding of what we once knew for fact in the field of science. This continues to the very last page when the writer admits that some of the information they included in the book has now been disproven just two weeks before printing! So cool! Includes the early male and female scientists discovering fossils and bones, who took credit and who had it robbed. Go buy this one! 

Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery
By Lois Miner Huey
Millbrook Press, 2016
56 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

When workers uncover human remains while digging for a new pipeline, a slave cemetery is discovered. The cemetery was a burial grounds for the slaves at the Schuyler in Albany, New York.
The book gives readers a look at what steps are taken to excavate and protect the remains, how they are handled and what story they have to tell. The photographs let us join the scientists at work. The book also includes information about the different lifestyles of Northern and Southern slaves in America, well before the Civil War.

Sweater Weather
By Sara Varon
First Second, 2016
Short Stories: Graphic Novel
127 pages
Recommended for: fans of Sara Varon

So different from her previous titles, this book includes short stories with Sara's introduction to each telling where the idea came from, it's purpose, etc. I can't say I love it as much as I love her previous books, and I'm not really sure of which reader I might hand it to. I think the book would fare best in the hands of a Sara Varon fan, or in the hands of an artist.

I'm Currently Reading:

On Deck: On Desk

I was so excited to start reading this one, but I left it at school (and I'm on vacation). I will get to it soon!

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Monday, April 11, 2016


Jacket Art by Ben Whitehouse

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.

John Coggin is no ordinary boy. He is devising an invention that nobody has ever seen before, something that just might change the world, or at least make life a little bit better for him and his little sister, Page. But that’s only when he can sneak a break from his loathsome job—building coffins for the family business under the beady gaze of his cruel Great-Aunt Beauregard. 

When Great-Aunt Beauregard informs John that she’s going to make him a permanent partner in Coggin Family Coffins—and train Page to be an undertaker—John and Page hit the road. Before long, they’ve fallen in with a host of colorful characters, all of whom, like John and Page, are in search of a place they can call home. But home isn’t something you find so much as something you fight for, and John soon realizes that he and Page are in for the fight of their lives. -Walden Pond Press

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Enter for a chance to win a signed copy below! But first, a few of my thoughts:

Get ready for a wild ride, no kidding, hold on tight! But also make sure to pack a're going to be glad you did! John and Page make a sweet sibling pair, though I wouldn't call this story "sweet"! The women in this book are determined, fierce, and undoubtable. This describes the good and the not so good female characters! 
So, the dictionary. You'll be glad you have it close by, as there will be MANY new words to add to your vocabulary. Truly, I don't think I would fare well in a conversation with Ms. Teele...
To wrap things up, what will young readers take away? Well, that anything is possible, you never know what awaits you next, and that hard work, crazy ideas and loyal companions are a strong combination!

Final Day to Enter: Monday, April 18th!

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