Monday, July 22, 2013

More Summer Reading!

This week I have read four great books! 

Navigating Early is an adventure story of two boys at the end of World War II on the Appalachian Trail. They are on a quest to find the great black bear.  The adventures along the way is what kept me on the edge of my seat. Now I want to read her previous book Moon Over Manifest.

Floors is a mystery and  fantasy.  The owner of the Whippet Hotel is been missing for 100 days and Leo, the janitor's son, finds himself in the middle of this mystery.  Every floor of the hotel has its own wacky design and secrets. The fate of the hotel is in Leo's hands. This was a fun read.  I love mysteries, but the added craziness with bizarre inventions made this very enjoyable.

Waiting for the Magic is about love, family, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. This will be a good story for my lower readers.  I wasn't sure I would like it, but it is a good story.  Students who love animals will like this even though it isn't about the pets.  The pets help the family heal.

And now for the story I finished yesterday...Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. I loved this book!  Twelve students win an essay contest to stay overnight in the town's new library.  Once there, they find out that they have 24 hours to solve puzzles in order to escape the library. This was a fun book.  The author even ends with a puzzle for the reader to solve.

Prior to these 4 books I also read:

The Year of the Book is a cute story about friendship that I think my girls would enjoy. Five Lives of Our Cat Zook was a little slow for me in the beginning.  I choose this one to read because it is on the Sunshine State book list.  Students who like animals or realistic fiction would like this.  I, however, like mysteries and adventures better. :)  Free Thaddeus was definitely one many boys will like.  When the students begin wearing "Free Thaddeus" T-shirts, all I kept thinking was "Ferris Bueller".  Yep, I'm an 80's gal!  Three Times Lucky was one of my favorites!  This has murder, kidnapping, mystery and even a hurricane.  Boys and girls would like this one!  Chomp is another great adventure book.  Living in Florida my classes always like Carl Hiaasen's books.  As for See You at Harry's, I loved it.  I cried a lot too. However, I believe this is more a middle school book.  It might be O.K. at the end of the school year.  I know I haven't given a whole lot of information about each book, but if you click on each one, you can read more at Amazon.  Many of these are on our Sunshine State Book List and others are ones that were recommended to me read.  I would love to know your thoughts on these too!

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