Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday February 23rd







Welcome to my little corner of book heaven. Here's what I read the last two weeks. Don't forget to visit the lovely hosts of this meme - Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. There are links to a LOT of posts there!







Graphic Novels:

Amazing illustrations and a fabulous story of a summer of changes and tiptoeing into adulthood. I can see why this one got a Caldecott Honor (keep in mind it is for middle school and up!)





Not my favorite of the gods, so not my favorite of this series. Still, it was an interesting way to showcase many parts of the Trojan War.






Picture Books

Some amazing entries in this one - and the illustrations are all great. I wish the writing had been more consistently amazing, though. Still worth buying, especially for the Marian Anderson poem.




I'm so glad someone mentioned this title a few weeks back. I'll be adding it to the stack of books I'm asking my 5th graders to blurb for our We Need Diverse Books campaign.




Middle Grade


A lovely story about a girl with dyslexia and a caring teacher who helps her discover her strengths. I loved the older brother and the real world problems her family faces while her father is deployed.

Super silly and fun. I can't wait to get this one to my students.




A fun start to a new historical fiction series! I love Ranger and his time traveling, rescue dog ways.








Young Adult


I wanted to love this science fiction tale of revolution and alien civilizations, but it ended up only being okay. Still, I've read both books in the series so far and I plan to read the rest. I just didn't connect with the characters as much as I'd hoped.

Pop Sugar - author with my initials.
If you haven't read this series yet, you want to start now! I adore all the characters and I love the storyline with the ley lines and hidden, sleeping kings. Having an ambitious and odd tale where I still completely love the characters and enjoy all of their interactions makes this series a "must always acquire quickly" one for me.





I wrote a quick post yesterday compiling some feminist literature suggestions from my twitter pals, if you are into that kind of thing..

http://www.mariaselke.com/2015/02/feminist-lit-suggestions-from-my.html

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