It was recommended by The Modern Mrs. Darcy as a diverse books read and a good read aloud if you like Wonder. We did, so I thought I’d read it to the kids as a contrast to our last book.
Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 295 pages
Setting: somewhere about a six hour drove from Washington, D.C., recent past (when MySpace was still a thing)
Summary: Short version: Melody’s life with cerebral palsy changes when she gets a communication computer Continue reading
I saw this reviewed on a GeekMom post and thought it would be a good read aloud to start off the school year. I was not disappointed.
Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 377 pages
Setting: various locations of a make-believe industrial (but not cell-phone) level world
Summary: Short version: Bronte travels to all her aunts’ houses after her parents die Continue reading
This was a random graphic novel I picked up off the library shelf.
Genre: middle grade fantasy graphic novel
Length: 208 pages
Setting: a big city and the Underworld beneath it, present day
Summary: Short version: Edmund and his changeling, Cinder, work together to stop a coup in the Royal City Continue reading
This is the second Pandava book. Miss Adventure saw it sitting on the library shelf and snapped it up.
Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 365 pages of story, 381 pages with glossary
Setting: various locations in the Overworld, soon after the events of Aru Shah and the End of Time
Summary: Short version: The pandavas must recover Kamadeva’s stolen bow and arrow Continue reading
I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.
First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.
Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.
Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.
And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?
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