This is the second Giant Days compilation. The kids enjoyed the first one so much, it was pretty obvious I would get the second book.
Artist: Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin (it changed halfway though the book. While the art was noticeably different, it wasn’t distracting.)
Genre: graphic novel, fiction
Length: 128 pages
Setting: Sheffield, and Northampton, England, soon after the events of Volume One Continue reading
I’ve heard good things about this book, but have been reluctant to read it because I knew it was about a kid dying of cancer. I’m still a bit sensitive to a plot revolving around dying of cancer, having been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. However, I convinced Mr. Curiosity to read it (after he loved Eleanor and Park). As soon as he finished, he plopped the book in my lap and told me he’d found my next book. I try to respect his suggestions and read it on his recommendation.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 313 pages
Setting: generic U.S. city, present day Continue reading
This is the second book in the Immortals series, that started with Wild Magic. Miss Adventure downloaded the audiobook and played it for me on the way to gymnastics practices. I ended up finishing it on my own.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 182 pages
Setting: the province of Dunlath within Tortall, soon after the events of Wild Magic Continue reading
Between listening to What Should I Read Next and reading Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog, I could keep my to-be-read list in an ever-growing state of wishing for more time. I’ll share a few of the books I’ve recently been interested in from her site.
I try not to add every book I hear Anne describe on her podcast, but she’s great at making books sound interesting. For the one-year anniversary (episode 62), Anne gathered suggestions from the listeners of what she should read next. I thought several of the books sounded good, including: Continue reading
I saw this reviewed somewhere and thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy it. Luckily, our library had it so I requested it.
Illustrator: Lissa Treiman
Genre: YA fiction graphic novel
Length: 128 pages
Setting: a British University, present day Continue reading
I picked out this book for Mr. Curiosity and read it to be able to discuss it with him. He recently finished Swiss Family Robinson and thought this book might be a contemporary, contrasting take on the “stranded on a desert island” trope.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 202 pages
Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading
I’ve got a few books to add to my reading list and Mr. Curiosity’s reading list. Miss Adventure does just fine finding her own books, but Mr. Curiosity needs a boost every once in a while. The first two books are from a GeekDad post on the best books from 2016:
Click Here to Start (A Novel) by Denis Markell looked interesting. It’s got puzzles, video games, and a bit of WWII to top things off – all things Mr. Curiosity loves.
The Urban Outlaws series by Peter Jay Black also looked interesting – young hackers and lots of adventure. What’s not to love, right!
And finally, Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz from a post by the Young Adult Library Services Association. They are a great source of books for Mr. Curiosity since they focus exclusively on books appropriate for older kids. In this case, the book is about a spy who is a member of the Hitler Youth. Mr. Curiosity really enjoys learning about WWII, and he’s getting to the age that he can start to get more details about the horrors the Nazis inflicted on so many people. This might be a nice introduction to that topic.
Any other good books for a young teenage boy to read? Thanks for your suggestions!
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