2018 is already going by fast, and this little blog has been sadly neglected. I wanted to pop in and share some book recommendations, because I've been on a READING HOT STREAK.
The last 6 books I've read all get 5 stars from me, all for different reasons. I'm so impressed with all of these authors, who've crafted stories and characters that set me firmly in new settings and new shoes. If you haven't read these (two of them aren't out yet), then please consider adding them to your to-read lists:
BOY BITES BUG- Rebecca Petruck is SO talented with boy/boy friendship stories that are universal in spirit. The voice here feels so very authentic (much like it does in another book of hers, STEERING TOWARD NORMAL). This one comes out May 8, 2018. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.
GARVEY'S CHOICE- I can't believe I haven't read this Nikki Grimes book before now. While my girls played in the puzzle section of the local library last week, I browsed nearby shelves and picked this up. I read the whole thing right there, then checked it out so that I could do a read-aloud at home with the kids. If you haven't read this wonderful novel-in-verse, please, please remedy that. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.
THE ORPHAN BAND OF SPRINGDALE- Anne Nesbet continues to blow me away. This is such a heartfelt exploration of childhood, belonging, things lost and found, and learning that our moral compass blended with a bit of courage can create unexpected change. The main character is based on Ms. Nesbet's mother and the author's note made me cry. This one comes out April 10, 2018. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.
AMERICAN PANDA- Oh LORD, I laughed out loud while reading this too many times to count. The themes of respecting past generations, but being true to yourself are gracefully handled, and Mei's story will charm your socks off. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.