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Monday, February 19, 2018

Latest Book Recommendations- Rebecca Petruck, Nikki Grimes, Anne Nesbet and more!

Hi All!

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.

SHADOW WEAVER- MarcyKate Connolly's first book in a trilogy is chilling and atmospheric from the very first page. This is the kind of book that is deliciously creepy and has you turning pages as quickly as possible to see what's going to happen to Emmeline...and her "best friend" Dar, a character that will have you checking for rogue shadows on your bedroom floor. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.

THE NIGHT GARDEN- I just finished this last night, and am now a Polly Horvath fan for life. I haven't read any of her other books, but rest assured, they're all going on my to-read list now. The voice is this one is right up my alley, as are the characters. I was so impressed with the writing and with the small moments of philosophical musings about writing and our place in the world. Add it to your Goodreads HERE.


  1. This is such a great list--I haven't read any of them, but they sound right up my alley. I just added two to my request list at the library already. :)
    Polly Horvath is pretty special, isn't she?

    1. RE: Polly Horvath, oh, she IS! I can't wait to read more :) Hope all is well with writing, painting (for the hubby), and mommying!

  2. Thanks! I'm looking for books to listen to with my boys (soccer practice, hour ride each way, is starting soon). I will look for these at Audible!

    1. Let me know if you like them! Geez, that's a long commute for soccer...