Summer reads


I am so behind on this! I read these in July and now I am writing about them. Well, this is another great collection! I really love my journey as a reader. I love the number of diverse books we have today. George is the sweetest book. I loved it! Thanks Alex Gino for giving us a glimpse into George becoming Melissa. I’m so glad this book got the attention it did because it is worth it.

I am also glad for Jason Reynold’s books–all of them. All American Boys did not disappoint. (Hey, I am also reading a lot of dual perspective books lately!) It’s a timely book and for me, I don’t normally get into the mind of a male teenager in America. (Basically, I never.) So to be able to see into the lives of *two* teenage boys is really eye-opening. Thank you for showing us that people are people. We aren’t heroes because we mean to be, but because other people make us out to be. Thank you for this book, Jason Reynolds and Brenda Kiely!

Meanwhile, I am also reading The Silver Moon of Summer. It’s wonderful and I loooooove Leila Howland! I love this whole series because of summer and sisterhood, and ocean and beach hijinks. It’s just the best getaway and the story is so engaging. There is a lot of action between 3 sisters and the plot clips right along. More, please!

I read Kimchi & Calamari and Looking for Alaska on a bus on a trip with my friend Sheryl. I loved both but Looking for Alaska made me upset. Sorry, but I would not like people like that in my life. My friend Britney would say They are not meant to be likeable! John Green is undeniably good at capturing teenage lives. To be a teenager again! What torture, drama, and angst.

Kimchi & Calamari, on the other hand, was sweet and a lovely book. I loved the adoption story and what it means to find your own roots. Thank you Rose Kent for showing us what it means to be a part of an Italian family! And what it might feel like to be a Korean kid in New Jersey. This is what I love about middle grade novels.

Summer is coming!


I loved all 5 of these books!!!!! I’m super behind on my book reviews, as I read these a month ago at the beginning of summer. (today = 7/12/18) Hello, Universe was an easy read that reminded me of The Wild Robot, it reads kind of fable-like. I loved the characters and how quirky the fortune teller was. I read a ton of middle grade novels and sometimes I think we are all just 6th graders in different bodies – still vulnerable, confused, and wanting to fit in and gain the approval of our peers. I will read all of your books, Erin Entrada Kelly!

The book that kicked off my days off would be Leila Howland’s The Forget-Me-Not Summer. A reviewer  described it has “beach read for kids” which is accurate and has me wanting to read all genre fics for tweens. (True crime for tweens! Mysteries for tweens! Chick lit for tweens!) I loved the three sisters and their summer adventures with Aunt Sunny. It is so cozy and summery and fun.

Two reliable authors whose whole middle grade bibliography I plan to read: Jason Reynolds and Carl Hiaasen. They are amazing writers who have really got the young teens world down. They do a great job of capturing how young adults in challenging situations think, what they go through, and why they take the actions they take. I can’t say that I relate to or even know any kids in real life who are like these characters , but I like to think that reading about their point of view helps me broaden my perspectives. I highly recommend Patina and Flush!

Lastly, Polly Horvath. I’ve read a lot of her books and I think her most recent ones, meaning the ones written after 2010, are better. Some of her previous books are just too bizarre, but I liked The Night Garden because it has her quirky nonsense but also some fantasy/historical elements. I enjoyed all of these books!