Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts started a weekly meme about what people are reading and reviewing in children’s and young adult literature. It’s a great way to see what others are reading.
Recent Reading Adventures
An unplanned rodent theme has woven its way into my recent middle grade reads. Two of these three book choices came about because of children’s literature festivals I had the opportunity to attend in the last month. It is such a blessing to see authors explain their work. The Sheboygan Children’s Literature Fest and Wisconsin Book Festival are both fantastic, free community events I can highly recommend. I ran into fellow Nerdy Book Club member Crystal (@librarygrl2) while at the Wisconsin Book Festival this weekend. You can visit Reading Through Life, her blog, to find out more about the book festival.
Middle Grade Fiction
Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck, illustrated by Brian Lies – This is a lovely animal fiction mystery set inside a school. Malcolm, a small rat, is mistaken for a mouse when a teacher visits the local pet store. When Malcolm is exploring his new school home, he stumbles across a group of other classroom pets calling themselves the Midnight Academy. Their mission: to protect the school. Not all of the other pets are willing to trust a rat. This book should appeal to readers who enjoy James Howe’s Bunnicula books or Beverly Cleary’s Mouse and the Motor Cycle. My copy has been passed on to a classroom teacher to use for a read-aloud.
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck – A family of mice must face their fear of water to accompany their human family across the sea. The eldest sister has her hands full trying to keep her siblings safe and to try and hold back social disaster. This book is a blend of animal fantasy and historical fiction.
The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser – I enjoyed this retelling of the Pied Piper. When young Rudi brings home a piece of the Brixen Witch’s gold he sets off a string of unexpected misfortunes upon his village. Please visit my review of The Brixen Witch on Smore.
Young Adult Nonfiction
Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution by Stan Mack – I spotted this book at a sale held by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and could not resist. History + graphic novel is a formula I enjoy investigating. I wish this book had existed back when I was in U.S. history. The book covers major events of the revolution. While the major figures of the actions leading up to the Revolution and the war itself are included, there is a focus on everyday people as well. Events after the war, such as Shay’s rebellion and the adoption of the Constitution are also included. This would be a great step up (or ladder) from Nathan Hale’s One Dead Spy.
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
My school is kicking off Battle of the Books this week so I plan to read some of our battle titles in the near future. I’m also eager to read some of the many titles I purchased for the school library at the CCBC sale.