Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summertime reading pile – Update #2, fiction

So it continues.  I didn’t realize I’d have so many books to list for this posting that I decided to break it into two parts.  Part 1 listed fiction, picture books and novels. 
Read, read, read.  That’s all I do. So much good stuff, so little  time...

Here are some highlights for fiction:
Picture books
Chester’s masterpiece by Melanie Watt, preschool to grade 2, egotistical cat highjacks author’s story, trying to write and rewrite his own masterpiece. Funny chatter between Melanie Watt and Chester.

Duck rabbit!  by Amy Knouse, grades K-2 – it all depends on how you look at it.  Could be a duck.  Could be a rabbit.

Flight of the mermaid retold by Gita Wolf and Sirish Rao, grades 2-5 retelling of the Andersen’s Little Mermaid but with lovely, illustrations from tribal Gond artist from India.

Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi, grades 2-6, a sister proves to her brother that she has skills and powers that will make her a good guide in the Himalayan mountains, not a typical role for females.

47 by Walter Mosley – grades 7-10, not the usual story about slaves in the 1800s with elements of fantasy, science fiction.

An abundance of Katherines by John Green – grades 10-12, comedic look at teenage angst issues such as the future, college, dating, road trips, self-perception and math formula for predicting breakups. What the...?!  When you need to lighten up, check this one out.

Babymouse, dragonslayer by Jennifer L. Holm – graphic novel for grades 2-5, highly imaginative Babymouse dealing with math angst.

Conspiracy of kings by Megan Whalen Turner – grades 7 and up, 4th in series, a minor character from the first book The Thief, tells his story as he comes to power. Lots of political intrigue.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – grades 7 and up, 1st in series about a futuristic time and place that bans technology and lives in an enforced medieval lifestyle.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – grades 7 and up, 1st in series about a parallel world around the time of World War I, with twists between the ultimate techno-geeks (German/allies) and the bio-technologists on steroids (Britain/allies).

Makeshift miracle by Jim Zubkavich – graphic novel for grades 7 and up, teens looking to connect and making mean of the world but learning there’s a price to pay.

Operation yes! by Sara Holmes – grades 4-7, school story of living on a military base (and all that entails) and impact drama has on a class of grade 6 students and their teacher.

Rising star of Rusty Nail by Lesley Blume – grades 4-6, small town USA during the cold war is highly suspicious of the new Russian piano teacher who is teaching the town’s two musical prodigies.


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