Archive for August 2010

We’re back!

August 25, 2010

I can’t believe I haven’t posted an entry ALL SUMMER! I have had a great time visiting with family, spending time at the beach, boating, hiking, biking, relaxing….AND READING, of course. Here are some of the best books I read this summer (which just happen to be new additions to the CPS Library):

The Naming of Tishkin Silk, by Glenda Millard

This is a beautifully written book about an uncommon, loving family that you would love to call your own. Griffin, a ten-year-0ld boy living in rural Australia with his five older sisters is sad because his mother and his new baby sister have gone away. He blames himself. He was previously homeschooled and now must go to public school for the first time. Griffin makes a wonderful friend at school named Layla who helps him come to terms with his emotions. Like Sarah Plain and Tall, this is a heartwarming family story told in expressive, poetic language.

The year the Swallows Came Early, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Eleven-year-old Groovy is a budding chef living a happy life in a small seaside town in California with her parents, until the day her father is arrested while he and Groovy are walking down the street. It takes a while for Groovy to learn the truth about what her father has done. A cast of interesting characters who have their own family struggles help Groovy forgive her father and follow her dream of going to culinary school.

Big Nate in a class by Himself, by Lincoln Pierce

How many detentions can a sixth grader get in one day? Read this humorous novel with added graphic illustrations and you’ll be laughing out loud at Nate’s interactions with his friends, his family, and his teachers. If you loved “Wimpy Kid” books and can’t wait till November for the last one to be released, Big Nate will fill in quite nicely.

Justin Fisher Declares War, by James Preller

What happens when the class clown isn’t funny anymore? Justin Fisher is in fifth grade, and the behavior that’s been earning him laughs for the last few years is now irritating his friends and his teacher. When the school talent show rolls around, Justin wants to be the emcee so he can win back his friends and prove to everyone that he really is funny. Will he be able to do it?

The Misadventures of Maude March, by Audrey Couloumbis

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this book about a pair of orphaned sisters who accidentally become outlaws on the frontier is original and exciting. After their guardian is shot by a stray bullet, adventurous Sallie and her more ladylike sister Maude steal two horses, disguise themselves as boys, and set off to search for their long lost uncle. The girls encounter harsh weather, bank robberies and outlaw gangs. You’ll be cheering them on in this wild ride of a book.