My reading this week includes two transitional chapter book series, two middle grade novels, and one Young Adult novel.
I discovered Mouse Scouts at NCTE 15. It's a cute new series about Violet and her mouse friends who have just graduated from the Buttercups to the Acorns--an older scout troop. Themes of overcoming fears, perseverance and friendship abound.
Boris is a character that will appeal to both boys and girls ready for an introduction to chapters. The Boris books are a part of Scholastic's Branches series of early chapter books that I really like!
12 year-old Timothy is on house arrest for a year for stealing a wallet. As part of his probation, he has to keep a journal about his feelings. Written in verse, Timothy reveals that he took the wallet so he could fund his baby brother's medications for a month and try to give his mom a break. I could not put this book down and devoured it all in one night. Reluctant readers will get caught up in Timothy's life, and the verse format makes the story move quickly. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was a bit of a slow start for me, but I was soon absorbed in the story, invested in the characters and loved the themes that were portrayed at the end of the story. Peppi is new to her middle school, but finds her niche in the art club. She soon discovers that a huge rivalry exists between the art and science clubs and has to figure out a way to get everyone to work together to save both their clubs.
Grades 8 and up
Oh how I love Owl Crate--a Y.A. monthly subscription box of awesomeness!! Da Vinci's Tiger was December's Owl Crate pick and I loved this historical fiction novel that takes place in 15th century Florence. I learned so much about that time period, and about Leonardo Da Vinci through this story. As always, I'm looking forward to January's box--which may be delivered by an owl (disguised as a postman) tomorrow!
My current read: Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Please let me know what you're reading this week!