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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: February 18th

Jpg_book007Tonight I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms weekly email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's books and raising readers. There are currently 635 subscribers. I believe that the recent uptick in subscribers is due to much-appreciated mentions of my article on encouraging read-aloud in The Big Fresh (the Choice Literacy Newsletter) and the NCTE Inbox blog. Welcome literacy leaders and teachers!

This week I have a post with Kidlitosphere news, a link to this week's Children's Literacy and Reading News round-up at The Reading Tub, and an installment of my recurring Reviews that Made Me Want the Book feature. I also have announcements about the recently announced winners of the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils) and the cover of the new Percy Jackson book

No reviews this week, I'm afraid, but I will absolutely be getting some written this coming weekend. I have a little break from trips and guests and other commitments, and I should have some clear time for reviewing. This week I read:

  • After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr (author of Stay with Me, which I reviewed here). I found this much more interesting, and much more boy-friendly, than the cover would suggest. I read it in one sitting, and noticed some interesting parallels with Wintergirls (both include teens with anorexia, as well as strong step-sibling bonds). Reviews forthcoming.
  • Runner by Thomas Perry. This is a new installment (after a gap of several years) in Perry's Jane Whitefield series (about a woman of Indian ancestry who helps people to disappear). In Runner, Jane is drawn out of retirement by the plight of a pregnant 20-year-old girl. I found this one enjoyable, with the suspense building through the book. If she wasn't happily married, I think that Jane would be a good match for Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Interestingly, I found a parallel between this book and After the Moment. Both books include a description of someone visiting a prison, with details about the kinds of things that visitors are, and are not, allowed to carry.

Funny how themes echo sometimes in books that you pick up, isn't it? I'm currently reading Zenith, the much-anticipated (by me, anyway) sequel to Julie Bertagna's Exodus (reviewed here). I had to give up on Tunnels, by Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon, after falling asleep over the first couple of chapters for several days in a row. What have you been reading and enjoying? 

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms!