The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma: Trenton Lee Stewart
Friday Visits: December 11: Kidlitosphere News and Views

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: December 8: Literacy News and Reviews

Jpg_book007Today I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms 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. It is sent out once every two weeks (if you are getting daily Feedblitz updates, you might prefer to sign up for the Growing Bookworms newsletter instead, and only receive one email every two weeks).

In an interesting, to me anyway, comment on the ways that people like to receive information these days, I've just received my thousandth Twitter follower, after only 6 months, compared with 979 email newsletter subscribers after more than 2 years. Of course I appreciate everyone who takes time out to keep up with what I have to say about books and literacy, in whatever format. Moving on...

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book reviews (two for young adults and one for middle grade readers), two children's literacy round-ups (one here and one at The Reading Tub) and one post with Kidlitosphere news. I also have an announcement about a book that I loved from last year that just won an award, and another announcement about a new issue of an electronic literacy magazine.

At Booklights, I have a new installment in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series (complete with links to lists of recommend titles for holiday gift purchase) and a post with additional literacy links. The only post on my blog not included in the newsletter this week is the list of books that I read in November (since I always include my current reading lists in the newsletter anyway).

Reading Update: In the past two weeks, I read one middle grade, two young adult, and two adult titles:
  • Trenton Lee Stewart (ill. Diana Sudyka): The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma. Little, Brown. Completed December 7, 2009. My review.
  • Laini Taylor: Lips Touch: Three Times. Arthur A. Levine Books. Completed November 25, 2009. My review.
  • Susan Beth Pfeffer: this world we live in. Harcourt. Completed December 5, 2009. My review.
  • Stephen White: Dead Time (Dr. Alan Gregory). Signet. Completed December 2, 2009. This is the 16th title in the Alan Gregory series, about a Boulder psychiatrist who becomes involved in various mystery/thriller situations. I think this is a rare series that's been improving with the most recent titles, and I enjoyed this one.
  • Charlaine Harris: Definitely Dead. (Sookie Stackhouse #6). Ace Trade. Completed December 3, 2009 (on MP3). I enjoyed this title less than some of the previous books in the series, because events in the book reference a short story, rather than any of the previous novels. I kept feeling like I had read this book out of order, which I didn't like.

How about you? What are you reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms!

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