The Goodnight Train: June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith
The Necropolis: P.J. Hoover

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: November 8

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 and young adult books and raising readers. There are 1310 subscribers. Currently I am sending the newsletter out once a month.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book reviews (two picture books and one young adult title), along with three children's literacy roundups (one here, one posted in detail at Rasco from RIF, and one at The Reading Tub). I also have a wrap-up post from the fourth annual conference of kidlitosphere bloggers (KidLitCon 2010).

Reading Update: Since the last newsletter, I finished:

  • P. J. Hoover: The Necropolis (Forgotten Worlds Trilogy, Book 3). CBAY Books. Completed November 8, 2010. Review forthcoming.
  • Cassandra Clare: The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1). Margaret K. McElderry. Completed October 19, on MP3. Set in the same world as Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but set in the Victorian era, and a little bit darker in tone. Fans of the first series won't want to miss this one - it's fun seeing glimpses of the ancestors of the characters in the other books.  
  • Sarah Beth Durst: Enchanted Ivy. Margaret K. McElderry. Completed October 21, 2010. My review.
  • Louise Penny: The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. Minotaur Books. Completed October 24, 2010, on the way home from KidLitCon. The second-to-latest installment in this mystery series, set in a small Quebec village. This series just keeps getting better and better. Very well-written.
  • Michael Connelly: The Reversal. Little Brown. Completed October 28, on MP3. A Bosch/Haller mystery (Connelly often brings together his two series leads these days) about the re-trial of a previously convicted child killer (not quite as dark as it sounds, because the crime happened far in the past).
  • Lee Child: Worth Dying For (Reacher #15). Delacorte. Completed November 4, 2010, on MP3. I normally love the Reacher series, and recommend them to all of my friends. This one, however, I found a bit too bleak even for my taste. It may be that it just wasn't well-suited to audio, and the slower pace of listening vs. reading. This won't stop me from eagerly awaiting the next book, though.
  • Dennis Lehane: Moonlight Mile. William Morrow. Completed November 6, 2010. On MP3. This is Lehane's first return to the Patrick/Angie series in several years, and also revisits the 12-year-old case of a missing child that led to the movie Gone, Baby, Gone. I enjoyed it, but I must admit that my favorite thing about the book was that several scenes were set near where I used to live, and very near to where my in-laws live. Lehane's details are 100% authentic, as is Patrick's native Boston resident voice.

ABCBabyMeCover I'm still reading The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh to Baby Bookworm, and we're almost through with one of my all-time favorites, The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Of course we're reading various picture books and board books, too. I'm especially enjoying The Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown (a gift for BB from a very dear friend) and ABC Baby Me by Susan B. Katz. I'm also having fun re-reading a childhood favorite, Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel.

How about you? What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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