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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: October 21

JRBPlogo-smallToday, I will be sending out a 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. I usually send the newsletter out every two weeks.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have four book reviews (picture book through early chapter book). I also have two posts with literacy and reading links that I shared on Twitter recently, and two posts with my daughter's latest literacy milestones (writing her first story, and critiquing illustrations in a book).

Reading Update: In the past two weeks I finished three middle grade and five young adult titles. I had extra reading time because I spent one weekend at KidLitCon (with two cross-country flights by myself) and then had a miniature readcation when my husband took my daughter away overnight the next weekend. The three YA novels that I read on the KidLitCon trip were purchased solely for my own recreational reading, and though I enjoyed them, and have notes below, I won't be writing formal reviews. I read/listened to:

  • Kristen Kittscher: The Tiara on the Terrace. HarperCollins. Middle Grade Fiction (Mystery). Completed October 16, 2015, printed ARC. Review to come, closer to January 2016 publication. This book is the sequel to The Wig in the Window
  • Paul Tobin (ill. Thierry Lafontaine): How to Capture an Invisible Cat (The Genius Factor, Book 1). Bloomsbury USA Children's. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed October 17, 2015, printed ARC. Review to come, closer to March 2016 publication. This is the first of what promised to be a very fun new five book series. 
  • Donna Gephart: Death by Toilet Paper. Yearling. Middle Grade Fiction. Completed October 18, 2015. Review scheduled for next week. 
  • Gwenda Bond: Fallout (Lois Lane). Switch Press. Young Adult. Completed October 8, 2015, on Kindle. This book about a teenage Lois Lane is such fun! I can't wait for additional books in the series. Highly recommended!
  • Michelle Painchaud: Pretending to Be Erica. Viking Books for Young Readers. Young Adult. Completed October 11, 2015, on Kindle. This book about a teen con artist imitating a lost girl was interesting, and a quicker read than I expected, with a satisfying conclusion. 
  • Jennifer Latham: Scarlett Undercover. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Young Adult. Completed October 11, 2015, on Kindle. This book, about a teen private eye, has crime-solving, ethnic diversity, and supernatural elements. I enjoyed it, but I found that a central coincidence took me out of the story a bit. 
  • Ransom Riggs: Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. Middle School / Young Adult. Completed October 15, 2015, on MP3. This conclusion to the Miss Peregrine series was enjoyable and satisfying, though things dragged out a bit longer than I expected after the dramatic conclusion. 
  • Amber J. Keyser: The Way Back from Broken. Carolrhoda Lab. Young Adult Fiction. Completed October 18, 2015. Review scheduled for next week. 

I'm reading Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin and listening to the third Lockwood & Co. mystery by Jonathan Stroud: The Hollow Boy. The books my husband and I have been reading to our daughter can be found here. She remains very interested in the Magic Tree House books, which she refers to simply as "Jack and Annie books". She's also been dabbling in reading aloud to me at bedtime. She "read" me the wordless picture book Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage the other night. She had wanted to read the sequel, Where's Walrus? And Penguin?  but we were both too tired to get out of bed to look for it. So she just pretended that Penguin was in this book, too, always hidden behind something in the pictures. 

She's also been enjoying Human Body Theater, a comic format book full of facts about the human body. I learned about this book from Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production, who mentioned that he four year old daughter liked it. Because my daughter has been obsessed with facts about the human body, viruses, vaccines, etc., this seemed like a perfect fit. And it is, though we are taking it in small doses. She now knows what type of atoms make up a glucose module - which will be useful when she gets to college-level chemistry. 

What are you and your family reading these days? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms. 

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