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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 23: Middle Grade Reviews, Realistic Graphic Novels and Getting Lost in Books

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 growing joyful learners, mainly bookworms, but also mathematicians and learners of all types. The newsletter is sent out every two to three weeks.

Newsletter Update:  In this issue I have four book reviews (picture books through middle grade) and one post with my daughter's latest literacy milestone (not wanting to be interrupted when reading). I also have two posts with links that I shared recently on Twitter

Reading Update: In the last two weeks I finished three young adult and one adult novels. Due to a minor knee issue I haven't been able to exercise as much as usual, so my audiobook reading is way down. Still, I read/listened to: 

  • Rebecca Donovan: Reason to Breathe. Skyscape. YA Fiction. Completed August 18, 2017, on Kindle.
  • Rebecca Donovan: Barely Breathing. Skyscape. YA Fiction. Completed August 19, 2017, on Kindle.
  • Wendy Walker: Emma in the Night. St. Martins Press. Adult Psychological Thriller. Completed August 16, 2017, on Kindle.
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath. Skyscape. YANew Adult Fiction. Completed August 22, 2017, on Kindle. I binge read this series after a friend recommended it. It's romantic suspense featuring a main character who is emotionally scarred from abuse and family dysfunction, set in a wealthy suburban (first two books) and college (third book) setting. 

SmileI'm currently reading Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh and still listening to Not Alone by Craig Falconer. My daughter and I are still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire together. Now that she is back in school for the year (effective today!), I expect us to get back into our regular morning reading routine, and make more progress. You can find my daughter's 2017 reading list here. For her own reading, she recently became hooked on Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. We had to make an immediate library trip to look for Drama and Ghosts. However, she was disappointed that these don't feature the same characters, and she is resisting reading them.

We looked at a whole section of other graphic novels at the library, but she's primarily interested in graphic novels that are thick and realistic (like the memoir-driven Real Friends and El Deafo as well as the Babysitters Club Graphic Novels). So it's become a bit difficult to find titles that fit her criteria and are age-appropriate. In the meantime, she continues to re-read the aforementioned titles repeatedly. She usually has at least one open in her room, in the car, and in the family room. Whatever works for her, I say, though I'll keep my eyes open for other choices. 

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms. Happy back to school season!

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