Since last month’s Nightstand, I have read and reviewed the following books, all of which are middle grade novels:
- The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt--I love this one. I think you’re missing our if you’ve never read Gary D. Schmidt.
- West of the Moon by Margi Preus–I’m a huge Preus fan, but this one isn’t my favorite of hers. Still, it’s a very well-written and compelling story, and one I’m interested to follow in the next few months of medal awarding.
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles–This one is a documentary novel, which is a new phenomenon for me. I love it! I’d put this one into a category all its own, and its National Book Award finalist status obviously means a few other people agree with me.
- Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli–I re-read this Newbery Medalist in order to be able to discuss it with Lulu. I didn’t review it, but I did share a lengthy excerpt from my favorite part of the story. This one fell a little in my estimation over the first time I read it back well over a decade ago, but I think it suffered by comparison to Revolution, which I was reading at the same time.
I also spent a good deal of time re-reading Jane Eyre, as well as listening to it via audiobook, for my bookclub, but I ultimately didn’t finish it. I had already read it at least twice, so I felt okay about it, though I felt like something of a failure since I’m the one who started the bookclub. Since we’ve started this super busy school year, I haven’t had a whole lot of extended quiet time that a book like that requires.
Of course, I also spend a lot of my time reading to my children. I’ll share what we’ve been reading together later this week for Read Aloud Thursday. 🙂 Come back and share your own read aloud posts!
As for next month, I fully expect to spend most of my month reading lots of kids’ books for the Armchair Cybils challenge. I have four or five middle grade novels waiting for me now. By the way, it’s not too late to join in the Armchair Cybils challenge! You can read more about it here.