- The Whole Truth and And Nothing But the Truth by Kit Pearson. I realize I’m very late to the party, but WOW these books are excellent.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was pretty sure I’d like this, but the reality was a whole new level of liking and nagging thoughts.
- Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. Let’s be real, Jacqueline Woodson wrote this, how could it be anything but extraordinary? Even so, Feathers surpassed what I’d imagined.
- Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings. Difficult but so so good.
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – I have my high school English classes to thank for ruining my relationship with poetry, and to be honest I was pretty hesitant to pick up anything called a “verse novel”. How could an entirely novel be written in verse? I was pretty skeptical, but this wonder of a novel absolutely broke my heart and took my breath away.
Oh man, while the opposite has been often true, I cannot think of many situations where this has happened as I don’t give many chances to books that flail in the beginning.
- The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I tried this series because it is Janet’s forever love and I try to be a good friend. But dang, these books are brilliant. I adored them all.
- The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
I was very intrigued to read this novella but didn’t expect it to blow my socks off. And it did. Now I am all things Zen Cho. I will read her grocery list.
- Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
I expected to like Friday but I didn’t think that she would bowl me over with her humungous vocabulary and very awkward social habits. Consider me a fan.
- Dreamers often Life – Jacqueline West
While this book does not end with the brilliance it began, it was, nevertheless, a surprisingly good read.
- The Palace Job – Patrick Weekes
I don’t have good experience reading men writing women, especially white men writing POC women. Weekes did an amazing job.
LGBTQ+ YA with Diverse Characters Characters, according to many mainstream publishers, are allowed to be diverse, provided that they are not too diverse. A teenage girl, for example, can be gay, but not gay and Asian. A child in the fifth grade can have a disability, but they can’t also be transgendered. A parent can […]
Janet The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines: Jewish girl in the USA, 1942, begins detecting the disappearance of a classmate, while hiding her activities from her father and hiding her identity from her classmates. Shot in the Dark by Janet Whyte: biracial boy with degenerating vision (and a great deal of anger about […]
Janet Specifically, top 10 children’s literature-related books stories read for the first time in 2016. Oh goodness, this is difficult! My initial list was at least 28 titles long. Sorcerer to the Crown and Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson A Short History of Fantasy by Farah […]
Jane I’ve got a break in my story time schedule that I’m planning on filling with some professional development reading. Being a professional means always keeping up with the latest developments in your field, which can also mean doing a lot of reading. Fortunately for me it’s usually pretty interesting stuff! Teaching Writing With Picture […]
Not usually the easiest sell in an elementary or high school setting. A verse novel, however…. Thankfully there plenty of amazing verse novels that are likely turn even the most sceptical young readers into poetry lovers. Just don’t tell them it’s poetry. Verse novel sounds so much cooler. Booked / Kwame Alexander Kwame Alexander […]
Janet (links may contain spoilers) Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan The Secret Agenda of Sigrid Sugden and The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean The Water of Possibility by Hiromi Goto Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson Witness by Karen […]
Nafiza I’ve read a number of picturebooks this year but the ones that stuck with me the most are these four. And fortunately, I have reviewed all of them. So here’s a linked list: Little Robot – Ben Hatke This is Sadie – Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad Pool – Ji Heyon Lee Interstellar Cinderella […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. This one is a random pick from their list of previous topics. Nafiza A lot of the books assigned to us in Fiji were interesting but somehow had little to do with us. A lot. But there were some books that I was […]
The top ten Tuesday meme from The Broke and Bookish. Books recently added to the TBR pile! Steph Good gracious the books in the TBR pile are piling up. Pregnancy and all that makes it hard to focus and to stay awake while reading… Still! I continue! Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves – I discovered this […]