By Mandy Yates
Last time I shared numerous books that I was excited about reading this summer. I have finished three of them so far and wanted to share them with you.
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
What a great book. It's a novel in verse so it was a quick read but parts made me tear up a bit. Calli June's mom relationship troubles leaves Calli and her mom moving from place to place. It's hard enough constantly being the new kid, but when you add the fact that Calli has Tourette's syndrome on top of it, it's unbearable. This was a great read and provided a lot of insight into living a life with Tourette's.
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
This may be a new favorite author of mine. This was a suspenseful action packed book that boys will especially like however girls will too. Jonathan is sent to a school for troubled boys. However this school is on an island and isn't a school at all. The kids there are treated like prisoners by terrible people.But one day by a freak accident all of the adults die and the boys are left on their he island alone. What seems fun at first turns out to be worse than before.
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
This book was a great read about 9 orphans living on an island. Every year a boat arrives bringing a new orphan. At that time the eldest orphan must leave the island and travel on the boat to who knows where. Only 9 can stay on the island or something terrible will happen. But what if the eldest doesn't want to leave? It's not a mystery but the book has such mysterious qualities to it that it keeps you wanting to find out the answers to so many questions. Laurel was able to create a very unique and magical yet believable world that you are sure to fall in love with.
What have you read lately? Anything new that I should add to my summer reading list?
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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