My blog has been a bit quiet this month, and I hope that if you haven’t been stopping by, as I haven’t, it’s because you’re soaking up sun and books and all the fun of summer. Here are some book suggestions for you, if you’ve managed to read through your stack and need something new.
The Boneshaker, by Kate Milford
Delightful, rich characters, and such a feeling of place in every moment of this fantastical middle grade novel. I won’t give away the moment that made me feel so alive and vital, because it has a lot to do with the plot, but it’s pretty special.
The Lost Days of Agatha Christie, by Carole Owens
This was an interesting grownup puzzle enjoyed on audio. The author used newspaper accounts of Christie’s actual disappearance, to create a story of how she would psychoanalyze Christie in order to find out what really happened during the several days of her disappearance. A very interesting premise for a story, it was a delightful listen of an afternoon.
The Lost Years of Merlin, by T.A. Barron
Also on audio. What a great story, which I never read from the school library, though plenty of my students love Barron’s work. This one would be better enjoyed in print, I think. The voice characterizations began to grate on me. I will be reading the others in the series, however.
Jackaby, by William Ritter
What a fascinating story and premise, with a little of the ghostly, and a little of mystery and magic, which kept me wondering (I’m still wondering) about the main character’s history. A continuation of the story comes in the short story called The Map. It expands on the layers of history and the players in the stories even more. I can’t wait for the second full-length novel to come in September, and I will be recommending it to all my school librarian friends for upper middle grade students and up.
I am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore
Greatly entertaining read which kept me on the edge of my seat. Some feel it’s a little shallow, but I found it heavy on the adventure, and just what I needed for a fast-paced escape. I’m thankful for the middle school students who recommended this series, and glad I finally checked it out.