When my @scholasticbookfairs #scholasticdollars order arrives it’s like an early Christmas. This order is even more like that because it has the #tegublocks I ordered for #anseagles #makerspace ! This is so exciting! If you’re not familiar, you should checkout @tegutoys story. It’s awesome! Now I have to quickly check in the rest of my order so I can play with blocks. Adios!
#justfinishedreading “Chasing Augustus” by Kimberly Newton Fusco. This is another book that’s been in my #tbr pile for a while. I’m glad to have finally read it and looking forward to introducing it to some #anseagles when school begins in 4 WEEKS AND 1 DAY! -------------------- In “Chasing Augustus” @kimberlynewtonfusco has crafted a fascinating protagonist. Rosie seems complicated at first, but the first-person POV brings her story and who she is into sharp focus. Like most kids, Rosie feels things deeply. She reacts quickly (not necessarily well) to people and situations. She has holes in her soul left by her parents and her dog that she’s trying to fill. It’s wonderful to watch her try, mess up, keep trying, and begin to move forward. There are some surprising turns in the story. Along the way, it’s gratifying to see her develop empathy for others and not focus so entirely on what she’s lost. Rosie’s brokenness makes her real. She does some frustrating things. But even when it seems like she’s down for the count, she fights her way back. You’ll be rooting for her throughout the story.
#justfinishedreading “The Crystal Ribbon” by Celeste Lim. This book has been in my #tbr pile for several months but I kept putting other books in front of it. Now I wish that I’d read it when I first got it. Let that be a lesson to others who have a habit of rearranging their tbr piles! 😁 So my next read is another one that kept getting supplanted in the stack! -------------------- @veryceleste tells a fascinating tale of a strong, clever girl growing up in 12th century China. Eleven-year-old Jing has a simple, happy life but it hasn’t been without difficulty. She dearly misses her deceased mother but loves her father (Baba) and brothers immensely. This makes her shock greater when she learns she’s to become the bride of the three-year-old son of a wealthy family. The dowry provided means a better quality of life for her family but it leaves Jing in a terrible situation her dear Baba could not have anticipated. She becomes responsible for her survival in the face of an uncertain future. Through her indomitable spirit, and with the help of a deity or two, Jing endeavors to find her place in the world. This is a wonderful story that entertains and teaches.
#justfinishedreading “Beyond the Bright Sea” by Lauren Wolk. This absolutely gorgeous summer day, reminiscing about our Bar Harbor vacation exactly a year ago, and reading this beautiful novel set in the Elizabeth Islands has put me in the mood for an adventure. -------------------- “Beyond the Bright Sea”, Wolk’s latest novel, is just as powerful as “Wolf Hollow” from 2016. Like Wolf Hollow, it’s full of history, mystery, adventure, and suspense. The characters are wonderfully realistic in their hopes, fears, and longings, especially Crow. The 12-year-old protagonist is happy with her simple life on Cuttyhunk island with Osh and Miss Maggie, but is becoming increasingly more determined to find out about her mysterious roots. Her curiosity, however, threatens to upend her quiet life and possibly bring harm to those she loves. The setting — Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Islands, 1925 — is one I know little about and found fascinating. After finishing the novel and author’s note I did a little more investigating in the topic. Now I’ve added it to the list of Places I’d Like to Visit. I highly recommend Beyond the Bright Sea to lovers of historical and realistic fiction, or to anyone who enjoys well-crafted novels of any genre.
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#justfinishedreading Patina by Jason Reynolds, book 2 of the Track series. I feel like getting outside and going for a run. Except I don’t run. Ever. 😉 So that’s not going to happen. But it’s an inspiration, nevertheless. -------------------- Patina “Patty” Jones has had to deal with more than your average middle schooler, which has made her stubbornly self-reliant. She has had some hard lessons from life because of the untimely death of her father, her mother’s battle with diabetes, and having to leave a familiar school and neighborhood. Now she’s a 2x newbie — on her track team and at her private school. Her instinct to put up a wall between herself and the new people in her life isn’t doing her much good. With help from her tough-but-fair coaches, Momly, and Frida Kahlo (yes, that Frida Kahlo) Patty might just learn to the value of trusting others and teamwork.
I know school just ended last Friday, and I’m not trying to wish away the summer, but I’m pretty excited about this! Just bought the awesome, adorable new story/picturebook by @ironheartbb Brian and Pamela Boyle, and plans for an author visit this fall are underway! Brian is one of our amazing #anseagles who is making a big difference in the world. He’s the definition of a survivor, and so much more! Watch this space for future details!
Congratulations to the winners of our 3rd annual #summerreading bookmark contest! Lauren, Savannah, Ada, and Olivia each received book fair gift certificates. Their bookmarks will be reproduced and all #anseagles will receive one n their final report card envelope. #wtg !