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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Book and a Cuppa Swap Reveal

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I love the swaps hosted by Angie and Beth at  Chaotic Goddess Swaps!

This one the Book & a Cuppa Swap may be my favorite one. The objective was to send a mug, a book from your partner’s wish list and book/cup related extras.

I was paired with the wonderful MC over at Blame It On The Books. She sent me an absolutely wonderful package.

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Isn’t it great how the book and the mug match? I love the shape of the mug too. It fits great in my hand. I’m kind of goofy about mugs, I often buy them based on the shape alone.

Choosing the book Wonder was perfect timing. It’s one of my favorite books. When the book was first released the publisher sent me a finished copy to review. It was so good that I wanted my students (as you know I’m an elementary librarian) to read it and since I had spent my book budget already, I donated my copy to the library. I’ve been meaning to replace it all these years, but never got around to it. Currently, my 4th & 5th Grade Book Club – Book Detectives, is reading Wonder. So it’s nice to have my own copy again.

Don’t you love how the bookmarks match the theme of this swap? The picture doesn’t do the tin of tea justice. The color is really closer to the mug and book. Again, they all match so well.   As an extra, MC sent me a set of Hedgehog notecards. The little hedgehogs are almost as cute as my hedgehog, Humphrey.

This was a very enjoyable swap. Thanks MC for being such a good partner.

 

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

wonder Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This is the 2015-16 All Pikes Peak Reads selection for elementary schools and the current read for my 4th and 5th grade book club – Book Detectives.  It’s a re-read for me. I love this book.

Goodreads Summary:  You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Landon Brary Landon Brary and The Land of Nod by Joshua Thomas Bray

This is a very engaging story written by a friend of mine. Unfortunately, because I have so many have to read it right now books (two school book clubs and several book tour reviews, I keep having to set it aside). I need a snow day so I can get caught up.

Goodreads Summary:  A Nightmare is coming…

Something evil and wretched has found a way into our world in search of an eleven year old boy named Landon Brary.

And, it has been kidnapping children.

Join Landon, a peculiar Frightener known as Simon Hush, and his ragtag team of rebellious Dreamers on a spooky adventure into a magical world of pure imagination as they journey to rescue the missing children and confront the worst of all Nightmares!

Dearly Departed Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad

I’m reading this for an upcoming Great Escapes Blog Tour.

Goodreads Summary:  Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder…
Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.
Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip—to the morgue!
 

My current audio book is:

magnus The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Goodreads Summary: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

 

What are you reading?

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Friday Memes

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Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginnings:  I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And i feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Friday 56: “She seems very nice.”

                     “Yeah, she is.’

                     “She’s very pretty, ” Mom said.

                      “Yeah, I know,” I answered. “We’re kind of like Beauty and the Beast.

 

wonder  The book I’m highlighting is Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  This is a re-read for me. My 4th & 5th Grade Book Detectives are reading. I think it’s a book everyone should read.

Summary from Goodreads:  You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Goodreads Summary:  Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write in it with truth and refinement…But who could be refined living at Steeple Farm?

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

Inspired by her grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a comedic tour de force destined to become a modern classic. Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.

My thoughts:

I loved this book. I’m a great fan of historical fiction, especially when it is well written. I added this book to my TBR list because someone had mentioned it might be a contender for either the Newbery or the Printz awards. Unfortunately, it was snubbed by both committees. The book has received high ratings including a star review from SLJ and a favorable review from Kirkus.

As an adult reader of books for children/teens I really enjoyed the book.  Joan is a wonderful character: innocent with a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to be a good person. I love all the characters except for her brutish father and clueless brothers. I also appreciated the tie in with Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I found the story engaging and hard to put down.  I was fortunate enough to snag an autographed copy at the Texas Book Festival this past October. It’s a wonderful addition to my autographed book collection.

Will I purchase this for my school library? Probably not. SLJ marks it for Grades 6 – 9 and I agree. I do have a few advanced readers here at school who enjoy historical fiction, that I think would enjoy the book. But overall, I think it’s better suited for middle school and up.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Teaser: “Christian, don’t forget about tonight. This whole missing children ordeal has the Archer’s so worried. Patrick told me that even he hasn’t been able to sleep. You should see them, they’re a wreck.” Mariah shouted.”

Landon Brary Today’s teaser comes from Landon Brary and the The Land of Nod by Joshua Thomas Bray.

A Nightmare is coming… 

Something evil and wretched has found a way into our world in search of an eleven year old boy named Landon Brary. 

And, it has been kidnapping children. 

Join Landon, a peculiar Frightener known as Simon Hush, and his ragtag team of rebellious Dreamers on a spooky adventure into a magical world of pure imagination as they journey to rescue the missing children and confront the worst of all Nightmares!

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

IMWAYR-2015-logo-300x300  It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Books Finished:

The Hired Girl  Goodreads Summary:  Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write in it with truth and refinement…But who could be refined living at Steeple Farm?

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

Inspired by her grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a comedic tour de force destined to become a modern classic. Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.

Scones and Bones Audio Version

Goodreads Summary:  Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society’s “Pirates and Plunder” soiree. But it’s an antique diamond skull ring that gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process. Theodosia knows she’ll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a raft of suspects.

thread and goneGoodreads Summary:  When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine. . .

Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about an antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family attic, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Angie’s best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If Angie’s right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in a safe in her office. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

last stop on market street Newbery Winner

Goodreads Summary: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

finding winnie Caldecott Winner

Goodreads Summary: Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…

And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

Currently Reading

magnus Audio Version

Goodreads Summary: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Landon Brary Goodreads Summary:  A Nightmare is coming…

Something evil and wretched has found a way into our world in search of an eleven year old boy named Landon Brary.

And, it has been kidnapping children.

Join Landon, a peculiar Frightener known as Simon Hush, and his ragtag team of rebellious Dreamers on a spooky adventure into a magical world of pure imagination as they journey to rescue the missing children and confront the worst of all Nightmares!

Umbrella Summer Goodreads Summary:  Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for — bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, runaway zoo animals, and poison oak. That’s why being careful is so important, even if it does mean giving up some of her favorite things, like bike races with her best friend, Rebecca, and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone keeps telling Annie not to worry so much, that she’s just fine. But they thought her brother, Jared, was just fine too, and Jared died.

Dearly Departed Goodreads Summary:  Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder…
Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.
Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip—to the morgue!

What are you reading?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: Thread and Gone by Lea Wait

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Thread and Gone
by Lea Wait

Thread and Gone is an engaging page-turner!
~ Back Porchervations

History buffs, particularly those interested in Mary Queen of Scotts and Marie Antoinette will like the historical bent as Angie, Mary, and others search through the historical documents Mary has to determine how the needlepoint made it from France to Haven Harbor.
~Christa Reads and Writes

So many suspects to choose from the story will keep the reader guessing until the end.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

I thoroughly enjoyed the many aspects of this cozy, small community mystery and how all the layers came together.
~Laura’s Interests

There are twists galore, and when the truth of things is revealed, it’s a complete surprise.
~Book Babble

This is a charming and enjoyable read. With it’s plot twist and strong story line you will be hooked from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case

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Thread and Gone
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085
E-Book ASIN: B00VQFKH8I
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Synopsis

When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…
 
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

 

My thoughts:

FTC Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Thread and Gone is the third installment in this series. Somehow, I missed book two: Threads of Evidence. I’m going to have rectify that soon. I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Wait’s other mystery series:  Antique Print Mysteries. I’m fast becoming a fan of the Mainly Needlepoint Mysteries.  In Thread and Gone we not only have the mystery of who killed Lenore Pendleton and why,  but there is the mystery about the provenance of a unique piece of needlework. I love stories with a historical connection, so the antique piece of needlepoint possibly stitched by a long ago queen is what hooked me into the story.  However, the murder is pretty good too.

One of the reasons I keep coming back to this series, is that I really like Angie. She’s a no nonsense heroine. And she’s not quite an amateur sleuth. She does have some investigating background. I guess that makes it bit more sensible for her to be poking her nose into what some would say should only be done by the police. The relationship with her Gram is another aspect of the story that appeals to me. I’m a sucker for stories with grandmothers.

The second reason I liked this book are all the quotes about needlecraft. I like learning while reading for fun.

Thread and Gone is a good solid read. If you enjoy needlepoint or just enjoy a good mystery then you should add this one to your reading list. And while you are at, read the first two if you haven’t already done so.

There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway on the Great Escapes Tour Page. Be sure to check it out for  a chance to win a print copy of the book.

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About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

 

Author Link

 Webpage – http://www.leawait.com/

GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25310520-thread-and-gone

Purchase Links

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Thread-Gone-Mainely-Needlepoint-Mystery/dp/1617730084

IndieBound – http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781617730085

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thread-and-gone-lea-wait/1121697423?ean=9781617730085

Be sure to check out the other tour participants.

Tour Participants

January 11 – Back Porchervations – Review

January 11 – Island Confidential – Interview

January 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

January 13 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

January 14 – Laura’s Interests – Review

January 15 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

January 15 – Book Babble – Review

January 16 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

January 17 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

January 18 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review

January 19 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight

January 19 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review

January 20 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

January 20 – MysteriesEtc – Review

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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