Tag Archives: summer reading

Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson

7 Jul

My heart is racing because I just finished a really great book! Check out the cover of N. D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur:

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Because there are two boys running on the cover, I thought this book was going to be about sports – but it’s not. It’s got magic, mystery, and zombies! The setting of this book is really unusual. It takes place in a fictional town in Florida. In this town, they grow sugar cane, and much of the story takes place in these sugar cane fields – “the muck.” Creepy!!

I love the way that N.D. Wilson writes – I was on the edge of my seat! If you are looking for a slightly scary, fast-paced read, this is the book snack for you!



Fly Away, by Patricia MacLachlan

24 Jun

I’ve just finished my first book of the summer! Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan. This is a very short and simple story about a family on a visit to Aunt Frankie’s farm. I really like how the author is able to make me feel like I know the characters as people in such a short time. Lucy is the main character, but we get to know her whole family: Dad, also known as Boots, Mom, older sister Gracie, younger brother Teddy, and Aunt Frankie. Aunt Frankie is one of my favorite characters because she’s tough and independent, but also very loving.

This book would be a tasty book snack for students in second through fourth grade. It would be a good fit for students who enjoy realistic fiction, and even poetry.

Fly Away, by Patricia MacLachlan

Summer is for Reading!

23 Jun

One of the best things about summer is more time to read! I have already started a list of new books I am going to read this summer. I’m planning on visiting the library quite a lot! Check back often to see what I’m reading, and see what your friends are reading! Here are the first books that I am planning on reading this summer:


First Summer Books!

First Books of Summer!

What are your reading plans for the summer? Do you have any recommendations for your friends? Leave a comment below!

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

24 Jun

I’ve finished my first chapter book of the summer, and I loved it! A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, is an interesting story told from many different points of view. Sometimes the story can be confusing because I wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit together, but if you stick with it, it all becomes clear!
In this book, people have Talents, which means they can do something (usually something ordinary) really well. For example, there is a character who is Talented at knitting, and can knit sweaters, scarves, and other things really quickly. There are other characters in the book who are Talented at tying knots, matching people, and spitting. The main character’s Talent is baking cakes. Yum! The author has included several cake recipes, too!

I would recommend this book snack to anyone in grades 3-5, especially to anyone who loves a little dash of fantasy. If you like this book, I would also recommend Pie, by Sarah Weeks, and Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath. We will have this book in the library when school starts again, but I have to warn you: if you want to borrow it, you’ll have to make a cake from the recipes and bring me a slice! 🙂

A Tangle of Knots


By the way, what do you think of the cover?

The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies

12 Jul

I have just read the perfect summer book: The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies. Check out this refreshing cover:

This is the story of two siblings: Evan and Jessie. Usually they get along, but when Evan finds out that Jessie will be in his class next year because she is skipping a whole grade level, he freaks out and says some hurtful things he doesn’t mean. This leads to a lemonade-selling competition with each sibling trying everything he or she can to out-sell the other. If you like money, summertime, competitions, and friendships, this is the book for you.

This is a tasty and refreshing book snack for both guys and gals in grades 4 – 6.

I went to the library and….

2 Jul

I picked up some really great picture books! I can’t wait to get these into our library! Meet Me at the Moon is the first book I read. It’s a very sweet story about an elephant whose mother has to leave to call for rain. How will Little One know where her mother is? Will Little One know that her mother still loves her when she’s gone? The illustrations in this book are beautiful!

Homer, the Library Cat and Neville are also fun and unusual. Homer is a quiet cat, but he is having a hard time finding a quiet place. You’ll never guess where Homer finally finds the quiet he craves! 🙂 I also really enjoyed Neville because it’s a story about a boy whose family has just moved, and he has had to leave everything behind. How will he make friends. Will he fit in? Find out his clever plan in this book!

My favorite book in this bunch is Z is for Moose. It starts off like a regular ABC book, but when Moose realizes he isn’t on the M page, things get a little zany! If you are looking for a quick laugh, this is the perfect book to snack on!

Stay tuned for more of my adventures at the public library – and let me know what you find there, too!