Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
anti-bullying, art, audio-book, character-development, character-motivation, character-traits, friendship, mock-newbery-2013, theme
As much as I enjoyed the narrator of this book, I think I made a mistake in listening to it instead of reading it. As in When You Reach Me, there are a lot of subtleties, and I think I missed some by listening to the audio version. It didn't help that I was listening to it while also starting the school year, so while in the car, I tended to drift off, "writing" lesson plans in my head. I plan to reread it. In the meantime, I'm going to hold off writing a detailed review. I loved a lot of it - the strongly written quirky characters, the philosophies of life told through art (reminded me of Okay for Now), realistic and benignly dysfunctional (one of my new favorite terms I read in a review of See You at Harry's) families, and friendship.
The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf
|mood-tone, picture-book, problem-solving|
This is a quirky story about a family who moves 12 time zones away for Mr. Insomniac's job, so they all have trouble adjusting. They can't sleep at night, even after drinking warm milk, counting, and taking hot baths. They decide to learn from nocturnal animals and plants and embrace their insomnia. The illustrations are Tim Burton-ish, perfect for the story.
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
|audio-book, character-traits, connections, empathy, friendship, grandparents, intermediate-kids-book, letters, mock-newbery-2013, multicultural, nature, point-of-view, setting, theme|