These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
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I LOVED the audio of this book, narrated by Lyle Lovett. It's so charming, poignant, and funny. Lyle Lovett's voice was just perfect for the story. I've got a student reading it right now, and I can't wait to hear what she thinks. I don't know if the actual reading of it will be as good as the audio, but I hope so! Twelve-year-old Chap is missing his grandpa something awful, and he loves the swamp. Bingo and J'miah are raccoon brothers and new scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp, keeping watch from Chap's grandpa's missing Desoto, reporting Intel. Alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch is trying to turn the swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park, and if that's not enough to worry you, there is a gang of wild hogs on the way, intent on destroying everything! It's up to the Sugar Man to save the day, but no one has seen him in decades, and he's awfully hard to wake up. The characters and setting are unforgettable; I'm looking forward to recommending this to my Mock Newbery Club! A good pairing for this book would be Carl Hiassen's CHOMP.
Poor Mike! This compelling novel begins with Chloe Scanlon struggling to get help as she bleeds on the floor from an accidental, self-inflicted stab wound. She is hazy, barely conscious, and senses someone walking in, standing over her, and then leaving. She can't reach the phone, and she dies. We find out her husband, Dr. Mike Scanlon, is a doctor and has been serving in Afghanistan. He receives the horrific call that his wife has died and rushes home. His wife left their infant daughter, Emily...more Poor Mike! This compelling novel begins with Chloe Scanlon struggling to get help as she bleeds uncontrollably from her arm, crawling on the floor from an accidental, self-inflicted stab wound. She is hazy, barely conscious, and senses someone walking in, standing over her, and then leaving. She can't reach the phone, and horribly, she dies. We find out her husband, Dr. Mike Scanlon, is a doctor and has been serving in Afghanistan. He receives the horrific call that his wife has died and rushes home. His wife left their infant daughter, Emily, in the care of Danielle and Bob, her sister and her husband. They take Mike in to their home, along with Emily. Shortly after his return, Mike gets embroiled in one unbelievable thing after another, finding out terrible things about his wife. It seems that he will never have a normal, happy life again. I listened to the audio version and got completely caught up in the twists and turns of this story. I recommend it!
For the third week in a row, I feel like I am not getting enough reading in, but alas, that is the fate of a teacher back at school! Thank goodness for audio books because I can listen to them during my commute to and from school and while I walk my dog. I know that soon I will be able to sit down and read again, but right now it seems painfully out of reach! Meanwhile, I am enjoying recommending books for my students and getting recommendations and inspiration from them.
(I tend to read nonfiction in small doses while I'm reading other things. UNLOCKING COMPLEX TEXTS is our school's book study, so I'll be reading it for a while.)
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I also feature what my family is reading:
What are YOU reading this week?