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.
I met Philip and Erin Stead at NCTE 2015 and got to get this book signed. I am a huge fan of their work. This book, like their others, is packed full of feeling and meaning. All it takes is one good friend to make life better. The emotions Erin Stead is able to express in her illustrations are palpable. Beautiful story. Beautiful book.
MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT
Best friends Sophie and Grace, now famous in their town of Luna Vista for solving a previous mystery, are back at it again! This time a new crime is committed during the 125th Winter Sun Festival - and who better to figure it all out than our town heroes?! I loved the humor, over-the-top floats, and obsessed parade organizers in this one. Full of twists and turns, this middle grade mystery kept me entertained and guessing all the way through. This will be a favorite alongside The Wig in the Window in my classroom! I loved running into Kristen Kittscher at NerdcampMI and NCTE - she is such a nice person, and I thank her for this ARC and a few goodies that came with it!
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Wow. Creepy. Captivating. Disturbing. I don't know quite what to say. A cross between Grasshopper Jungle (scary bugs) and The Giver (discussions of a perfect society) maybe? I also saw that David Etkin compared it to Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls - that's a good comparison! I wouldn't quite call it horror, but it was close. I can't really imagine recommending it to kids, but I loved the writing. The story was just super weird. At the same time, the message was profound. I listened to it - great narrator!
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