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January 18, 2016

Mailbox Monday January 18

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   Another week has flown by – I swear Mondays are coming faster and faster these days.  It was a busy week but I still managed to get some reading done.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Tuesday

Thursday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: The Tale of Rescue

January 15, 2016

The Tale of Rescue

A Florida family – father, mother, and son – decides to take a winter vacation in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio because the ten year old son has never seen snow.  They have a wonderful trip with lots of outdoor activities like cross country skiing and building snowmen.  On their final morning in Ohio they decide to take a hike but get caught in a whiteout.

The family decides to hunker down in a depression they create in the snow.  They’re freezing, though, and the weather is getting worse.  Not knowing what else to do, the father struggles to stand and whistles.  Luckily, a cattle dog hears the father’s whistle but what can a dog do to rescue a family?

The Tale of Rescue by Michael J. Rosen is an exciting book that’s full of heart.  An inexperienced family finds themselves in a dangerous situation and they don’t know what to do.  Wanting to take care of his family, the father whistles in desperation and, luckily, a well trained cattle dog hears him and goes to work.  Stan Fellows’ gorgeous illustrations are a great addition to this book packed with action and adventure.  Full of tension, this book will appeal to young readers who like the outdoors and/or animals.

This book’s fast pace had me turning the pages as fast as I could to get to the exciting conclusion.   I have to admit I got a little teary eyed as I read the epilogue.   I’m sure young readers will be riveted by the story and will fall in love with the wonderful cattle dog.  Be sure to look for The Tale of Rescue for the middle grade readers in your life.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

 

Review: The Third Wife

January 14, 2016

The Third Wife

Adrian is a lucky man.  He’s married for the third time and he and his wife Maya consider his ex-wives and children a part of their extended family.  Adrian’s happy and assumes everyone else is but after Maya dies he gets a troubling email that makes him wonder what he was missing.

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell is a fascinating character study that I couldn’t put down.  On the surface, Adrian and his family seemed to have it all.  Everyone got along and they appeared to be one big, happy family.  Everything revolved around Adrian and he thought that pleased the rest of his family as much as it did him.   A mysterious email and a visit from a stranger after Maya’s death makes him question everything he knows so he decides to investigate her death.

I thought The Third Wife was wonderful.  Full of rich, deep characters, it was part family drama and part mystery.  I wondered if this family could be as good as they seemed and I had to know what happened to Maya so I turned the pages as fast as I could.  Be sure to pick up this gripping story!

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 13, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

Have you heard of Word Warriors?  It’s a program at Wayne State University that “promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic closet.”   I recently discovered their 2016 Top 10 and wanted to share a few of the words I found there.   Be sure to check out the list and let me know which words you think you can use.

1. delectation – “I showed up with a box of chocolates for her delectation.”

Delectation means pleasure and delight.

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2. sockdolager – “On the playground, ‘I know you are, but what am I’ is the ultimate sockdolager to many an argument.”

A sockdolager is something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer.

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3. epigone – “Even their most loyal fans knew The Monkees were a silly, manufactured epigone of The Beatles.”

An epigone is a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: The Journey of the Penguin

January 12, 2016

The Journey of the Penguin

 

The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi is a beautifully bound and illustrated picture book for book lovers of all ages.  Without any words, Ponzi imagines the journey a lonely penguin makes from Antarctica to London where it spots an advertisement for a new publishing company seeking a mascot.  The penguin performs well at the audition and gets the job, forever changing its life.

Published to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, The Journey of the Penguin is sure to be a collector’s classic.  Ponzi does a wonderful job telling the story though his illustrations.  I read through it quickly the first time and then went back to savor each picture.  This would make a great gift for the book lovers in your life.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Mailbox Monday

January 11, 2016

River Road

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I received one book last week and managed to finish two so it was a win all the way around!  I’m still getting used to it being 2016 – it seems like just yesterday everyone was worried about Y2K and here it is 16 years later.   I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: Everything, Everything

January 8, 2016

Everything, Everything

Madeline has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency so she lives in relative isolation in her sterile home.  The only people she has contact with are her mother, a nurse who comes daily, and one teacher on a rare occasion.  It’s the only life she remembers so she’s learned to accept it and make the best of it, until a fascinating boy moves in next door.  Madeline watches him through the window and, before you know it, they’re communicating.  Their relationship evolves and Madeline begins to wonder about the rest of the world.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon but I was pleasantly surprised to be totally captivated by it.  Madeline doesn’t remember being out in the world before her diagnosis and has learned to be content with school, books, games, and the internet and I just adored her.  She’s got a lot to deal with as a kid but handles it well.  When Olly moves next door, though, she begins to wonder about the outside world.

Olly has issues of his own but still manages to be kind and caring.  His worldliness seems exotic to Maddy and she finds herself thinking of him often.

I loved Everything, Everything from beginning to end – I couldn’t read it fast enough yet didn’t want it to end.  There is a twist towards the end that has bothered other people but I loved it.  It shocked me and made me think about loss and love.  This book made my favorites of 2015 and I recommend it to ages 13 and up.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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