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Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Reading Report

Man, have I read some great books recently.
Lucky for me, it's Monday and I get to share.

Yesterday I finished a book I LOVED. 
Jonathan Auxier's new middle-grade novel, SWEEP: THE STORY OF A GIRL AND HER MONSTER- don't miss it. 
Chimney sweeps, a taste of late 19th century history, interesting tidbits about golems, characters to break your heart. 
I literally couldn't put this one down. 
Last night, dinner had to wait for a chapter ending. 

I know many teachers and librarians like to share authors reading and talking about their own books.
Here's Jonathan booktalking SWEEP (recorded before the book was published).  
Click this link and check out his website for up-to-date info.

Another book I recently reviewed is Meg Medina's newest. Here's a little adaptation from my Christian Science Monitor round-up of new middle-grade novels:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears 
Mercedes Suarez, Merci for short, lives with her exuberant extended family in south Florida. But she spends school days trying to fit in at the prestigious Seaward Pines Academy. She and her brainy brother are scholarship students and are expected—by their family and the school—to give back, set an example, and never ever cause trouble.

Medina mixes humor with poignancy and affection for her characters with a fast-paced story. The Cuban food and culture, the love tinged with embarrassment typical of many pre-teens make this novel perfect for discussion and for reading together with a friend, a teacher, or a family member.

So many books I want/ need to read! (The part of my bookshelf NOT pictured at the top of this post is my towering TBR shelf. Many of which may not be read, but I'll peruse each of them.)

I'm off to a Highlights Foundation writing weekend and I've loaded my Kindle app. Just in case I have time to read. 

Can't wait to hear what all my #IMWAYR buddies have to share this week.


Jane @ said...

I love Jonathan Auxier's writing, it's just incredible!

Lisa Maucione said...

I felt the same about Sweep. I couldn't put it down either. I also loved Merci Suarez.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

I am so excited about Sweep!! With so much going on this coming week, Sweep is the only novel on my TBR list for this coming week. I had not seen the video, so thank you for sharing thatT Have a wonderful reading week, Augusta!

Cheriee Weichel said...

I loved Sweep too! I'm waiting for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. I always end up with too many books from the library to actually read. Then I end up spending ages trying to decide to read something and waste time!

Rosi said...

I just finished Nate Expectations by Tim Federle. It is terrific and will be a welcome book for LGBTQ kids. I am reading Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos. I've just started it, but I am liking it so far. Thanks for telling me about these books. I hadn't heard of them.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Thanks for stopping by, readers! (Rosi- didn't realize Tim Federle had a new one. I'm behind on his fun books.)

Aaron said...

I have been reading so much about Sweep lately. I really should have a copy of that one. I have a small but extremely loyal group of Peter Nimble/Sophie Quire readers that would appreciate the chance to read a new Auxier novel. Thanks for the post!

Cheriee Weichel said...

I also loved sweep and am looking forward to Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

GatheringBooks said...

I loved Auxier's The Night Gardener - I have a feeling I will enjoy this one as well. Thanks for sharing! :)