Skip to main content

Shorter Musings: MG Realistic

Sometimes I read a book, and I even enjoy it, but I don't have much to say about it. I jot down a few thoughts and then I move on. When these start to pile up, I put them together in one post.

Here are a few recent MG realistic reads

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord 
Half a Chance is a short fast read, which is good because not a lot happens in the book. It is one of those slow books about a summer at a lake with bird watching and a grandmother who is slowly losing her memory. It is also a book about friendship, family, and photography. All of these elements combine well. The characters are portrayed very simply and without a lot of depth but they are relatable. Nothing about the book stood out as being special or something to take note of though.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
This is an enjoyable story about a girl found floating in a cello case after a shipwreck at the age of one. She is raised by the man who finds her, and together they go on a quest to find the mother she is certain is still alive. Half of the book covers Sophie growing up in England. The other half takes place in Paris and focuses on the search for the mother. The Paris rooftops play a significant role in the story as Sophie befriends the homeless orphan children who call them home. It is well written and engaging and will appeal to young readers who enjoy historical fiction and quiet stories about family and friendship.

The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill  by Megan Frazier Blakemore
There is not a lot of MG historical fiction about the McCarthy Era so this is a nice book to be able to have available for kids to read. I liked how the book showed the community fears and reactions of the time,but did it through a child's eyes and with a child's perception of the world. I loved how Hazel so fervently believed in what she learned about the Red scare and she took these lessons and thoughts to heart. I felt her reaction was completely genuine for some one her age. I did think the book was quite a bit longer than it needed to be to tell the story it was telling. It dragged in many places.

West of Moon by Margi Preus
This is an interesting combination of historical fiction and myth. The Norwegian folktales are woven into the story in Astri's head. They are the story she tells her self and her sister to keep herself sane and grounded. There is no true fantasy element in the story itself. It is a historical fiction novel. I found this a tad disappointing as I wanted a fairy tale retelling. i did really like Astri's character. She is bold, courageous, and not above doing hard things to change her life. She has her wits about her. I also liked how she was torn about her more difficult decision and what it meant about who she is as a person. I didn't like how once I had adjusted to this being straight up historical fiction some magical realism was thrown in toward the end. 


Brenda said…
Rooftoppers was a quiet read, although the ending was easy to see it was still a wonderful moment.
Brandy said…
Agreed about the end being a lovely moment. This is really not the kind of book my students look for, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Popular posts from this blog

TTT: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

From Most Recent to Least:

What books have recently caught your eye?

Future Favorite Friday: June 2018

I take the 2nd Friday of every month to highlight some upcoming releases I am looking forward to that I hope are Future Favorites. Feel free to do your own post, just please link back to my blog and tell me about your post in the comments.

Two Naomis was one of my favorite reads of 2016 so I was understandably excited it's getting a sequel. 

In this sequel to Two Naomis, now that Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi E.’s dad are married, the girls have learned to do a lot of things together, like All-Family Sunday dinners, sixth-grade homework, navigating the subway system by themselves, and visiting their favorite bakeries. Until sixth grade in a new school presents a whole new set of surprises and challenges.

Trusting her gut has worked for Naomi E. all her life, and she figures that it will be an asset to her role as a Peer Mediator—until she realizes how much of the job requires the Art of Compromise, which she’s only just starting to get used to at home.

Naomi Marie is excited about maki…

Lovely War

When I first heard about Lovely War by Julie Berry, I remember thinking, "Whoa, that's ambitious." And it is. The scope and depth of this story with all of its intricacies and thematic elements is massive. Berry manages to hold it all together beautifully. She managed it so beautifully that it is so far my favorite YA read of 2019.

The ecstasies and the wounds of love were Aphrodite's work. Forging passions was what she was born to do. She, too, was a welder, a mistress of fire of a different sort, working in materials more powerful and resistant than carbon and iron. And what did that toil do to her?

In 1942 New York City while men are partying on the eve of shipping off to war, a stunning couple arrives at a hotel in the midst of the revelry and departs for their room followed by an overly enthusiastic bellboy. But none of these figures are as they appear. The couple is Aphrodite and Ares on a secret assignation that turns out to be not so secret as the bellboy is Ap…

TTT: Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Auto-Buy Authors

Here are my auto-buy authors and their most recent or coming soon release. Also, I got stuck on twelve and couldn't cut it down any further. So it's really Top Twelve Tuesday today. Or Thirteen rather as I sort of combined Emma and Genevieve. (I auto-buy all their individual projects too.)

Who are some authors whose books you buy no matter what?

(I don't know what it says about me that there is only one male author on this list, but I don't dislike whatever it is.)

2019 Favorites So Far...

Who can believe we are halfway through 2019 already??? It's certainly hard for me. (Also, where did my summer go?) are my favorite reads of the year this year so far. I'm featuring my 10 Favorites overall and then 5 from each age category I read. It will be interesting to see which of these will make it all the way to the December 31 list!

Top 10 So Far:

 Top 5 MG:

Top 5 YA:

Top 5 Adult: