It’s Monday – here are some books you might like to read

Since school’s been out and the classroom packed away I’ve been settling into my reading routine.  I’ve caught up with some short, fun series books and I’ve read some stand alone realistic fiction.  It’s fun to fill up with new stories and new ideas.  Here are some books I think you might like to read.  Enjoy!

I’ve read the 4th and 5th book from the Zoey and Sassafras series.  In one, Caterflies and Ice, Zoey saves the eggs of the “caterflies” when a late spring snow threatens to freeze them.  In the other, The Pod and the Bog, Zoey has to discover the proper habitat for a rare luminous plant before the seeds disintegrate into purple dust.  Zoey approaches each problem with a scientist’s process – question, observe record, problem solve and begin again if necessary.  Her mom, a laboratory scientist,  is there for back-up when Zoey has questions she can’t solve, or when there are consequences she hadn’t realized might occur.  It’s fun to consider a world where science and magic meet.

Battle of the Bots is the seventh and final adventure in the Key Hunters series.  Cleo and Evan end their quest in a science fiction thriller.  They have to defeat the Sky Brain to save civilization from the loss of all choice and free will, while also on the lookout for the remaining Jeweled Greats.  They have to deal with the evil librarian, Locke, but they  have the help of Mrs. Hilliard.  Check out the whole series to discover the rewards of an adventure through books in a magical library.  (Maybe, you’ll discover your library’s magic too!)

You’ll breeze through the series books and while you’re at it you might like The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Broken Road and The No. 1 Car Spotter Goes to School.  You’ll read more about life in rural Nigeria for No.1, Coca-Cola and Sissy.

If you want to settle into a story that will make you wonder about the power of friends – both good and bad, read You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly.  Charlotte lives in Pennsylvania, near the city of Philadelphia.  She loves rocks and wants to be geologist.  She’s not popular, but she’s got a friend she does everything with.  Life is good.  Ben lives in a small town, Lancaster, Louisiana.  He’s small and he’s smart.  He knows how he fits in.  Though they’re thousands of miles apart, they connect through Scrabble.  They play online here and there.  Things are okay at the start of the school year.  And then, they are NOT!

Fortunately they have each other, because as we all know, everything is better with a friend.  Read You Go First to find out how friends can throw out a lifeline of kindness and support, even from so far a way.  You’ll be glad you did.  A friend can make all the difference!

What are you reading?  What do you recommend?  Leave a comment to let us know.

And, as always, happy reading!

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