Monthly Archives: June 2013

Vacation Reading

Mr. Kalush and I leave for vacation tomorrow. Not only do I look forward to vacations to relax, swim, hang out with Mr. Kalush, and travel to somewhere new but I LOVE to spend even more time reading. While packing, I made sure I had room for all of my books – probably a few extras – just in case. I do not like being without a book on a trip! I’ve packed the following books for my trip, and I hope to get through as many as possible:

Pulse by Patrick Carman

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett


Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Center of Everything

center of everything

Title: Center of Everything
Author: Linda Urban
Rating: 5/5

While struggling with her grandmother’s passing, Ruby Pepperdine makes a wish on the town statue. To her surprise it comes true! However, having wishes come true can be more trouble than they are worth. Is it worth getting in a fight with your best friend? Ruby learns about herself, her friend, and more about her grandmother.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Odd Squad

odd squad

Title: The Odd Squad
Author: Michael Fry
Rating: 5/5

Nick, Molly, and Karl are not your average middle school students. Nick believes he is the shortest and is always stuffed into his locker by a bully, Roy. Molly is extraordinarily tall and Karl doesn’t fit in with his peers. The school counselor decides the best way to solve their problems is to put them in charge of the ‘safety patrol’. Mr. Dupree, the school custodian, comes to their rescue with some odd solutions. Do they actually work?


Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized




Title: Rump
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Rating: 5/5

Rump is the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. One day Rump learns he has a magic talent – he can spin straw into gold. His talent is wanted by the wealthy king. Young Rump learns more about himself and what is truly important in his life. Is it gold or is it the friends and family you surround yourself with?

**I will be using a rating scale of 5, rather than 10 from now on.**


Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Summer Book a Day

So summer is here and there is no better time to read, read, read!! So far I’ve averaged to read one book per day. I’ve finished my hot read from the school year and started some B.O.B books. Since there are so many, I’ll list them below with my rating.

I’d love to hear what you are reading and add any recommendations to my summer someday list.

Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff 8/10

Prodigy by Marie Lu 10/10

B.O.B. Books:

Shiver Me Timbers by Douglas Elorian 10/10

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba 7/10

Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra 9/10

The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock 9/10

The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler 9/10

Hans my Hedgehog by Kate Coombs 8/10

Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick 10/10

Minette’s Feast by Susanna Reich 8/10

Alex the Parrot – No Ordinary Bird – A True Story by Stephanie Spinner 10/10

Jimmy the Greatest by Jairo Buitarago 9/10

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham 10/10

Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon 9/10

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo 7/10

The Obstinate Pen by Frank Dormer 10/10

The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart 9/10


Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Uncategorized