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by Sonia Savage.

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It is Monday and again I am joining in the meme over at Mentor Texts.
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I read the third book in the Annals of the Western Shore trilogy - Powers by Ursula Le Guin.  Interesting trilogy, but would only recommend to those who are motivated to try U Le Guin with this series.

The 1948 Newbery read Winner The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois.  This was a lot of fun and adventure -  great tall story.  I liked how it began at the end and then went back and told the story of howProfessor Sherman found himself floating in the Atlantic with 21 balloons.

I would happily recommend this to readers in my class.

This book was a quick and easy read and my first with the lunch lady. A load of fun and I hope some of my students really enjoy it.

In the coming week I plan to read Kira-Kira by C Kadohata, 2005 Newbery, noticed one of my students reading it, so thought I would grab it after her.  Probably another Lunch Lady book and then I am not sure. I see a notice from local library saying A Wrinkle in Time has become available for me to pick up - so I guess that's on the agenda too.


  1. The Lunch Lady books are fun, & are so good teaching lessons in good ways. I'm glad you liked the 21 balloons. It might be a good read aloud for some younger classes. Thank you!

  2. I read my first Lunch Lady also last week and I agree that it was very funny. I read Dragonbreath also. Have you read any from that series? I can't wait to hear your review on Kira Kira--there are events and images in that book that I remember vividly and I read it a few years ago. Such a powerful book--enjoy!

  3. I adore those Lunch Lady books! And any picture books Jarrett has written as well...

  4. Kathryn,
    What's the first book in the LeGuin series you mention? I used to love her as a kid, and figure I could get into her writing again if I had the right book... Thanks!

    1. Joy
      Gifts is the first one, then Voices and finally Powers.
      I didn't like these as much as the Earthsea books.

  5. Powers looks good! Have a super reading week!

  6. Those Powers books look interesting... thanks!

  7. I've heard good things about The Twenty-One Balloons. It sounds more interesting than most of the early Newberys. LOVE Lunch Lady!

  8. I can't wait to get to The Twenty-one Balloons . . . I hear it is a highlight in those earlier Newbery books. The Lunch Lady series is newer to me and I've only read the Author Visit one, but I can see why these books are so wildly popular with kids. Have a great week!


  9. I love Lunch Lady! I read Twenty-One Balloons semi-recently and I wasn't a huge fan. It was okay but it was kind of out there for me. And I haven't read any Le Guin...share scares me! I should try one someday though!


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