Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.

I've haven't read as much as had hoped I would be able to do since I last posted.  I need to get reading some more because I'm trying to read all the Black-Eyed Susan Books (Maryland's State Award) before school starts.  If I don't get reading it won't happen.

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. BeilI've got four highlights from the past few weeks. The first stand out is Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Bell.  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  I didn't think that I would like this book when I first started, but it turned into a book that I couldn't put down.  I loved all the action, adventure, and mystery that this book had.  I really loved that the two main charaters were a boy and a girl, so my boys won't think that it is too girly.  I also live in an area where many kids are using boats with their parents, I think all the sailing in this book will appeal to them.

The Secret World of OgThe next one that I read was a favorite from my childhood, The Secret World of OG by Pierre Berton.  I had been trying to remember the name of this book for years.  I loved it as a child!  I checked it out every other time I went to the Public Library as a child.  I still even can picture where it was located on the shelf!  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  There is always a fear when rereading a childhood favorite that it will not stand up to the test of time.  For me this one, this one is still as good as I remember it.  This story was everything to me growing up because I never had the closeness of brothers and sisters that this family had and I always wanted a playhouse.  It was one that was one of the first chapter books that I read on my own, but it didn't feel like a chapter book.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

The next highlight was Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  I can't say enough good things about this book!  I LOVED it and can't wait to share it with students next year.  It was so much fun to read a book celebrating authors, books and libraries.  I thought it was so inventive to make knowing all about the library a main part of this story.  My students are going to not let this book stay on the shelf long.  I was going to donate the copy that I bought to my library, but I'm going to have to keep this book for myself!

Can't wait to hear what everyone is reading as summer comes to an end.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. I loved Summer at Forsaken Lake! Did you see the YouTube video that Beil put up? It was one he did with a Super 8 camera when he was young.

    1. No, I didn't see the video. I'm going to have to look for it.