Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Monday, May 16, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/16/22)

                                                                      


Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to the site...
                

Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week... 
 

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

*My Novel Published for Adults









The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

*My Middle-Grade Novel 








Small World 
 by Jonathan Evison

*My Novel Published for Adults (Reading for my book club)









Hardscrabble Road by George Weinstein

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)









Worser by Jennifer Ziegler

*Middle-Grade Novel







Books I Read this Past Week...

Monday, May 9, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/9/22)

                                                                     


Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to the site...
                

Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week... 
 

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

*My Novel Published for Adults









The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

*My Middle-Grade Novel 








Small World 
 by Jonathan Evison

*My Novel Published for Adults










Books I Read this Past Week...


The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

*Novel Published for Adults (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Controlled Burn by Erin Soderberg Downing

How I Heard About It:
*My author friend Erin Soderberg Downing sent me an ARC of her upcoming middle-grade novel, Controlled Burn.  The book will be released on November 1, 2002.  I was thrilled to receive the book, read the story, and enjoy the writing of Erin.


What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:

*The story starts with a real "burn".  Maia is home with her younger sister Amelia when a fire starts in the house.  

*Maia feels responsible because she realizes it was her candle that began the fire.

*Amelia ends up in the hospital, and Maia finds herself in northern Minnesota with her grandparents.  Her family thinks it will be better for her since they will be spending so much time at the hospital with Amelia.

*Upon arrival, Maia isn't so sure staying with her grandparents is the best idea since all she can think about is her younger sister and how the healing process is going.  

*Amelia is forced to face her "demons" while spending time with her grandfather out in the woods at his fire tower and getting to know a young boy who lives nearby.


What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
*I was drawn in right from the get-go.  Probably one of the best first chapters I've read.

*Reading about Maia and her journey to northern Minnesota was interesting and intriguing.  

*The grandparent characters were a major focal point and strength of the story.  Every kid deserves to have grandparents like these two. 

*Erin did an extraordinary job of bringing the reader inside the character of Maia and letting us know exactly what she was feeling and going through.  

*I've loved all of Erin's stories, but this one had a different "feel" to it and was a powerful story of resilience, survival, and growth.


Who Should Read It:
*When the novel is released in November 2022, this will be the perfect story for all fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classrooms.  Students in middle-school will also find great satisfaction with the story.  Happy Reading!


Rating:
   5 STARS out of 5 Stars


The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

How I Heard About It:
*This novel published for adults caught my attention after seeing it on several "best of" lists.  I was in the market for a new audio book and decided to download the title and see if it lived up to all the hype.


What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
*One part of the story takes place in the year 1977 in a small town in Oregon surrounding the murder of two men.  

*The second part of the story takes place in 2017 focusing on a Shea who runs a true crime website called "The Book of Cold Cases".


*When Shea randomly meets Beth Greer she can't quite believe her luck.  

*Beth was arrested for the murder of the two men back in 1977.  She was acquitted of the crime and retreated to the closed doors of her family's mansion.

*Shea and Beth begin a "friendship" where Beth has given Shea the opportunity to interview her about what truly happened back in 1977 and in the years since.


What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
*I loved it!

*The narration was excellent and I found myself sitting in the car when I arrived at school to get a bit more of the story.  

*The relationship between Shea and Beth was quite fascinating, intriguing, and intense.  

*I don't normally read mysteries per say, but I truly enjoyed the novel and found the plot to be unique and fresh.

*There were some parts I was a bit confused by because of the "ghosts", but I didn't let that derail me from the enjoyment of the overall story.


Who Should Read It:
*I know that all adult readers will enjoy the novel just as much as I did.  I highly recommend it.  Happy Reading!


Rating:
   4 STARS out of 5 Stars





Monday, May 2, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/2/22)

                                                                     


Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to the site...
                

Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week... 
 

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

*My Novel Published for Adults









The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

*My Middle-Grade Novel 








Small World 
 by Jonathan Evison

*My Novel Published for Adults








The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)










Books I Read this Past Week...


Controlled Burn 
by Erin Soderberg Downing

*Middle-Grade Novel (5 STARS out of 5 Stars)





Monday, April 25, 2022

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

How I Heard About It:
*You can imagine how excited I was to receive this ARC in the mail the other day.  Penguin Random House is so great to me.  I love everything David Levithan writes and am thrilled he is venturing into the world of middle-grade stories.


What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
*Donavan doesn't want to cause any problems, but that is exactly what happens when his mother finds a book that his fifth grade teacher assigned the class to read.

*His mother doesn't think the story is appropriate for the fifth graders and sets out to "ban" the book from the classroom.

*Meanwhile, Gideon is thrilled when Roberto joins his class.  His only friends have been his turtle collection, but that is about to change.

*Donavan tries to do the right thing when it comes to his teacher and the assigned book while trying to figure out why his mother is making such a big deal out of the book.

*The book in question features adventurers Rick and Oliver who explore the world, find themselves in dangerous situations, and come to rely on each other as best friends would.


What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
*I started the novel early Sunday afternoon, and finished it later that afternoon.  I could NOT put it down.

*I love how David tackles some very timely and important issues head on and doesn't shy away from what is going on in our world today.

*The characters were incredible and I enjoyed reading about ALL of them.

*As I read, I was wondering how the three story lines were connected and was blown away when the connection was revealed.

*This is an important story and one that will truly make a difference in readers' lives.


Who Should Read It:
*This is definitely a story for upper middle-grade, middle-school, and maybe even some high-school readers.  Adult readers will also be thrilled with the plot.  If you know of any young people who are questioning their sexuality, this is the book for them.  Happy Reading!


Rating:
   5 STARS out of 5 Stars

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (4/25/22)

                                                                    


Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to the site...
                

Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week... 
 

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

*My Novel Published for Adults









The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

*My Middle-Grade Novel 








Small World 
 by Jonathan Evison

*My Novel Published for Adults








The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)









Controlled Burn
by Erin Soderberg Downing

*My Middle-Grade Novel









Books I Read this Past Week...


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

*Young-Adult Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)



Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

*Middle-Grade Novel (5 STARS out of 5 Stars)