I love summer reading! I finished 31 books this month, and loved many of them. Several were audio books (thank you, Sync YA). Several were professional development books (Writing Stories is one of my favorites). Most were books I have bought (or were given to me) for my classroom library. I have a great selection that will appeal to a wide variety of readers to share with my students in August. I put **s by books I loved.
67) Seizure by Kathy Reichs – this audiobook is a swashbuckling continuation of Virals
**68) Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn – this trip back to Salem Village circa 1692 weaves magic with history
69) Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson – Trouble still follows Rafe even as he gets a new start in a new city
**70) Epitaph Road by David Patneaude – a scary future where not everything is what it seems
71) Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson – a cute romance with lots of sweets!
72) Lost and Found by Anne Schraff – a story of friendship, loss, and discovery
73) The Bully by Paul Langan – How can you change yourself when the world seems stacked against you?
74) Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan & DM Blackwell – Misunderstandings lead to lots of family drama
75) Bites and Bones, edited by Lois Metzger – some scary, some creepy, some bizarre: short stories from many favorite authors
**76) Writing Stories by Carolyn Coman – What a treasure for both writers and teachers, especially teacher-writers!
**77) Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson – a cool twist that brings Norse mythology into the modern world.
78) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – such a sad loss of dreams
79) The Haunting of Derek Stone: City of the Dead and Bayou Dogs by Tony Abbott – a heart-pounding ghost story
80) Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – loved the audio book once Emma quit swooning all the time
**81) “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” by Julie D. Ramsay – WOW! There are so many good ideas packed into this book
82) Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica – more serious than some of his other books
**83) The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood – this audiobook had me laughing through the entire story. I’m looking forward to book 2.
**84) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool – Abilene may become one of my all-time favorite characters
85) Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gate – Eva Gray – things are not what they seem
86) Tomorrow Girls: Run for Cover – lots of fast action as they are on the run
87) Tomorrow Girls: With the Enemy by Eva Gray – more action and intrigue
88) Tomorrow Girls: Set Me Free by Eva Gray -
**89) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – yes, I read it earlier, but I loved listening to the audiobook
**90) Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac – I knew a little of this history, but had no idea of the depth of courage and strength behind it
**91) One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – This story grabbed my heart and wrung out every tear I had and left me not wanting it it end.
92) Rules by Cynthia Lord – a beautiful story of friendship and family and autism
93) Once by Morris Gleitzman – Felix’s innocence and love of stories is both heartbreaking and courageous
94) Ruined by Paula Morris – a spooky ghost story/mystery set in New Orleans
95) Dark Souls by Paula Morris – another spooky ghost story–this time in York, England
96) America’s Most Haunted by Cameron Banks – a donation from a student
97) A Guide to Co-Teaching: New Lessons and Strategies to Facilitate Student Learning by Richard Villa, Jacqueline Thousand, Ann Nevin – I received this PD title to review for MiddleWeb.
What good books have you read this month?