Here are the books I've finished during my first week of break, in between driving my teens around town:
This was a great book to read in an hour. I read it's prequel, Love That Dog, with my 5th grade group this year. I'm thinking of sending them a copy of Hate That Cat, and I said as much on Twitter. To my delight, Sharon Creech (the author! the FAMOUS author!) responded that she loved my tweet! I love her books!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I didn't think I would like a book about a killing game in a dystopian world. Boy, was I wrong! The characters are truly survivors you can relate to, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
This one is definitely a teen book. This has been my heaviest read so far, but I still had to read it to the end to figure out what happened to Vera's best friend, Charlie. There's some tough subjects (drinking, drugs, stalkers) in this book, but I wouldn't keep my teens from reading such a good story.
This was a great read, especially because the book goes so much deeper into Mia's character than the movie (which I saw first). I love that her father is in the book, and he's completely stuffy and royal. Mia's Grandmere is a royal pain! I plan to read more of the books in the series.
Here's the most refreshing book I've read this week. Park writes a middle-grade novel about two friends, Julia and Patrick, who live in Plainfield, IL and participate in a club like 4-H. Their project is to raise silkworms, but they have to find a mulberry tree. The author takes a few pages in between each chapter to have a conversation with Julia about the book. I really enjoyed these pages, and the whole story.
Now, it's back to the books! I LOVE summer reading!