I have failed in my mission to read all twenty of our Bluebonnet Award Nominees by the time the students return to school. I only have two left, but one is Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, and with another 300 pages to go and back-to-school prep work still to do, I will have to allow myself more time to finish.
On a brighter note, I finished Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, the book I glowingly reviewed in my last post. The ending was just as satisfying as the story; I love it when I can close a book, hold it in my hands for a moment and just enjoy the happiness that comes with a heartwarming conclusion. I won't say any more, except that you need to get your hands on a copy soon.
I also read Ratscalibur: Chronicles of the Low Realm by Josh Lieb.
If you look closely at the cover, you will see a rat holding up a spork. Ratscalibur... Excalibur... readers of Arthurian legend get the connection. Joey is an unhappy boy, dragged from his familiar home to the city due to his mother's job. A common theme, except that Joey gets bitten by a rat--and becomes a rat himself. What follows is a tale of knights with tails, cats and crows with claws, and a kingdom in need of a hero. Short chapters make this an easy read-aloud for a classroom teacher, or a good bedtime story to last over a week or two.
Our students return on Tuesday! I'm looking forward to hearing about their summer break and all the books they've read. What books will you be sharing with your friends, colleagues, and students this week?