By Beth Kephart
Atheneum Books, 2018.
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Adventure Grades: 5 and Up 336 Pages
This will be a great book for deep readers. At first I was confused on what I was reading—the character is talking directly to the reader or to another person who is not named in the first part of the book as she begins to tell her story. Lizzie lives with her mom, as her dad left when she was very young. Mom appears to see other men, works a lot and now has been diagnosed with cancer. Since mom is going to have radiation therapy Lizzie needs to keep away–so she is thrilled when she gets to spend the summer with her uncle Davy. He lives in a small cabin in the Adirondack Mountains—where he collects and sells antiques from his TV show. Uncle Davy and Lizzie’s mom are not getting along but Lizzie’s mom knows Lizzie will be in good hands.
Lizzie goes to Uncle Davy’s every summer and loves to explore the wild outdoors and meet up with her summer friend—Matias. Matias has dwarfism and has problems with his legs but that doesn’t slow him down as he is a painter of nature. Shortly after the summer reunion of friends, there is a prison break and Matias and Uncle Davy goes missing. Once Lizzie reports them missing she knows she has to act. She takes off on her own to track down her best friend and her beloved uncle. The trek is not easy as there are thousands of acres of forest. Join Lizzie to see if she can dig deep and rely on her inner strength to just survive this wild experience.
The Mortification of Fovea Munson
By Mary Winn Heider
New York: Disney Hyperion, 2018.
Genre: Humor Fantasy
Okay this book is really funny and gross. What could be worse than having no summer camp to go to? How about working in your parent’s cadaver lab for the summer? That’s right the summer before Fovea goes to 8th grade, the front desk girl, Whitney runs off with the love of her life—leaving Fovea to run the front desk—she hopes no one she knows will find out about this as they already call her Igor. The mortification; that extreme embarrassment that she fears from her fun loving, gallows humor, hippy parents is very real.Humor
Once at the front desk things begin to go haywire when a “head” goes missing and the only people to help solve this are not of “full body and mind.” Mystery on for Fovea as she seeks to find the missing article before her parents get thrown into jail for having a missing body part—a biohazard for sure!
This misadventure will have you smiling from the beginning to the very end.
A Boy Called Christmas
By Matt Haig
Grades: 4 and Up
Christmas in July—thats right I am reading a couple of Christmas stories!
Before the turn of the century in Finland, Nicholas lived in a one room cabin in the woods. They were very poor and down on their luck. Mother recently fell in the well and died when a bear was chasing her, leaving Nicholas with his woodcutting father. His father was a pessimist, life would not get any better for the two of them. Then one day Anders, a hunter, came to see Nicholas’ father and offered him riches if he would accompany him to find and prove the elves really existed. Then Nicholas was left with his wicked aunt who made Nicholas’ life even more miserable. When he couldn’t stand it any more he took off after his father—a treacherous journey that landed in him in the land of the elves and that’s where the magic of the story begins!
A delightful read!
By Anne Fleming
Berkeley: Groundwood Books, 2017.
Grades: 5 – 7 Genre: Realistic Fiction Pages: 154
This is a quirky little book about a so-called goat living on the top of a 12 story building in New York City. This is a series of short stories that is combined into one story about a boy named Kid. Kid came from Toronto with his parents to dog sit, for Cat (short for Catherine the Great) a distant cousin’s dog.
The story is told in short segments by home-schooled and very shy Kid, her friend Will whose parents died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and harbors many fears, a man who is recovery from a stroke, a blind skateboarding author and a man with many regrets who might just know something about mountain goats. All these characters come together to tell a humorous and heartfelt story of life—overcoming fears and believing some things are just worth looking for!
Author Website: Anne Fleming