It’s Monday, What are you Reading?: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2a798miIt’s Monday! And time to ask each other, “What are You Reading?” To see what others are reading, stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked their posts to share what they’ve been reading.

I always love it when that Junior Library Guild box arrives! This time it was a bit of a surprise because I had forgotten to check the list of incoming titles for the end of summer.

One of my favorites in the box was Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki. I think this book could be used for so many different types of instruction. Most importantly, if read aloud, you need to use a document camera for this one to get a really good view of the pages.

RF_IMWAYR_2014_08_11_readI think I would have enjoyed Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine better if it had not been written in verse. I really enjoyed the author’s notes at the end. The book makes me more curious about Queen Victoria’s life. I might look for an enjoyable biography soon.

I loved Ghosts of Tupelo Landing! Sheila Turnage has a fantastic voice for her characters. One of the reviews on Goodreads summed up my thoughts about her approach to writing a sequel and continuing the story arch from the previous book. Basically it is the expectation that you have read Three Times Lucky. It’s not meant to be a series to reestablish the characters’ history and motivations in each novel. It’s a series where the reader is expected to start at the beginning. Turnage includes relevant details from Three Times Lucky as they are important to the new story. She doesn’t provide a recap for those that started in the middle of the series. I love it. I wish more series that have ongoing story arcs expected this from readers. I also love the fact that the ghost of the story really was a ghost and not just a feeling or an old mystery that needs to be solved. There’s actually a ghost. I think younger readers would be disappointed otherwise.

I’m not planning to do much reading this week as I’ll be at the ALA Leadership Institute. I do plan to add a LOT of professional reads to my list! If I finish anything it’s likely to be Underworld, because that’s what I’ve got on my Kindle. I have Deathly Hallows on my iPod and the others are texts that I left behind for a week.

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