It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.
What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt. For my money, Schmidt is one of the most under-recognized writers working today. Not just in books for the under-18 set, but overall. His writing is a character in itself, and I found myself repeatedly experiencing the irrational desire to stop reading for a moment to hug the book. This one could be a poster child for science fiction books also being serious reads with a lot to offer. I read an Advance Readers Copy provided by Houghton Mifflin.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, which has to be the cutest book about murder I've ever read. The narrator's voice (11-year-old Mo LoBeau) makes this a charming, engaging read. While there is some violence, it's treated in a way that wouldn't make me hesitate to offer this to a middle grade girl, all of whom should find something to admire in Mo. I read an Advance Readers Copy provided by Penguin.
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann. It was not quite what I thought it was going in, but still turned out to be a whimsical steampunk reimagining of Victorian England, but with fairies. It was fairly standard, if well-written, until the final chapter, which introduced some surprising dark twists. I also liked the adult-child crime-fighting pair in a genre that's glutted with "the kids are all on their own." read an Advance Readers Copy provided by HarperCollins.
This week, I'll be diving into the Dragonbreath series, starting with the titular book one.
What are you reading?