Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's time to tell you all about the great books I read this month.
I fell in love with this first book the second I saw the red glitter on the cover. Actual red glitter on a book cover. I love this!!! Plus, Dee Romito is an amazing person and extremely talented writer. I couldn't wait to dig into this one.
No Place Like Home tells the story of Kenzie, a 12-year-old girl who lives a glamorous life. After her mom's death, Kenzie's father swore he'd no longer let his business trips keep them apart. This has led to a life of hotel rooms and tourist attractions. When Kenzie's dad gets a short-term gig in Vegas, she gets to try out life as a middle school student for six weeks. But instead of telling all her new friends she's only there temporarily, she gets caught up in the courage being a short-termer gives her, trying out for the school play and running for class VP. I loved the father-daughter relationship in this one, as well as the lesson that kids can learn from Kenzie's bravery.
Next up is this fun chapter book from Debbie Dadey. I love this Mermaid Tales series and I know you will, too!
Ready, Set, Goal! takes us under the sea for another exciting adventure in the Mermaid Tales series. Shelly and her school's athletic team are going to the "Shell Wars Championships," but first they take a tour of Atlantis. When Shelly looks at something she shouldn't, she's sure she's cursed, thanks to a story her friend tells her. The friends must work together to reverse the curse in time to win the championship. The important lessons about friendship and teamwork are important for young readers, but most importantly, the story is just all kinds of fun!
Jenny Lundquist is another writer whose books I always love. Her latest story is a middle grade sequel to a book I reviewed last year, The Charming Life of Izzy Malone.
The star of The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby is Violet, a sixth grader who is celebrating her second Christmas without her mother. Weeks before the holiday, she finds a letter her mom wrote before she died, which included a list of tasks Violet should complete during the holiday season. But Violet's father has remarried and she's dealing with the challenges of integrating into a stepfamily, as well as her first crush on a boy her friend used to like. You'll fall in love with Violet and love every minute of living in her wondrous world!
Jessica Therrien is a new bloggy friend of mine, so I was excited to download and read her latest book. She's a best-selling author, so I knew I'd be in for a treat!
Carry Me Home is a full journey, following three women as they endure years of hardships. We meet Lucy, Ruth, and their mom as they're escaping the clutches of an abusive man--Lucy's and Ruth's father. They move into their grandmother's trailer in San Jose, but Lucy goes through some heavy-duty struggles that once again put them on the run. The heart-wrenching journey of these three souls is only more powerful because of the love they have for each other. By the end, you'll be rooting for them while wiping away tears.
Barbara Dee is getting loads of attention in the kidlit world...attention that is very deserved. Her latest book continues that trend, with accolades rolling in months before it released. And now you can see what all the buzz is about!
Halfway Normal follows Norah as she returns to school following a two-year cancer battle. As she tries to force everything back to normal, though, she quickly learns that it isn't as easy as she thought. The dynamics of Norah's friendships (as well as a new crush!) show just how complex a serious illness can be. Plus, the overall lesson about how we should embrace our past rather than run from it is something we can all relate to.
Who can resist a new twist on an old myth? Brenda Drake's latest young adult novel, Thunderstruck, is just that. Plus, it has a cover that makes you just want to read what's inside!
Thunderstruck is an intense YA fantasy that combines mythology with a contemporary love story. Stevie is a high schooler with a heart issue. Blake is the son of the Norse god Thor. Blake has feelings for Stevie and those feelings are returned...until Stevie learns Grace has feelings for her, too. Grace is not the most likable person, but Stevie feels an obligation toward her and, because of that, she pushes Blake toward Grace. The love triangle is compelling, but even more compelling is Blake's race to complete his mission...and the danger it puts Stevie in. If you love fantasies based on mythology, you have to read this book!
What are you reading this month?