Books We’ve Read (and Loved) This Week

​This week I read Dragon Captives by Lisa McMann (Unwanteds Quest, #1) and give the book 5 out of 5 stars. I liked learning about how all the characters from the original Unwanteds series fared. If you’re a fan of the Unwanteds, I think you’ll love this one. Although the book started out slowly for me, about a third of the way in, I could not put it down. I just looked to see when the next book is coming out.  A year? I have to wait a year?! AAAHHHH! (Grades 4-5)

I also read the picture book Grand Canyon by Jason Chin. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I liked reading about the geology, and the flora and fauna of the Grand Canyon. Chin illustrates the tiers of the Grand Canyon beautifully and clearly. I have camped on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but based on what I learned from this book, I would like to hike down to the bottom next time.

Right now I’m giving a second grade girl reading instruction. I’d never read too many second and third grade level books prior to working with her, but I knew where to turn in any case. This was a child who said she refused to read, hated to read. But I don’t believe in reluctant readers.

It turns out this young reader girl loves funny books, so we began with the Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe series by Noah Z. Jones. She quickly devoured them. And what was it about these books that she loved so much? The absolutely bizarre and quirky plots. The same goes for the new Inspector Flytrap series by Tom Angleberger. He has written a funky series to include a Venus flytrap who prides himself on being a superior detective and gets around by means of a goat and a skateboard. The plot twists are stream-of-consciousness strange and deliberate and wonderful — and they’re a treat to read aloud!

Other suggestions:

The Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale

The Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliott

The Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel

The Dory Fantasmagory series by Abby Hanlon