Thank you to Sheila, Jen and Kellee for inspiring and hosting the #IMWAYR meme.
It was a week of nonfiction reading for me, which made me happy. I guess I am just an information geek, because it's hard for me to think of a topic that I don't want to read a book about.
|For grades 5-8|
|For grades 5-9|
Combining forensic science, archaeology and history, At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui (by first time author Christine Liu-Perkins) brings to light an extraordinary find that was buried deep in the earth in China. Lady Dai lived in the Han Dynasty and her tomb was discovered in the 1970s. When it was excavated, her body was found in remarkable shape, along with a variety of treasures that were buried with her. I was astonished by how well preserved everything was, and by how much scientists and historians were able to discover as a result of the find. Budding historians will be fascinated by Lady Dai and her tomb!
|For grades 8+|
|For grades 5+|
I had to have a little bit of fiction thrown into the week for good measure, so I read one fantasy and one YA(ish) novel. The Fog of Forgetting by G.A Morgan is the start of a new trilogy that begins on the Maine coast and ends up in the fantastical land of Ayda. Three siblings and their two new friends of Haiti get lost in the fog when they are out boating; the island that they are washed up on is in another land, and a dangerous one. I loved the concept and the start of their adventure but my attention waned a bit in the middle before deepening again at the end. Strong middle grade fantasy readers will find much to appreciate about this one.
|For grades 7+|
Finally, I am mystified as to why Devin Rhodes is Dead received the Children's Book of the Year Award, given by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, as the subject matter is decidedly for readers older than elementary school. That said, I loved this book. Cass clearly feels guilty about her best friend’s death - more than guilty - and we slowly learn about what happened the night of the death through a series of flashbacks. Author Jennifer Wolf Kam captures early teen friendship so well, and the torment that Cass feels is palpable. This is a page turner and the ending, while not a complete shocker, will surprise many readers.