Wednesday, April 2, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays - April 2

This meme was created by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Feeling like a broken record because I'm still on the same book. I have to admit to reading some shorter books in between, though, so at least it's not because I'm lazy.

I'm at 56% on my Kindle right now for Steam & Strategem by Christopher Hoare.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Do's and Don'ts is a whimsical lesson book aimed at teaching young readers the difference between good and bad behavior/etiquette. In the book Zack and Chloe go from being manner monsters to well-behaved children as they provide samples of typical scenarios that not only young children encounter but can relate to. For example, Zack becomes a Manner Monster when he loses a game, kicking and pouting like a poor sport. In contract, good behavior is then modeled depicting Zack congratulating the winning team. Unlike other etiquette books for children that tell a story or just communicate positive behavior, The Do's and Don'ts compares and contrasts between good and bad behavior. Simply, yet colorfully displayed, are examples of inappropriate behavior and decisions young children may display followed by behavior and decisions that are more socially accepted. Each compare and contrast anecdote is set in the same scene so that young readers can instantly see the differences between good and poor behavior.

I'm reviewing this one over at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection on the 15th.

At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains.

Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can’t help being drawn to Early, who won’t believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear.

But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find. They will meet truly strange characters, each of whom figures into the pi story Early weaves as they travel, while discovering things they never realized about themselves and others in their lives.

I read Navigating Early for research purposes. Not only am I looking for agents who might represent the middle grade novel I'm writing; but my main character attends a boarding school, so I've been reading--or in this case listening to--books where boarding schools are part of the setting.

This is a fabulous book. I highly recommend it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Murder in the Worst Degree is definitely next on my review list.

The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

After that it will be A Comedy of Erinn.

Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she's almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister's constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she's thrilled to be making a paycheck--and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she's certain her life is getting a romantic subplot. But with the director, brash, gorgeous young Jude, dogging her every step, she can't help but look at herself through his lens--and wonder if she's been reading the wrong script all along. . .

What are you reading right now?


Anonymous said...

Navigating Early sounds really intriguing! Here's my link

Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting. I enjoyed your blog.

Anonymous said...

I like your selection of books this week... especially Navigating Early

Missie said...

I saw Navigating Early at the library today, I will have to check it out!
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Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

Andrea Garcia said...

I haven't heard of any of these but Navigating Early looks interesting.