So how’s your summer reading going? I’m a little behind where I thought I’d be… I’m only on 20 so far and as of today we have had 23 days of summer vacation. I’m not discouraged though because I’ve been reading some really great books. If you like chapter books, you should totally look for this one, called “Circus Mirandus”. It’s about a boy named Micah who lives with his grandfather. His grandfather is really sick and actually, it doesn’t look good. However, the grandfather seems to think that there is a chance for a miracle because he was promised one from the Lightbender in the Circus Mirandus. I loved this one. It has magic and I loved the characters and I loved the writing. It was a terrific story.
If you liked “Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine, you should look for her other book called “The Best Bad Luck I ever had”. It’s set in Alabama in 1918 and the main character, Dit, is a boy hoping for a new friend. There is a new postmaster coming to town and they’ve heard the postmaster has a son about Dit’s age. It turns out the postmaster DOES have a child, but she’s a girl and they are African Americans. This book had some great language (awesome similes!) and I loved the character of Dit and his new friend, Emma. There are some very interesting pieces about the civil rights movement as well as the influenza outbreak. It was terrific.
And if you are looking for a picture book, you might look for one called “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall. This one is a funny one about a crayon that has been mislabeled. The crayon is blue but it says red and although it tries to be red, it’s really blue. I liked this one a lot.