Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

I have been in a little of a reading slump, not getting  hooked by what I had around. Brewer's new book The Blood Between Us changed that for me. Brewer wrote the Vladamir Tod series among others, so he is not new to the YA writing world.

A couple of angry teenagers(well actually a whole bunch), school issues, dying family members, and money all play a role in this well-written tale. I totally believe this whole scenario could happen- or has it already? I have no idea, I just know Brewer is an awesome writer, developing his characters solidly and crafts the scenes realistically, swooping his readers into a plot that keeps you holding on until the very last page. I found myself really studying characters, trying to figure out who done (or was doing) it and causing all sorts of grief. I was wrong most of the time.

If you are looking for a solid summer read, a little mystery in that warm sunny day, find this one. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell

Ahhh, The Skunk. A lovely little picture book about a man and a skunk. Simple you say? Ha, not a chance! My second graders were pin-drop silent listening to this gem.

The tale of a man being stalked by a skunk becomes a skunk being stalked by a man. This twisty tale offers a curious storyline---who in the world ever felt like they could might maybe even consider following a skunk???? The illustrations are phenomenal and the writing engages from the start.

I particularly enjoyed how the story and pictures intertwined. A beautiful and fun read!