Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Teen Tuesday: Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin. 297 p. Delacorte Press/ Random House Children's Books, December, 2002. 9780385730150. (Own)

Prior to World War I class and sex roles were rigidly set. The nobility rarely mixed with the common folk and women rarely worked outside of the home. Remembrance  by Theresa Breslin tells the story of five teens during World War I. John Malcolm and his twin sister, Maggie and his younger brother Alex are children of shopkeepers and Charlotte and her brother Francis are educated and wealthy. Charlotte and John are sweethearts, which would never do according to her mother. John volunteers to enlist early and Charlotte's brother, Francis objects to the war, much to his mother's dismay. This engrossing novel tells about how their lives are forever changed by a great and terrible war. Recommended!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Middle Grade Monday: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. 165 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., 2007. 97780439796637. (Own)

In honor of the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War, which would come to be known as World War I, the Daily Booktalk will feature books about it. Middle Grade Monday features a favorite of both Ms. Levy's and Ms. Kahn's - War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. War Horse was inspired by the stories of two veterans who told their own stories about working with horses during the war. He wondered if he could tell the story of this brutal war through the eyes of a horse. War Horse first published in England in 1982. The story of Joey, who was lovingly cared for by Albert but mistreated by Albert's drunken father, who sold the horse to the British military, eventually made its way to the United States. Scholastic published it in 2007. The story was adapted into a play to great acclaim. In 2010, Steven Speilberg released his movie adaptation. In 2012, a sequel called Farm Boy was released. Michael Morpurgo has written over a hundred books for children and has received many awards.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Picture Book Review: Storm by Sam Usher

Storm by Sam Usher. unpgd. Templar Books/ Candlewick Press, August, 2018.9781536202823. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Our favorite little redheaded boy and his doting granddad are back in another lovely flight of fancy. This time, the boy awakens to wind rattling the windows and he just cannot wait to get outside. When he suggests all the things the two could do in the wind, granddad suggests that "It's the perfect day to fly a kite! But we'll have to find it first." While the wind blows mightily, the two search high and low for the kite and stop to reminisce about everything they do find, like a cricket bat. When the kite is finally found, they bundle up and head out to the park where the wind gathers all the kite fliers and whisks them into the sky for a swirling, twirling adventure.

The ink and watercolor art is glorious from cover to cover. Funny little details are embedded on most pages and invite lingering. Every child needs imaginary play and a granddad like this. Share this one and all the "Granddad" books, Snow, Sun, and Rain widely.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

I have a "Waiting on Wednesday" post scheduled for November 21 that features Lynda Mullaly Hunt's upcoming book, Shouting at the Rain, which had a cover reveal recently and made me very excited because I adored One for the Murphys and Fish in a Tree. This morning, Lynda's tweet about her huge giveaway came up in my feed and I just have to spread the word even if it does decrease my chances of winning. Click on this link to check it out!

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.

For review:

Summer of '69 by Todd Strasser. 376 p. Candlewick Press, April 9, 2019. 9780763695262.

Publisher synopsis: With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ’Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there?

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew. 280 p. Candlewick Press, August, 2019. 97801536202632.

Publisher synopsis: If you leave home, is your heart left behind? 

Darya Ivanova is looking forward to September. She has looked after her little sister, Nika, since she was a baby. Now Nika is starting school. Maybe Darya can find a job with her own tidy desk. Perhaps even a boyfriend. But when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Darya's life plans are fractured. Stalled. She is afraid. What if she never knows real love? What if she never finds somewhere she belongs?

If only she could get to Moscow. There, Darya could escape. There, she could become someone else . . . 

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner. 352 p. Candlewick Press, April 16, 2019. 97807636536297563. 

Publisher synopsis: In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?


Pride: a Pride and Prejudice remix by Ibi Zoboi. Unabridged audiobook on 5 compact discs. 6.5 hours. Performed by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperAudio, September 18, 2018. 9781982554163.

Publisher synopsis: Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3-CD. 3 hours. Read by Bahni Turpin. Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, May, 2018. 9781543687958. 

Publisher synopsis: Tash didn't want to go to camp, didn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her — the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Cap'n Jackie back? In a heartfelt and stunningly written story, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead.

Failing Up: how to take risks, aim higher and never stop learning by Leslie Odom, Jr. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3-CD. 3 hours, 35 minutes. Performed by the author. Brilliance Audio, August, 2018. 9781978651180.

Publisher synopsis: Leslie Odom Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor.

With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better?

These stories will inspire you, motivate you, and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you're graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.

If you leave a comment, I will definitely stop by and try to comment back - unless commenters have to sign onto Discus or whatever that's called. But I will check out your stack!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fact Friday: Woodpeckers: drilling holes & bagging bugs by Sneed B. Collard III

Woodpeckers: drilling holes & bagging bugs by Sneed B. Collard III. 48 p. Bucking Horse Books, April, 2018. 9780984446094. (Review of purchased finished copy.)

I nearly skipped Fact Friday as my nonfiction reading has taken a nose-dive thanks to all the reading I am needing to do as a round one Cybils judge. But, after finishing two entries this morning, my mind needed a break from middle grade fiction. I unearthed this book from the bottom of my tbr pile and settled in.

Conversational and punny, this book is a fantastic introduction to the members of the Picidae family. Beautifully designed, well organized and filled with a - mazing photographs, this one has the awe factor. Backmatter includes suggestions for learning more, a glossary, some photo bloopers (!) and an index. My one teeny-tiny quibble has to do with the desire for a map or list at the back showing the regions the woodpeckers can be found it. Some, like the Gila Woodpeckers and the two-page section about woodpeckers found abroad, are obvious. But I had to head for my Field Guide to find out whether I could see the Acorn Woodpecker or the Lewis' Woodpecker in my area. Alas, no.

I have enjoyed the author/ photographer's earlier books. Here's a link to Firebirds, which I found fascinating.

Mr. Collard laments the fact that there aren't any good books about woodpeckers for children in the section called, "Tapping Deeper." He has filled this void magnificently. Woodpeckers: drilling holes & bagging bugs is a first-purchase, as are his other titles.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

#tbt: Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park

Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park. 89 p. Random House Children's Books, March, 1995. 978069970880. (own)

#tbt features Mick Hart was Here by Barbara Park. Published in 1995, this novella is the first person narration of thirteen-year-old Phoebe talks about her brother, Mick and his decision to forgo wearing a helmet and the impact his death has had on their family and the community. This is a short, powerful, emotional read.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles. 304 p. Candlewick Press, April 2, 2019. 97807636200034.

Publisher synopsis: If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Teen Tuesday: Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac. 400 p. Killer of Enemies #1. Tu Books/ Lee & Low Books Inc., October, 2013. 9781620141434. (Own.)

Teen Tuesday features Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac. In a dystopian near-future, Lozen's world is divided into Haves and Have-nots, with the Have-nots being virtually enslaved to the whims of the Haves and the Ones -people who genetically and technologically augmented themselves and other creatures until they are barely human and the creatures are monsters. Then came the Cloud, which wiped out all technology and most of the Ones. The monsters are on the loose and Lozen is sent to hunt them. You will need to buckle up here because the action is fast and furious. Suspense is high and the pace is non-stop.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Middle Grade Monday: Everything Else in the Universe by Tracy Holczer

Everything Else in the Universe by Tracy Holczer. 274 p. G. P. Putnam's and Sons/ Penguin Young Readers Group, June, 2018. 9780399163944. (Review of arc courtesy of publisher.)

The year is 1971 and twelve-year-old Lucy is awaiting her father's return from Vietnam. He was a surgeon and Lucy and her mother moved to southern California to stay near her father's relatives while he was in country. When he finally does step off the plane, Lucy quickly discovers that her dad is missing more than his arm. Something is not right and Lucy is determined to help him. Only, he doesn't want her help. Not only does her mother find herself a job by she and her father send her to her uncle's house to spend the summer days. Her uncle, in turn, encourages her to make friends with Milo, who is staying with his grandmother for the summer.

This is such a beautiful story of friendship, of family and of the fallout the Vietnam War had on returning vets and their families as well as the families of those who did not return home. It's heartbreaking. You will need tissues. But you will laugh out loud too. Lucy's extended family leaps from the pages with noise and love. The writing is lovely. The characters are memorable. Lucy's friendship with Milo is genuine. I did not want the story to end.

This is Holczer's second novel. Fans of her first, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, will love this one as will readers who love books about family and friendship.

Picture Book Review: A Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach

A Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach. unpgd. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., March, 2018. 9781338129366. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

For the first ten years of my school library gig, I worked in a k - 8 school. While it definitely had its trials, one of the joys of my job was sharing absolutely rollicking silly books with my K - 2 students. Sometimes, I even shared them K - 8. (I'm looking at you, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) This is one I would look forward to reading.

The story starts on the end-pages; so don't skip them. We've got a lot of ducks hanging around an office where the phone is ringing. Bernie, the dog answers and assures the caller that he can, indeed, supply a truck full of ducks. Unfortunately, one extra-hungry duck eats the dog's directions. Not to worry, our intrepid hound will ask random passers-by if they ordered a truck full of ducks. These include a little girl wanting to mail her brother "very far away;" a construction worker waiting for a dump truck; some dudes waiting for an ice cream truck; a pirate waiting for a cracker truck; and a pirate waiting for a cracker truck. Eventually, the ducks need a (hilarious) pit stop, and after one more mismatch, they end up in a dark and scary forest, where the ducks are meant to be delivered to H. Ungry Fox. Yikes!

This exuberantly illustrated picture book contains plenty of visual humor so let your young readers linger. This is a terrific book for reading aloud. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Picture Book Review: Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells

Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells. unpgd. Candlewick Press, November 13, 2018. 9780763692629. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Bedtime rituals for children are so important. They should be started really early and should always, always include reading. So it should come as no surprise that there are tons of "good night" books to choose from in any library or bookstore. A number feature bunnies. Not surprising, really. Bunnies are quintessentially cuddly. 

I discovered Rosemary Wells thirty-two and a half years ago when my own Max was born and we received a set of Max the Bunny board books along with a Max stuffy. The board books and Max doll are packed away but they are remembered fondly. Several of them have some toddler teeth marks on the corners. We also bought other Max and Ruby picture books over the years and Shy Charles was beloved as well. Others were borrowed from the public library. Wells has written over 120 books for children. There really is something for everyone in her impressive body of work.

Somehow, we missed Sleep, My Bunny, which was originally published in 1979 as "Good Night, Sweet Prince" in Don't Spill It Again, James. Candlewick Press is releasing Sleep, My Bunny as its own picture book on November 13. 

The art, while still cartoonish, is softer and, opens with an impressionistic  painting of a tree and a snug little house at sunset. The scene is evocative of Van Gogh with its rich points of colors. The text is framed by solid green and surrounded by a variety of stippled colorful backgrounds that are mirrored in the window of each illustration.

Each illustration features a moment in a small bunny family starting at dinner with mother pouring some milk. Father helps baby bunny clean up the toys. Mother gets him ready for a bath. Father sits at the side of the tub and talks. Mother reads and Father plays his violin. It's delightful that both parents participate. The text is spare and soothing and invites snuggling and snoozing. Sleep, My Bunny would be a perfect gift for new and expectant parents. It is also a perfect way to continue celebrating Picture Book Month!

Candlewick Press generously provided me with an extra copy and a signed poster to offer in a giveaway! To enter, please leave a comment and include your email address. I will be tweeting the review as well. If you're on Twitter, retweet and I will add your name again. I'm @kahnbrenda. (Yeah, I know. I had proseandkahn when Twitter first started but deactivated the account. Now, it's taken.)

I will choose a winner on its book birthday, November 13.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Picture Book Month: Three Books Featuring Rabbits

Yikes! It's Picture Book Month! I collected a stack of picture books and started reading on November 1, intending on posting a picture book review a day. Gah!

In a rather funny coincidence, I happened to read three featuring rabbits as the main character. 

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim. unpgd. Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9781338036398. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

The illustrations in this are just perfectly gorgeous! They are so soft and moonlit. Don't skip the author's note and the spot art. Apparently, you might see the shape of a rabbit and a pestle in the full moon in Korea. If you do, you should send up a wish. I never knew this little custom. I love it. Rabbit loves his job but he's lonely so he travels down to Earth where he makes friends. Rabbit Moon is a lovely story to share with one or many children. The text is soothing though the rhyme scheme falters a bit. This is Jean Kim's first solo picture book.

Bunny's Staycation Mama's Business Trip by Lori Richmond. unpgd. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9780545925891. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Bunny's mama is readying for a business trip and he's not at all happy. Papa's working on his "Carrot" laptop but ready to step up to make Bunny's separation anxiety better. There's plenty of visual humor and lots of popping color in this humorous relatable story.

Good Night, Bunny by Lauren Thompson. unpgd. Orchard Books/ Scholastic Inc., January, 2018. 9780545603355. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

This one is being compared to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Personally, while I liked the book well enough, I was always put off by the colors in the illustrations. The text is soothing but the illustrations aren't. The illustrations here are as lulling as the sweet, rhythmic text.

Happy picture book month reading. Remember, you're never too old for picture books!

What's new? Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.

For review:

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie. 324 p. Dutton Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group, March 19, 2019. 9780525426455.

Publisher synopsis: Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. 


Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.

Lovely War by Julie Berry. 500 p. Viking/ Penguin Young Readers Group, March 5, 2019. 9780451469939.

Publisher synopsis: New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus.

To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier: the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I.

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story—filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion—reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

I adored Berry's All the Truth That's in Me and The Passion of Dolssa! I also adore myth retellings and stories set during WWI. I cannot wait for this and would crack it open right this second but I have a stack of 70+ books to read for Cybils Round One judging!

If you leave a comment, I will definitely stop by and try to comment back - unless commenters have to sign onto Discus or whatever that's called. But I will check out your stack!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fact Friday: Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright by Nina Crews

Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright. Biography and illustrations by Nina Crews. Unpgd. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing, February, 2018. 9781512418651. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher via SLJ Leadership Summit.)

Happy Friday TMS readers! Fact Friday features Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright. Photographic-artist, Nina Crews learned of a collection of thousands of haiku that African American author, Richard Wright wrote in the years prior to his untimely death at age 52. Crews sifted through them and chose twelve to illustrate with her signature photo-collage technique. The result is a joyous celebration of the curiosity, hope and potential of black boys. Crews also introduces readers to the famous writer in the way of a short biography at the end of the collection.

Haiku by their nature, are accessible. This is a perfect introduction of an important writer for young readers.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Taking Stock

Total Books: 33/ 303
Total Posts: 32
Total Reviews: 12

Debut: 1/14
Audio: 11/ 75
Picture Books: 11/ 102

The Good: Considering how busy I was with two conferences and school, I am happy with the amount of reading and reviewing I got done.

The List:
271. Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (10/2)
272. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (10/6)
273. The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (10/7)
275. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (10/7)*
276. Science Comics: Rockets: defying gravity by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd (10/8)
277. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina & 13 Artists (10/9)
278. Sunny by Jason Reynolds (10/9)*
279. America Border Culture Dreamer: The Young Immigrant Experience from A to Z by Wendy Ewald (10/10)(SLJ review)
280. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz (10/11)
281. The Principal Strikes Back by Jarrett J Krosoczka (10/12)
282. The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (10/13)*
283. The Dragon Slayer: folktales from Latin America (10/13)
284. Everything in the Universe by Tracy Winfield Holczer (10/14)*
285. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (10/15)
286. Back from the Brink: saving animals from extinction by Nancy F. Castaldo (10/15)*
288. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (10/15)
289. The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Drew Daywalt (10/16)
290. Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman (10/16)
291. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (10/17)
292. Elizabeth Warren: nevertheless, she persisted by Susan Wood (10/17)
293. Tight by Torrey Maldonado (10/18)*
294. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (10/21)
295. A House in the Sky and Other Uncommon Animal Homes by Steve Jenkins (10/23)
296. Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer (10/24)*
297. Wet Hen: a short e adventure by Molly Coxe (10/24)
298. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes (10/25)
299. I am Human: a book of empathy by Susan Verde (10/27)
300. Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright. Biography and illustrations by Nina Crews (10/28)
301. Loops, repeat, repeat by Patricia Stockland (10/29)
302. Yasmin the Explorer by Saadia Faruqi (10/29)

303. Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen (10/30)

#tbt: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Shadow Children series #1. 153 p. Simon & Schuster, 1998. (Own)

Margaret Peterson Haddix has written over thirty books for children but the Shadow Children series and The Missing series is probably the most popular at TMS. Among the Hidden is the first book in the seven-book Shadow Children series. It is a dystopian that envisions of future in which the food shortages have grown so severe that the government has limited the number of children a couple may have to two. Twelve-year-old Luke Garner is a third child who lives on a farm with his parents and two brothers. He lives in a hidden room and would be shot on sight should he ever be discovered. As I mentioned yesterday, no one does suspense like Haddix. This book is a TMS favorite.