2015 Favorites List from Summer Reading

2015-KidsWe  had a great meeting Friday, coinciding with the beginning of school (traditional calendar).  The highlight this time was in suggesting titles for this Favorites List:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Kamkwamba
Catch You Later Traitor by Avi
The Curious Tale of the In-Between by DeStefano
Echo by Ryan
The Edge by Smith
Fish in a Tree by Hunt
The Girl in the Torch by Sharenow
How to Speak Dolphin by Rorby
I am Princess X by Priest
Like a River by Wiechman
Mark of the Thief by Nielsen
Nooks and Crannies by Lawson
Red Butterfly by Sonnichsen
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Pearsall
Stella by Starlight by Draper
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Yeh
The War that Saved My Life by Bradley
The Way Home Looks Now by Shang
Wish Girl by Loftin

Feel free to list your current favorite title from 2015 in the comments below.

1st Friday of August Meeting

A few less in attendance this meeting actually discussed quite a bit!
Echo was referenced as a comparison title a couple of times, so we know it is a favorite.
We are preparing to make our first “Favorites List” next meeting – so stay tuned!
What would you want us to include?

End of July Meeting

It was great to see most of our group this week!  We welcomed Ms. Linda, our new Teen Librarian, as well.
Our favorite continues to be The War That Saved My Life, and we updated our cart by taking off 14 titles!  During our ‘Speed Reading’ session, we shared a LOT of great books with each other.  We are looking forward to more reading each week.  What is your favorite so far this year?

Mid-July Meeting

It was wonderful to see all the kids who attended this meeting!  Our discussion was on the Newbery criteria “Presentation of Information” and we shared more non-fiction titles.  It seems that so far our front runner for non-fiction is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  What is YOUR favorite non-fiction published this year?

Mid-June Meeting

With summer schedules changed now, our readers are into high gear.  Lots of books are flying off our reading cart, so expect more comments very soon!  This meeting was devoted to the Newbery criteria of “Writing Style” and we discussed several aspects of that topic.  Several titles that we compared included:  I am Princess X, Enchanted Air, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Dear Hank Williams, and Echo.
What titles are you reading that have distinguished writing styles?

June’s First Friday Meeting!

20 of us met Friday for some great sharing and discussion of the Newbery criteria “Theme” as it relates to some of the books we are reading.  Echo, The Island of Dr. Libris, and The Seventh Most Important Thing were all named as having great themes throughout their pages.  Our favorite title continues to be The War that Saved My Life, with 10 kids having read it so far.
What books have you read with great themes this year?

Mid-May meeting, 2015

Good discussion went along with shared opinions Friday!  Everyone was ready to go and prepared with their comments.  Some of the favorite titles shared at this meeting include:
All the Answers by Kate Messner, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Bullet Catch, Old Wolf (again), Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin, and repeated accolades for The War That Saved My Life.
There was also some discussion about a few series books and their ability to be qualified for the Newbery Award.
Please feel free to share your own favorites for this year in the Replies box below.

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