48 Hour Reading Challenge: The Finish Line

Done. Completed.  Better than last year. 

Last year  I was traveling. I forgot to say I was in on the challenge nor did I sign out.  But this year I did.  Last year I read 4 of the 6 books planned.  Last year I read a total of  559 pages.  I didn’t blog or tweet last year while reading. 

Hours of reading: 15
Hours of blogging/tweeting, etc: 2
Books read: 6 plus a smidge
Pages: 923
Charity donation: $25.00
Charity: Fanconi Anemia Research Fund ( in remembrance to my friend’s son who lost his life to this terrible disease and in hopes they find a cure for her other son graduating from college this month).

Definitely improved from last year.

Thoughts about this weekend’s book selection:

I finished with Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw and got to page 29 of  The Magic Half by Annie Barrows.  Ellie McDoodle is a very fun book that anybody who loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid with probably love this (especially the girl readers).  It is a combo of cartoon like illustrations and text featuring a girl who has moved and is adapting to her new school.  It is very humorous.

Just started The Magic Half, a story about a girl stuck in the middle of two sets of twins.  I just reached the part where she travels back into time.  Again, another story about moving, getting used to new surroundings and wanting to fit in. 

It’s interesting that the Sasquatch nominees for this year are heavy into girl MC.   I like reading these books this time of year so that I have a good idea in how to promote them in September.  Of the books listed below, I think only four will have great appeal to boys: Found, Knucklehead ( a memoir), Leepike Ridge (which I may start to read tonight) and Simon bloom, the Gravity Keeper.  The Lemonade War might appeal to boys with the brother-sister rivalry.  But the list seems to lack a wow factor for all readers.  I just know there were great books written in 2007-2008 that should have made this list.

Title Author
The Magic Half Barrows, Annie
Ellie McDoodle, New Kid in School Barshaw, Ruth McNally
The Lemonade War Davies, Jacqueline
Diamond Willow Frost, Helen
The Truth about Horses, Friends, & My Life as a Coward Gibson, Sarah
Found Haddix, Margaret Peterson
A Friendship for Today McKissack, Patricia
Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper Reisman, Michael
Knucklehead Sciezka, Jon
First Light Stead, Rebecca
Leepike Ridge Wilson, N.D.
42 Miles Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn

 A big thank you to Mother Reader for once again organizing this event. It really is fun.  Now I am off to figure out a nonfiction book for Nonfiction Monday and to read some more.  I hope next year I break the 1000 page mark.  Congrats to other finishers.

Happy Reading.


48HBC: Check-in Sunday Afternoon

Well, I have finished Diamond Willow by Helen Frost and 42 Miles by Traci Vaughn Zimmer.  Both written in poetry form; Diamond Willow has diamond shaped poems and  Zimmer’s book is free verse.  Both about adolescent girls but the characters live very different lives. 

Diamond Willow takes place in the interior of Alaska.  Besides the story of a girl and her dog, the character’s part-Athabascan heritage is interspersed through out the story through the use of her animal ancestors telling the story (there are prose vignettes).  It is a wonderful story that I couldn’t put down.

42 Miles takes place in Ohio.  Told in free verse, readers come to understand the two lives that JoEllen leads as she spends the week in the city with her mom and weekends in the country with her dad.  I think it would be fun to read these two books together for a book study.

Back to reading.  Next up is Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

Happy Reading.


48HRC: Saturday

For the first time in weeks, the sun made an appearance to awake the northwest from its rain drenched slumber. 

So I was able to do the planned weeding ( helped by the fact that my husband had sprayed the weeks  the last time there was sun).  I thinned and moved some crocosmia from the side to the front yard.  It has bloomed where its been planted and I am hoping it will like the new location as well.  Was also able to get the perennial purchased in April into the ground, finally!

In order to get to out of dodge on June 17, I have to put in seven hours outside of school to make-up and extra day.  So off to school I went (throughly wishing I had a book on tape in th car, grrr).  At school I listened to Karen Hesse’s The Music of Dolphins as I worked on grading the fifth grade tech projects. It is haunting.  I kept  thinking about Karena in Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Attended the bargaining meeting and while we are not done bargaining, the sections for the library media specialists remain. We are teaching. Now I have to figure  out how to keep the hour block at 5th grade and hopefully add fourth grade.

So after a nap, dinner, and DQ (Dairy Queen) for dessert, I returned to reading. The books I am reading this weekend are from the Washington State Reader’s Choice Award, The Sasquatch Award.  Getting the books read now gives me time to think about how to promote them and which ones teachers should read aloud.

  Finished The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies.  I liked it and  think kids will relate to the story.  Sibling rivalry, competition, and boys vs girls, what’s not to like?

Read and finished A Friendship for Today by Patricia McKissack.  This is one for teachers to read aloud.  In the end, McKissack reveals it is based on her childhood.  I think that it might be a good one for a book study as well.  I don’t know that my students will gobble it up when given the choice.

So today, other than church and a bit of groceries shopping, I am reading, reading, reading until 7 PM.  I should be able to get 8 hours in and hopefully get through the remaining 7 books I selected for the weekend.

Happy Reading.