Hello everyone. It's #IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Goodreads page of the book.
Maud and Grand-Maud by Sara O'Leary & Kenard Pak (Illustrator) August 18, 2020 🍁
You Are New by Lucy Knisley March 12, 2019
This book celebrates all the newness in our lives. It begins at our births, but goes on to include all the times we take on new challenges and learn new things.
I enjoyed the poetry in this one.
When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam & Qin Leng (Illustrations) March 1, 2019 🍁
As a grandmother myself, I am a sucker for books about intergenerational relationships. I appreciate that however diverse our cultures, the connection is still the same. This story shows a young girl, Maya, and her grandmother meeting for the first time. Grandma does not fit Maya’s expectations of how a Grandma should be. I appreciate that the two of them gradually bond. I also liked that it was the grandmother who adapted most, but both of them changed.
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki September 22, 2020 🍁
Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by Jory John & Erin Kraan (Illustrator) March 23, 2021
Stand Like a Cedar by Nicola I. Campbell & Carrielynn Victor (Illustrations) February 23, 2021 🍁
I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett & Michaela Goade (Illustrator) April 6, 2021 🍁
While carrying her baby, the mother collects gifts for the child’s medicine bundle. Some are from nature while others are made by her. In the end we see that the child is their own kind of medicine for the people around them.
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang & Charlene Chua (Illustrations) December 15, 2020
The Bruce Swap by Ryan T. Higgins May 4, 2021
Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know by Brittany Luby & Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Illustrations) March 1, 2021 🍁
It's written in both Anishinaabemowin and English. Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley's woodland art is the perfect match for Brittany Luby's words.
Maryam's Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani by Megan Reid & Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrations) January 19, 2021
The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale & LeUyen Pham (illustrator) October 6, 2020
Trouble with Tattle-Tails by Jonathan Auxier & Olga Demidova (Illustrations) May 18, 2021 🍁
I'm not sure the younger crowd will appreciate all the idioms in this book, but I laughed out loud a number of times.
This is the second in Auxier's Fabled Stables series. When the alarm sounds ,Augie, Willa the Wisp, and Fen, the reluctant Stick in the Mud, head off to the rescue of another magical beast. When the arrive in the village they discover that the citizens have been plagued by literal Tattle-Tails. It's a hilarious challenge to figure out how to get rid of them and find the robbers who have stolen the villagers treasure.
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur & Sue Jean Kim (Narrator) April 20, 2021 🍁
Thirteen girls have gone missing from a forest on an island. The father disappeared while trying to find out what happened to them. A year later the eldest daughter came to search for him. She reunites with her younger sister who was left behind.
There is much sweetness in this story of two sisters reconnecting. It's also a tense murder mystery full of subterfuge and betrayal.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed August 4, 2020
This complex narrative shows readers that no matter how successful black people become, no matter how much they try to shelter their children, ultimately racism is inescapable.
Reed provides us with a cast of authentic individuals. I really appreciated how rich, complicated and layered all her characters are.
I loved this quote:
"You can’t tell people to pull up on bootstraps when half of them never had any boots to begin with, never even had the chance to get them."
The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga, Reena Dutt (Narrator) & Jennifer Jill Araya (Narrator) May 11, 2021
They come up with a plan to find a wormhole and travel back in time to fix things so that the event never happened. Their magical thinking is jumbled up with the memories of their siblings in those last few days. It takes a near disaster before the two girls manage to come back to each other. My eyes leaked a few times while reading this.
I liked this a lot. It is narrated by Bahni Turpin so you know it is a brilliant audiobook. The tension is high right off the bat and before you know it, you are sucked right into Ophie's story and life. When her father is murdered and their house in Georgia is torched, Ophie and her mother head north to Pittsburgh where they stay with a Great Aunt Rose, and some reprehensible cousins. Ophie has the power to see ghosts. She's lucky that her great aunt has the same power and gives her advice on how to use it to help these specters move along.
Her mother gets a job cleaning at Daffodil Manor. Then a position opens up and Ophie has to leave school and go to work keeping the cantankerous old Mrs Caruthers happy. Daffodil Manor is full of ghosts. Ophie ends up befriending a ghost named Clara. Ophie figures that if she can figure out who murdered Clara, she will be able to help her move on.
At the same time as this is a fascinating paranormal murder mystery, it's also full of historical details that educate the reader about life for Black people in the 1920's.
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson & Nina Mata (Illustrator)
What I admired most about this retelling is the richness of characters. I also liked that the ending is ambiguous but hopeful.
The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan
North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person
Big Book Summer Challenge 3 - one in progress
Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 20/25 - one in progress
Books by Canadian Authors: 66/100 - three in progress
Canada Reads 2021 4/5
Discworld Series 41/41
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 235/333