Thursday, June 13, 2013

Books Read in June

Try to read at least three books during the summer - one in June, one in July, and one in August.  Post the book title, author, and your rating.  You might also want to include the genre.  Feel free to share your thoughts about the book, but remember you don't have to post a lengthy review.   You might choose to use a star rating system of 1 - 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best book you've ever read, and 1 star indicating that you didn't like the book.


  1. The book I read is called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and its genre is historical fiction about a girl in 1943 in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, and she helps her best friend who's Jewish and goes through a hard time. My rating would be 4 1/2 stars, it's a great book!

    1. Mariam, I love Number the Stars. It won the Newbery in 1990. If you like historical fiction, you should read The Witch of Blackbird Pond or Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. Both of these books are personal favorites and won Newbery awards.

  2. You may have noticed me reading Brother from a Box by Evan Kuhlman earlier in the month. It's the story of Matt's robot brother, Norman. Some pretty exciting things happen with a robot in the family, and Matt even finds himself feeling jealous when Norman attracts a lot of attention at school! If you like books with a touch of science fiction, suspense, and family relationships, you'll enjoy Brother from a Box. I give it 4 stars.

  3. Twerp was loaned to me by Lori at Island Books. It was in my TBR (to be read) pile until I received a recommendation from a young man I met in the doctor's office this past week. His description of the book intrigued me, and so Twerp moved to the top of my TBR pile and traveled with me to Portland. The main character, Julian, returns to school after being suspended. His English teacher offers to let him get out of a report on Shakespeare if he'll keep a journal AND write about what happened that caused him and his friends to be suspended from school. The back flap of the book has this description: "A good book about a bad deed." The book was inspired by author Mark Goldblatt's 1960s childhood in Queens. It's a compelling read, and the short chapters kept me reading even after I'd promise myself, one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep. This is another 4 star summer read!