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Adele in Sand Land by Claude Ponti
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Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert
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The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens
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L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz by Katharine M. Rogers
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Mazes and Labyrinths: Their History and Development by W.H. Matthews
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Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
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Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood
Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
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Slug Days by Sara Leach
Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
Tenements, Towers & Trash by Julia Wertz
That Book Woman by Heather Henson
This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
This Is Not the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fischer
Under His Spell by Marie P. Croall and Hyeondo Park

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 06, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 13, 2018)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 13): 08/06/18

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 30)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Summer vacation is winding down. It's time to sign back to school paperwork, buy supplies, and go to orientations.

The days have been smoky with so many huge fires burning in the state. We're not near them to be in danger but we're still close enough to smell the smoke on certain days.

What I read:

The Poisoned House Penguins of America Bobo the Sailor Man Yellow Brick War Two Times a Traitor

  • The Poisoned House by Michael Ford; library book
  • Penguins of America by James Patterson
  • Bobo the Sailor Man! by Eileen Rosenthal
  • Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige; personal collection / research
  • Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass; library book

What I'm reading:

Island of the Mad You Go First Does My Head Look Big in This? Whatshisface?

  • Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King; personal collection
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly; personal collection
  • Does My Head Look Big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah; personal collection
  • Whatshisface? by Gordon Korman; personal collection

Up Soon:

Captive Hearts of Oz Vol. 1 Anger is a gift A Sky Full of Stars Wind/Pinball

  • Captive Hearts of Oz Vol. 1 by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru (Illustrations)
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro; personal collection (ebook)
  • A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson; library book
  • Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

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Comment #1: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 01:50:21

Greg

I can't believe what people are going through with the fires. Glad you're not in harms way. And yes school is starting back up or will be; summer sure flew by.

The Poisoned House looks kinda suspenseful.



Comment #2: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:10:00

Pussreboots

This summer flew by when last year seemed to be two years in one. The Poisoned House is excellent. I think you would like it.



Comment #3: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 03:50:05

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Must be scary having those fires so close you can smell them. Not good for your lungs either. Fingers crossed they're put out soon



Comment #4: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:13:00

Pussreboots

The fires are far enough away that they aren't scary. There was one fire near where my parents live half time that was scary just because I'm familiar with the area. Three entire towns had to evacuate. Fortunately all their preparation and evacuation drills resulted in only seven homes being lost.



Comment #5: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 09:06:28

Darlene

I haven't read any of those but The Poisoned House is on my Wishlist. I like gothic horror!



Comment #6: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:17:00

Pussreboots

The Poisoned House is a page turner!



Comment #7: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:29:40

Kathy Martin

We're smelling the smoke and seeing the haze in Minnesota. It must be much worse closer. Nice assortment of books as usual. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #8: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:17:00

Pussreboots

I've heard the smoke has gone as far as New York. We're west of the fires, so we only get smoke on off-shore wind days.



Comment #9: Monday, August, 13, 2018 at 12:22:40

Amanda @ The Book Sloth

I hope you remain safe from the fires! That must be scary to be close enough to smell the smoke.

Have you enjoyed the Dorothy Must Die series? I've seen it around a lot but never heard much of a yay or nay on it.



Comment #10: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:17:00

Pussreboots

We get the smoke on off-shore wind days. The smoke is more annoying than scary. In regards to the Dorothy Must Die series, I appreciate what the author is attempting but it's not working for me.



Comment #11: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 12:53:47

Aymee

Penguins of America sounds like my kind of book!

Ugh, the fires in CA are awful. Every. Darn. Year. My Monday Date



Comment #12: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:26:00

Pussreboots

The last three years have been especially bad. Penguins of America didn't work for me — or for a bunch of other readers.



Comment #13: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 13:39:23

Melissa

Does My Head Look Big in this? looks like a good read.

Being that close to all the fires that you are getting smoke must be scary nonetheless...



Comment #14: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:29:00

Pussreboots

This is my second time with Does My Head Look Big in this?. I'm now reading the original Australian edition because the Scholastic import Americanized the book to the point that it was unreadable.



Comment #15: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 14:12:41

Valerie

The Poisoned House looks right up my alley! Did you enjoy it?



Comment #16: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:31:00

Pussreboots

Yes. It's an excellent book.



Comment #17: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 17:25:35

Jackie Briere

I can't say I've heard any of these selections but then again I don't have children around. Take care



Comment #18: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:33:00

Pussreboots

You don't have to have children around to read children's lit. Neither of my teens read any of the books I mentioned as they are busy reading their own things. I read children's lit because it's short and I didn't read much of it when I was a kid.



Comment #19: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:45:50

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

Glad you are safely away from the fires! I see the photos and footage and I can't even imagine. How terrifying and devastating. :(

Slug Days, Poisoned House and Book Woman all look good!

Have a great week.



Comment #20: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:35:00

Pussreboots

I didn't like Slug Days because it wasn't a very realistic or sympathetic depiction of autism. The other two books, though, are very good.



Comment #21: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 21:07:25

Laurel-Rain Snow

Island of the Mad caught my eye. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.



Comment #22: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 18:38:00

Pussreboots

Island of the Mad is good so far; I'm about a quarter of the way through.