A-to-Z Extra: The 39 Clues Series

27 Apr

Since there are four more days left in April, I decided to include four more A-to-Zs to round off what’s been a pretty successful month of posting for me.  Let me tell you: I didn’t have terribly high hopes for managing to post every single day, let alone being able to come up with a little rhyme for each of the highlighted novels.  I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve been able to juggle all of this along with lesson planning, test scoring, and all the general delights that greet me on a regular basis.

If you stumbled upon this blog thanks to one of my A-to-Zs, I hope you found a little something of interest to you.  Thanks to those who’ve liked these pages and for everyone who’s stopped me in the hallways to say a kind word or two about a particular post you enjoyed.  More importantly, I hope you’ve found a few suggestions about books to add to your TBR lists!

And now, without further ado, here’s the first of my A-to-Z extras …

Extra #1 is the utterly fantastic the 39 Clues series.  When I first stumbled upon these books, I decided NOT to read them.  I saw the first title, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, admired the cover, and moved on.  When the second book, One False Note by a favourite childhood author, Gordon Korman, I once again praised the cover, memorized the blurb, and walked away.  I did this up until the seventh installment, The Viper’s Nest by Peter Lerangis, when I could take it no more.  I bought all the titles in one fell swoop and pre-ordered the remaining three.  You see, I knew from the get-go that I was going to love this series, and since I’m a very fast reader, I didn’t want to be left hanging at the end of the books.  I, therefore, decided to wait until all the book had come out before I dove into the series.  Well, the best-laid plans … It was an interminable wait until the tenth book finally came – Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix.


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Which of the first set of books (there are two spin-off series now!) are your favourites?  I’ve got a particular fondness for Books 4 and 5 – Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson, and The Black Circle by Patrick Carman.  I’ve always enjoyed reading about Egypt and Russia.

More importantly, however, which branch are you in?  I used to be an Ekat, but no spoilers here …

A to Z: Z is for Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

26 Apr

Z is for Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.  I’ve always loved stories about strong women.  I’m not sure how I was lucky enough to be introduced to so many growing up (Anne Shirley, Elizabeth Bennett, my mom), but there’s something about reading about what goes on behind the scenes that I really love.  It’s not about snooping … it’s about understanding.  This take on Zelda’s life is just one in a long list of books about women who are much more instrumental than history has willingly shown.  In short, Zelda is another woman who rocks.


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What other titles have you read with strong historical heroines?

A to Z: Y is for A Year without Autumn

25 Apr

Y is for A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler.  This book gave me all the feels when I first read it.  It’s sweet, achy, and lovely, all at the same time.  If your friendships have ever been tested to the point of breaking, this is a book you’ll want to read!


Y - Year Without Autumn 

What do you think of Autumn and Jenni?  Truly BFFs?

A to Z: X is for Camp X

24 Apr

X is for Camp X, one of so many great stories from the talented Eric Walters.  I wish he had been around when I was much younger.  His books would’ve been a great addition to the looong list I had checked out from (or simply read in) the library.  Well, at least now I get to work my way through his œuvre.


X - Camp X 

Which of Walters’ stories is your favourite?  Have you read his latest?

A to Z: W is for Where the Sidewalk Ends

23 Apr

W is for the really awesome collection of poems and drawings in Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.  And while I’ve promised to do my best to write a little ditty for each of my A-to-Z posts this month, I will gladly step aside and let Mr. Silverstein’s own incomparable words work their magic for you instead.


W - Where the Sidewalk Ends 

Which of Silverstein’s poems do you love best?  I have a fondness for so many, but I first got hooked by “People Zoo”.  Let me know what you think!


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