I’m shifting gears and heading towards summer reading.

Shift cover

Shift by Jennifer Bradury

I’ve read a handful of books in January and February but nothing that grabbed me, nothing I had to share right away…except for one.  It is Jennifer Bradbury’s first novel, Shift.  I read her second novel Wrapped in December, loved it, wrote about it, checked out her website and promptly ordered Shift.  That’s usually the way it is with me, binge reading all the books by an author I discover.  And, I’ve got to say, I may like Shift even better than Wrapped.

Shift grabs you immediately with the disappearance of Win, the protagonist’s best friend, at the end of their cross-country trip.  Told in flashbacks, the story of a bike ride across the county allows readers to live vicariously through a high school graduation adventure and the experiences it brings the boys who will be off to different colleges in the fall. The trip gives the reader time to get attached to both boys and the idea of a long trip, with no responsibilities, no worries, nothing but the road in front of you.

While this adventure story may be best suited age-wise for high school students, it is enjoyable for 7th or 8th graders too. I suggest it for a summer reading book after testing it out with two students, one male and one female. It was a hit!

Here is a link to a Schooltube book trailer for Shift:

http://www.schooltube.com/video/035a3fb7fa4146a6b888/SHIFT,%20by%20Jennifer%20Bradbury

 

 

 

My Introduction to Cornelia Funke

I love the Inkheart Trilogy! This is a great post. Enjoy!

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

On a recent trip to the library, my daughter informed me that she does not like mystery books (at my suggestion that she try a Nancy Drew book) and that she did not like historical fiction (except for the “Laura” books), but that her new passion was fantasy.  This new love of fantasy stems from recently reading the first three Harry Potter books with her dad.

So, we began hunting through the children’s chapter books for those with the fantasy sticker on the spine.  This is what it looks like.

fantasy sticker library book

We loaded our bag full of several and discovered one particular gem among the stack.  Over the last few weeks, I have been reading to her from Cornelia Funke’s Igraine the Brave (1998), an adventure novel full of fantasy and magic.

Funke is a German author known for her Inkheart trilogy.  While I haven’t read Inkheart, I do…

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