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BucklingBookshelves

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I can‘t remember a time I didn‘t love to read. Rediscovering children‘s lit and loving it 📚
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Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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I‘m going to need to circle back you our last book, but my hold on our final 2022 Newbery #buddyread came in and it‘s short! Shall we try to read it this month @smilingshelves ? Hopefully I‘ll do better at this one, but I feel like we could do our own pace again and chat later if anything interesting comes up. I‘m definitely flagging a bit going into these last two this year! 😆🤷🏼‍♀️📚

smilingshelves So I actually grabbed this off the new shelf last time I was at the library and read it last week. I wanted to make sure I got it in in August! 😄 It is a really quick read, so go ahead and read it and we can chat whenever you're done. 2mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I started yesterday after I finished my current book and saw your message and probably will finish soon. Definitely a quick read. It “counts” for a category on my adult summer reading challenge at my library, so that‘s a bonus! Maybe I‘ll manage to get back to the other one after 😆 (edited) 2mo
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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves how are you doing on this one? I‘m stuck on about page 20 😬 I think I need to try again and switch to the audiobook. 🤔📚🎧 2mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It's actually working pretty well for me to read a bit each day, usually 10-20 pages depending on when I actually get to sit down to read at night. I'm currently on page 170, and it'll probably take me a couple more weeks to finish at this rate. 2mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m glad that is working for you! I‘m not sure why I got stuck. I‘m definitely a little confused, but I‘m not far enough in, so of course I‘m confused! Just not oriented yet, need to give it more time to get my bearings. Hopefully the audiobook will do the trick. I‘ve been listening to podcasts instead and really need a good audiobook to dive into. Lol (edited) 2mo
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smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It's a weird book and I was definitely confused at first. Actually, even halfway through, I can't say that I understand the world she's created! I'm just along for the ride and trying not to sweat the details. 😄 2mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves that seems like a good plan! 2mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I saw you finished the other day! How did you end up liking it? I totally failed at this one. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Need to try again. 2mo
smilingshelves I liked it, I think? It was still a weird book, all the way through, and I never got a handle on the intricacies of the world. The pacing didn't help, either. We spent the first half of the book in separate worlds, then the second half felt rushed when the main characters were finally together. There were about 4 different issues they were fighting. It felt disjointed. The ending didn't land for me. The concept is intriguing, but the execution... 2mo
smilingshelves Didn't work well for me. 2mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves 😬😬😬 it‘s the execution that I‘m a bit concerned about too from what I‘ve read so far, not the concept/story. I struggle a bit when a Newbery book misses the mark for me because I know I‘m not the target audience… I need to give this another chance though. Maybe after I finish the other one, I‘ll be able to tackle this one again. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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P 76 Another beautifully evoked image for all us word- and story-lovers. #buddyread

smilingshelves Sorry for the delayed responses! I hadn't finished the book when I read your posts, and then forgot to reply for a while after I finished it. I also marked this quote. It's beautiful. (I have a feeling we marked a lot of the same quotes. 😃) 6mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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P 50 — Though I don‘t share the same religion as the characters, there is something so universal here. So beautifully said. #buddyread

smilingshelves You read my mind on this quote, too. I do believe God is omnipresent. He's around us everywhere. We can see His presence and His love in the big and little things if we're paying attention. 6mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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P. 177 — This was about where I needed to go find the tissue box 😭💔❤️‍🩹 #buddyread

smilingshelves You were totally right about the Kleenex box! This was a hard book to read. I just wanted to give her a huge hug. She was definitely braver than I was at that age. Geez, she's probably braver than I am now! 6mo
smilingshelves My book is upstairs where my daughter is napping right now, but I'll try to remember to post a few of my quotes later today. 😊 6mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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It‘s been so long since I read a novel-in-verse! Diving into our next Newbery #buddyread

smilingshelves I think we'll need to have the book darts handy! 6mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves yes! It it seems like it will be a quick read too — one that will be over before I really want it to be! I read 40 pages earlier in one sitting and only begrudgingly had to put it down, lol 6mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves oh my goodness… get the tissues ready! 😭 I just finished. Didn‘t mean to really, but I couldn‘t stop. I‘ll try to post a couple quotes soon. 6mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Thanks for the warning! I'm trying to savor it and go slow, but I had a hard time putting it down last night. It may not take me long to finish up! Post away, and I'll join in as I can! 6mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read anything dystopian! This may be the first dystopian middle grade I‘ve read though (most were YA.) I LOVED the storytelling theme so much. It is such a well-written tale with much in it to contemplate.

I did find it a bit of a stretch how quickly & easily several “reprogrammed” characters regained their memories, but that‘s a small quibble with a book worthy of the awards & accolades it‘s received. #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves P.S. A futuristic book with a reference to “the pandemic back in the twenties” drove home the fact that we really are living in a historically significant time. So crazy that a book could be written, published, (and win an award!) all in the span since COVID started! 🤯 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves P.P.S. Have you had any luck requesting Watercress from your library, by the way? Mine had a waitlist even before the award announcements, but I just got notified it‘s my turn & I can go pick it up this week! A picture book would be a short one to do next if you can get it. I don‘t think I‘ll have trouble getting ahold of any of the others though (Red, White, & Whole I skipped right to purchasing) Let me know what you think! 📚 7mo
smilingshelves It does seem unusual to find dystopian in middle grade rather than YA, but I think this author does it well. Not quite convinced of the plausibility of the timelines and science of the Collective, but it was definitely a compelling read! I agree that the story-telling aspect made for some great messages and layers. 7mo
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smilingshelves P.S. That line stuck out to me, too, but almost for the insignificance of it, if that's the right word. Someday we'll talk about the pandemic of the 20s like we talk about the Great Depression. In cultural and historical memory, rather than present life. I'm looking forward to that day! 7mo
smilingshelves P.P.S. According to the library catalogue, it's actually available at the big branch I'm planning to visit next Tuesday. I just put it on hold, so it should be there waiting for me! 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves perfect! Watercress will be next then 😊 Sarah said on the RAR podcast it is excellent, but also difficult. I will get my tissues ready 😢 7mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I've got Watercress! When do we want to read it? 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves this weekend? I‘m going to be snowed in tomorrow, so I‘m sure I can manage a picture book! Lol 7mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sounds good! Enjoy your snow, and I hope it melts soon! 😊 7mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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P 257 This line, on the other hand, is such a lovely way of describing people, each unique in their own way. #buddyread

smilingshelves Yes! I marked this quote, too. There were some great ones in this book! 7mo
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I got so absorbed finishing the book over the weekend… now I can look back over the last few quotes I marked! #buddyread @smilingshelves

P 235 This line made my blood run cold. Killing everyone as a means of ensuring “peace”? What?! 🤯 I don‘t know the source, but it reminds me of the saying that goes something like “peace is more than just the absence of war.” Killing everyone in your path sure doesn‘t sound like a pathway to peace to me.

smilingshelves For sure. That is some seriously messed up "logic" there. 7mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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P 165 - I love the richness conveyed in the list of examples Petra gives of art and food and culture. Of course, war and famine are terrible, but making everyone lifeless, identical robots can‘t possibly be the way to address those problems. #buddyread

smilingshelves I just read a quote in an older Newbery book that spoke to this (although it was talking about Communist China). "The lights have been dimmed, but so have the shadows." The bad things have gotten better, but at the price of diversity and art and variety. I agree - there absolutely have to be better ways to solve this than complete uniformity! 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘ve heard that one is good! It‘s on my (very long) list of Newberys still to read… I might need to start strategizing LOL 7mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I really liked the character of Young Fu. It was a good read, for sure! That's why I picked my decade of winners per year plan. Keeps me sort of on track! 7mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I may work my way through the medalists next since there are less of them than Honors, but I‘m such a mood reader, I dunno if that will work… Or I might start with favorite authors… I have a bunch I really can‘t believe I haven‘t read yet! Up til now I had been working on the more seasonal ones — picking up some set in summer, at Christmas, spooky ones near Halloween, etc. but I‘m running out of those! (edited) 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves p.s. if you haven‘t read it yet, Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop is perfect for this time of year! It takes place at Mardi Gras during wartime. I read it last year, but it‘s short enough I may pick it up to re-read! 7mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check that one out. Once I'm done with the medalists, I'll have to come up with a different plan for the Honor books. A decade's worth of those in a year is a bit too many! 😄 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves that‘s so true! I also may start reading by lengthy… get a streak going by reading some of the shorter ones! 😆🤷🏼‍♀️📚 7mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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P 154 — This strikes me as very true! Of course, we‘d all prefer to be the latter, but it‘s hard to say how we‘d really react under duress. Makes me think of all the “quieter” heroes that don‘t always get the credit or accolades, but are courageous just doing what is needed in difficult circumstances, despite their fear. #buddyread

smilingshelves Absolutely! So many people do amazing things every day, and no one ever knows. 7mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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P 76 Story generators? What a horrifying thought! #buddyread

smilingshelves I was going to post this quote, too, with almost that exact same comment! 😄 I will take my stories written by real live people, thank you very much! 7mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Excited to crack open our first Newbery buddy read of 2022!

smilingshelves I've got one chapter down this morning. I think we're in for an interesting ride! 7mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I (finally!) sorted out the change I needed in my work schedule, so I‘m hopeful it won‘t take me weeks to finish like it did for some of the 2021 books 🙈🤷🏼‍♀️ I got interrupted this morning (imagine that! 😆), but I‘ll pick it back up later today for sure. 7mo
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Pulling out my book darts before I return to the library, I found one more passage I wanted to share. The biggest strength of this story was the bond & love between these two sisters. I‘m glad they had each other. And I think that‘s how most people survive trauma, by having someone who loves them through it all. And my heart breaks for anyone who doesn‘t feel they have that. 💔

#buddyread @smilingshelves So when shall we tackle our last one?!

smilingshelves I just realized I never responded to your post! Sorry! I totally agree about how the sisters made this story. What a blessing to have someone with such a tenacious love. 1y
smilingshelves I did look at the library for our last book, but they didn't have it. I'll need to request it through ILL. We've got a vacation coming up soon and I don't want the book to arrive while we're gone. Is the end of the month okay? 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves definitely! We are going on vacation soon as well. I have my Kindle copy, so just keep me posted whenever you are ready. Hard to believe it‘s the last one for the year! 📚 1y
smilingshelves We've been surprisingly efficient! It's nice to have something like this to look forward to. 😊 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves completely agree! And there were quite a few books this year too 😊 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Pg 45 #buddyread This is striking me since we are deciding public vs. homeschool next year… but I think this is where compulsory schooling fails in its true aims… intended to ensure an education to all & that kids don‘t fall through the cracks, especially if home is hard. But how does placing a child suffering trauma in a new school for 3 days help her? To fulfill the attendance requirement? She‘s in no position to learn. It‘s checking a box.

BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves on page 69 there‘s another quote, that reinforces this when she says “School was just a place I had to go.” 1y
smilingshelves For sure the three days is ridiculous! Just a place to get rid of her for a few hours. I think once she's with Francine, though, there would be the benefit of a routine and getting some normality. On the other hand, I can't imagine sitting there trying to do a math worksheet with everything else going on in her head. 1y
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Pg 44 #buddyread

This is so true. It‘s understandable that it is hard to hear, but that keeps far too many kids alone and without help. I don‘t know how to make it any easier, but we all need to know the signs/red flags and be willing to listen. It‘s far more common than people think, and more adults need to be aware, not just those who have lived through something similar.

BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves Pg 90 hits on this same concept from a different angle and highlights another challenge… “Sometimes people know too much. You can‘t forget things when you‘re around them. I just can‘t stand it. She looks at me different now.” 😔 No matter how much helps a kid needs, no one wants to feel like this either. (edited) 1y
smilingshelves I marked this quote, too. It was something I had to keep in mind as I struggled to pick up this book every day. I didn't even want to read about it, yet this is people's - kids! - everyday lives. I also couldn't believe the stats of how many people this affects, which were mentioned later in the book. Jaw-dropping. 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I wish I could say I found those stats shocking. Not any less heartbreaking, though. 💔 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Let‘s just start riiiight at the beginning... this dedication is key, I think. We know from the jacket flap this is not your average middle grade book. We WANT the tough things we know are coming to be a foreign idea to all 10-year olds (and kids both younger & older), but the heartbreaking truth is that far too many kids need stories like this one. It won‘t be easy, but I‘m sure by the end I‘ll be glad this book was written. #buddyread

smilingshelves You're right. I think that gets to the heart and purpose of this story right there. 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I probably shouldn‘t rely on my snail mail skills to plan our next #buddyread @smilingshelves 😆

Only 2 left & I have access to both. Do we want to do the heavier read first or save it for last? I‘ll let you choose! Aim for sometime in June, maybe? Let me know what you think! 📚

smilingshelves Technology has its uses. 😄 Let's get Fighting Words over with. It looks like as of now, it's available at the big library I'm visiting next week. So I'll pick it up then and we can start whenever! 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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#truth I think this was my favorite quote in the whole book! #buddyread

smilingshelves I agree. That's a great quote. One we all need to remember, but especially powerful for kids to learn as they face growing up in the world today. 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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Loved this one too! #buddyread

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As a light sleeper & tea-drinker, I loved this so much! #buddyread

smilingshelves The little blessings were so great! I bet the author had a lot of fun making those up. 😊 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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Father Cham is my favorite. So wise & so kind. ♥️ #buddyread

smilingshelves Yes, I loved him! 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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#buddyread In an unusual turn of events, I switched to Kindle for this one! I kept getting stuck at the beginning, but switching to digital got my momentum going. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I loved the characters, premise, & setting, but there were also times I felt a bit taken out of the story as the author‘s message seemed pretty overt rather than more subtly woven in. Worthwhile & thought-provoking for sure, just a bit jarring at times as a reading experience.

BucklingBookshelves P.S. I really should have posted all those quotes as I was reading! 😬 Saved up a few good ones though — I‘m definitely curious which specific quote you wanted to discuss @smilingshelves! 1y
smilingshelves That's interesting that digital worked better for you. I'm glad you were able to get into the story in some way. I agree with the overt message being a bit jarring. I get a feeling that the Newbery committee likes those sorts of books... It's like literary fiction for ten-year-olds. 😄 1y
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Pg 132 #buddyread

I could weep 😭 They finally have been found, yet we know the rescue is far from over. The offer of help from a 14-year old boy who is literally trapped & starving. 😭

smilingshelves What an amazing moment! And you weren't kidding when you said you were going to read fast! Glad I know I only have to make it to page 132 before they're found. 😃 Feel free to keep posting! It just might be a couple days before I reply. 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves highly unusual for me, but I seem to be a bit on a runaway train on this one! 😬 Even though I know the gist of the story, I‘m finding it both terrifying and riveting. Definitely a page-turner and so well-written. This wasn‘t on my radar at all, but it may end up being a bit of a sleeper hit! 2y
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I don‘t always read the jacket copy or author bio before starting a book, but I‘m really glad I did this time! #buddyread

smilingshelves I always start with the author bio. 😄 I agree that it definitely paid off this time! 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m going to have to make it a new habit! And take this with a grain of salt because I‘m not the fastest reader, especially with little ones around... but I don‘t think I‘m going to be able pace this one out. I‘m going to want to get out of that cave and to the safe ending as fast as I can! 2y
smilingshelves Read as fast as you like! We know the ending, so we don't have to worry about spoiling anything. 😊 2y
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Finally getting around to those final thoughts! 😆 #buddyread

This was not my favorite Newbery medalist, but still a very good, solid book, worthy of the award. I ended up doing most of the book on audio, but still managed to mark a few great quotes. This was one of my favorites (pg 257). Did you have a favorite, @smilingshelves ? I know you said you were in need of a tin of book darts!

Now just to decide which Honor to read next & when! 😊

smilingshelves That is a great quote! I actually ended up ordering a tin of book darts. 😄 They arrived Saturday, so too late for this book, but they're all ready for the next one! 2y
smilingshelves I really enjoyed this book, especially Lily's character. I loved the way she saw the people around her, and I loved watching her grow and find her voice. As an adult, this was a powerful story. But honestly, I don't think I could convince many kids at my library to pick it up. That often seems to be the case with Newbery winners (except for the graphic novel, of course). I guess I'd rather have the award go to quality literature than... 2y
smilingshelves to what's momentarily popular or to kids' shallow interests. I just have to convince them they're missing out! 2y
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smilingshelves Curious as to your opinion - how real was that tiger? 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves that‘s a good question! I‘ve been thinking about it, and I‘m still not sure! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Definitely don‘t think there was a literal, physical Tiger, but they definitely saw something. Was almost wondering if Harmoni seeing it was an effect of her illness, but Lily saw it too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Seems like an element of magical realism of sorts. 2y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I haven't quite figured it out, either. I assumed Lily was imagining it, but then during the rainstorm when Harmoni was in the hospital, the tiger walked in front of them and cleared the rain. So it had to be a bit more than imagination. We'll probably never know exactly what the author intended, and that's also probably the point! 2y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves So... what and when should we read next? 😊 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m pretty flexible! I can do the Space one anytime since I have the Kindle edition. At the moment, I have all of the other three out from the library as well. So maybe whichever you can get hold of next? — and if you can get any of them easily, take your pick! If monthly isn‘t too rushed for you, we could aim for mid-March since we did mid-February for our last one? More time in between is also fine with me, if you‘d prefer. 😊📚 (edited) 2y
smilingshelves Mid-March sounds good. How about All Thirteen next? That's the one I'm probably least excited about. (Although I'm fully prepared to be wowed!) 2y
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And 2 pages later... Where the Wild Things Are! #buddyread

smilingshelves She left her readers kid lit Easter eggs! 😃 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I love it! Also, feel like these tiger stories must have parallels to Halmoni‘s real life. I think I‘ll need to go back and re-read them to figure out exactly who is who in the stories vs. real life. I‘m seeing a lot of themes of family and navigating two cultures etc, but I don‘t think I have it all completely straight just yet. 🤔 (edited) 2y
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Page 62 #buddyread Literally LOL‘ed 😆

smilingshelves Yes! That was such a great line. I love Lily's voice. She's so wise in the way that she sees others around her, yet she's still a kid in the way she views the world. 2y
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Above quote from Pg. 37 #buddyread Switched to the audiobook to go on a walk! Just finished chapter 8.

Fun fact #1: The audiobook narrator (who surely is more trustworthy and knowledgeable than I) pronounces Halmoni closer to “Harmony” — always learning something new!

Fun fact #2: this line was SO reminiscent of ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie‘ to me, especially hearing it read aloud. Can you tell how many times I‘ve read that book?! 🤣

smilingshelves I also thought of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! 😂 I'm glad you shared that about the pronunciation, because that's definitely not how I was saying it in my head! 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it was not how I was pronouncing it in my head for the first few chapters either! And so funny you noticed the same thing about that line 🤣 #momlife 2y
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BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom | Carole Boston Weatherford
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Cruelty upon cruelty. I felt this poem was one of the most striking and heartbreaking in the entire book, yet also so beautifully written. 💔

#buddyread #newbery

smilingshelves Yes, that last line! Punches you right in the gut! 2y
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BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom | Carole Boston Weatherford
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Library holds acquired! #newbery #buddyread

Tamra What an amazing cover for the picture book! 2y
smilingshelves Mine, too. I just haven't picked them up yet! 😄 I should be able to early next week. 2y
BucklingBookshelves Yay! Shall we start off with the picture book since it‘s a quick one? Then we can dig into the winner! 2y
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smilingshelves Sounds like a plan! 2y
smilingshelves Got my holds! Should we do the picture book tomorrow? Then maybe start the winner over the weekend? 2y
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes | Christian McKay Heidicker
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Finally finished! I think I would have liked this one more if my focus & attention wasn‘t so scattered & I could have read it in a shorter timespan. Now I know how all the characters connect, I almost want to read it again! I LOVED how Mia & Uly ended up together. I feel the end of the book was particularly well done & I like how all the pieces were woven together. It was just hard to get into it before I made those connections. 🌟🌟🌟 #buddyread

smilingshelves I agree that it was put together well, the way everything interconnected. I love Mia and Uly together. Who knew you could cheer so hard for a relationship/friendship between two foxes? 😊 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I didn‘t know I could either — and it ended up being the best part for me that from their harsh upbringings they found each other, came together, and basically started a family together. 2y
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes | Christian McKay Heidicker
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So many great quotes at the beginning of this book! I‘m really loving the writing style so far. #buddyread @smilingshelves

smilingshelves It certainly is creepy, as advertised! 😀 3y
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Genesis Begins Again | Alicia D. Williams
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What a moment — tapping into all that pain to create something so beautiful. 😢❤️🎵

Pg. 348 #buddyread. @smilingshelves

smilingshelves That was amazing. I wonder what this book is like on audio. Do they have her singing, or at least some background music when they talk about the singers? That seems like it would be a nice addition. 3y
smilingshelves I did get a chance to finish today. I really enjoyed this book and all the perspectives it opened up for me. My one...I can't even call it a complaint...is that the kids seemed older than twelve or thirteen. I kept thinking of Genesis as 15 in my head, and their actions and maturity levels seemed to fit high school better than middle school for me. But that's a very small thing in what is a very good book! 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves oh, that‘s a good question about the music! And yes, they did seem a little older than middle school at times. A stylistic pet-peeve of mine was (in my opinion) the over-use of exclamation points. It almost read to me like texting in places if that makes any sense. I know I over-use exclamation points in texting/email/writing myself — I‘m just not used to it in a finished book, i guess. 🤔 (edited) 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I agree it is a very good book. Realistic to the point it was truly painful to read in places. Though I know it‘s even deeper than simply shame regarding appearance with the racial elements, I imagine many, many young people (and adults!) can relate to her desire to change herself, especially at this age. Even those of us who like to think we don‘t care about appearances — it often takes a long time to reach that realization. (edited) 3y
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Gotta love Troy ❤️

pg. 324 #buddyread @smilingshelves

smilingshelves Absolutely! Not many middle schoolers have that figured out already! 3y
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Genesis Begins Again | Alicia D. Williams
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Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. And in the midst of it all, such a tender moment. 😢

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smilingshelves That must be so hard for her mom. I'm glad we got this tender moment so Genesis (and us) can have the realization of just how stuck she is. Also makes me realized how incredibly blessed I am! 3y
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Scorpions | Walter Dean Myers
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A few Newberys to add to my collection that I found at today‘s library bag sale 📚📚📚 I also have this habit of grabbing extras of titles I already have when my bag isn‘t full yet! 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️📚 I might need to send you another stack soon @smilingshelves ! 😆🤷🏼‍♀️📚

smilingshelves Yay for more Newberys! ♥️ 3y
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Genesis Begins Again | Alicia D. Williams
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Newbery #buddyread number 4 coming up next! Let me know when you would like to start @smilingshelves :)

smilingshelves I'm ready anytime! How's tomorrow sound? 😊 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I did start yesterday, but haven‘t gotten too far yet. Hoping to read a nice chunk this evening :) 3y
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smilingshelves I've started, too, but haven't got that far either. Enough to figure out that this book is set in Michigan (yay!), and that I already hate her dad. 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I need to play catch-up! I got to where we know it‘s Michigan. So far, I just feel sorry for the dad. He seems to care about them and they have good memories together, but his life/decisions are a hot mess in the present. I‘m also always so conflicted when addiction is involved — it causes so much pain & heartache, but is also so difficult to break the cycle once physically/biologically addicted to something harmful. 😞 3y
smilingshelves You're right about the addiction aspect. 😟 It takes a lot of willpower and help to break out of a cycle like that, and her dad isn't there yet. I really hope he is by the end of the book! 😊 3y
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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I need to remember this sometimes! Jude is pretty wise for her young years. #buddyread

smilingshelves She really used her experiences to grow in wisdom and maturity. And I just want to give her a hug for everything she's been through! Also, if I were in middle school, I would totally want to be her friend. 😀 3y
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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Isn‘t this so true? #buddyread

TheBookKeepers YES! I highlighted this one too!! 3y
smilingshelves Yes, it is! 3y
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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I totally slacked in my posting for this #buddyread, but I really enjoyed the book! I just love the imagery of this quote.

smilingshelves Yes, I loved that one, too! Warga does such a good job of painting pictures, in both the mundane and profound. 3y
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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Valentine‘s Day reading! Getting started on my next #buddyread — and 3rd Newbery of the year — with @smilingshelves 📚📚📚

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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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I finished already! 🙊 This was my favorite moment of the book. I really enjoyed it and felt it was very well-done. I‘m so curious about the other Honor books this one came out on top against though since a graphic novel by default doesn‘t have very much writing. The illustrations are such an integral part, I have a hard time separating them from the text which is the primary consideration for the Newbery.🤔 Great book though! :)

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smilingshelves You beat me! I was at my mom's all day celebrating her birthday, so hopefully I'll be able to read it tomorrow and respond then. 😊 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves sounds good! I‘m not usually so quick, but we had no plans today & I got sucked in :) Love finishing a book in a day when I can. Happy birthday to your mom! 🥳 (edited) 3y
smilingshelves I finished! I was just as impressed the second time through. In reading this for my school, I originally hesitated about buying it. Not because it wasn't amazing, because it is, but because we have next to no diversity and I thought the kids just might not get it. But then I realized that that is exactly why they need to read this book! It touches on racial aspects in so many ways, both obvious and subtle. They need to start thinking about... 3y
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smilingshelves All of these things now. Don't want any of them to end up like Andy! 😄 3y
smilingshelves You make an interesting point about looking at just the text for the Newbery. I'm not sure how much you can apply that to a graphic novel because the illustrations are so essential to telling the story. The illustrations are functional, not just a pretty addition. And can you imagine how awkwardly this story would be told if it were written as a regular novel? The author would have to be constantly describing skin color. Not necessary in a GN! 3y
smilingshelves I don't know how the Newbery committee took all that into consideration, but I'm sure a graphic novel was a controversial choice for them! All the students at my school were quite excited about it, though! 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves oh goodness, yes, what a good point about not wanting to end up like Andy! 😬 This covered a lot of important things, but wrapped up in a great story with characters kids will love — which is the best way to really “get it” anyway, I think. A lecture on how not to be a racist jerk only goes so far. But this book is more than *just* a message or lesson and I love that - as they say, mirrors for some kids, windows for other kids. 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘ve read Newbery Honor graphic novels before & only pondered the text vs. illustration thing so much now because I decided to look up the actual award requirements/guidelines. I‘m so glad that pictures books, verse novels, & graphic novels have been breaking into the Newbery ranks, but it is tricky to look at such different writing forms side by side when determining winners. The committee sure has their work cut out for them! 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves It‘ll be fun to see what the school kids think as they finish reading and more kids get a chance to check it out! 3y
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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Next up on the #buddyread schedule is this year‘s Newbery Medalist.

Ready when you are @smilingshelves !

smilingshelves I read the first two chapters last night. It'll be different to buddy read a graphic novel. It's a much quicker read! Do we want to set a schedule, or just read as quickly as we want/can and discuss at the end? 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it will definitely be quicker — how about we plan to read this weekend and discuss at the end? We can always post things that strike us as we go if we like (and mark as spoiler if needed!) (edited) 3y
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The Undefeated | Kwame Alexander
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I put a bunch of the 2020 Youth Media Award winners/honors on hold at my library and the first batch has arrived! I will be #buddyreading the Newberys with @smilingshelves and I can‘t wait to read some of the others on my own!

smilingshelves I have my copies of New Kid and The Undefeated now! When shall we start? 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m ready if you are! Shall we read the picture book first since it‘s so short then move onto New Kid? I can start tonight :) 3y
smilingshelves Sounds like a plan to me! 3y
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Winter Cottage | Carol Ryrie Brink
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I recently read this seasonally appropriate book by the Newbery-medalist author of Caddie Woodlawn. It was a bit predictable, but an enjoyable & sweet read. I‘m glad my library system still had a copy in circulation because it‘s scarce and out of print, so the used book prices are through the roof. I‘m still kind of amazed my library just let me walk out with it though! I‘ll be returning it ASAP before it meets with any child-related accidents!

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Once in the Year: A Christmas Story | Elizabeth Yates, Nora Spicer Unwin
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Little Christmas, Three Kings‘ Day, Epiphany — whatever you call it, it‘s here and the 12 Days of Christmas have officially ended, so it‘s time to be done for the season.🎄

December is always so full that my Christmas reading spills over into the new year. It can feel a little weird continuing into January, but at this point it‘s become a tradition.🤷🏼‍♀️

I read many new-to-me gems for my #VintageBookishChristmas, so I‘m calling it a success!

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I‘m terrible at choosing my top 10, so I‘m going with a stack of all my 5🌟reads of 2020 instead. (Plus the tagged book I borrowed from the library, Michelle Obama‘s Becoming my aunt is borrowing, & Goblet of Fire which was an audio re-read.

This year had really high highs & really low lows. I‘m grateful for good books, good friends, & family that helped me through it all. Here‘s to a new year, a fresh start, and, of course, more great books! ⬇️

BucklingBookshelves P.S. Looking at TWENTY 5-star books that came from my own shelves really reinforces how wonderful the #unreadshelfproject2019 has been for my reading life the past two years. Here‘s to another fantastic reading year with #theunreadshelfproject2020! (edited) 3y
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I Saw Three Ships | Elizabeth Goudge
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The 12 Days of Christmas aren‘t over yet, so I can keep reading Christmas books, right?! I‘ll take a break soon to share my 5🌟 reads of 2019, promise!

Book 7 of my #VintageBookishChristmas is another beautiful reprint of an older book — and another first title (for me) by an author who I want to read lots more of.📚

Lovely story, lovely illustrations, this is a book that will definitely be kept and re-read.

smilingshelves I have a set of five of her novels, but haven't read any yet. Maybe this is the year! 3y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves oh I‘m so curious which ones! I have The Little White Horse & Linnets and Valerians on my TBR — also Pilgrims Inn, but I think that‘s one of her adult titles. I know she wrote a lot more! 3y
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A Tree for Peter | Kate Seredy
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Book 6 of my #VintageBookishChristmas is A Tree for Peter, by Kate Seredy. My copy itself isn‘t vintage, but rather a reprint published by the wonderful Purple House Press. I‘ve learned of so many interesting older books since discovering the Reshelving Alexandria website, but I somehow stumbled across this one on my own a few months ago and tucked it away for December.

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BucklingBookshelves I had no idea this book used to be hard-to-find because the reprint is now readily available — which is fantastic because now more people will be able to experience this book!

This one is a short illustrated novel and what a lovely story. It‘s my first by Newbery author Kate Seredy, but definitely won‘t be my last. In fact, I have four more waiting for me on my shelves! I‘d love to read them all for #theunreadshelfproject2020 📚📚📚
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