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sheilamaverbuch

sheilamaverbuch

Joined September 2016

I read, write & garden in Scotland. I'm @sheilamaverbuch on Twitter & Insta
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
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Who Let the Gods Out? | Mary Evans, Maz Evans
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I haven't laughed this much at a middle-grade book in ages: well done, Maz and Chicken House! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

#mg #kidlit

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"How do I personally know when a manuscript is saleable? When it is great. Emily Dickinson said, "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." When I read a manuscript that performs a similar partial decapitation on me… I want to tell everyone about it and have everyone read it."
#mg #ya #cherylbklein

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Rocket enthusiast Alex and his dog (Carl Sagan) make their way improbably across the American Southwest to a launch event for amateur rocket builders, despite the fact that Alex is only 11 (“I‘m 13 in responsibility years.")

Told in a series of audio recordings on a golden iPod that Alex intends to send out into the universe, ostensibly addressed to "the aliens," this shaped up to be one of my favorite books of the last few years.

#mg #space

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Private Peaceful | Michael Morpurgo
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"Being his real brother, I could feel I live in his shadow, but I never have and I do not now. I live in his glow."

#ww1 #Michaelmorpugo #YA

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The Goldfish Boy | Lisa Thompson
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The shock abduction of a toddler – and the fact that Matthew was last to observe the boy – throws Matthew into the position of crime solver. That's difficult because Matthew has OCD & can't bear leaving his room, or being near the dirty world. What unfolds is a tightly written, life-affirming middle grade mystery. Matthew's condition, while character defining, does not, ultimately, hijack his future or the narrative.

#mg #scholastic #goldfishboy

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"Only a sudden limb amputation would've prevented me from attending school, and even then it would depend which limb."

#costa #Brianconaghan

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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
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This story works – three children who experience the same magic harmonica -- because the characters are so real & the intolerance they face so freshly relevant. But the story for me suffers from its three consecutive cliffhangers, & there's that jarring feeling as you move from one story to another, believing that the most recent child has ended in a bad way. That said, it was an engaging #audiobook with lots of music: good one for the car.
#mg

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The Goldfish Boy | Lisa Thompson
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"The guilt of what I'd done lived inside me like a vicious black beetle, scuttling around my stomach." GOLDFISH BOY: intriguing so far

#mg #goldfishboy #ocd

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Fir for Luck | Barbara Henderson
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Fantastic historical fiction for middle grade readers, inspired by a true story of tenant farmers fighting back against evictions in Highlands of Scotland. Similar evictions happened in Ireland – where my relatives are from – and this book got me seriously choked up. It's written with such fly on the wall accuracy, you feel like you are inside a 19th-century rural hovel with only an open fire to cook over. Loved it.

#mg #historical #Scotland

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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Result: I've started my daughter on a handful of contemporary books recently and she's abandoned all of them – except this. I'm loving it, too.

#jasonreynolds #kidlit

KellySonnack I need to read this! 3y
youngreadrshelf What grade is your daughter? 3y
sheilamaverbuch @youngreadrshelf equivalent of fifth grade (primary six in Scotland) 3y
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youngreadrshelf @sheilamaverbuch thanks. That's perfect for my classroom. 3y
sheilamaverbuch @youngreadrshelf great! Ghost is the name of what I think is one of the four featured runners in this series – I'm very keen to know when the next one is out (originally they were going to be published every six months by Simon & Schuster) because it ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. See what you think. 3y
youngreadrshelf @sheilamaverbuch will let you know. I'm always looking for books that will entice those kids that say they don't like to read. 🙂 3y
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More of Me | Kathryn Evans
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Surreal, explosive read. I couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it -- perfect if you loved BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas, or for younger readers who liked THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. Even if you're not into books about science-gone-weird, this book has so much: classic who-am-I and MUM-this-is-MY-life themes but given such fresh and bizarre treatment.

KellySonnack This sounds like such a great example of a cloning book (finally) doing something different! 3y
sheilamaverbuch Its special @KellySonnack ... Fought off a few dozen debut adult books to take the First Book Prize at the Edinburgh book Festival last year 3y
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Zany, very funny mixture of styles, with the characters (beautifully ethnically diverse, which is no big deal) plunged into a quest adventure which is in itself self-aware, complete with characters wandering in and saying "I'm the official antagonist," or, "I'm carrying the betrayer's card." If you love role playing board games, you'll love it, likewise if you are a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
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"When I'm around, Father, I request that you speak favorably of Hitler, or say nothing."

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Only part way through but thoroughly enjoying this, as is my 10-year-old. Great situational comedy.

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