A Month of Reading: January 2015 FICTION

So many books, so little time…and so, so true.

To keep track of what’s getting read around here, this is the first of a monthly round-up called A Month of Reading (#amonthofreading on the Twitter-sphere).  And since this grand idea was dreamed up today and my memory is only so good, here is the FICTION I read in January 2015.  February will include separate NONFIC and PICTURE BOOK posts.

Book that’s flying off the library shelf:  The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (new kid in school? no problem. be the prankster…unless one already exists!) Three copies at school and a hold list a mile long.  This is THE new series!  New in 2015!

Book I can’t stop raving about: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart (cancer + adventure? yes. a hopeful, action-packed story of determination and friendship.)  Find a copy…this is a must-read!  New in 2015!

Book that begs to be read over Winter Break: My True Love Gave to Me by every YA author I love (romance! short stores! holidays! what’s not to love?! it was even fab after the holidays! plus, Matt de la Pena writes some fab romance! Swoon!!)

Book made for readers who love storytelling: West of the Moon by Margi Preus (luscious language captures Astri’s struggles as she tries to escape and rescue her sister. folklore + fiction at its finest!)

Book for readers who are looking for a great family story (that happens to celebrate diversity): The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy (adoption, soccer vs drama, social challenges, new schools, challenging neighbors…a well-rounded family story with 4 boys and 2 dads. oh, and an ice rink that gets built in the backyard!)

Book that features the REAL Giving Tree: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (your wish is it’s command…but at what price? solidly creepy, this is one compelling story!)

Book to give to a rising middle-schooler: The Swap by Megan Shull. (a bit like Freaky Friday. what you think you see isn’t always as it seems. walk in another’s shoes to see what life is REALLY like).

Book for readers who like their fiction fun and fantastical: Space Taxi #1 Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass (riding on his first night shift with dad, archie takes off…literally! perfect for young emerging readers.)

Book that helps readers accept – and make sense of – life’s big challenge: The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (cool dad + wheelchair? unfortunately, yes. gotta figure out how to make life work? yep. maggie’s growing as she makes the best of a tough situation.)

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