Thursday, October 22, 2009

What I'm Reading for 24 hours!!

I decided to stick with YA and Children's books that I've been wanting to read for a while. Better yet I was able to pick them off of my library shelves. I wanted to stay with short, good reads so that I could feel like I accomplished something!!

Here's the list from the bottom to the top of my pile:

All The Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Summary: While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Summary: When her brother is sent to fight in Vietnam, twelve-year-old Jamie begins to reconsider the army world that she has grown up in.

Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson
Summary: After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that Miah is watching over them.

The Happiness of Kati by Jane Vejjajiva
Summary: With the impending death of her mother, Kati, a young Thai girl, completes the puzzle of her past and discovers the reason why her mother gave her up as a baby.

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Summary: A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing by Guo Yue, Clare Farrow, and Helen Cann
Summary: In Communist China in 1966, eight-year-old Leap Forward leanrs about freedom while flying kites with his best friend, by trying to get a caged wild bird to sing, and through the music he is learning to play on a bamboo flute. Includes author's notes on his childhood in Beijing, life under Mao Zedong, and the Cultural Revolution.

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth
Summary: In 1970s Florida, eleven-year-old Violet's world is upturned by the arrival of a girl from Detroit who seems bent on stealing Violet's best friends.

my best friend, the Atlantic Ocean, and other great bodies standing between me and my life with Giulio by Jane Harrington
Summary: As a class assignment, Delia keeps a journal and records her life and her fantasies about the Italian exchange student Giulio, who also happens to be Brady's boyfriend. And, oh, by the way, Brady is Delia's best friend.

I'm really excited to participate again and what a wonderful way to celebrate Dewey's love of reading and her love for the book blogging community!!


  1. how fun!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. I think YA titles are perfect for the read-a-thon, and love that you've made them a reading theme for the event. Good luck...Wish I could participate, but we'll be out of town on Saturday :-(

  3. I'll be cheering you on Staci. Does this mean there will be no 6 sentence Saturday? I'll have to wait another week to get my SSS fix!

  4. I think YA titles are perfect also for the readathon. Did you read the Woodson book that comes before "Behind You" because if not, I would recommend that one first. ("If You Come Softly") (you probably did or why would you pick Behind You!) But if Behind You is anything like If You Come Softly, you'll need to set aside a half hour or so of the readathon for crying!


  5. I'm not familiar with any of those books, but Little Leap Forward sure does look good.

  6. I don't read much YA, but I hope these are fun for you. Good luck.

  7. Looks like you've picked some good ones. Good luck. i wish I had the time to do this!

  8. Your Read-A-Thon list looks like you are planning on having a lot of fun. I agree with your excitement for the day. It's the perfect holiday for book addicts.

  9. I love Margot's comment! It IS a holiday for readers and you look like you have a lot of great picks. I stuck with several shorter books, also, but they aren't YA picks. I keep thinking I need to read more of those. Looking forward to hearing from you on Saturday!

  10. Looks like a great list of books!

  11. I'm impressed by the size of your obviously think much more realistically than I do. ;) Just two more days!!! :D

  12. I have not read any of those books before, but I have read Woodson before and enjoy her! Good luck with the reading and have fun!

  13. This last year I have been deliberate about reading YA and I have read some excellent books. Highly recommend YA to those not sure about the genre.

    Great looking stack.

  14. You've got a great list. I picked a few books up at the library yesterday for my readathon stack. If it's like the last readathon, I'll be lucky to finish 1. LOL I hope to post my list tonight. The Girl is feeling better, thank goodness, so she'll be reading with me.

    Have a great time! Hope you make a big dent in that stack.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  15. That's quite a stack! Good luck!!

  16. I'll be out of town but I'll be cheering for you! Rah Rah! Go Staci! I'll try to look in on you in the middle of the night:)

  17. Looks like you've got some good ones there. I'll only be cheerleading since I couldn't get out of previous engagements. I look forward to seeing how you progress!

  18. Good luck with the read-a-thon! I bet you'll do FANTASTIC!

  19. I don't know any of those books, but YA is ALWAYS a good idea for the Readathon.

  20. I only recognize one. I think reading YA for the Read-a-thon is a great idea. Have fun!

  21. Good luck with the read-a-thon! I wish I could do it too, but my weekend is packed with other engagements.

  22. I'm not familiar with these but it looks like you have a good pile to read. I went and splurged today on way too many goodies for Saturday. lol.

  23. In all of the piles of books for this weekend, I don't think I've seen the same book twice! You've got a great selection.

  24. You have so many great books in that pile, I can't wait to see what you'll end up reading. Have fun! :D

  25. If I was participating I would probably choose picture books! ;-) Good luck!

  26. Good luck Staci, will be cheering you on, sending you good vibe across the waters!


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