It’s Monday… What Are You Reading? 2/22/16

For Fun, Literacy


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Since it was school vacation, I was able to read quite a few books this week!


Pax by Sarah Pennypacker


Pax was such a touching story! I downloaded the Kindle sample Thursday night as I settled into bed, unsure if I wanted to spend the money on the book or wait until my library received a copy. I finished the sample in minutes, with tears streaming down my face. I immediately purchased the ebook and devoured this touching story. Read my full review here.


Red by Michael Hall


Red by Michael Hall is a wonderful story about being true to yourself and overcoming obstacles. Throughout the book, Red is made to feel like he is not enough – not good enough, not smart enough – and everyone has suggestions on how to make himself better at being red. Red feels frustrated until the end of the book when a new friend asks him to draw a blue ocean, which is easy for Red to do since he is really a blue crayon. This was a re-read for me. The first time I heard it was at a professional development session for literacy interventionists. When the presenter finished reading, she compared our struggling readers to Red and how it is our job to help our students see their own potential. I was reminded of this great picture book when I visited my town library because they had Red, The Day the Crayon Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home displayed by the checkout. I couldn’t resist re-reading it!

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan



Counting by 7s was suggested to me by Amazon after I purchased One for the Murphy’s (another AMAZING book!) this fall. Unfortunately it was just a book I couldn’t seem to get to the top of my reading list, until this week and I am so glad that I made time for it! The narrator, Willow, is a quirky girl who experiences tragic loss at the beginning of the novel. She spends the remainder of the story learning about healing, starting over, and taking chances. It is a wonderful, uplifting story that deals with some difficult topics.


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  • Reply
    Linda Baie
    February 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I did love Counting by 7s, glad that you liked it. One for The Murphys is an awesome book, maybe I should re-read it! I have Pax, need to read it soon. Thanks Sarah, great books shared.

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      Sarah Anderson
      February 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      I think you should re-read One for the Murphy’s – such a wonderful novel! I really enjoyed Fish in a Tree as well. I was actually able to meet Lynda Mullaly Hunt at an author event earlier this winter and got her to sign my copy. I may have been a little star-struck when I met her 🙂

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    Myra from GatheringBooks
    February 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Counting by 7s is such a life-affirming novel and definitely one of my favourites – I recommended it a great deal to so many people after I’ve read it.

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      Sarah Anderson
      February 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      I have recommended Counting By 7s, One for the Murphy’s and Fish in a Tree. All three were books that I was sad to finish because I did not want to leave their worlds!

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