Daily Archives: July 27, 2009

Review: Miss L’eau by T. Katz

Miss L’eau is a sweet children’s book with a very nice message.
Miss Leau tour

From T. Katz’s website:

Two kids are inspired by their teacher (and her unusual connection to the sea) to organize an Annual Clean-up event and hope to encourage kids everywhere to follow their lead of conservation and preservation.

This book is a fantasy with a nice little mystery and a great message. It is a very positive book, with lead characters that learn as the story goes on.

A child’s perspective:

The book is listed as being for ages 8-11, so I gave it to my 11 year old daughter to read. She came back very quickly and told me it was a “good book”. She didn’t have anything else to say at first, so I let it settle.

After further reflection, she came back to me and said that with a story this short, it was hard to have an interesting mystery. She liked the setup, but then it was just solved. She also thought that it was too easy for the age range listed, thinking it was more like 7 to 10. She liked the ideas in the book, particularly that the boys decided to help through the beach cleanup. Even after thinking about it further, she still liked the book.

Back to me

I do see her points. I was also somewhat disappointed in the language in the book, although I haven’t read many chapter books at that level. I was never really engaged by the words in the same way I was by the story.

I think this book could be a good choice for a classroom read– it is short and easy enough for reluctant readers, while having an interest level and ideas that will engage above that level. There are plenty of discussion possibilities.


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The View From Monday

I’m participating in It’s Monday, What are you reading? at J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  Head over there to see what others are reading.

Looking Back

I made much better reading progress this week than last!  I’m way ahead of my normal pace.  This isn’t an accident, I’ve been really pushing to try to clear a little backlog (see my Mailbox Monday post!).  I’ll try to keep up this pace for a little longer, we’ll see.

The Language of Bees (Mary Russell Series, #9) by Laurie R. KingDead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine HarrisI listened to two audiobooks. I had almost finished The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King last week, but didn’t count it then, so I get to this week. I revisited my previous review (click the title to see), and upped the rating I’d originally give the paper version.

I then joined the bandwagon, and listened to Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (click for my review). This is the first Sookie Stackhouse book. I enjoyed it enough to join the Beth Fish Reads Sookie Stackhouse Challenge and to check out the next book from Netlibrary.  I’m about 1/3 done with Living Dead in Dallas, the next book in the series.

Miss Leau2Benny & Shrimp (Paperback) by Katarina MazettiJulie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen... by Julie PowellFor my reading on paper, I finished Julie & Julia by Julie Powell (click for my review and a giveaway!). I liked the book, and am looking forward to the movie.  I also read Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti (cfmr).   It was a good summer read, a little more real than your standard romance.  Add to those one children’s book: Miss L’eau by T. Katz for a Pump up Your Book Blog Tour, reviewed today!.

Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land o... by Moira A. GunnBest Friends Forever: A Novel (Hardcover) by Jennifer WeinerI’m almost done with Welcome to Biotech Nation by Moira Gunn, which we’ll be discussing at my Book Club L meeting on Thursday night. This is a very unusual choice for us.  The book isn’t what I was expecting: more fun, but I’m not learning as much as I’d expected. There is material there for a good discussion.

I’m halfway through Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner. I needed a book to take to the amusement park with me.  This turned out to be a great choice.

Looking forward

Halting State (Hardcover) by Charles StrossI’ll be finishing the three books I mentioned above.  I need to read Halting State by Charles Stross for my Book Club M, meeting next Monday.  And I’d really love to clear some backlog from my TBR Shelf.

I probably won’t go immediately into listening to the third Sookie Stackhouse book. Sometimes immersion is good, but other times it can burn me out.  I bought a bunch of books at the Audible sale, so I may dive into one of those.  Sometimes it is nice NOT to have a plan!

So, what are you reading?


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Mailbox Monday

I’m participating in Mailbox Monday from Marcia at The Printed Page

I’ve got a problem. A good problem, but still a problem.

Books are coming in faster than I can read them! I’ve kicked up my reading pace in the last week, but I don’t know how long that can continue…  I’m cutting back on book requests, but that’s hard when there are so many books I want to read.

Anyway, current arrivals:

Babydoll (Paperback) by Allyson Roy Babydoll by Allyson Roy is described as “Combining wacky humor with gritty, urban, suspense and a dash of romance, BABYDOLL is the second book in the Madcap Noir Saylor Oz mystery series“.  I’m reading this for an August/September tour with TLC Book Tours– Thank you for including me on this one!

Sweet Mary: A Novel (Hardcover) by Liz Balmaseda Sweet Mary: A Novel by Liz Balmaseda was from the Atria Books Galley Grab for those of us who weren’t attending BEA in New York. From its description: “In this mesmerizing debut novel by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Liz Balmaseda, one woman’s hunger for justice becomes a journey into darkness — and a punishing, soul-searching test of priorities.” Thank you Atria!

Best Friends Forever: A Novel (Hardcover) by Jennifer Weiner Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner is also from the Atria Galley Grab. From the description: “Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.” This one wouldn’t stay on the shelf, but insisted on becoming a summer read while the kids played at the amusement park!  Thank you Atria.

Show No Fear (SEAL Team 12, #7) by Marliss Melton Show No Fear (SEAL Team 12, #7) by Marliss Melton is from Hachette Books, for review.  From the description: “Lucy Donovan always gets her man. As a fiercely independent CIA agent, she’s survived hundreds of death-defying missions. But her latest may just get her killed. Weighed down with a secret she’s desperate to keep, the last thing Lucy needs is to be sent undercover with a man who brings out the best–and the worst–in her.”  Thank you Anna from Hachette!

Arriving in my house via car rather than mailbox this week was

Halting State (Hardcover) by Charles Stross Halting State by Charles Stross is for my Book Club M in a little over a week. “In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates, a dot-com startup company that’s just been floated on the London stock exchange. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one-and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both…”


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