There are times when the reading pile provides a streak of can’t-put-the-book-down reading. It gets me all whipped up about reading, writing, authors, illustrators … and I respect all the players in this equation, the creators as well as the readers who get to play in the words. I’ve just recently been on such a streak. I’m preparing for two booktalks on middle grade books at the end of the month, so I’ve been reading everything I can, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels. I’ll review these books for CLN’s Recommendations column but let me just say that I’ve immensely enjoyed Down the Mystery River by Bill Willingham (Tor, so you might have missed it–thank you, Nancy Pearl, for the “must read” recommendation), The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Harper), and The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books). Three completely different types of books and each one of them is yummy. Add them to your reading pile and move them to the top.