Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

A Streak of Gold in the Reading Pile

Reading AheadThere 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.

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