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Week in Review

Good morning. I am back!! This should mark the beginning of a more regular schedule for me. My son competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament on Saturday. I was one of the coaches and was so proud of him and his team when they won 5th place out of 13. They build a balsa wood structure that was only 14 grams and it held 75 lbs!! Very exciting.

So now, after working on the OM project for about 5 months, we finally have our lives back! And I can read. And write. And respond to all the emails I've received from publicists and authors (sorry!).

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
I haven't posted much lately, but I did write a quick update about life and reading last week.

What I'm Reading
I finally finished finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It made for a very interesting discussion at book club last week too. I will write up the review this week. I'm now reading my March book club selection, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman.

Up Next for Me
I need to write reviews of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and  The Forever Year by Lou Aronica this week. As far as reading goes, once I finish The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, I'll be moving on to The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson.

What C is Reading
C finally found a new series that he's enjoying: The Children of the Red King. He has read the first two books of the series: Midnight for Charlie Bone and Charlie Bone and the Time Twister. He's now reading Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy. It's another fantasy, adventure series that takes place in a magic school, so there are some similarities with Harry Potter in that regard. But it's evidently not quite as intense as the Harry Potter series.

What M is Reading
M has been reading Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park. This is the first full chapter book that she has really read all by herself. She only read a few of the chapters out loud to me. Mostly, she read it to herself. I did get enough of the story to know it was a cute one about the kids in class handing out Valentine cards, with typical Junie B. silliness thrown in.

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.Want to see more children's book reviews? Check out the Children's Bookshelf.


  1. Oh, wow, no wonder you haven't been around much - OM takes up soooo much time! My boys haven't done it but many of their friends did OM from elementary school all the way thru 12th grade - it's a very cool program. Congratulations on his team's placement!

    And, hey, it looks like you took my recommendation for C! So glad he is enjoying Charlie Bone. Jamie loved the series, and even Craig - who claims to hate reading - tore through every single book in the series.

    I have heard good things about The Spirit Catches You for years - a woman at a local church whose book group I belong to has epilepsy and recommended it years ago - sounds fascinating.

    Nice to have you back! Enjoy your books this week -


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    1. Yes! Thank you so much for recommending Charlie Bone. He's really enjoying it.

  2. Hmm, I'll have to bring home Charlie Bone for my son. Thanks for the recommendation and sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.


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