Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Oct 21 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. The host for October is Gina at Book Dragon's Lair. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

For review:

The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

Chinon-chateau of legend, steeped in the history of France and England. It is to Chinon that Emily goes on a long-awaited holiday, to meet her charming but unreliable cousin, Harry. Harry wanted to explore the old town and the castle, where Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, had withstood the siege of Chinon many centuries ago, and where, according to legend, she hid her casket of jewels. But when Emily arrives at her hotel she finds that Harry has disappeared, and as she tries to find him she becomes involved with some of the other guests and learns of a mystery dating from the German occupation during the Second World War. Another Isabelle, a chambermaid at the hotel, fell in love with a German soldier, with tragic results.

Emily becomes increasingly aware of strange tensions, old enmities and new loves; as she explores the city, with its labyrinthine dungeons and tunnels and its ancient secrets, she comes ever closer to the mystery of what happened to both the Isabelles of Chinon's history.

Miracle Miles by Brian J. Hunt, Illustrated by Luke Flowers

Many great miracles have come from the Miracle Factory. This story is about the day the Miracle Factory needs a miracle of its own to survive. It's up to Miles, the smallest cannon commander in history, to find the confidence in himself to save it from the evil Corbin. Miles receives help along the way from the Miracle Factory's safety inspector, Bridget. Come along for an adventure you will never forget! A fantastic adventure book for kids 7-12! Miracle Miles combines the worlds of chapter books with picture books. It has 38 colorful pages broken down into 7 fun-filled chapters! Perfect for the kid who loves to dream BIG!

If You Were Me and Lived in... Norway by Carole P. Roman

Join Carole P. Roman on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere and learn about Norway- The Land Of the Midnight Sun. In this exciting series, children are able to read about the many things we share in this great, big world of ours. If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway describes many things that make that country unique and fun. Readers will be able to learn about the capital, common names, a beloved holiday, as well as favorite food and other fun facts. This book is an excellent introduction for those beginners who want to learn about the many thrilling places and great people who share our planet.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser
Shadows of Glass by Kassy Tayler (audiobook - another winner for me)
Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment by David Adler

Currently Reading:
Depression and Your Child by Deborah Serani (enlightening)
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale (Right after finishing Austenland, my daughter was thrilled that I had this one in our library and insisted we start reading it right away.)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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