1. Battle of the Kids Books begins tomorrow. I did not get to read the two contenders in this first match up but I predict... nothing. Check back later.
2. Here are the books I have read in the last two - or so - weeks.
Grayling's Song by Karen Cushman
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Also, Strangeways to Oldham by Andrea Fraser - but that is an adult murder mystery. Still, I read it and it was a good old fashioned "cottage" mystery with adult tricycles, a stolid butler and a hilarious cast of characters.
All of these books - except for the murder mystery - are e-galleys. Sorry, you can't read them yet. I enjoyed them all. They are a mix of styles and genres - some fun, some suspenseful, some heartbreaking. I will review several, if not all, in future posts.