Turnabout By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix is another book that has been sitting on my to-be-read pile for way too long. Haddix is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors, and Turnabout does not disappoint!

In the year 2000, Melly and Anny Beth were old and ready to die. Living in a nursing home, they were fragile and over 100 years old. But when they are offered the chance to be young again, thanks to a top-secret experiment called Project Turnabout, their lives are changed forever. They agree to be injected with PT-1, an injection that will reverse the aging process. They begin to grow younger and it seems like a miracle.

Now it is 2085. Both women are teenagers, faced with the fact that they are still unaging. What will happen once they are children? Toddlers? Babies? Who will take care of them? And what will happen to them on their last/first birthday?

Another phenomenal book from Haddix and one that I can’t wait to recommend to her fans in my class. The chapters in Turnabout alternate between 2000-2001 and 2085. The future is frighteningly realistic and believable, making the reader wonder what it will be like in a few decades. Melly and Anny Beth are likable characters without being boring, goody-two-shoes. A great book!

48 Hour Book Challenge Update

Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen- 419 pages
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor- 149 pages
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita- 255 pages
Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix- 227 pages

Total Pages Read- 1050
Total Time Reading- 6 hours

Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

Secrets of My Hollywood Life is a favorite of many of my students. The girls in my class have been passing it around for a few months and are always telling me that I need to read it. The 48 Hour Book Challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Kaitlin Burke is a huge star. She is one of Hollywood’s newest It girls and is living the life. The only problem is, she desperately wants to be normal. When she comes up with a plan to enroll in a local high school in disguise, it seems like she has finally found a way to have a normal life and a Hollywood life. If only everything could be that simple.

Full of backstabbing costars, the drama of high school, and a good dose of reality, Secrets of My Hollywood Life is perfect for fans of tween/teen chick lit.

48 Hour Book Challenge Update

Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen- 419 pages
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor- 149 pages
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita- 255 pages

Total Pages Read- 823
Total Time Reading- 5 hours

Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor

A contemporary take on the classic fairy tale, Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor is perfect for middle grade readers. The easygoing voice of the character is one that readers will identify with, and the modernization of the story will keep them interested.

The book begins with Thumbelina’s mother, Anne Marie, who is desperate for a child. She is seen handing over her life savings to a witch. Anne Marie gets her child, and as we all know, this child is so small that her mother names her Thumbelina. The bulk of the tale follows Hans Christian Anderson’s well-known version of the fairy tale, with excerpts and drawings from Thumbelina’s diary added into the story. However, this version is a little more kick-butt, with some girl power included, with an epilogue that ties up all of the loose ends.

A wonderful read for younger middle grade readers, this story will resonate with girls who feel like their parents are too overprotective. Also great for kids who love the illustrated novels of late, as Thumbelina’s diary entries and sketches are just too cute for words!

*A note on the physical book. I love, love, love the lack of a jacket on this. The lime green hardcover has an embossed cover with white writing and a blue illustration. It really catches your eye and will hold up well in kids’ bookbags; no worrying about the jacket ripping or getting lost!

48 Hour Book Challenge Update

Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen- 419 pages
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor- 149 pages

Total Pages Read- 568
Total Time Reading- 3.5 hours

Rumors (A Luxe Novel) by Anna Godbersen

These books are such a guilty pleasure for me. Girls in ball gowns, dashing young men, and scandalous behavior- all in 1899. Nineteenth century time is the epitomy of romance and intrigue, and Godbersen does a great job of including the names of various Manhattan families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors. I was especially excited to see a mention of the resort town of Lakewood, NJ as I went to college there!

Fans of The Luxe will not be disappointed by Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe). The drama is in full force and all of our favorite characters are back. Readers will be swept into the parlors and ballrooms of Gramercy Park, NYC, where gossip is currency and money isn’t all one needs to attain a place in high society. I am already awaiting the next book after this ending. What a cliffhanger!!

My only disappointment is that Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) is a bot shorter than the first novel. I wanted the story to continue!!

48 Hour Challenge Update

Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen

419 pages in 2.5 hours!

Mother Reader’s 48-Hour Book Challenge

And they’re off! I am beginning my 48 hours right now, at 8:30pm on Friday. The books are stacked, the schedule is kinda clear, and I am ready and rarin’ to go!

Borders Follow-up

As a follow-up to this post, I told my students about my experience at Borders.  I presented them with my experience and just asked for their thoughts.  At first, I think they thought I was crazy, just telling them about wandering up and down the aisles.  However, as soon as I mentioned the “Books for Boys” and “Books for Girls” signs, they were horrified.  Hands immediately flew into the air, waving, while their mouths opened, jaws dropped.  They brought up some great points, and I was so proud of them!  Here are just a few of their thoughts:

- What  happens if someone wants to read a book that the store has labeled for the opposite gender?  Would they decide not to read it then?

-How come the young adult and adult books aren’t divided by gender?

-That’s sexist!

-Lots of girls love science-fiction and fantasy!

-Books aren’t girl books or boy books.  They are just books.  Anyone can love any book.  Just like they can dislike any book.

-Why do they use genres for the rest of the categories?  Boy and girl are not genres.

-Let’s write them a persuasive letter and tell them to change their categories!

You know what?  I think we just may use that last suggestion.  Next week is our last full week of school and we will write a letter from our class to our local Borders, asking that they stop using gender as category for their books!


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