What Mrs. Roberts Has Read

What I am reading for the 2018-2019 school year
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskins
This is a mystery about a group of people who live in an apartment building. The richest man in town is dead and he lives a game behind for his heirs to find out who killed him and who gets all his money.
What I am reading this school year 2017-2018
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
This is the third book in the Song of the Lioness series. This series is the first in serveral series this author has written about the Kingdom of Tortall. The first book in the series is about Alanna, a girl who wants to be a knight. She is supposed to go to a convent to train as a mage and her twin brother to go train as a knight. They switch places and Alanna dresses as a boy to train as a knight. In the second book, Alanna is now a knight and she is the squire of Prince Johnathan (who knows she is a girl).
As the third book opens, Alanna is a knight and has decided she wants to be a knight errant. As she travels to find adventures, she is captured by fierce desert dwellers. She proves herself with a duel to the death. She has more challenges with this tribe. This high fantasy is an excellent story of female empowerment.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter are the best of friends. The fox has lived with Peter since he was very young. When Peter’s father joins the military, Peter has to leave Pax in the woods since his grandfather will not agree to take the fox. After Peter gets to his grandfathers, he worries so much about Pax that he leaves to go find him. This book tells both Peter’s and Pax’s stories as they strive to get back to each other.
This is a must read.
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Final Spark  by Richard Paul Evans
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
The Game by Diane Wynne Jones
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson
The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What W Eat by Gail Jarrow
Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Conner
The Silver Mask by Holly Black
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
Summerlost by Ally Condie
Warcross by Marie Lu
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
George by Alex Gino
Archon by Lana Krumwiede
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
H2O by Virginia Bergin
Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale
True Son by Lana Kumwiede
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman
My summer 2016 reading
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see ghosts, is unable to leave her home in the Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina. Her adopted grandmother helps her weather the storm and her future.
The Overlord Protocol by Mark Waldon
     Second volume of the H.I.V.E. series. Otto Malpense and his friends have survived the first year at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. Otto and Wing are allowed off campus to attend the funeral of Wing’s father. Instead they get caught up in a lethal plan organized by Cypher, a ruthless supervillian. Otto and his friends most stop his plan or Cypher will control the world.
Claws by Mike Grinti
Emma’s sister, Helena is missing. Her parents have spent all of their money looking for her. When her family has to move into a trailer by the magical forest, she finds a cat who promises to help her find her sister. All she has to do is become the Pride Heart. Magic and cats, always a good story.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyers
    If you have read the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers, you will want to read these short stories. They explain the background of some of the main characters. I have enjoyed this series and hope the next books from this author are as good.
Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins
Nigel is a vampire about to turn 100 years old, but he is in a 15 year old body. He is in school, again and going through all of the awkward things most teenagers go through. He really wants a girlfriend before he turns 100. The diary entries bemoan how lame his parents are, how annoying his little sister are and how beautiful Chloe is. A wonderful, funny read.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
      A 2016-2017 reading bowl and a graphic novel. This is a wonderful read. Astrid and her BFF, Nicole, go on a lot of places with Astrid’s mom. One place she takes them is to see a Roller Derby match. Astrid cannot wait to go to Roller Derby junior camp, but does Nicole have the same goals? A good book about how sometimes best friends have different interests as they grow older, but does that mean your friendship has to end? Great read.
Below by Meg McKinlay
    Set in Australia, on the day Cassie was born, her town was submerged for a new lake. Cassie and her friend Liam go to the forbidden part of the lake to swim and discover a crime. A wonderful mystery filled with unique characters.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
The Elite by Kiera Cass (second book in the Selection series)
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
The Silver Door by Emily Rodda
The One by Kiera Cass (third book in the Selection series)
A Hero for WondLa and The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Plus four Adult mysteries puts me at 21 books so far, I need to get busy this last two weeks since my goal was to read 30.

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