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Summer Reading (otherwise known as My Eight-Page List of To-Be-Reads)

With school soon to go out and a stretch of three months with hopefully very few Zoom meetings, of course I will be doing my two favorite things: reading and writing. What better way to waste time than handwrite an eight-page list of two hundred books I want to read but never will get to?

Well, I definitely won’t with that attitude. So I guess we’re just seeing how many I can read this summer, and then the fall, and then the winter. After writing my list, I put them in a random order. Here it is.

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Calling all bookworms! Summer Reading Challenge

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Note that all credit goes to the link above. This is not my creation but I think it is a great idea and want to pass it on. In addition, the file below is for printing on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. If you click the link, there is a poster size option too, as well as some ideas for some of the challenges.

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Book Review: The Vanderbeekers Series by Karina Yan Glaser (Part 2)

The Vanderbeeker series is a fun and cheerful one. Though there are no bad words or inappropriate parts, Karina Yan Glaser uses some more advanced vocabulary words (which is one of the things I love about these books — simple stories transformed into more difficult reads), and therefore I recommend it if you are over 9 or 10 years old to 14 or so. All three are entertaining stories about a family of seven living in a charming brownstone in Harlem. The five Vanderbeeker children are perseverant and independent..sometimes a little too independent, and that’s what sparks the story-line in all three books. It really shows the bonding and tightness of a community.

**And, this isn’t the author’s work (it is the work of Karl James Mountford for the first book, Lisa Vega and Sheila Smallwood (designers) and Karl James Mountford (artist) for the second book, and Lisa Vega (designer) and Katya Longhi (artist) for the third book), but I have to mention that the cover art is so vibrant and breathtaking, especially the second and third books.**

Click here to see Part 1, which reviews books 1 and 2.

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Book Review: The Vanderbeeker Series by Karina Yan Glaser (Part 1)

The Vanderbeeker series is a fun and cheerful one. Though there are no bad words or inappropriate parts, Karina Yan Glaser uses some more advanced vocabulary words (which is one of the things I love about these books — simple stories transformed into more difficult reads), and therefore I recommend it if you are over 9 or 10 years old to 14 or so. All three are entertaining stories about a family of seven living in a charming brownstone in Harlem. The five Vanderbeeker children are perseverant and independent..sometimes a little too independent, and that’s what sparks the story-line in all three books. It really shows the bonding and tightness of a community.

**And, this isn’t the author’s work (it is the work of Karl James Mountford for the first book, Lisa Vega and Sheila Smallwood (designers) and Karl James Mountford (artist) for the second book, and Lisa Vega (designer) and Katya Longhi (artist) for the third book), but I have to mention that the cover art is so vibrant and breathtaking, especially the second and third books (the third book will be in Part 2).**

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