It’s strange but I happened to queue up two Newbery Honor books in a row even though I’m skipping around the Top 100 list. This has made for a summer of fantastic chapter book reads so far. This time it was Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009).
What it’s about: Based on many different Chinese folktales, it’s the story of Minli and her mom and her dad who live in a very small home with few possessions and just enough food to survive. Minli’s father, Ba, is happy with his family and loves telling stories while they eat their daily rice but Ma is extremely grumpy and dissatisfied. Her dissatisfaction eventually infects Minli and the young girl sets off to find the Old Man of the Moon in an attempt to change their fortunes. She meets many interesting characters along the way and has tons of adventures. She also learns something about what true fortunes are made of.
Age level: Grade 4-6
Best part: I loved the way that so many different folktales were woven together and formed into a single story.
Worst part: The only bad part of my reading experience was that my library copy was missing a few pages about two thirds of the way in. I had to wait two days to see what happened when Minli was attacked by a tiger!
This is one of those books with a girl protagonist that isn’t a girly book at all. I thought it was fantastic. It has gorgeous illustrations and is a great introduction to Chinese folktales. There was one character personality change in the story too that was completely unexpected and very heartwarming. I will probably see if Z wants to read it next because I think he would enjoy it too.
I’m pretty excited to finally read Holes next. I’ve seen the movie version a few times over the years and, if tradition holds, the book will be better, right? And yes, it’s a Newbery Medal winner!
Schedule – July through October
note: dates are not necessarily set in stone – posts may go up a day or two before or after
July 31 – #6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)
August 15 – #74 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)
August 30 – #66 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (2009)
September 15 – #14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938)
September 30 – Project Update – Two Years In!
October 15 – #79 The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1967)
So last year round about this time, we did a fantabulous readalong of A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving for the first #EstellaProject! This year we’re tackling East of Eden, by John Steinbeck!
Our readalong will “begin” on July 21 with the following discussion schedule:
- Monday, July 28 – Chapter 1-13
- Monday, August 4 – Chapters 14-27
- Monday August 11 – Chapters 28-40
- Monday, August 18 – Chapters 41-end
Every week we’ll provide a questions, a spot to link up your discussion from your blog, OR you can participate by discussing in the comments. Feel free to deviate from the schedule and post as you can or you may decide to wait until the end! We’re totally easygoing!
Hashtag #EstellaProject on Twitter and we’ll check on ya from time to time!
Now, let’s get dusty!
Note: this is a sticky post and will remain at the top o’the page for easy access until the event is over!
That’s right, kids. It’s time for the big reveal! THESE are the books you nominated for the Summer 2014 #EstellaProject! Now all you have to do is:
- Read one, two, or three of these babies between June 1 and September 1
- Link your review(s) up right here as you finish
- For each book you read, review and link up, you will gain one entry toward the prize drawing.
- These can be first-time reads or re-reads with newly-written reviews, but please don’t pull old reviews for books you’ve already read. That’s cheating!
Prize? What prize?
A $20 book of your choice from the BookDepository (or a $20 egift card of your choice from an online book retailer).
Now….THE books! These are the titles you’ve chosen for the #EstellaProject Season Two reading pool:
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
- The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Doll Maker by Harriette Simpson Arnow
- The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
- Bitter in the Mouth of Monique Truong
- Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles
- The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand
- Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
- Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
- Complete by Lindy Zart
- 60 Postcards by Rachael Chadwick
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Shades by Brian Schwarz
- 11-22-63 by Stephen King
- Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Lust for Life by Irving Stone
- Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
- Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
We’ll see you back here as you progress! Have fun!