I <3 summer! Yesterday was my first day of summer break and it was awesome! I had a few house things to do and a VBS planning meeting at church but other than that I was a total bum and I loved it. In fact I even read an entire book. OK, so the book was one of this year's SSYRA books and only about 150 pages but I was able to sit down and read it from cover to cover. That's what I call vacation. (If you are not yet on vacay hold on I can see it coming on your horizon and before you know you too will be able to read a whole book.)
OK, on to the real reason for this post. The SSYRA, Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, books for the 2013-2014 school year have been selected and I wanted to put the titles and authors "out there" in case anyone has any insight on any of them. The list includes: Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger, One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose, Floors by Patrick Carmen, The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng, Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, Melonhead by Katie Kelly, Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, The Five Lives of our Cat Zook by Joanna Rocklin, Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood, The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas, and Janitors by Taylor Whitesides.
I have already read Waiting for the Magic, that was yesterday's book. More on that tomorrow as I plan on linking up with Amanda and The Teaching Thief's Fiction Fridays. I am super excited to see that Lisa Graff has another book this year. I really like her as a children's author. She wrote Umbrella Summer and Sophie Simon Solves them all, books from this and last year's lists. Some of the titles sound intriguing, especially The Wish Stealers, The Year of the Book, and of course Fake Mustache. My goal is to read all fifteen books this summer, but if you have any tips on the books I should read first please do share!