Saturday, November 08, 2014

Week in Review: November 1-8

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Steve Sheinkin. 2014. Roaring Brook. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Countdown by Deborah Wiles. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer L. Holm. 2014. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Courage for Beginners. Karen Harrington. 2014. Little, Brown. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
Dead in the Water. (World War II #2) Chris Lynch. 2014. Scholastic. 188 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Santa Clauses: Short Poems From the North Pole by Bob Raczka. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
A Little Women Christmas. Heather Vogel Frederick. 2014. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Once Upon An Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters. Oliver Jeffers. 2014. Penguin. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Penguin in Peril. Helen Hancocks. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
The Animals' Santa. Jan Brett. 2014. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
 The Book With No Pictures. B.J. Novak. 2014. Penguin. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
The Great Thanksgiving Escape. Mark Fearing. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Gobble, Gobble, Tucker! Leslie McGuirk. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Maisy's Christmas Tree. Lucy Cousins.  2014. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Little Blue Truck's Christmas. Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
 Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel! A Sing-along book! Illustrated by Shahar Kober. 2014. Scholastic. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Eight Jolly Reindeer. Ilanit Oliver. Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. 2014. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
Every Valley. Albert L. Blackwell. 2014. Westminster John Knox Press. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Surprised by Love. Julie Lessman. 2014. Revell. 416 pages. [Source: Review copy]
God's Way of Holiness. Horatius Bonar. 1864. 175 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Study and Teaching of the English Bible. G. Campbell Morgan. 1910. [Source: Bought]
The Bible in Five Years. A Comprehensive Outline for Study of the Entire Sacred Volume. G. Campbell Morgan. 1922. [Source: Bought]
At Bluebonnet Lake. Amanda Cabot. 2014. Revell. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This week's favorite:

I loved reading Steve Sheinkin's The Port Chicago 50! It was a great read, and I definitely recommend it!!! 

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