Friday, December 14, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: Middle Grade

Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

✔ 1. Title beginning with A Alone in the Wild (The Oregon Trail #5) Jesse Wiley. 2019. Scholastic. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 2. Author beginning with A A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories. Joan Aiken. Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. 1968. 108 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 3. Title beginning with B Birdie. Eileen Spinelli. 2019. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 4. Author beginning with B One-Third Nerd. Gennifer Choldenko. 2019. Random House. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 5. Title beginning with C
Cracks in the Cone (Sprinkle Sundays #2) Coco Simon. 2018. 161 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  6. Author beginning with C The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully #1) Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. 2011. 120 pages. [Source: Library]
✔7. Title beginning with D Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) Patricia C. Wrede. 1990/2015. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
8. Author beginning with D Mercy Watson to the Rescue. (Mercy Watson #1) Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. 2005. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
_9. Title beginning with E
✔10. Author beginning with E The Wind Blows Free. Loula Grace Erdman. 1952/2006. 271 pages. [Source: Library]
✔11. Title beginning with F The First Woman Doctor: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. Rachel Baker. 1944/1972. Scholastic. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔12. Author beginning with F
Journey of the Pale Bear. Susan Fletcher. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
_13. Title beginning with G
_14. Author beginning with G
✔15. Title beginning with H Hattie Big Sky. Kirby Larson. 2006. 289 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 16. Author beginning with H
Children of Jubilee. (Children of Exile #3) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 17. Title beginning with I
Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
✔ 20. Author beginning with J Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2001. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 21. Title beginning with K Knights vs. Dinosaurs. Matt Phelan. 2018 [October 23] 160 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 22. Author beginning with K
Cate of the Lost Colony. Lisa M. Klein. 2010. Bloomsbury. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 23. Title beginning with L Life with Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp #1) Mary Ann Kissinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2012. Revell. 280 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 24. Author beginning with L Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. 1989. (Won Newbery in 1990) 137 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 25. Title beginning with M Max Tilt: Fire the Depths (Max Tilt #1) Peter Lerangis. 2017. HarperCollins. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  26. Author beginning with M
Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
✔ 27. Title beginning with N
Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 28. Author beginning with N Resistance. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 385 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  29. Title beginning with O
Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 30. Author beginning with O The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told In Miniature. Pierre-Jacques Ober. Illustrated by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan. 2019. Candlewick Press. 104 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 31. Title beginning with P
The Purr-fect Scoop (Sprinkle Sundays #3) Coco Simon. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 32. Author beginning with P Knights vs. Monsters. Matt Phelan. 2019. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  33. Title or Author beginning with Q The Marvelous, Amazing, Pig-Tastic Gracie LaRoo. Marsha Qualey. Illustrated by Kristyna Litten. 2018. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
_34. Title beginning with R
✔ 35. Author beginning with R
What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems. Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Jill Calder. 2019. Candlewick Press. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  36. Title beginning with S Searching for Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2) Patricia C. Wrede. 1991/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 239 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔37. Author beginning with S The Truth About Martians. Melissa Savage. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 38. Title beginning with T The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins. Gail Shepherd. 2019. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
_39. Author beginning with T
_40. Title or Author beginning with U
✔ 41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
Very Rich. Polly Horvath. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
_42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
_45. Title or Author beginning with Z
_ 46 children's book published in the 1860s
_ 47. children's book published in the 1870s
_ 48. children's book published in the 1880s
_ 49. children's book published in the 1890s
_ 50. children's book published in the 1900s
  51. children's book published in the 1910s Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. 1918. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
_  52. children's book published in the 1920s
  53. children's book published in the 1930s
Ballet Shoes. (Shoes #1) Noel Streatfeild. 1936/2018. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
54. children's book published in the 1940s
The Boxcar Children. Gertrude Chandler Warner. 1942. 160 pages.
55. children's book published in the 1950s The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman. 1956/2007. Bethlehem Books. 279 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 56. children's book published in the 1960s
_ 57. children's book published in the 1970s
_ 58. children's book published in the 1980s
_ 59. children's book published in the 1990s
60. children's book published in the 2000s
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 61. children's book published in the 2010s The Penderwicks In Spring. Jeanne Birdsall. 2015. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
62. children's book published in 2019 How I Became A Spy. Deborah Hopkinson. 2019. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
63. a Newbery Winner Merci Suarez Changes Gears. Meg Medina. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
64. a Newbery Honor The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. 2018. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
65. nonfiction Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
66. poetry Voices from the Underground Railroad. Kay Winters. Illustrated by Larry Day. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  67. graphic novel Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. Adapted by Ari Folman. Original text by Anne Frank. Illustrated by David Polonsky. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  68. first in a series The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) Margaret Peterson Haddix. Illustrated by Anne Lambelet. 2019. 416 pages. [Source: Library]
69. any book in a series I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944. Lauren Tarshis. 2014. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
70. last book in a series The Good Land. Loula Grace Erdman. 1959/2007. Bethlehem Books. 185 pages.
71. science fiction A Time  Traveler's Theory of Relativity. Nicole Valentine. 2019. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 72. fantasy
_ 73. mystery
_ 74. animal fantasy The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat Adventuring Cat. Caroline Adderson. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. 2019. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  75. realistic/contemporary The Bridge Home. Padma Venkatraman. 2019. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
76. coming of age Beverly, Right Here. Kate DiCamillo. 2019. Candlewick Press. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  77. action, adventure Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8 Lafayette! Nathan Hale. 2018. [October 16] Harry N. Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
78. historical fiction  The Oregon Trail: The Wagon Train Trek. Jesse Wiley. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
79. historical fiction, world war I
Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  80. historical fiction, world war II Climbing the Stairs. Padma Venkatraman. 2008. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 81. historical fiction, civil rights
_ 82. historical fiction, civil war
_ 83. historical fiction, great depression
_ 84. reread
✔ 85. library Noelle at Sea: A Titanic Survival Story. Nikki Shannon Smith. Illustrated by Alessia Trunfio. 2019. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 86. free choice
_ 87. another free choice
88. biography or autobiography Jane Austen for Kids: Her Life, Her Writings, and World with 21 Activities. Nancy I. Sanders. 2019. Chicago Review Press. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 89.written in first person
_ 90. written in third person
✔  91. verse novel Crossing Stones. Helen Frost. 2009. FSG. 184 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 92. illustrated "notebook" or diary
_ 93. out of print
_ 94. anniversary reprint of a children's book
✔ 95. favorite author A Place to Belong. Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. 2019. 416 pages. [Source: Library]
✔   96. new-to-you author Courageous. Yona Zeldis McDonough. 2018. [Nov] Scholastic. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  97. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
✔   98. multiple authors
Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 99. happy, happy  The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Jeanne Birdsall. 2011. 295 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 100. oh the sads Refugee. Alan Gratz. 2017. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
 

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1 comments:

BookishOwlette 10:55 AM  

Hey,

I completed my 2018 challenge but I don't know where to link it for you.. so here you go!

Finished: 25 books!

https://bookishowlette.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/picture-book-2k18-challenges/

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