My first book is by an author I've recommended here before. Have I said lately how awesome Allison Gutknecht is? Her latest is this adorable book:
Allison Gutknecht is one of the best chapter book writers I've ever read. She captures the voice of an eight-year-old girl perfectly. Pizza Is the Best Breakfast: (And Other Lessons I've Learned) is every bit as awesome as the other books in the series but if you haven't read the others, I recommend you start here and read in order!
The second book will look familiar if you read my blog. I revealed this cover earlier this month and immediately knew I had to read the book. I'm excited to say that One Hundred Thirty Stars is even better than its amazing cover!
Shelley Sly must write more books now. I'm addicted! She has a true talent for weaving conflict throughout her story, building up to the big moment when all seems lost. This story is about far more than gaming conventions--it's really about the complexities of blended families and the challenges fathers face in bonding with the daughters they only see occasionally. We're going to see a lot more from this author!
My loyal blog readers will remember this one. Our blogging friend Sandra Cox writes a mean book. (Mean=awesome in outdated "cool person" speak!)
Love, Lattes, and Mutants is a contemporary YA novel about normal teens who have a little something unique about them. I fell in love with this cover and the story was just as great! On the surface, Piper seems like a wallflower but it's just a disguise. The new boy in school sees past that disguise, though. He knows there's something special about Piper. This young adult sci-fi book is largely a love story but the social dynamics are fascinating. The entire book builds gradually to the exciting, action-packed ending. You won't be disappointed!
The fourth book is Deborah A. Levine's Kitchen Chaos.
I first learned of this book when it was recommended as a #WeNeedDiverseBooks selection by someone on Twitter. What an incredibly important book for young girls. It goes beyond simply teaching that we all descended from immigrants, touching on the issues of friendship and mom-daughter bonding. I love books that are not only fun but teach you a few things!
Like last month, my last book of the month in March is from an ARC tour. I discovered The Book Keeper series by Dare DeLano. (It's only one book so far but I know there will be more!) The first book, Odus and the Long Way Home, introduced us to characters who get to do what we've all wished we could do at some point in our lives--step inside our favorite books.
While reading it, I couldn't help but compare it to the Magic Tree House series we all know and love. Just as the Magic Tree House books taught children history in an enjoyable way, The Book Keeper series teaches them all about literary classics. Odus and the Long Way Home takes the children through Homer's The Odyssey, allowing them to not only participate in the adventures but help save the day.
What's the best book you read in March? Tell us in comments or add your name to the list and tell all of your readers!