7.23 It’s a Summer Monday! What are YOU reading?

A new week, a new batch of books–both books finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday


{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}


{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}


I received an Advanced copy of Shadow on the Mountain by Newbery Honor-winning author Margi Preus (pronounced MAR-gee Proyce) from Kim at Monkey See, Monkey Do… bookstore. {See special note about Monkey See… at end of post.} I’ve enjoyed historical fiction in the past. This book proved no different.

From IndieBound:

Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.

Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.

For a great site on the Norwegian resistance, visit http://www.wwiinorge.com/


Making the world a better place totally rocks! Meet Zebrafish, a garage band with a lofty goal.

Zebrafish is not exactly your typical garage band—especially because only one member can play an instrument! But that doesn’t mean that Vita, Tanya, Walt, Plinko, and Jay aren’t dreaming big…or at least stumbling towards a modest success. With a little creativity and out-the-box thinking (and some high-level computer tinkering) this garage band is going virtual—and they’re learning that schoolyard fame is a great way to bring in awareness (and donations) for an important cause.

This fully illustrated, highly visual novel is a multimedia project complete with webisodes and online components like games and websites. It’s being supported and publicized by Children’s Hospital of Boston and shows kids that they can make a positive impact on their world by finding a cause they believe in and giving charity work their own personal spin.

Here is the interactive site that partners with the book: http://kids.generationcures.org/

A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to Children’s Hospital of Boston: http://www.childrenshospital.org/


A graphic novel classic with a new introduction by Art Spiegelman

Quinn writes mysteries. The Washington Post has described him as a “post-existentialist private eye.” An unknown voice on the telephone is now begging for his help, drawing him into a world and a mystery far stranger than any he ever created in print.

Adapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, with graphics by David Mazzucchelli, Paul Auster’s groundbreaking, Edgar Award-nominated masterwork has been astonishingly transformed into a new visual language.

This adult graphic novel in a novel in a novel was… strange. Yet entertaining.



When Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile) published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed as an important new work.

Seven years later, it’s clear that Same Difference has won a place among the great literature of the last decade. It stands not only with Fun Home, Persepolis, and American Born Chinese as a lasting graphic novel, but with much of the best fiction of this young century. Derek’s distinctive voice as an author, coupled with his clear, crisp, expressive art has made this story a classic. And this classic is now back in print, in a deluxe edition from First Second.

Though not for sixth graders, I found this graphic novel very well-written with snarky dialogue and situations that lead to self-realization. Quite clever. Visit the author’s site.

IN OTHER EXCITING NEWS: “My” Indie bookstore, Monkey See, Monkey Do… was featured in the business section of our newspaper. I was excited to see Kim Krug and her business partner/mother get some good pub. Of course, I was also excited to see our upcoming Tom Angleberger/Secret of the Fortune Wookiee book release party and Skype session mentioned, as well. Please have a look at the article. Great story.

Bookstore owner finds business a page turner

6 thoughts on “7.23 It’s a Summer Monday! What are YOU reading?

  1. Looks like some good reads there. I too am planning to read Horton Halfpott, last week I reread Origami Yoda and this week I am rereading Darth Paper Strikes Back. I also read a galley of The Rise of Nine. I had a hard time remembering The Power of 6 but once I got into 9 I it all started coming back. As you know I am a sucker for super hero books and this series is similar. I also read the article about Monkey See, Monkey Do. Well done. Well done good sir.

    • Cool. I have to say the humor of the first chapter or HALFPOT surprised me.

      So many books, dude. How will we get them all read?

      Thanks for commenting–and welcome back to technology.

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