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Love Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl #2. Alfred A. Knopf. (August 2007) Library Dear Leo,                                                                                      I love beginnings. What better way to celebrate than to begin writing a letter to my once (and future?) boyfriend. Stargirl has moved and left everything behind: Arizona, Mica High, enchanted desert places - and Leo.
He's all she can think about, and her life begins to feel like a parade of unhappy anniversaries. Then Stargirl meets her wonderfully bizarre new neighbors: Dootsie, the curly-headed five-year-old "human bean"; Betty Lou, who hasn't stepped outside her house for nine years; Charlie, who sits among the tombstones; hot-tempered Alvina with that one glittery nail; and Perry Delloplane, the blue-eyed thief who soon lays his own claim to Stargirl's heart. In letters to Leo over the course of a year, Stargirl comes to find hope in new places: mockingbirds, donut angels, moon flowers, and the Winter Solstice - that t…

Hot Summer Reads Readathon 2013

I'm signing up for another read-a-thon. I wasn't exactly attacking my stack of to read books the last time. This time I'm going for it. I'm really obsessed with these readathons. The Hot Summer Readathon is hosted by Patrick @ The Bookshelves and Jen @ YA Romantics. This should be fun. I must remember that reviews are important too!

I will be updating what I'm reading on here. But before that I will post a ridiculously long list of books I want to read just because as well as my goals.


1) Read 5 books
2) Read at least 1,000 pages
3) Have fun!

Book List:

I have 21 books on my list of to-read books for this challenge. Of course I won't be reading all of them but it's better to have a huge list to choose from than none at all.


Sunday, July 14th
Current Read(s):

Thoughts: 11:20 PM I finished my first book earlier. I knew as I was reading it wasn't going to be the greatest book but it was interesting enough to continue on a finish it. I'm goin…

Mechanical Fish, Building Dreams, & a Healing Bread

I haven't done a post on picture books for a long time so this is as good a time as any. Basically I will be featuring three picture books and the artwork in them. The first book is written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov.

Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!  That's the sound of Papa at work. Although he is an inventor, he has never made anything that works perfectly, and that's because he hasn't yet found a truly fantastic idea. But when he takes his family fishing on Lake Michigan, his daughter Virena asks, "Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a fish?"—and Papa is off to his workshop. With a lot of persistence and a little bit of help, Papa—who is based on the real-life inventor Lodner Phillips—creates a submarine that can take his family for a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Thisreview let me know about this book and illustrator.
Artwork from Papa's Mechanical Fish below: (click on all the pictures to get the source of t…