It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and Sheila at BookJourney
Kate Messner’s Manhunt was great fun to read – an rollicking adventure with a familiar cast of characters (Anna, Henry, and Jose from Capture the Flag) with an art history twist. Here’s the jacket copy:
Henry, Anna, and Jose head from Boston to Paris for their most dangerous mission yet: to solve the mystery of an international art heist! Shortly after they arrive, they learn that a member of the Silver Jaguar Society is working as a double agent, passing information to the criminal gang the Serpentine Princes — but who could it be? When the senior members of the Society go missing, it’s up to Henry, Anna, Jose, and their smug new comrade, Hem, to mount a rescue while staying hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece. Running around — and below — a foreign city filled with doppelgangers, decoys, and deceit, the three sleuths discover they’re the only hope for the Society’s survival!
I enjoyed following the twists and turns of this story, visiting some familiar places (Shakespeare and Co. in Paris!), and getting to know these three main characters better. I love that Messner does not sacrifice character for plot – even through the story moves along quickly, the characters are well developed and immensely likable. Bring on more of the Silver Jaguar Society, please!
I haven’t had much of a chance to read picture books recently, so it was with great pleasure that I dove into one that looked very special: Lindbergh-The Tale of a Flying Mouse, written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
Here’s the jacket copy:
One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
Walking to school could be hard if you lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was downright dangerous if you were a Catholic, like Allison, and the only route to your school was through a Protestant neighborhood.The taunts and threats of the protestant adults who lines the streets on the way to St.Claire’s scared Allison, even though her mother was with her. But the angry behavior of some of the grownups – including her own uncle – frightened her, too.