I read in the CBR update emails that Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was up for discussion in the next Zoom call and I jumped into rereading it not only because I was behind on my CBR reading (and this was a sure quick read), but because I love this book! I was ultimately not able to join the discussion (time zones 🙁 ) but I’m so glad I read it again. I loved Are Your There God? when I was in Grade school […]
Okay people. I think the last three reviews I have written start with hand-wringing about being behind in reviews. This time is no different. Except for how I am determined, or should I say DETERMINED to get caught up. I have a twisted process in that I don’t like to keep reading if I haven’t reviewed, so now I’m in this twisted merry-go-round of I want to read, but I’m behind in reviews, but I’m more behind than I’ve been in a bit so it […]
I read these books all together for our Young at Heart book club so it only feels right to review them all together. Our goal for book club was to find book selections that reminded us of childhood in order to (hopefully) inspire a bit of lighthearted nostalgia. For the most part, these books succeeded on that metric for me. Ghost Squad – 4 stars Up first is Claribel Ortega’s Ghost Squad. I often have trouble sinking into Middle Grades books – it is where […]
Welcome to our Young at Heart book club! This go round we’ve selected three books that reminded us of childhood in order to hopefully have a bit of lighthearted nostalgia. Each of our three books – Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Claribel Ortega’s Ghost Squad – have their own Discussion Posts; and don’t forget, we’ll be having our first ever Zoom* Book Club on Saturday May 22 at 7 pm EDT. (*Sign up […]
I first read Judy Blume’s childhood classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing back in third grade when my mom volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair and picked up a Judy Blume boxed set for me at the recommendation of the school librarian. The set included Tales, Superfudge, Blubber,* and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Upon reflection, it was kind of a peculiar combination of books – two mostly comic, if a tad bittersweet, takes on growing up with a younger sibling that […]
My retired librarian mother and I are alike in many ways; but one of the big differences between us* is that I’m a big proponent of rereading books, and she never rereads ANY THING. She says there are too many books that she hasn’t read to spend time on rereading. Personally, as much as I do like going back to books, I usually only reread books I enjoyed like A Wrinkle in Time, The Stopping Place and The Owl and the Pussycat.