Book News Round Up

I’m counting down the days until Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes out on September 30th! I can’t wait to see this, although as with any book that’s been turned into a movie I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations. What are your thoughts on books vs. movies? Do you feel the movie generally does a good job of representing the book or do you have to think of them as two separate entities?

11 Children’s Books That Help Kids Understand Autism via Romper

Excerpts from Chris Hadfield’s New Children’s Book via The Star

The Darkest Dark is about Chris Hadfield’s childhood fear of the dark and how he was able to get over it. This is on my TBR list for sure. I was lucky enough to see Chris Hadfield present on his life and journey to space and he seems like such a genuinely nice person with amazing stories to tell. Plus the illustrations by the Fan Brothers look fantastic!

An Illustration from The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by the Fan Brothers and showing a boy and a dog on a bed surrounded by spaceships, a planet and a whale.
Illustration from The Darkest Dark

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe Jennifer Longo

She had a plan. It went south.

Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart. via Goodreads.

Before reading Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo, I had been in a real reading slump. I was having a hard time sitting down to read, not finishing books etc. As soon as I started this book though I was hooked. It’s the kind of book that you want to read as quickly as possible while simultaneously savoring it. When I first started reading it I read a bit here and there, then ended up devouring it on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Although the book is split fairly equally between two very different settings, Longo writes in such a way that you don’t get whiplash going from one to the other. She manages to take you from San Francisco on one page, to Antarctica the next without making rough transitions. Each scene flows into the next nicely, while maintaining the reader’s interest.

Jennifer Longo has a dance background and a strong interest in Antarctica and you can really see this in her writing. She adds so many details that the reader can really picture themselves dancing next to Harper or shivering next to her on the ice. I’m very curious about things I don’t know and love lots of details, the way the author wrote about wintering over was fabulous.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a compelling read, regardless of whether or not they are interested in dance. I’m going to look for Jennifer Longo’s previous book Six Feet Over It, and can’t wait to read her next book.