The week before Thanksgiving I was on the road presenting #YALIT seminars throughout MN, WI, and ND (can I just say, "BRRRRRRRRR!"). I love talking about best books with teachers and librarians throughout the country, but I find that when I'm talking about books all day, I rarely read in the evenings. I know, I know, #booknerdproblems.


So, when I get a chance to rest and recharge for a week, I usually READ nonstop. So, here are the 5 best YA books that I read this week, along with my ratings (on a 5 star scale): 1) More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer. Grades 8-12. LOVED IT! 4 stars! Currently on hold for the companion book that I didn't even know existed.

2) Someone Else's Shoes by Ellen Wittlinger. Grades 5-8. 3 stars. Everyone loves this one. I thought it was okay. I liked several of the storylines, but to be honest, I didn't really like the main character.


3) Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. Grades 3-6. 3 stars. It's good, and elementary classrooms and libraries looking for more and diverse stories for Percy Jackson fans will definitely want this series starter. It's just not my personal genre.


4) Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. Grades 9-12. 3.5 stars. I like the author and this has a terrific first line/first chapter! Decent mystery and lots to keep you guessing.


5) American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott. Grades 8-12. 4 stars! Hooray, I started and ended the week with titles I really enjoyed. WOW! This one doesn't pull any punches. Just a compelling family road trip story...with a touch of romance.


HAPPY READING!


#fridayfive #newbooks #vacationreading #middleschool #middlegrade #amreading #mrsyuskoreads




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The knowledge and passion for books for EVERY reader  has hooked me! She is in the classroom and just gets readers.

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Lindsey, English Teacher, TX

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