Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsburg at Unleashing Readers cohostIt's Monday! What are You Reading weekly on their blogs.   To see what others are reading and recommending each Monday, or to participate, be sure to head over to these blogs. 

I was so excited to see that Cynthia Lord had a new book coming out! Half a Chance will be available everywhere on February 25th, but the hardcover is now available online at Scholastic Reading Club! I took advantage of our day off today and curled up with a digital ARC of this book that I had.  After reading it, I immediately ordered a copy from Scholastic and am excited to book talk it to my students tomorrow.  
In Half a Chance, Lucy is the main character. She is an only child and moves a lot because her father is a professional photographer and gets antsy living in the same area for a period of time.  He also travels a lot for his job, taking photos around the country.  Lucy also loves taking photos with her camera and is trying to have a connection with her father at the same time.  Their latest move is to New Hampshire to a lake house, where she meets some new friends that will be her next door neighbors for the summer.  During this summer, she gains new friendships, enters a photo contest, and goes on some adventures.  This is a touching story about family and friendships - this is a must read! Enjoy! 

Enjoy reading this week! 


  1. Anything by Cynthia Lord is a must read, as far as I'm concerned. I'll have to look out for this one, Melanie.

  2. So glad to hear about this by Cynthia Lord, Melanie. Thank you! We always have students choosing photography for their units, so this will be an added 'attraction'!

  3. I just ordered this from Scholastic too! My daughter and I are big Cynthia Lord fans!