Gathering Blue and The Messenger by Lois Lowry
Not sure why I never read these. The Giver is one of my all time favorite books. EVER!!! Like top 5 favorite books. Neither was as good as the Giver, but definitely worth the time if you are a Lowry fan. I'm going to have to book talk them this fall. My utopia society kids will enjoy them. Ms. Lowry answers the question about what happens to Jonas from the Giver in The Messenger, if you ever wondered.
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
After reading the Kane Chronicles, I have the sudden desire to read the Olympian Stories. My sixteen year old couldn't believe I hadn't read them. 5 Stars!!! I'm probably the only person in East Tennessee who hasn't seen the whole movie. I normally avoid the movie version (except for the Harry Potter's and Tolkein stories). I hate being disappointed. Really enjoyed the book. Movie - not so much. Which would explain why I haven't seen it's entirety.
My Amazon book arrived this week with a couple books I'd been wanting to read. I finished Tomb of Shadows by Peter Lerangis, book 3 of the Seven Wonders series.
He's not quite a Rick Riordan, but my students will enjoy it. This one took a spin I wasn't expecting which I guess is a good thing. I'll have to finish the series.