What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Grabenstein LOVING THIS BOOK! Very much along the lines of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gollywhopper Games, etc. A public library that is AMAZING has been built and to celebrate, the town has a contest for 12 12 year olds. They have to solve riddles to get clues. Their task is to escape from the library. This is no ordinary library…the person who designed it (Mr. Lemoncello) is a game maker, so the library is sort of like a real life board game. So cool! There are actually ideas for making real libraries more game like. Love it.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks This is an interesting biography (?) about Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, whose cells have been used to cure diseases, do research, and make a lot of doctors very famous and wealthy. Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 from ovarian cancer. Her family did not know that doctors had taken samples of her cells. The book is all about the events that led up to that and why her family didn’t know. Since they did not know, they have not gotten any money from her cells. It is a non-fiction book that is about Henrietta, her family, but mostly her cells and medical ethics/research. Not something I would typically read (or enjoy!), but the way this book is written makes it very interesting. Check it out!
What are you reading?