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9 new books to read this fall

Grab your library list—these are the new fall books we're most excited about.

Grab your library list -- this are the fall books we're most excited about
The Marvels
By Brian Selznick

 

A book by the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an event, and Selznick’s latest—a story of an 18th century shipwreck, told mostly in pictures, twined with a seemingly unrelated tale of late 20th century London, told mostly in prose—is worth the hype.

 

 

 

He’s explored Greek and Egyptian mythology; now the Percy Jackson author turns his attention to Norse myths.

 

Leo: A Ghost Story
By Mac Barnett

 

 

Leo knows he’d make a wonderful friend, if only he could find someone who doesn’t immediately race off in terror when he bids a ghostly “hello.”

 

 

 

Beard’s sprawling, bawdy history of the Roman empire features the usual suspects (Caesar, Nero) as well as a host of ordinary folks that don't always show up in history, including bakers, jokers, and women.

 

 

 

 

Carry On: A Novel
By Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Following up on the success of Fangirl, Rowell returns to the world of Simon Snow, this time in a story focused on the boy wizard himself.

 

 

 

The Pigeon creator heads to Paris with his first chapter book about a homebody dog who meets a wandering cat and finds true friendship.

 

 

What is life like for the teenagers who aren’t the ones destined to battle evil forces? Ness’s protagonists have bigger problems than preventing the end of the world or falling in love with vampires—problems like getting a date for prom and passing biology.

 

 

A little boy makes two friends to help him cope with his fears about his new house in this delightfully illustrated picture book.

 

Lenny & Lucy
By Philip C. Stead

 

 

Riggs wraps up the quirky trilogy that started with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.


Stuff We Like :: 9.25.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

Hello, autumn! It’s so nice to see you. Our traditional fall hiking trip may be off the table this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to skip our traditional post-hiking funnel cakes, does it?

around the web

It’s a lot more fun to make jokes about the 1880s Presidential races than the 2016 one.

Emily St. John Mandel’s book editing advice is pretty much spot-on.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to build a seven-mile-wide scale model of the solar system?

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: I love Shelli’s post about making peace with the messiness of homeschool life.

on pinterest: Highlighter pencils? Sign me up!

from the archives: I really liked Watch the Sky—maybe it deserves a spot on your middle grades library list?

 

reading list

Oh, gosh, we are absolutely loving Three Times Lucky as our morning readaloud. I don’t know how we missed this one for so long.

I’m recommending M.E. Kerr’s short story collection to all my short story writing students. (Do not skip the biographical note at the end!)

Fellow history buffs: I am totally Amazon-stalking SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. It’s scheduled for November, but I keep hoping it will magically ship early.

 

at home

We are pretty relaxed in our holiday observances (we did a Star Wars-themed Darth Seder a few years ago), but I love the ritual of forgiveness and acceptance, letting go and holding on that comes with Yom Kippur.

I think I’m making a few of these Fino Circle scarves for holiday presents this year—my brain seems to gravitate toward mindless knitting right now, and at least this mindless knitting produces gorgeous results.

Almost two years ago today, Jas and I had our first conversation about maybe-possibly-what-do-you-think-about starting home/school/life magazine. I’m so glad we took the plunge!