Peter and the Shadow Thieves…

As mentioned here many times before, our family has been on a multi-year journey of reading together (many of the selections being Newbery Medal Award Winners).  

The list below does not include the works that failed to win the award (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of NarniaHatchet (an honor recipient), The Hobbit, or the The Starcatchers Series (more on this later). 
Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews): 
  1. The One and Only Ivan (2013)
  2. The Giver (1994)
  3. The Tale of Despereax (2004)
  4. Bridge to Terabithia (1978)
  5. Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
  6. Out of the Dust (1998)
  7. Bud, Not Buddy (2000)
  8. Kira-Kira (2005)
  9. Shiloh (1992)
  10. Flora & Ulysses (2014)
  11. A Year Down Yonder (2001)
  12. Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
  13. A Single Shard (2002)
  14. When You Reach Me (2010)
  15. Holes (1999)
  16. A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
  17. The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
  18. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
  19. The Graveyard Book (2009)
  20. The View From Saturday (1997)
  21. Moon Over Manifest (2011)
  22. Criss Cross (2006)

Upon a recent recommendation, we took a break to read Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatcher series.  

Here is how I would rank the series thus far…

  1. Peter and the Starcatchers:  Tough to beat one’s first experience.  The whole concept being so creative and compelling.  The reader has no idea what to expect and many origins of so many key characters are explained.
  2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves:  Like Harry Potter, I sense that this series might get darker as the narrative moves along.  That being said, Peter’s first return to London brings about it’s fair share of thrilling twists and turns (a perfect balance between old and new characters appearing throughout the narrative).

My favorite quote from the second book can be found in Instagram.  

Before we continue on with Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, I think it is time to return to a few Newbery Award winners – specifically The Midwife’s Apprentice.  Anybody read this short (but celebrated) work? 

Peter and the Shadow Thieves…

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