Whatcha Reading? September 2021

By: OwlCrate Jr

Hello, readers!

Somehow we're over a week into October and we've yet to share some of the best books we read in September! Let's get into it!

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

New Kate DiCamillo alert! This beautiful multi-perspective story is about a little girl with no memory named Beatryce, a gentle monk, an orphan boy, a hard headed but loyal goat with teeth that are “large, sharp, and uncompromising" and the circumstances that bring them all together. I adored this book. The characters jumped off the page and into my heart with writing simple enough for young readers to enjoy as a family read-along, but with complex themes that tell a layered tale that grownups will enjoy every bit as much. On top of all that, it has beautiful illustrations and medieval-style chapter headers from Sophie Blackall that bring everything together for an instant classic. I can't recommend this one enough for fall!


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The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

We are big fans of the Vanderbeekers. They have a full house and bunny just like we do!
In book two, Isa is away to orchestra camp while the rest of the children in the Brownstone are stuck at home for the summer. It’s starting to feel like the only thing to do is bicker, until catastrophe strikes. The children band together in their most helpful and loving way to help their beloved upstairs neighbour.
With originality all of its own, and little nod to The Secret Garden --this is a fun and endearing read.



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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I finally read a Middle Grade classic in September! Initially released in 1978, The Westing Game holds up as a fun murder-mystery adventure! When the mysterious Samuel Westing appears dead, he summons sixteen people to the reading of his will which commences high-stakes game to find out who caused his death, and whoever figures it out will inherit his vast fortune! 

There are so many plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, and although the cast of characters is large this short book really does make you care about all of them. I even found myself tearing up at one point. October might be the perfect time to pick up this Middle Grade murder-mystery classic!

*Please note that this book does contain some dated and inappropriate language.


What great books did you read in September?
Let us know in the comments!

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