The book: As it’s the last day of the month, I’m panicking and trying to finish as many books today as possible to bump up my monthly stats. I don’t know why I worry about things like that, but I do. Anyway, today I’ve finished Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, which is about two teenage runaways in Toronto running from both real and imagined danger. I was a bit nervous starting it because the last TW-J book I read was a bit like a slasher movie (only with less death), and I’m not too good with thrillers. But B&C is a perfect mix of thriller, experimental narrative techniques, and emotional punch-in-the-gut stuff, and I really liked it. I definitely did NOT feel gross after finishing it. Huzzah!
Now I’m starting Janitors by Tyler Whitesides, a book I brought back from BEA. I’m only a chapter in so I can’t really judge anything, but it’s going pretty well so far. The plotline sort of reminds me of a Kids Next Door/Recess sort of thing, so I’m hoping it’s good. Here’s a summary if you’re interested:
The magical, secretive society of JANITORS will sweep the country in the fall of 2011. Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it’s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children’s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You’ll never look at a mop the same way again. (Amazon)
The tea: I finally got my hands on some cold tea! It’s Honest Tea’s Half & Half– half lemonade and half black tea. It’s pretty good. I find myself wishing the lemonade part was just a little more bold, but it’s fine for a hot summer’s afternoon.
Do they go together? To be honest, none of the middle schoolers I know would drink organic lemonade/tea drinks unless their parents made them. And kids on the street? Probably couldn’t afford it unless they stole it (or had coupons like I did). So: no, it doesn’t go with either book today.
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