It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.
The Trickster's Tale (The Unbelievable FIB, book 1), originally published under the title The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB (2015) by Adam Shaughnessy. This new fantasy series quickly introduces readers to a familiar conceit: that the world of myth and the world of reality are more related than they might seem. In this take, new friends Pru and ABE find themselves meeting the mysterious Mister Fox as the world of Norse mythology descends on their sleepy New England town.
The series is pitched well at the middle of middle grade and could be a great choice for readers interested in Rick Riordan but who don't yet have the stamina for his lengthy (and teenage / relationship angsty) tomes. The second book in the series, Over the Underworld, debuts in September, and I hope to have a review up soon (I received an ARC at #nErDcampMI). You can read a free preview of book two on Kindle.
This one rose of the top of my TBR stack, because I happened to win an awesome mystery box created by author Adam Shaughnessy from the #nErDcampMI art raffle. You'll have to read the book to learn the significance of the magnifying glass, and I'm keeping mum about the secret compartment ...