Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (41)

I'm doing very well with my commitment to avoid buying books. The only new books at Reading in Texas were the two free Audiobooks from the SYNC summer reading program. This week's books are set on the mighty Mississippi River.


Book Cover: Crows and Cards by Joseph Helgerson Perfect for mid-grade kids, Crows and Cards relates the story of Zeb Crabtree. At 12 years old, it was time for him to become an apprentice and train for the job he would have as an adult. After considering various jobs, his parents ship him off to St. Louis to be trained as a tanner. But, en route aboard a steamship, Zeb takes up with a shifty gambler who convinces him to become his apprentice instead. Zeb is led to believe that his mentor is giving his earnings to support orphans and that the men who lose at the card games are cheaters who need to be taught a lesson. But he slowly comes to understand that the gambler is swindling the other players

Book Cover: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain And the companion title is the ever popular Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain penned this Great American novel some 20 years after the War Between the States, satirizing the Southern antebellum society and particularly racism and slavery. Since Twain wrote in dialect, reading the text can be difficult, so having an audio rendition can be helpful to the student who has been assigned this work.


How about you? Any new books? You're invited to tell us all about it by joining the fun at Stacking the Shelves. According to the reviewers at Tynga's Reviews who host the meme:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


  1. Great haul. I've not heard of these but I do hope that you enjoy them.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's good to see you each week.

  2. I ALMOST got these two from Sync but I decided against it. I tried to read Huck Finn several years ago and just couldn't get past the dialect. Hope you enjoy them though!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. I'm hoping that the audio would help with the dialect. Sometimes when I read a book with dialect in it (such as Gullah on the South Carolina coastline), I have to read portions out load so that my ears decipher what the eyes just cannot.

      I may not listen to them any time soon, but I'll have them on hand to share with the grandkids when they are old enough to appreciate the stories.