Saturday, April 9, 2011

ReadAthon April 2011 - Update #3 - It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Swallow

It Only Looks EasyIt Only Looks Easy
Pamela Curtis Swallow
Scholastic/Roaring Brook
168 pgs

Kat is going into seventh grade and things are not going well.  They get even worse when she's implicated in a bike theft ring.  In the meantime, she's babysitting Mrs. Lawrence, who has Alzheimer's and tutoring Grace, who is doing terrible in math.  This was recommeded to me by a student and I thought is was ok.  Some of the language was overly formal and I didn't feel tweenish - pocketbook, blunder, fat understatement, jerk - words that I can't imagine kids saying.  Though, my older siblings have said pocketbook before, but they are old, I mean really old!

I didn't feel one way or another about this one.  It was just sort of blah.  It did make me want to read other books about characters with Alzheimer's though.  I remember enjoying Heartbeat by Sharon Creech, so can recommend that one.  It's also a verse novel and can easily be done reader's theater style.

ReadAThon Update
Title of book(s) read since last update:
It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Swallow
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan - 30 min audi

Number of books read since you started:

Pages read since last update:

Running total of pages read since you started:
580 + 30 min audio

Amount of time spent reading since last update:
2hr 35m

Running total of time spent reading since you started:
6h 30min

Well, we are 9 hours into the readathon and I've only read 3 books.  I've spent almost as much time not reading as reading! Looking forward to the next 11 hours!

Update - had my time wrong on this post so changed it.  It said 11 hours of readathon but I counted wrong and only 9 hours! Yeah, I still have a good amount of time left!


  1. I keep getting confused on the time too! I hope your next book is better!

  2. Three books? You're doing great! I'm still reading the same chunkster I started with, but it's not getting boring. Have a great Read-a-Thon!

  3. I haven't even finished one book! You are doing a great job! See you in the wee hours (I will be hosting then!)


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