Oh, wow! I was trying to get better at posting regularly to my blog, and somehow went from January to August without a single post. Yikes! But, I am getting back on the horse,as they say, and here is my new post!
I was traveling this past week and picked up two books on my Summer Reading list. While visiting family in NYC, I stopped by one of my favorite indie bookstores, Books of Wonder, on West 18th Street. What a wonderful bookstore! I picked up Revolution by Deborah Wiles and am loving it.It’s a lot of fun to read books about my “growing up years” that is the new Historical Fiction! Bring it on!
Although I did not grow up in the South, the book brings back many memories of growing up during the 1960’s. I love the idea of a “Documentary Novel” and am enjoying reading the quotes and informational text tidbits embedded in the narrative.
I finished Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper.
This book deals with “otherness” and social challenges for children with special needs and is very accessible for my 5th graders. I had a number of students in mind for this book as I read it. I like the way Sharon Draper is very clear on who her audience is for this book and keeps true to the upper elementary reader. Melody is a character who stays with you after the book is finished. I am looking forward to presenting this book as a book club option for my students in the second half of the coming school year.