It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journeys. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the story of Jack, who wakes up in his tent alone. His mother has left him at their vacation campground site in Maine. Jack knows that she didn’t mean to–she is just in one of her “spinning times” when she follows every whim without inhibition–and without thinking of what’s best for Jack. Afraid that if he informs authorities he will be taken away from his mother, Jack is determined to walk home (to Boston). Jack’s love of elephants is an interesting feature throughout the book, as each chapter begins with a quote or fact about them. Jack gains courage from holding his (stolen) plastic elephant and gains strength when he decides on a detour from his journey to see Lydia, the only elephant in Maine. Readers will marvel at Jack’s industriousness and will feel relieved when he finally gets the help he so desperately needs.
Dear everyone who told me One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt was SO SO GOOD, you were absolutely right! Thank you. Carley Connors is placed into foster care after her mother’s new husband beats them both. From day one, Carley is determined not to become attached to the Murphy family, but she grows to love little Michael Eric first and then the rest of the family. She makes a best friend, Toni, and does a lot of thinking of her past life with her mother and current life with the Murphys. Readers will find themselves torn between Carley’s two “worlds” just like she is. Another heartprint book for sure.
The Finest Hours by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman recounts one of the biggest Coast Guard rescues ever. In 1952, during a terrible Nor’easter, TWO tanker ships break in half at the seams off of the New England coast. This book tells the story of the men on board the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer and the brave men who came to their rescue. Readers will marvel at the description of the storm’s 70 foot-waves and the hardships sailors endured while waiting to be rescued. Tougian and Sherman follow the story all the way until recent times, recounting the restoration of the Coast Guard lifeboat CG-36383 and the 50th anniversary celebration of the rescue. Back matter includes an extensive list of primary resources and other suggestions for further reading. No photographs were included in this e-galley, so I eagerly searched to see pictures from the actual event. I assume that photographs will be included in the finished book, which is an adaptation for young readers of the adult title from 2009. It is due out January 14, 2014, and would be a fine addition to the informational text collection.
Here’s the stack I brought home to read over winter break. Can’t believe I haven’t read The Fourth Stall yet….