It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. 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:
It took me a couple of weeks to get through Bomb by Steve Sheinkin because there is a lot to digest in there, and I really wanted to take my time thinking about it. The time spent conducting research for such a thorough work must have been fascinating and probably grueling at times. What I liked best was how Sheinkin conveyed the personalities of the people involved in the bomb’s making and use and of those who sought to buy, sell, and trade its secrets. And so it was really a story of the people of the bomb rather than of the bomb itself. Bonus: This book was on my Shelfari “plan to read list” and so counts for my CORL 2014 Challenge. That’s two books this month!
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George was as delightful, funny, and inventive as I expected it to be. I love how richly drawn are George’s characters. I felt like I knew Celie, Rolf, and Lilah–and The Castle, of Course, which is an amazing character unto itself. The bad guys are so devilishly bad that it is fun to root against them, even though you know things will turn out alright in the end. Perfect middle grade fantasy. I am definitely putting Wednesdays in the Tower high in my TBR pile!
Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles is a fascinating look at the treatment of tuberculosis during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of thirteen-year-old Evvy, the book takes place at Loon Lake Sanatorium, a hospital exclusively dedicated to taking care of those with TB. Although Loon Lake is an invention of the author, her extensive notes chronicle the depth of research she did while writing the book as well as some amazing connections she made as well (no spoilers). Evvy is a very convincing teenage patient–she is frustrated that her main treatment is resting and tries to find ways to enjoy life despite the restrictions her illness (and nurses) place on her. The book is truthful about the fact that many patients never recovered from TB and died in sanatoriums–a fact which Evvy painfully experiences firsthand.
Ghosts and Haunted Houses by Jane Bingham is one of four books in the Solving Mysteries with Science series that I am reviewing for Library Media Connection. The other titles read were Vampires and Werewolves, also by Bingham; Aliens and UFOs by Lori Hile; and Bigfoot and the Yeti by Mary Colson. As usual, I am not allowed to post much of a review here, but I will say that I did not see much “science” in these books, although they would still be interesting to students seeking out those topics.