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:
This week I read the four titles in the Great Moments in Media series in order to review it for Library Media Connection. Although I cannot reproduce my review before it is published, I will say that I would not purchase the books for my middle school library because I think they assume too much background knowledge.
Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron is a thoroughly entertaining piece of (mainly) science fiction. It tells the story of Boy, who is the created (by them) son of Frankenstein’s Monster and The Bride. They live and work in a New York theater with other mythical and fantastic creatures who put on “The Show” for none-the-wiser humans. When his father tells Boy of his plan to send Boy to the University of Geneva and to live with the Frankenstein family, Boy refuses to do so and runs away into the human world. His new life is first made better and then extremely more difficult by the artificially intelligent computer virus Boy created, let loose, and then lost track of. It seems that “Vi,” as “she” calls herself, not only is hunting Boy across the country but also figuring out to take over human bodies. Boy enlists the help of others, including Sophie/Claire, the granddaughters of Jekyll & Hyde, and even the Invisible Man. But this story is far from a wild road trip and chase. it has much to say about the responsibilities of creators for that which they create. I heartily recommend this book for high school libraries and public libraries’ YA collections.
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