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:
A friend recommended Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, and since I am not generally a flap reader, I went in pretty cold. I like that it takes place in rural Illinois albeit in the fictional town of Bone Gap. Finn O’Sullivan and his slightly older brother Sean have lived by themselves since their mother fell in love and ran away with an orthodontist. The brothers have fallen into a pattern of living together, and then the beautiful, mysterious Roza winds up in their barn, and eventually in their hearts. The thing is–she disappears one day and Finn is the only one who can describe her abductor. Except he can’t in a way that others will really understand because unbeknownst to everyone, including Finn, he has a condition called prosopagnosia, or face blindness. I first learned about this condition when reading Face Book by Chuck Close, an artist who also has this condition. So far, so good. And then the magical realism came in. It really creeps up on the reader–Finn and his beginning-to-be-girlfriend Petey ride a horse off a cliff into an unfamiliar forest just as Roza tries to escape her captor’s home and winds up in an impenetrable castle. Finn trying to find Roza, and Roza trying to escape, and Petey trying to understand her relationship with Finn and discovering Finn’s condition all comes together beautifully. Ruby’s writing artfully captures the realism and magical realism of it all. Definitely a good addition to high school and YA library collections.
Currently Reading/Listening To:
And LOTS more since it is SUMMERTIME! WOO-HOO!