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:
I am still working on the Secrets series for my review for Library Media Connection, so this week I read The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong and Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten. Some more YA themes (mental illness, attempted lure into prostitution) are coming to light in these titles, but are handled in a way that is still appropriate for my junior high school readers.
Masterminds by Gordon is a fun book that I started promoting to my 6th graders as soon as I had finished it. Eli lives in the idyllic town of Serenity, NM with 184 other people. Well, 183, now that his best friend Randy has been sent away to live with his grandparents (official story) or to a boarding school (Randy’s shared secret). After this discrepancy, Eli becomes suspicious of the workings of the town, which he had never left in his entire life until a bike ride out of the city limits left him physically ill and hauled back by security guards. Eli and his friends, Malik, Hector, and Tori work together to discover Serenity’s secret–and it’s a whopper! Spoiler Alert: The children are the subjects of Project Osiris–a scientific experiment in which they were cloned from serial killers and brought up in a peaceful, carefree world so all the adults in town could determine whether environment could overcome heredity. This is quite an action-packed thriller for the middle grade set. My only complaint is that the ending is a cliffhanger X 10. I like when there more of an ending to books–even series entries.