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:
More Than This by Patrick Ness–what a thought-provoking genre-buster of a book! I don’t want to say too much about it because much of the book is discovering not only what is happening but where it is happening–right along with main character Seth, who takes his own life and drowns in the first chapter. Ness patiently and masterfully envelops the reader in Seth’s attempt to make sense of why and how he is now in his childhood home in England completely and utterly alone. Beautiful work by Ness. This book was my Random Read for August.
Innocent by Eric Walters in yet another book in Orca’s Secrets series (debuts 9/29/15), which I am reviewing for the newly named School Library Connection.
Stellla by Starlight is an excellent work of historical fiction for middle graders. Set in 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina, it tells Stella’s experiences growing up in the segregated South. Recent Ku Klux Klan activity in the area both frightens and challenges the African American community, but it doesn’t keep Stella’s father and two other men from registering to vote, despite the obstacles and threats they face. Stella feels she is a poor writer who needs lots of practice, but the pieces she writes for her teacher and self-published newsletter show otherwise, and middle graders will pick that up right away. Draper has once again given readers the gift of an engaging and meaty story, and one that is expertly told.