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 two realistic fiction novels about children living through Hurricane Katrina. Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick is from the perspective of a New Hampshire boy visiting an elderly relative in New Orleans for the first time. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana is from the perspective of a girl born and raised in New Orleans and just turning 10. And those two sentences really illustrate the main difference between the two books. In Zane, the reader feels like an outsider looking in on the tragedy with Zane, even though he experiences the disaster first-hand. In Upside Down, the reader lives through the horrors of losing friends, family and home with Armani. I did truly like Philbrick’s book, but it was Lamana’s that was the heartprint book for me, hands-down. One can tell that her debut novel grew out of her work with survivors and the need to help tell their stories.
I also read Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside and posted about it HERE for Thursday’s #GNCelebration.
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