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 Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman is a beautiful novel in verse about a Veda, a young teen from India who is a dancer. Ever since she was a little girl she has lived for the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. On the night of her greatest triumph, winning a prestigious dance competition, sheis injured in a horrific traffic accident. Veda awakes to an amputated leg and a crushed soul, thinking she will never dance again. Her road to recovery is filled with many positives such as Jim, who develops a prosthetic leg especially designed to allow Veda to move as she once did, new friends, and a stronger than ever connection with her mother. There are also incredible challenges such as overcoming pain and fear of ridicule, rejection by her former dance teacher, and the death of her supportive grandmother. Through studying dance in a new way with Dhanam akka and the graceful and attractive boy, Govinda, Veda is able to dance more deeply and spiritually–this time not to win praise or accolades, but for the joy of dance itself. I can’t wait to recommend this book to my students.
I reviewed Last Night at the Circle Cinema by Emily Franklin for School Library Connection, so I can’t say muchhere. I found it appropriate for high school students, but it is not a book that I feel librarians should run out to purchase.
Currently Reading/Listening to: