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:
The Bitter Side of Sweet is Tara Sullivan’s second novel. It will be published on 2/23/16. I am planning on a review post for it later this week. But in short, it is another excellent realistic fiction work that will open young people’s eyes to how other children must live in a different part of our world.
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel–I knew it was a horror story for middle grade, but I didn’t expect it to creep me out as much as it did. Steve’s baby brother was born with a host of health concerns affecting his heart, brain, and eyes, and doctors are trying to find ways to help him survive. Steve, already an anxious child, starts having dreams about angels who talk to him about his brother, but he soon realizes they are not angels–they are the wasps building a nest outside his brother’s window. The wasps offer to “help” if Steve says “yes,” and after doing so he regrets his decision. The wasps are creating in their nest a new, perfect baby to replace his brother. . . . Steve’s conversations with the Queen wasp occur in his dreams, and the whole tone is unsettling. The best way I can describe it is that Oppel is channeling David Almond, in the darkest of ways. This book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown is a compelling informational text in graphic “novel” form. I always wonder if I am using the term correctly if it is not, in fact, a fictional work, but “graphic book” doesn’t seem quite right either. Anyway, Brown’s spare text and even spare-er illustrations provide a chilling look at one of our country’s most recent disasters. Brown pulls no punches, telling in a straightforward manner not only about the devastation wrought by the hurricane but about the failing of people-in-charge who could have done more to help. I was particularly struck by a passage about police officers turning into looters, and thanks to Brown’s source notes, I was able to find the original article about it. Brown references a comprehensive list of works that informed is writing. I can definitely see why this book has garnered many honors. This book counts for my Panels Challenge 2016: a comic about a real-life historical event.
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